World News at a Glance
Posted May 14, 2018 9:52 p.m. EDT
Border Protest Leaves Dozens Dead, as Embassy Opens in Jerusalem
Across the Gaza Strip Monday morning, loudspeakers on minarets urged Palestinians to rush the fence bordering Israel, where they were met by army snipers. At least 58 were killed and thousands injured, local officials said — the worst day of carnage there since Israel invaded Gaza in 2014. Hours later, a beaming Ivanka Trump helped unveil a stone marker etched with her father’s name on the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, keeping his campaign promise to officially acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The two scenes illustrated the chasm dividing Israelis and Palestinians more than at any moment in recent history.
Political Coup for Trump May Prove a Roadblock to Middle East Peace
President Donald Trump and senior members of his administration exulted Monday over the opening of the United States’ new embassy in Jerusalem, dismissing the violence raging along the border with Gaza as the ceremony unfolded as “unfortunate propaganda.” For Trump, the opening of the embassy was an opportunity to keep a campaign promise. But the split-screen image of the carnage nearby was a sobering reminder that what Trump is claiming as a foreign policy coup has only complicated the prospects for the Middle East peace the president has said he is seeking.
Iraq Voters Back Allies of Cleric Who Fought U.S.
Muqtada al-Sadr, a firebrand militia leader whose forces once battled U.S. troops in Iraq and were implicated in atrocities against civilians, has emerged as the surprise front-runner in the Iraqi national elections, according to Iraqi election officials. After U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011, al-Sadr remained anti-American, though he has also been critical of Iran. The victory of al-Sadr’s political coalition could complicate the U.S. strategy in Iraq. The U.S. military has been training, sharing intelligence and planning missions with former militias in the country, gambling that their military partnership can keep the Islamic State from making a comeback.
Suicide Attacks by Families, With Children in Tow
A wave of deadly bombings Sunday and Monday and evidence of more planned have shaken Indonesia just before the holy month of Ramadan, with entire families — including children — carrying out suicide attacks against Christian worshippers and police. The troubling discovery Monday of completed bombs in a housing complex outside Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, came a day after members of a single family carried out three attacks against separate churches in the city around Mass time, killing seven people. The bombs that exploded Sunday and Monday were said to be similar to those used by the Islamic State.
Pakistan Lets U.S. Attaché Exit Country
A U.S. diplomat involved in a fatal accident was allowed by Pakistani authorities to leave the country Monday just days after officials prevented him from boarding a U.S. military plane, according to U.S. officials. Pakistani authorities made no comment about the sudden departure of the diplomat, who found himself at the center of the latest diplomatic dispute between the two countries. The diplomat, Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall, a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, is accused of having run a red light and fatally hitting a 22-year-old man on April 7. Another passenger on the bike was injured.
Another Separatist Will Lead Catalonia
Lawmakers in Catalonia on Monday narrowly elected a separatist as president, but one not under indictment by Spanish authorities, potentially easing the political deadlock with the central government in Madrid, though not resolving it. The separatist, Quim Torra, will replace Carles Puigdemont, who is fighting extradition from Germany after refusing to be prosecuted in Spain on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds for carrying out a referendum on secession last October. Torra has a long history of secessionism, so his selection was denounced by opponents of independence as counterproductive for future relations with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Scaling Mount Everest With 2 Prosthetic Legs
The Chinese mountain climber tried to scale Mount Everest almost half a dozen times. Xia Boyu ran into avalanches. He suffered frostbite and lost both feet. Years later, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and doctors amputated both of his legs above the knee. But Xia never gave up. On Monday morning, Xia reached the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, as a double amputee. "Everything is possible,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, who recently stepped down as president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Xia is in his late 60s, though recent photos show him looking trim and fit.
Malaysia Sidelines Officials Accused of Ignoring Graft
Malaysian officials accused of covering up a large corruption scandal stepped down or were placed on leave Monday as Malaysia’s leadership continued to be upended by the defeat of the governing coalition last week. Mahathir Mohamad, the new prime minister, said Monday afternoon that the attorney general, Mohamed Apandi Ali, had been placed on leave. Apandi, who was named attorney general three years ago, cleared the previous prime minister, Najib Razak, of any wrongdoing in connection with the misappropriation of billions of dollars from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a government fund known as 1MDB.