World News at a Glance
Posted June 5, 2018 9:58 p.m. EDT
Iran Moves to Lift Its Nuclear Enrichment Capacity
Iran announced Tuesday it had completed a new centrifuge assembly center at the Natanz nuclear site, in a first step to increasing its enrichment capacity. While Iran said it would keep enrichment within limits set by the 2015 nuclear accord, the center’s opening seemed to signal that it could swing to industrial-level enrichment if that agreement, which the United States withdrew from last month, should further unravel. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told state television that the center’s construction had been “in line with our safeguard commitments but not publicly announced.”
U.S. Army Veteran Tried to Spy for China, Officials Say
Tens of thousands of dollars in cash. Documents listing locations of U.S. Cyber Command outposts. A passcode-protected thumb drive, hidden behind a sock in the toe of a shoe. According to the Justice Department, these are among the items that U.S. agents found over the years while searching the luggage of Ron Rockwell Hansen, a former Defense Intelligence Agency case officer, as he flew numerous times between the United States and China. Hansen, 58, has allegedly received at least $800,000 in “funds originating from China” since May 2013. On Saturday, Hansen was arrested in Seattle and charged with attempted espionage.
EU Court Backs Same-Sex Marriages in Immigration Ruling
All European Union countries must recognize same-sex marriage, at least in relation to immigration cases where one partner is a citizen of the bloc, its highest court ruled Tuesday. The verdict was an important victory for LGBT rights groups, which have long argued that same-sex spouses of EU citizens should be afforded the same basic right to live and work across the bloc’s 28 countries as heterosexual spouses, regardless of individual countries’ stances on same-sex marriage. It also highlighted growing tensions between the bloc’s core institutions and some of its newer, more socially conservative member states.
Putin Moves to Capitalize on Europe’s Fury With Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Austria on Tuesday sensing an opportunity almost unimaginable just months ago: to overhaul frosty relations with a European Union infuriated by President Donald Trump on a host of issues. Never mind that Putin was until recently virtually a pariah in Europe after his military interventions in Ukraine, Crimea and Syria and after meddling in European elections and working hard to foment right-wing populist uprisings throughout the continent. Putin was now gaining considerable traction by casting himself as a reliable friend and trading partner to Europe.
Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S.
The Trump administration’s practice of separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates their rights and international law, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday, urging an immediate halt to the practice. The administration angrily rejected what it called an ignorant attack by the U.N. human rights office and accused the global organization of hypocrisy. The human rights office said it appeared that U.S. authorities had separated several hundred children, including toddlers, from their parents or others claiming to be their family members, under a policy of criminally prosecuting unauthorized people crossing the border.
China Offers to Buy Nearly $70 Billion of American Goods if U.S. Halts Tariffs
China offered to purchase nearly $70 billion of energy, agricultural and manufactured products from the United States in the first year of a deal that would require the Trump administration to suspend tariffs on Chinese products, a person familiar with the talks said. The offer would go only partway toward President Donald Trump’s initial demand that China reduce its $375.2 billion trade surplus with the United States. And it leaves untouched other American requests, including that China allow U.S. companies more access to its markets and end practices that business executives say force companies to transfer valuable intellectual property.
Israel Says Palestinian Medic’s Death in Gaza Was Unintentional
Israel’s military said Tuesday that the killing of a young Palestinian volunteer medic at a Gaza City fence protest last week was unintentional and that only “a small number of bullets were fired” by its soldiers. The comment by the Israel Defense Forces, posted on its English-language Twitter account, provided the first substantive detail of the Israeli version of the killing, which has been widely condemned by international humanitarian and rights groups. The comment did not explicitly attribute the death to Israeli actions. The medic, Rouzan al-Najjar, 20, has become a symbol of heroism to Palestinians and their supporters.