NEWS OF THE DAY
From Around the World
_1 Acid attacks: British police have charged a teenager with a spate of London acid attacks, as authorities consider whether tougher sentences would curb a spike in assaults with corrosive liquids. The Metropolitan Police force said a 16-year-old boy faces 15 charges, including grievous bodily harm. The boy was arrested after five moped riders were sprayed with a corrosive substance last week. The number of such attacks in London rose from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016. Some appear related to gang activity or the theft of cars and motorcycles. The government is considering increasing sentences for acid attacks to a maximum of life. Home Secretary Amber Rudd wrote in the Sunday Times that those who use noxious liquids as a weapon should “feel the full force of the law.”
_2 Deadly fire: Authorities arrested a man suspected of setting fire to a twostory house in eastern China early Sunday, killing 22 people, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Investigators discovered traces of gasoline at the scene in Jiangsu province and found all the doors of the house locked, according to the national work safety agency. The house, located in the city of Changshu about 50 miles northwest of Shanghai, was being used as a dormitory for 29 people working at a local restaurant, according to the newspaper Beijing News.
_3 Congo violence: Five Congo park rangers have been found dead and an American journalist has been found in good condition in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve after going missing during a militia attack, a local official said Sunday. “The American journalist is safe and healthy. She hid in the forest during an attack,” said Mambasa territory administrator Alfred Bongwalanga. The reporter was not identified. A rights group, the Center for Studies of Peace and Defense of Human Rights, blamed the attacks on the Mai Mai SIMBA militia, which is active in the area.
_4 Kashmir crash: A bus plunged into a 150-foot-deep gorge in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Sunday, killing at least 16 Hindu pilgrims and injuring more than two dozen others as they traveled to a shrine in the Himalayas, police said. The bus swerved off a mountain road, but the cause of the accident was not immediately clear. A police statement said 27 injured, 19 in critical condition, were taken to hospitals in Banihal, 75 miles south of Srinagar. Police said it had rained in the area, making the road slippery. Police figures show India has the world’s deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed each year in crashes.
_5 Climate diplomacy: French President Emmanuel Macron says his Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump was carefully calculated — and may have changed the U.S. president’s mind about climate change. Macron defended his outreach to Trump last week, whose “America first” policies have elicited worry and disdain in Europe. “Our countries are friends, so we should be too,” Macron said in an interview Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper. On their main point of contention — Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark Paris climate agreement — Macron is quoted as saying that “Donald Trump listened to me. He understood the reason for my position, notably the link between climate change and terrorism.” Increasing droughts and other extreme weather blamed on man-made climate change are worsening migration crises and conflicts in some regions as populations fight over dwindling resources. “We spoke in detail about what could allow him to return to the Paris deal,” Macron said.
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