World News at a Glance
Posted May 19, 2018 7:52 p.m. EDT
Rare Attack on Cricket Match in Afghanistan Kills at Least 8
At least eight people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a series of blasts at a cricket match in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Cricket has been one of the few rallying points that have brought together supporters of both the government and Taliban militants. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement denying that the group was involved in the attack late Friday on the stadium in Jalalabad. Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, which includes Jalalabad, said three explosions at the Spinghar Cricket Ground had killed eight people and wounded 45 others.
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed, a New Era Dawns
The wedding Saturday of Prince Harry, 33, who is sixth in line to the British throne, and Meghan Markle, 36, an American actress, broke tradition in big and small ways. They were declared husband and wife in a ceremony during which a Chicago-based African-American bishop, Michael Curry, head of the Episcopal Church, gave a passionate sermon. Markle and her groom both looked happy and relaxed. They beamed as they made their vows. Markle's dress was haute couture by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, a British woman who was the first female designer of the storied French brand. The couple will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Crash of Old Jet Reflects a Cuban Airline in Crisis
Almost 40 years old when it crashed Friday outside of Havana, killing more than 100 people, the aging Boeing 737 had changed ownership nearly a half-dozen times. As tourism to the island surges, Cuba’s national airline finds itself struggling to acquire enough planes to meet the demand and maintain its decrepit fleet. A few weeks ago, the country grounded most of its domestic flights because of safety concerns over its fleet. To continue flying, officials have been forced to lease planes from foreign outfits that sometimes use decades-old planes, like the one that crashed and burned right after takeoff Friday.
Gunmen Attack Church in Russia’s Chechnya Region, Killing 3
Four gunmen stormed a church in Russia’s predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya on Saturday, killing at least one churchgoer and two police officers, according to authorities. All the attackers were killed in an exchange of gunfire with the police at the Archangel Michael Church in the center of Grozny, the capital. It was not immediately clear whether there was any link between the attackers and extremist groups. But Chechnya has experienced attacks by Islamist extremists before, including those who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
Cannes Winners Announced at Closing Ceremony
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for “Shoplifters,” about a family of thieves and throwaways living on the margins in Japan. Spike Lee won the Grand Prix, the festival’s second prize, for “BlacKkKlansman.” The Jury Prize — the third prize — was given to “Capharnaüm,” a story about a neglected 12-year-old boy from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki. Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski won best director, for “Cold War.” Samal Yeslyamova won best actress for her performance in Sergey Dvortsevoy’s nail-biter “Ayka.” The best actor prize was given to Marcello Fonte, who starred in Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman.”