World News at a Glance
Posted November 22, 2018 8:40 p.m. EST
Saudis Want a U.S. Nuclear Deal
Before Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was implicated by the CIA in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. intelligence agencies were trying to solve a separate mystery: Was the prince laying the groundwork for building an atomic bomb? The crown prince had been overseeing a negotiation with the Energy Department and the State Department to get the United States to sell designs for nuclear power plants to the kingdom. But there is a hitch: Saudi Arabia, whose fiercest rival is Iran, insists on producing its own nuclear fuel. That raised concerns in Washington that the Saudis could divert their fuel into a covert weapons project.
Hillary Clinton: Europe Must ‘Get a Handle’ on Migration to Thwart Populism
Europe’s leaders need to send a much stronger message that they will no longer offer “refuge and support” to migrants if they want to curb the right-wing populism spreading across the Continent, Hillary Clinton warned in an interview with The Guardian published Thursday. Clinton said that while the decision of some nations to welcome migrants was admirable, it had opened the door to political turmoil. “I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame,” Clinton said. Clinton’s remarks drew criticism and a dose of surprise from an array of scholars, pro-immigration advocates and pundits on both sides of the aisle.
EU and U.K. Agree on Brexit Plan
Britain’s path out of the European Union crossed a crucial threshold on Thursday when negotiators from London and Brussels agreed on a text outlining future ties, a document replete with promises of ambition but artfully ambiguous on crucial questions that have cleaved British politics. The 26-page draft document is nonbinding and would supplement a legal withdrawal agreement that lists the “divorce” terms reached between Britain and the European Union, which it is scheduled to exit on March 29. Nevertheless, its conclusion opens the way for a summit meeting of the bloc’s leaders, who are expected to approve the overall plan on Sunday in Brussels.
Rise Is Seen in Number of Homeless in Britain
The number of homeless people in Britain is increasing steadily and has reached at least 320,000 across England and Wales — an increase of 4 percent over the past year, according to research made public on Thursday by a nonprofit organization called Shelter. This despite a government drive announced in May supposed to keep people in their homes. The numbers indicate that, as poverty bites in poorer cities, the phenomenon is increasing more rapidly outside the capital, propelled by high rents, reduced welfare benefits and eight years of public spending cuts linked to policies of austerity.
Tower of Pisa Leans a Bit Less
Italy’s famously Leaning Tower of Pisa is a little less off-kilter. Nearly two decades after engineers completed consolidation work to keep the tower from toppling over, officials monitoring the monument said recently that its famed tilt had been further reduced by 4 centimeters, or 1.5 inches. The tower “is continuing to straighten,” said Nunziante Squeglia, an engineering professor at the University of Pisa and a consultant to the committee that monitors the tower. The correction is the result of measures carried out just before the turn of this century to ensure that the tower would not collapse.
Specter of Meddling by Beijing Looms Over Taiwan’s Elections
As Taiwan prepares to hold local elections on Saturday, concerns are growing that Beijing’s long effort to sway the island’s politics has been armed with a new weapon: a Russia-style influence campaign. Taiwan officials say the population of 23 million is regularly fed misleading information in the news media and on social networks that range from unverified footage of large-scale Chinese military drills to false reports of stranded travelers being abandoned by the island’s government. The onslaught of misinformation seems aimed at undermining the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen and her governing Democratic Progressive Party, which leans toward independence.
6 Men Jailed for Beating American Student to Death in Greece
Nine men arrested in the beating death of an American student outside a bar in Greece in 2017 were cleared of murder but convicted of assault charges on Thursday. A court in Patra, in western Greece, reduced the charges to grievous assault, handing six men sentences ranging from five to 15 years in prison and freeing three others after convicting them of simple assault for the brutal attack on the student, Bakari Henderson, 22, in the summer of 2017 on the holiday island of Zakynthos. The decision spurred Henderson’s parents to warn other Americans against allowing their children to visit Greece.