World News at a Glance
Posted May 10, 2018 9:53 p.m. EDT
Updated May 10, 2018 9:58 p.m. EDT
Trump Exults in Release of Prisoners and a Date Next Month With Kim Jong Un
President Donald Trump, exulting in the release of three Americans from prison in North Korea, confirmed Thursday that he would meet Kim Jong Un, the North’s leader, in Singapore on June 12. The choice of Singapore, a tidy, prosperous city-state with ties to both the United States and North Korea, is a small victory for Trump’s advisers, who talked him out of meeting Kim in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea — a far more symbolic, but politically problematic, location. North Korea’s release of the Americans lifted a major obstacle to the summit.
Israel Hits Iranian Targets in Syria as Shadow War Bursts Into Open
The tense shadow war between Iran and Israel burst into the open early Thursday as Israeli warplanes struck dozens of Iranian military targets inside Syria. It was a furious response to what Israel called an Iranian rocket attack launched from Syrian territory. The exchanges — the most serious from each side in their faceoff over Iran’s presence in Syria — took place after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement. Israel’s defense minister said Israeli warplanes destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria after Iran launched 20 rockets at Israeli-held territory.
Britain Apologizes to 2 Libyans for Role in CIA Nightmare
The British government issued an apology Thursday to a Libyan dissident and his wife for its role in a CIA abduction in 2004 that landed them in Libya, where the man was tortured by Moammar Gadhafi’s security forces and imprisoned for six years. The apology to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, was the culmination of a six-year legal battle. “We are profoundly sorry for the ordeal that you both suffered and our role in it,” Prime Minister Theresa May told the couple in a letter that was read out in Parliament.
In Malaysia, the Old Prime Minister Promises a New Order
The accounts of corruption are staggering: at least $3.5 billion stolen from a government fund and spent on real estate, jewelry and art; $731 million ended up in the personal accounts of the prime minister, Najib Razak. Malaysians were so enraged that they threw out Najib in national elections this week. In his place, voters turned to a familiar face, Mahathir Mohamad, 92, a former prime minister who had teamed up with his political opponents. Mahathir was sworn in Thursday as the new prime minister promising to fight corruption, prosecute Najib and unite this diverse nation of 31 million people.
Kenya Dam Break Wipes Out Villages, Killing Dozens
A dam burst in western Kenya, destroying villages and killing at least 44 people, officials said Thursday, after weeks of heavy rains that had brought flooding and other damage. Lee Kinyanjui, governor of Nakuru County, visited two villages “that were swept away,” he wrote later. Authorities were doing their best to evacuate families and to provide victims with medical attention, he added. Forty people were reported missing and about 500 families were displaced, government and aid officials said. Four people were hospitalized and another 42 were treated for injuries, Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i said at a news conference Thursday.
South Korea Hands Kim a Path to Prosperity on a USB Drive
For years, Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, has cracked down on flash drives activists smuggle into his country. But last month, when he met with the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, Moon handed him a USB drive with a different message. In charts and video clips, it laid out a “new economic map for the Korean Peninsula,” including new railways and power plants for the North, should Kim abandon nuclear weapons, according to South Korean officials. Moon based his sales pitch on the belief that Kim wants to become North Korea's equivalent of Deng Xiaoping, who oversaw China's economic liberalization.