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Posted June 15, 2018 9:56 p.m. EDT

North Korean Film Glorifies Kim’s World Debut, With Trump in Starring Role

Ever since Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, began his diplomatic outreach this spring, meeting the presidents of China and South Korea, North Korea has used it to glorify him as a pioneering peacemaker. But for propaganda purposes, nothing beats a meeting with the president of the United States. A documentary film released by North Korea makes the most of this week’s Singapore summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. Although it portrayed Trump in a positive light, the film made clear that Kim was the main attraction at what it called “the meeting of the century.”

Aboard the Rescue Ship Where Migrants Have Been Stuck for a Week

Nearly a week after they were first rescued from six crowded rubber dinghies adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, hundreds of migrants have found their journey is still not over. After their rescue ship was turned away by Italy and Malta, the group was offered refuge in Valencia, Spain. But bad weather has further delayed the 629 refugees — including dozens of children, several pregnant women and others in need of medical attention — from their destination. Doctors Without Borders says it hopes the ship will arrive in Spain by Sunday, but the ordeal has further exposed disagreements over immigration within the European Union.

German Hard-Liners Want to Close Borders, Threatening Merkel Coalition

The populist surge that has left Hungary, Austria and Italy threatening to close their borders to migrants has now spread to Germany, where it could even bring down Chancellor Angela Merkel and further unhinge Europe Union’s cohesion and stability. In recent days, Merkel has faced an increasingly virulent mutiny over the issue, which threatens to fracture her governing coalition as early as next week. The mutiny is led by her own interior minister, Horst Seehofer, a former Bavarian premier who sounds more in line with the nativist forces shaping politics in neighboring countries than with his own boss.

Trump-Kim Deal Promises Answers for Families of Korean War MIAs

Air Force Lt. Hal Downes’ B-26 bomber was on a nighttime run over North Korea when it went down in 1952. Did he die in the crash? Was he captured? His family never knew. This week, the Downeses and the families of thousands of other Americans still missing from the Korean War received a jolt of hope when President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, signed a joint statement in Singapore that included a promise to recover and repatriate all American war dead in the North. The two sides agreed to the same thing after the 1953 armistice. Now, the Singapore statement holds the prospect that the work might soon resume.

UK Government Backs Bill to Make ‘Upskirting’ a Crime

The British government said it would formally back a draft bill making “upskirting” — the practice of taking unauthorized photos under a woman’s skirt — a criminal offense. Violators would get up to two years in prison and be placed on a sex offender register. But women’s rights advocates say the proposed legislation does not go far enough, punishing perpetrators only if prosecutors can prove that the main purpose of upskirting was sexual gratification or causing distress to the victim. "If he doesn’t make money or if he did it just to share it among his friends and have a laugh, that’s not covered,” said Clare McGlynn, a professor of law at Durham University.

In the Philippines, Dynamite Fishing Decimates Entire Ocean Food Chains

Nothing beats dynamite fishing for sheer efficiency in the Philippines. But stopping dynamite and other illegal fishing has taken on a new urgency. According to a survey of Philippine coral reefs conducted from 2015 to 2017, there are no longer any reefs in excellent condition, and 90 percent were classified as either poor or fair. Dynamite fishing destroys both the food chain and the corals where the fish nest and grow. It kills the entire food chain, including plankton, fish both large and small, and the juveniles that do not grow old enough to spawn. Without healthy corals, the ecosystem and the fish that live within it begin to die off.