1. CHANCES OF BREXIT DEAL SLIM; EU CHIDES ‘BLAME GAME’
Britain and the European Union traded ill-tempered remarks Tuesday as the U.K. said a Brexit deal might be impossible, while insisting it was still working for one with just over three weeks until its scheduled departure from the bloc.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said EU intransigence had led to a breakdown in negotiations, prompting a top European leader to warn against playing a “stupid blame game” and chide Johnson.
In a statement to British media, Downing Street said Merkel had told Johnson that “a deal is overwhelmingly unlikely” unless the U.K. agreed to let Northern Ireland continue to follow EU customs rules in order to maintain an open border with EU member Ireland.
2. INDIA TO ALLOW TOURISTS BACK INTO LOCKED-DOWN KASHMIR
Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir will allow tourists back into the region two months after ordering them to leave due to security concerns amid an Indian crackdown.
Tourists however, will unlikely to experience normal life in the disputed area or be able to use mobile internet or cellphones, which remain cut.
Local government spokesman Rohit Kansal said the decision was made after a review of the situation. He further said the restrictions on the entry of tourists will be lifted on Thursday.
3. 9-YEAR-OLD BOY CHARGED WITH 5 COUNTS OF MURDER IN ALLEGED TRAILER FIRE
A 9-year-old child accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
The Journal Star reported, the juvenile also was charged with two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson.
The April 6 fire killed a 1-year-old, two 2-year-olds, a 34-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman at the Timberline Mobile Home Park near the village of Goodfield, Chicago.
Betsy Clark, the president of Juvenile Justice Initiative, based in Evanston, Illinois recommends that given the age, children under 14 should never be prosecuted, no matter the crime.