World News at a Glance
Posted May 8, 2018 9:27 p.m. EDT
Trump Withdraws U.S. From ‘One-Sided’ Iran Nuclear Deal
President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, unraveling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and isolating the United States among its Western allies. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said at the White House in announcing his decision. The United States’ European allies have committed to staying in the deal, raising the prospect of a diplomatic and economic clash as the U.S. reimposes stringent sanctions on Iran. It also raises the prospect of increasing tensions with Russia and China, which also are parties to the agreement.
U.N. Finds Afghan Attack Hit Children the Hardest
Of more than 100 people killed or wounded in an Afghan government airstrike last month, most were children at a religious gathering, U.N. officials have concluded, contradicting Afghan officials who have claimed that the target was a Taliban planning session. In a damning report issued Monday, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, stopped short of calling the April 2 airstrike a war crime but said it raised “questions as to the government’s respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality under international humanitarian law.” At least 36 people were killed and 71 wounded, of whom 30 of the dead and 51 of the wounded were children.
Israeli Soldier Is Freed After 9 Months
An Israeli soldier who fatally shot a Palestinian assailant who was already severely wounded and lying on the ground was released Tuesday after serving nine months in prison. The soldier, Elor Azaria, a sergeant before he was demoted, was convicted of manslaughter last year and sentenced to 18 months in prison for killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in March 2016 in Hebron, in the West Bank. The military reduced Azaria’s sentence to 14 months; he ended up serving about two-thirds of his term before being paroled. Sharif, 21, and another man had stabbed an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint and had been shot.
Kim Travels to China Again
The leaders of China and North Korea met for the second time in two months Tuesday, staying overnight in the Chinese port city of Dalian as China worked to regain control in the fast-moving diplomacy over the North’s nuclear program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un flew to Dalian on Monday, where he held long rounds of discussions with Chinese officials, attended a formal banquet, and took a stroll on a beachfront sidewalk with China’s president, Xi Jinping. The pageantry was shown at length on China’s state-run evening television news, with the two men looking like friends, if rather stiff ones.
An Ex-Justice in Brazil Says He Won’t Run for President
The man many Brazilians thought would shake up October’s presidential election, Joaquim Barbosa, Brazil’s first black Supreme Court justice, announced Tuesday that he would not run, upending the already unpredictable race. Barbosa, 63, had joined the Brazilian Socialist Party in April, raising the prospect of a presidential bid. Even without declaring his candidacy, he was the choice of 10 percent of the respondents in a nationwide poll, thanks to his image as an anti-corruption crusader at a time when all of the major parties and many top politicians have been tainted by a wide-ranging bribery scandal.
Girls Abandoned Near Berlin Are Sisters
DNA tests on three girls born between 2015 and last year and found abandoned on the outskirts of Berlin showed that they are sisters, authorities confirmed Tuesday. Berlin police are appealing for information about the mother of Emma, Lilo and Hanna, who were all abandoned just hours after they were born around the city’s Pankow neighborhood. Police named the girls, who are now in foster care, local media reported. All three girls, who were born about a year apart, were found around the Helios Clinic in Berlin-Buch. The babies were probably delivered without medical help, according to police experts.
Former Top Chinese Official Gets Life Term for Corruption
A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced a former leading official, Sun Zhengcai, to life in prison for taking more than $26 million in bribes, making him one of the biggest names to fall in President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption and disloyalty. Sun’s sentence, handed down by the intermediate court in the northern port city of Tianjin, appears to end a career that had once been seen as propelling Sun to the apex of power in the ruling Communist Party. In addition to being imprisoned, Sun was deprived of political rights for life and all his personal property was confiscated.
Nigerian Leader Makes 5th Trip to British Doctors
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, who has urged politicians not to go abroad to seek medical care, has traveled to Britain on his fifth official trip to see a doctor there. Buhari, 75, left for London on Monday for a four-day visit, setting off renewed concerns about his health. For nearly two years, Buhari has been receiving treatment for an unspecified illness, which he has repeatedly refused to discuss. His trip also comes after three weeks of strikes by health care professionals who are calling for better working conditions and more funding.