Singapore Summit Security, Spain Rescues Migrants, Florida Revokes Gun Permits, and More

Singapore Summit Security, Spain Rescues Migrants, Florida Revokes Gun Permits, and More
  • Singaporean officials said they are taking an "all hands on deck" approach to ensure the security of the historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, reports the South China Morning Post. Interior minister K. Shanmugam told reporters about 5,000 police officers and first responders will be deployed by the end of the meeting. Singapore has a total of around 13,000 police officers and 2,500 first responders. The figure does not include military personnel who have been deployed, with at least two warships patrolling waters off Sentosa island resort where the summit will be held. The heightened security measures were most visible around the Shangri-La and St Regis hotels, where perimeters were lined with uniformed police officers. The Shangri-La hotel, where Trump will stay, was heavily guarded by U.S. Secret Service personnel. Also deployed in both hotels were officers from Singapore's Gurkha Contingent, kitted in body armor and combat assault rifles.

  • Spain's maritime rescue service saved 334 migrants and recovered four bodies from boats it intercepted trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, reports the Herald Sun. The rescue service says its patrol craft reached nine different boats carrying migrants that had left from African shores during Saturday and early Sunday. One boat found on Sunday was carrying four dead bodies along with 49 migrants. The cause of death has yet to be determined. Driven by violent conflicts and extreme poverty, tens of thousands of migrants attempt to reach southern Europe each year by crossing the Mediterranean in smugglers' boats. The United Nations says at least 785 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year. Through the first five months of 2018, a total of 27,482 migrants reached European shores, with 7,614 of them arriving in Spain. Libya's coast guard intercepted 152 migrants, including women and children, in the Mediterranean Sea, from two boats stopped Saturday off the coast of the western Zuwara district and the capital, Tripoli.

  • Florida revoked concealed weapons permits for nearly 300 people who got them after the state failed to do national background checks for more than a year, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam acknowledged that the state revoked the permits in a statement issued Friday evening. The state failed to check applications against a national database set up by federal authorities. The lapse was revealed in an inspector general's report sent to Putnam in 2017. Putnam blamed the lapse on a negligent and deceitful employee. He said a total of 365 applications were reviewed after the problem was discovered. Ultimately, permits were revoked for 291 people.

  • A heavy police presence and an isolated summit site thwarted protesters at the Group of Seven meeting in Canada on Saturday, dousing all but a smattering of demonstrations against the powerful world leaders. With U.S. President Donald Trump and top U.S. allies huddled at a luxury hotel, groups intent on disrupting the gathering were left to march through quiet city streets 87 miles away. Ten people were arrested in connection with anti-G7 protests Thursday and Friday but the scattered demonstrations were largely peaceful as authorities closed off streets and responded to any protests with ranks of police in riot gear. Twice on Friday demonstrators sought to block highways leading from Quebec City to the resort in La Malbaie where leaders met for the two-day summit. The second time they succeeded briefly, and about two dozen protesters faced off with riot police. After a few minutes of chanting the protesters set furniture on fire and fled.

  • In other news, a suicide bomber struck outside a government ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, today, killing 12 people and wounding 31, days before the start of a holiday cease-fire with the Taliban. In London, a 14-year-old boy robbed seven people of their mobile phones and other gadgets from the back of a moped, before being seized by officers; this is just one of many incidents of moped-riding criminals in the city. The United Nations General Assembly elected South Africa, Germany, Belgium, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term on the Security Council starting in 2019. South Africa will use its two-year term to advance African interests and resolve regional, global, and international conflicts. U.S. net neutrality—the rule that says telecommunications network operators must treat the traffic they carry in a neutral way—ends today. ​