NEED TO KNOW
Powerful explosion in Prague. Part of the Czech capital (remember that guy?) has been sealed off after a large blast inside a building in the city center. At least a dozen people are receiving medical treatment and emergency services say others could still be trapped.
Syria’s PM survives car bomb. Wael al-Halqi, prime minister in President Bashar al-Assad’s government, was reportedly the target of a car bomb that went off in Damascus today. He wasn’t killed, but his bodyguard and possibly others were.
If confirmed, it’s the most daring direct attack on a member of Assad’s circle since the Interior Ministry was bombed in December, wounding the minister, and since the defense minister and his deputy – Assad’s brother-in-law – were killed in an attack on the national security headquarters last July. Some observers called those assassinations “the beginning of the end.” They weren’t.
WANT TO KNOW
Farewell to Kaesong. The last remaining South Koreans are preparing to leave the Kaesong industrial zone in North Korea, the closest thing the two Koreas had to a common project and the latest casualty of the stand-off between Seoul and Pyongyang.
More than 100 workers evacuated this weekend, and today, the final 50 or so managers and engineers are due to make South Korea’s withdrawal complete. How long are they leaving for? The South Korean government says it’s still open to negotiations, but with the assembly lines halted and the site all but abandoned, many fear the staff have said goodbye to Kaesong for good.
The Spanish are coming. For hard-up Spaniards, Latin America is looking a lot like the promised land. For most of the past few decades it was Latin Americans who crossed the Atlantic in search of better luck; now, with Spain’s economy – as the Mexicans say –chingada, the Latin American influx there is waning and Spaniards are instead coming to the Americas, where economic indicators point up, not down.
GlobalPost meets the latest wave of migrants leaving the Old World to see their fortune in the New.
STRANGE BUT TRUE
If a cheetah attacks a president and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? It’s a question we never thought we’d ask ourselves, until we learned today that President Ian Khama of Botswana recently required two stitches after being clawed in the face by a captive cheetah. So that happened.
The government is only revealing the incident now, the president’s spokesman says, because it was a “freak accident, but not an attack” (we’d like the cat’s opinion on that) and as such there were “no real security implications.” You hear that, world? The cheetah is not, repeat not, a terrorist.