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Posted June 23, 2018 7:33 p.m. EDT
Grenade Attack at Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Rally Kills at Least One
An attacker dressed in a police uniform tossed a grenade at a rally for Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s new prime minister, on Saturday, killing at least one person and setting off a stampede as panicked people rushed to safety, according to officials, witnesses and the state broadcaster. The organizer of the rally said the prime minister was targeted, although he was apparently not injured. The deputy police commissioner for the capital, Addis Ababa, and eight other police and security officials were arrested on suspicion of complicity in the attack, state television quoted the country’s minister of communications as saying.
Cleric Sentenced to 5 Years Over Child Pornography
A Vatican tribunal on Saturday sentenced a former Vatican diplomat to five years in prison and a fine of about $5,800 for possessing and distributing child pornography. The Vatican has been embroiled in a global scandal involving the sexual abuse of minors, but this was the first time in modern history that a sentence had been reached in its own tribunal in a trial of its kind. A Vatican spokeswoman said the envoy who was sentenced, Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, would face a canonical trial, which could lead to his removal from the priesthood. Capella had not contested the charges.
Thousands of Brexit Protesters March in London on Referendum Anniversary
Tens of thousands of Britons opposed to the country’s withdrawal from the European Union marched through the streets of London on Saturday to demand a vote on the final Brexit deal. The protesters waved the blue and gold flag of the European Union under sunny skies to mark the second anniversary of the referendum that was decided in favor of Brexit. Britain is set leave the European Union in March. But the government plans to give Parliament a vote on the final deal — if one is reached with the European Union — this year.
U.S. Military Prepares to Receive Soldiers’ Remains From North Korea
More than six decades after the end of the Korean War, the U.S. military is preparing for the remains of some of its soldiers killed in the conflict to finally return home. On Saturday, the U.S. military in South Korea said it had moved 100 wooden coffins and U.S. flags to the border with North Korea to prepare for the repatriation. The date of transfer is still unclear. Once the remains are sent to South Korea, they will be transferred to Hawaii, where painstaking forensic work must be carried out in order to identify them.
Kim Jong-pil, Political Kingmaker in South Korea, Dies at 92
Kim Jong-pil, a two-time South Korean prime minister who helped engineer a military coup, founded the country’s intelligence agency and facilitated the rise of three presidents, but who never won the presidency himself, died Saturday in Seoul. He was 92. Kim was the last of the “Three Kims,” as they were known in South Korea. The trio — including Presidents Kim Young-sam and Kim Dae-jung — dominated national politics for decades, notably during the country’s turbulent transformation from military dictatorship to vibrant democracy. Kim was elected to parliament nine times, a record. He was prime minister, the second-highest position in the government, from 1971 to 1975. In 1998, he assumed the post again.
Turkey’s Election: High Stakes for the Country, and Erdogan
For a decade and a half, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has increasingly governed as a strongman, first as prime minister and, since 2014, as head of state. On Sunday, Turks head to the polls to elect a president and parliament, in an election that will give the country’s next president sweeping new executive powers. Two months ago, Erdogan appeared to have both votes locked up. But thanks to a tanking economy and an unexpectedly spirited performance by the opposition, the race is proving tighter than expected both for him and his Justice and Development Party.