World News at a Glance
Posted November 10, 2018 6:58 p.m. EST
Trump Meets With France’s President, and This Time It’s Not Buddy-Buddy
After a promising start, the relationship between President Donald Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France has soured. By the time they met in Paris on Saturday, the trans-Atlantic alliance that was to be showcased by this weekend’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I appeared to be fraying instead. It did not help Saturday that Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at the foot of the hill where the Battle of Belleau Wood was fought. Aides cited the rain; the Marines who pilot presidential helicopters often recommend against flying in bad weather.
Afghanistan Is the World’s Polio Capital. These Afghans Hope to Fix That.
Almost 1 million children in Kandahar province alone need at least one dose of oral polio vaccine a month to head off the disease, health workers say. But many of them also live in the most violent and socially disrupted parts of Afghanistan, where the Taliban control large areas and do not want government health workers going door to door. A sustained vaccination campaign is difficult for health workers. Mohammad Shah said that as a vaccine campaigner he had been visiting more than 100 houses a day in temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit. He said some families asked for food and other necessities instead. Many worry about whether strict interpretations of Islam allow the vaccine.
Turkey’s President Says Recording of Khashoggi’s Killing Given to U.S.
Turkey said Saturday that it had turned over an audio recording of the killing of a Saudi dissident to the United States and other Western countries, intensifying the pressure on President Donald Trump to take stronger punitive measures against Saudi Arabia. The disclosure, made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was his first public acknowledgment of the recording of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month. Saudi Arabia has admitted that its operatives killed Khashoggi but denied that the attack was ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The White House declined to say whether it had a copy of the recording.
Rome Mayor Acquitted on Lying Charge, to Relief of Five Star Movement
Rome’s embattled mayor was acquitted Saturday of charges of lying about a city hall appointment, a case that threatened her career as well as the credibility of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement she represents. A judge found that no crime had been committed when the mayor, Virginia Raggi, appointed the brother of her top aide to a prestigious tourism position at the beginning of her tenure in 2016. Prosecutors had sought a 10-month prison term on charges that Raggi had lied to anti-corruption officials when they questioned her. Raggi said that the choice was hers alone, while prosecutors argued that it had been orchestrated by her aide.
Exiled Author Hails Appearance in Hong Kong as Rights Victory
An exiled Chinese novelist spoke at a literary festival in Hong Kong on Saturday, two days after his appearance had been briefly canceled in a move that was seen as the latest erosion of freedoms in the semiautonomous city. There had been concern that the writer, Ma Jian, might be taking a security risk by even traveling from Britain to Hong Kong, where a few booksellers who published titles critical of China’s Communist government have disappeared in recent years, only to turn up in custody on the Chinese mainland. Ma’s books have been banned in mainland China since 1987, and he says his new novel, “China Dream,” is a political allegory of the country’s modern self.