World News at a Glance
Posted June 12, 2018 9:22 p.m. EDT
Trump’s Sales Pitch to Kim Generates a Promise but No Guarantees
In a day of personal diplomacy that began with a choreographed handshake and ended with a freewheeling news conference, President Donald Trump deepened his wager on North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, arguing that their rapport would bring the swift demise of that country’s nuclear program. Still, a joint statement signed by the two after their meeting was as skimpy as the summit was extravagant. It called for the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula but provided neither a timeline nor any details about how the North would go about giving up its weapons.
U.S. Avoids Irking China in Opening Taiwan Office
The United States unveiled its unofficial embassy in Taiwan’s capital on Tuesday, holding a low-key ceremony that signaled its support for the self-governing island while also trying to avoid a bigger clash with China, which claims Taiwan as its territory. While Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, and her predecessor both attended the dedication of the new, $250 million compound of the American Institute in Taiwan, the highest-ranking attendee from Washington was Marie Royce, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. The institute, known as the AIT, serves as the de facto embassy for the United States.
Greece Makes Deal on Name of Macedonia
Macedonia agreed to change its name to resolve a decades-old dispute with Greece, the two countries said Tuesday, and Greece said it would drop its objection to the neighboring country’s entry into the European Union and NATO if the changes are formally adopted. Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, said the country’s new name will be Severna Makedonija or Republic of North Macedonia. Greece had long opposed the name “Macedonia,” saying it implied territorial aspirations over a northern Greek region of the same name.
Rape Charges Filed in Scandal Tied to Nobel Literature Prize
A Swedish prosecutor brought rape charges on Tuesday against Jean-Claude Arnault, the man at the center of a scandal that shook international cultural circles and led to the cancellation of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature. The charges are the first to emerge from a furor that has badly damaged the reputation of the Swedish Academy, the body that awards the literature prize. The senior public prosecutor Christina Voigt charged Arnault, 71, with two counts of rape, both involving the same woman, in relation to incidents in 2011.
Relative of Spain’s King Is Sentenced to Prison
Spain’s Supreme Court upheld a prison sentence on Tuesday for Iñaki Urdangarin, the brother-in-law of King Felipe VI, in a fraud case that could send a member of the country’s royal family to prison for the first time in modern history. The court ruled that Urdangarin must serve five years and 10 months, five months less than the sentence imposed last year by a regional court on the island of Majorca. The lower court had found Princess Cristina, Urdangarin’s wife and the king’s sister, not guilty of criminal charges, but fined her about $312,000. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court cut that amount in half.