Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

Clinton to visit South Sudan for first time

Kenya

Clinton to visit South Sudan for first time

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will become the most senior U.S. official to visit South Sudan since its birth last summer. Clinton will meet President Salva Kiir in Juba, South Sudan's capital. The United States played a key role in brokering the 2005 deal that imposed a truce on the fighting between Sudan's government in Khartoum and South Sudanese rebels and that ended in South Sudan's independence. Yet during South Sudan's first year as a nation, the United States has grown increasingly frustrated at decisions taken by its South Sudanese friends, including Juba's refusal to cut ties to rebel allies across the border in Sudan, its decision in January to shut down oil production as part of a dispute with Sudan and its military advance northward in April to capture the disputed oilfield of Heglig.

Baghdad

12 people killed in day of violence

Bombings and drive-by shootings killed 12 people across Iraq on Thursday, officials said, in the latest series of small but recurrent strikes by militants bent on bringing the country back to the brink of civil war. Authorities said five security forces were among the dead.

Philadelphia

Subway rider with AK-47 arrested

A man carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, a handgun, and a 12-inch hunting knife, along with illegal drugs, boarded a subway train Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Thanks to a tip from a passenger and fast action by SEPTA police, he was arrested after the train pulled into the Fairmount station on the northbound Broad Street Line. No harm was done, but officials were left shaking their heads at what might have happened if the man, identified by city police as Jermal Michael Ponds, 28, had intended to use the weapons. SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said uniformed transit police officers at the City Hall station were told by a woman who got off the train that she thought she had seen a man with a weapon.

Madrid

3 people arrested, linked to al-Qaida

The Spanish government said Thursday that it had arrested three men suspected of having links to al-Qaida and believed to have been planning attacks in Europe. The Spanish Interior Ministry released photographs of the three but offered only minimal details. The Associated Press, quoting the Spanish police, said that one was Russian, the second a Russian of Chechen descent and the third a Turk. They were arrested as part of a 24-hour police operation carried out between Tuesday night and Wednesday. The Spanish interior minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, said in an interview by telephone that the men had been in Spain for about two months and under close surveillance for several weeks. "We have clear indications that an attack was being planned, whether in Spain or another European country or even both," Fernandez Diaz said.

Chicago

O'Hare resumes normal operations

Operations have resumed at a terminal at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after a portion of it was closed briefly while security personnel investigated a suspicious package. City Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride says the doors at Terminal 2 were sealed Thursday by the Transportation Security Administration. Times wires

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