World News at a Glance
Posted July 8, 2018 9:24 p.m. EDT
In Daring Underwater Cave Rescue, 4 of 13 Thai Are Freed
After more than a week of searching the flooded cave complex, and then days of planning a daring rescue, divers safely evacuated four of 13 members of a youth soccer team Sunday from a Thailand cave. Nine remained behind, waiting their turn to escape, as of early Monday morning. The boys on the team range in age from 11 to 16, and the coach with them is 25. All four were quickly transported to a hospital in Chiang Rai, the nearest large city. Their medical conditions were not known. Eighteen divers made up the team that brought them out.
British Woman Poisoned by Nerve Agent Dies
A 44-year-old British woman who was exposed to a nerve agent died Sunday, bringing new urgency to a four-month-old diplomatic standoff in which Britain has accused Russia of sending the poison to a small city in southern England in a botched attempt to kill a former spy. British authorities have now opened a murder investigation. Police say the woman, Dawn Sturgess, 44, was most likely exposed accidentally to residue from a Soviet-developed, military-grade nerve agent used in a March attack on the former spy, Sergei V. Skripal. He lived near Sturgess in Salisbury. Russia has denied any involvement.
Rains in Japan Leave Dozens Seeking Rescue From Rooftops
Record rainfall continued to batter Japan on Sunday, with millions of people being urged to leave their homes because of the risk of flooding and landslides that have already killed dozens. Government officials pleaded with affected residents to “take adequate actions and follow evacuation instructions issued by municipal governments” as forecasters predicted more rain in western and central Japan. The flooding had killed at least 68 people by Sunday afternoon, and 56 more were missing. More than 3 million people were told to move to safer places such as school buildings or municipal shelters.
Popmeo Sharpens Tone on North Korea
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back at North Korean officials for characterizing U.S. diplomatic behavior as gangster-like, saying Sunday that if that were true, then “the world is a gangster.” Pompeo was referring to comments made Saturday by North Korea’s Foreign Ministry that accused the Trump administration of pushing a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization” and called it “deeply regrettable.” The statement came after Pompeo left North Korea after meetings he had called “productive." Pompeo noted Sunday that the United Nations had agreed to place sanctions on North Korea to try to stop its nuclear and missile programs.
Judge in Brazil Attempts To Free Jailed Ex-President
A judge in Brazil ruled Sunday that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva be released from prison while he continues to appeal a corruption conviction. The order was the latest twist in the lead-up to Brazil’s presidential election in October. Da Silva is hoping to be on the ballot even though the corruption conviction for which he is serving a 12-year sentence makes him legally ineligible to run for office. Judge João Pedro Gebran Neto, the chief appellate judge overseeing the case, overruled the order authorizing the release and instructed police to keep the former president in custody.
Son of Former South African President to Face Charges in Bribery Scandal
Duduzane Zuma, son of former South African President Jacob Zuma, is being charged for his alleged role in a high-level bribery scandal — further evidence, analysts say, that the ruling African National Congress is taking a tougher stance toward government corruption. Duduzane Zuma, 33, will appear in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg on Monday, local newspapers reported Sunday. His lawyer, Rudi Krause, confirmed the court appearance, but said he did not know what the charges would be. Police sources told a local newspaper the case related to a plot to bribe the former deputy finance minister in 2015.
Ethiopia and Eritrea, Longtime Foes, Meet for Peace Talks
For the first time since a border war in the late 1990s left a violent rift between Ethiopia and Eritrea, leaders of the two nations embraced on an airport tarmac Sunday, hinting at a new era for the two countries. Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, led his country’s first state visit to Eritrea since the war broke out in 1998 and sat for a meeting in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, with President Isaias Afwerki. Direct telephone lines had been restored between the two countries Sunday afternoon for the first time in two decades.