FROM Steven Erlanger
A terrorist attack in Manchester Twenty-two people were killed and 60 injured last night by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert in the city of Manchester in northern England. The attacker was a 22-year-old, born in Britain to Libyan immigrants. We discuss the global impact of the attack and what it means for the immigrant community in Manchester.
Investigation into Julian Assange rape allegations dropped WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for five years — to avoid being arrested to face charges of rape in Sweden. Today, Swedish authorities said they're dropping the case. Speaking from the balcony of the embassy, Assange told reporters, "Seven years without charge while my children grew up without me. That is not something that I can forgive. It is not something that I can forget." Steven Erlanger, London bureau chief for the New York Times , explains why Sweden dropped the investigation and why Assange is remaining in the embassy.
The World Reels from Historic Exit We continue our discussion of Britain’s historic exit from the EU -- how this has shaken the world markets, has far-reaching economic repercussions for Europe and the US, and what this populist win in Britain says about anti-establishment sentiment in the U.S. and how it will play in November’s election.
The Obama Legacy Across the Atlantic Even before he was elected, Barack Obama became a hero in Europe with a vow of internationalism to replace the go-it-alone approach of George W. Bush. Eight years later, Obama was back in Europe this week, trying to overcome the perception that he's become disengaged . The European Union is struggling with trade, the massive influx of refugees and the threat that Britain might withdraw. We hear what could be his last message and what's next for some of America's oldest and most powerful allies.
Who is Mohammed Emwazi aka “Jihadi John”? Today, a British national named Mohammed Emwazi was identified as “Jihadi John,” the ISIS fighter who beheaded hostages in videos posted on YouTube. We’re learning more about Emwazi, who was born in Kuwait but grew up in England in a well-to-do family. What do we know about him and his journey from computer programmer to jihadist in Syria?
Israel Announces Truce before Strike Kills Palestinian Girl Israel declared what it called “a unilateral and partial ceasefire” but moments later an Israeli airstrike killed an 8-year old girl in a refugee camp in Gaza City. Steven Erlanger is London Bureau Chief for the New York Times reporting from Jerusalem.
Israel-Hamas Fighting Escalates Rockets from the Gaza strip are landing uncomfortably close to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and Israel is continuing retaliatory air strikes. Since Monday, two Israelis have been wounded; at least 29 Palestinians have been killed, possibly including 8 children. Steven Erlanger is London Bureau Chief for the New York Times, currently on assignment in Jerusalem.
France Becomes 14th Country to Legalize Gay Marriage Despite massive protests that flooded the streets of Paris, the Socialist majority of the French National Assembly legalized same-sex marriage today. France is the fourteenth nation to recognize same-sex marriage and the third in the past two weeks. But conservative opponents promise to continue their protests. Has the new law been used to channel wider unhappiness over the policies of Socialist President Francois Hollande? Steve Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Is Mali the Next Afghanistan? Fighting between French troops and Islamic rebels in Mali has moved from the air to the ground for the first time since the intervention began last Friday. Meantime, Islamic jihadists have taken hostages in Algeria—including some Americans.
France Arrests 17 in Islamic Militant Raids French police have rounded up 17 suspected Islamic militants in cities across the country. Two have already been let go. What's the connection to Mohammed Merah, who was killed last week after admittedly killing seven people, including a rabbi and three Jewish children? Steven Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Gunman Targets Jewish School in Toulouse, France Candidates for the presidency of France have suspended their campaigns in the aftermath of killings that might be related. Three French soldiers have been gunned down in the past ten days, and today a French Israeli was shot along with three children. Steven Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
All Europe, Except Britain, Signs Treaty to Shore Up the Euro The European Union summit of 27 countries has come up with a plan to save the Euro unanimously, except for Great Britain , which doesn't use the Euro anyway. France and Germany call it a "breakthrough." Poland and some other countries say they're not so sure. Steven Erlanger is in Brussels for the New York Times .
France, Germany Call for Treaty Changes in Advance of Euro Crisis Summit Some investors and analysts are predicting the end of the Euro, but others say there's still a chance before the end of this year. Today, Angela Merkel of Germany and Nicholas Sarkozy of France issued their first joint call for changing the treaties that established the Eurozone. Steven Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Palestine Becomes Member of UNESCO The UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a global development agency for promoting literacy, science, clean water and education. Today, UNESCO gave the Palestinian West Bank full membership , causing the US to cut off all funding . That's 22 percent of UNESCO's entire budget. Steve Erlanger is the New York Times ' Bureau Chief in Paris, where UNESCO is headquartered.
Obama, Karzai and the War in Afghanistan Before this weekend's NATO summit , Afghan President Hamid Karzai told reporters he wants fewer foreign troops in his country to reduce what he called "intrusiveness" of the war against the Taliban into daily life. After the meeting, President Obama said he'll have to settle for increased drone strikes and nighttime raids whether he likes it or not.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.