News Roundup

North Korea Threatens To Pull Out Of Summit With South Korea, USA Over War Exercises, Nukes, Investment

  • Kim Jong Un has indefinitely postponed high-level talks with South Korea after joint USA-South Korean military exercises began several days ago, even though these drills have been recurring annually for some time
  • A current meeting which is scheduled between Pres. Trump and Kim Jong Un for June 12th in Singapore may be in the crosshairs now as well, with North Korea insisting it will abandon the talks if Washington pushes it “into a corner” on nuclear disarmament and insists on increasing foreign investment in the country

Israel/Gaza Calm Yesterday

  • Yesterday was calm on the border between Israel and the southern part of the Gaza Strip, with almost all weapons fire halted after one day earlier 59 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured in what’s variously being called either massacre or clash
  • It has been reported that between Monday night and Tuesday morning Hamas sent messages to Israel through Egyptian and Qatari intermediaries saying that they were considering toning down the intensity of the next day’s protests, and yesterday the border was much less populated by Palestinian demonstrators than the day before
  • According to Haaretz this followed Israel warning Hamas that it would strike senior Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip if conflict continued

Merkel Talks About Need for Iran Deal in Speech to Parliament

  • Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the Iran nuclear deal today following Pres. Trump’s decision to abandon it last week
  • Despite saying the deal was “everything other than ideal,” Merkel said that “the question is whether you can talk better if you terminate an agreement or if you stay in it… We say you can talk better if you remain in it”

Catalan leader does presser with Puigdemont

  • Catalonia’s new regional leader, Quim Torra, held a press conference in Berlin with former President Carles Puigdemont, who is waiting on a decision from a German court over whether he’ll be extradited to Spain
  • Torra called for Madrid to “put an end to the suspension of Catalan autonomy” and called Puigdemont “Catalonia’s legitimate president,” saying that the new government would “never abandon the path to Puigdemont’s reelection”

North Carolina Teachers to rally in Raleigh

  • Dozens of school districts are closing while as many as 15,000 teachers gather in the capitol of North Carolina to try to sway state lawmakers on issues relating to public education
  • The teachers are pushing for better supplies, newer textbooks, crowded classes, and higher teacher pay
  • North Carolina is currently ranked 37th in the nation for average teacher pay and 39th for per-pupil spending

Explosion at building in Orange County, CA Appears to Be Intentional

  • One woman was killed and three others were wounded after an explosion rocked a medical facility, an explosion which the Orange County Sheriff’s Department now believes to have been intentional
  • The authorities have just begun investigating the interior of the building and don’t know what type of explosive device was used

Severe Thunderstorms in Northeast Kill 5

  • Power has been cut to almost half a million customers due to severe weather that includes thunderstorms, flash flooding, hail, winds up to 80 mph and possibly tornadoes
  • Five have been confirmed dead, including an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a falling tree that also injured her mother
  • Metro throughout the region was cut and all trains were cancelled from Grand Central Station, with catastrophic consequences on commuters trying to get home

Author Tom Wolfe Dies at 88

  • Author Tom Wolfe has died at the age of 88 in Manhattan after being hospitalized with an infection
  • Wolfe is known for his first fiction novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and for his earlier essays and books, such as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Right Stuff

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