World News at a Glance
Posted June 16, 2018 7:55 p.m. EDT
Battles Rage Around International Airport in Strategic Yemeni City
Fighting raged Saturday around the airport outside the Yemeni port of Hodeida as fighters with a Saudi-led Arab coalition pressed their offensive to seize control of the rebel-held city that is the gateway for food supplies to famine-stricken Yemen. Officials loyal to Yemen’s exiled government claimed the coalition had seized the airport and deployed engineers to clear explosives. But Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched a counteroffensive amid reports of heavy fighting inside the sprawling compound, which has been closed since 2014. By Saturday afternoon, warplanes had struck Houthi targets on the edge of the city and fighting spread to a major road leading to the Houthi-held capital, Sanaa.
Deadly Blast Punctures Afghanistan’s Brief Moment of Peace
There were nearly two days of peace in Afghanistan, as cease-fires by the government and the Taliban took hold. Security forces and insurgents celebrated and took pictures together for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. But in the eastern province of Nangarhar, an explosion went off Saturday afternoon, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 50, among them civilians and members of both the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. Officials said it was either a suicide bomber or a car bomb.
Fire Guts Glasgow School of Art for Second Time in 4 Years
A fire ripped through the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland overnight Friday, causing extensive damage to a building considered the jewel in the city’s architectural crown. It was the second time in four years that a blaze has hit the world-famous building, which was under restoration and was set to reopen after a fire badly damaged it in May 2014. Peter Heath of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said that more than 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines to the site, adding that part of the roof had collapsed. There were no immediate reports of casualties, and the cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
Behind the World Cup, a Hunger Strike
Oleg Sentsov, a praised Ukrainian film director imprisoned in Russia, has been turning down food for a month, attracting international support and creating an unwanted backdrop for Moscow as the World Cup is underway. Sentsov is waging the hunger strike to protest the detention of fellow Ukrainians. Both sides in the four-year-old Russia-Ukraine conflict hold dozens of people deemed by the other to be political hostages. The timing of Sentsov’s strike has also raised the prospect that his jailers could resort to force-feeding him. Sentsov was living in Crimea when Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. He became a prominent opponent of the annexation.
Deadly Crush at Club Party in Venezuela
At least 17 people were killed in a stampede during a graduation party at a nightclub in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, officials said Saturday. The deaths occurred in the early morning when a fight broke out at the nightclub, El Paraíso, and someone set off a tear-gas canister, officials said. Many of the victims, including eight minors who were among the dead, had gathered for a party before their graduation. Seven suspects were arrested, and the club has been closed and its owner arrested on suspicion of not checking patrons for weapons, which is a crime. Officials said the club did not have proper emergency exits.