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Posted July 1, 2018 9:04 p.m. EDT

As Bolton Says North Korea Could Disarm in a Year, Reality Lags Promises

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Sunday that North Korea could dismantle all of its nuclear weapons, threatening missiles and biological weapons “in a year,” a far more aggressive schedule than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined for Congress, reflecting a strain inside the administration over how to match promises with realism. The statements by John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, came as Pompeo prepares to travel to North Korea this week. Pompeo will arrive with a proposed schedule for disarmament that would begin with a declaration by North Korea of all its weapons, production facilities and missiles.

Overloaded Bus Plunges Into Gorge in India, Killing Dozens

At least 48 people were killed and a dozen more injured after an overloaded bus plunged into a gorge in northern India early Sunday, police said. The accident occurred in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand, in an area where roads are poorly maintained and often do not have guard rails. Jagat Ram Joshi, police chief for the district of Pauri Garhwal, where the accident occurred, said it took hours for rescuers to get down the hillside to reach the injured, some of whom were in critical condition. He said it was unclear why the vehicle, which seats 28, had crashed.

Thailand Cave Rescuers Report Some Progress in Search for Soccer Team

Searchers trying to reach a dozen boys and their soccer coach in a flooded cave complex used huge pumps to reduce the water level, allowing divers to place guide ropes and oxygen tanks along the route, officials said Sunday. It was the first significant progress in several days in the effort to reach the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach, 25, who have been missing in the cave complex in northern Thailand for more than a week. Rising floodwaters in the cave had stalled the search-and-rescue operation. The U.S. sent a team of 17 Air Force rescue specialists.

‘Merci, Madame’: France Honors Veil

Some fainted in the July heat Sunday, and many more wept as Simone Veil’s coffin was carried up to the Panthéon, France’s burial place for some of its most illustrious citizens. But for the thousands who gathered on the heights of the city’s left bank, there was pride, gratitude and a word on all their lips: “Merci.” They wanted to thank Veil, the Holocaust survivor and women’s rights champion who became the fifth woman to be interred among the country’s greats, one year after her death at 89. “France loves Simone Veil,” said President Emmanuel Macron on the Panthéon’s steps.

Audacious Helicopter Plan Lifts Convict From French Prison

A jailbreak unfolded Sunday in France when a helicopter landed in a prison courtyard and masked men leaped out and spirited away a well-known criminal. A manhunt was still underway Sunday evening for the inmate, Rédoine Faïd, 46, who was serving 25 years for his part in a 2010 robbery that resulted in the death of a young police officer. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said the commando team that rescued Faïd from the Réau Prison on the outskirts of Paris had been “very well prepared and without a doubt had scoped out the place using drones.”

11 Dead in Family’s Home Near New Delhi

Eleven members of a family were found dead at their home near New Delhi on Sunday, most of them hanged from the ceiling, blindfolded and gagged, police said. The victims included a 77-year-old woman, her two sons, their wives, a daughter and five grandchildren, police said. Ten of the bodies were hanged from an iron rail attached to the ceiling. Several officials initially said that the family members had killed themselves. Officials later told Indian news outlets that the family members may have been murdered.

Sikhs and Hindus Bear Brunt of Latest Afghanistan Suicide Attack

A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus arriving to meet with President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday as he visited Jalalabad, an attack that killed at least 19 people and wounded 10 others, officials said. The explosion occurred well outside the compound where Ghani was holding meetings. He was not harmed, officials said. The suicide bombing was the second deadly attack in 24 hours in the province surrounding Jalalabad, where the Islamic State has a foothold. Late Saturday, militants targeted a boys’ school in Khogyani district, beheading three workers and setting fire to the school building.

Thousands Protest in Hong Kong on Anniversary of Handover to China

Thousands of Hong Kong residents marched Sunday to observe the 21st anniversary of the territory’s return to China from Britain, a public demonstration of their dissatisfaction with the local government and their fears about the Chinese Communist Party’s growing influence. Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 with the promise that it could maintain for 50 years its own political and economic systems. But many in the city believe that its freedoms and relative autonomy are already eroding. Organizers said about 50,000 people attended this year, one of the lowest totals since the march was first held in 2003.