World News at a Glance
Posted June 10, 2018 9:31 p.m. EDT
Trump Economic Adviser Ties G-7 Tension to North Korea Meeting
President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said Sunday that Trump pulled out of a joint statement at the Group of 7 meeting over the weekend because a “betrayal” had threatened to make Trump appear weak before his summit meeting with North Korea’s leader. Larry Kudlow said the action was taken after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said Canada would not be bullied by the United States on trade. The exchange left Trump estranged from America’s partners at the moment he is about to stride onto the most important world stage he has assumed since taking office.
Canadians Rally Behind Trudeau After Scorn From Trump and His Team
It takes a lot to rile Canadians. But after President Donald Trump’s parting shots against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the day he left the Group of 7 summit meeting in Quebec, the country reacted with uncharacteristic outrage and defiance at a best friend’s nastiness. Canadians across the political spectrum said that while the world had grown used to Trump’s social media rants, the ferocity and personal tone of the insults against Trudeau had crossed a line. Some even asked whether Canadians should boycott U.S. products and stop travel south of the border.
Putin Says He Would Welcome a Meeting With Trump
President Vladimir Putin of Russia said Sunday during a visit to China that he would meet President Donald Trump “as soon as the American side is ready” but insisted Russia was in no hurry to win readmission to the Group of 7 nations because it belongs to a Chinese-led group he described as more important. Putting a brave face on a failed effort by Trump to have Russia readmitted to the world’s most exclusive diplomatic club, Putin said the G-7, which ended a summit Saturday in Canada, represented fewer people and had less economic heft than the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Quick Evacuation in Somalia Firefight Shows Disparity in U.S. Resources in Africa
A medical evacuation helicopter reached five U.S. Special Forces soldiers in Somalia on Friday roughly 20 minutes after they radioed that they were being shelled by Islamist militants, according to a military spokesman. One of the soldiers, Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona, died from his injuries shortly after he arrived at a U.S. base in Kismayo. The four other Americans were wounded in the attack by the militant group al-Shabab. The response stood in stark contrast to the one after a bloody ambush in October in West Africa, when it took more than four hours to evacuate the wounded.
In Poland, ‘a Narrow Window to Do Justice’ for Those Robbed by Nazis
Poland — the only country in Europe that has not passed legislation to compensate owners for properties seized under Nazi and communist rule — has long wrestled with the difficult riddle of restitution. All previous efforts failed, with one of the biggest obstacles being concerns about cost. Poland is now considering restitution legislation, but even if it passes, thousands of victims of the war and occupation would lose out because of what advocates call onerous requirements, including proof of Polish citizenship. Those requirements, said Gideon Taylor, chairman of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, would “exclude virtually all Holocaust survivors.”
Mountains of Garbage Engulf India’s Capital
In the metropolitan area of Delhi, which includes the capital, New Delhi, trash heaps are towering monuments to India’s growing waste crisis. About 80 billion pounds of trash have accumulated at official dumping sites, on the fringes of a capital besieged by pollution, according to the supervisors of the dumps. The problem has become so severe that the Supreme Court said this year that air traffic control at Delhi’s international airport eventually would have to steer planes around the dumps because they are so high. The court instructed lawmakers to find ways to eliminate the piles of garbage.