1. HUNGARIAN TOURIST BOAT SALVAGED, TWO WEEKS AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT
Hungarian salvage crews recovered four bodies on Tuesday as they raised the wreck of a boat from the Danube River in Budapest, two weeks after it capsized with a group of South Korean tourists on board.
The Mermaid boat sank in seconds on May 29 after a large cruise liner hit it from behind under a bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain. Twenty-six tourists and two Hungarian crew died in the worst disaster on the river in half a century.
According to police, the four victims found inside were being identified, and search teams had been doubled to try to find four others who remained unaccounted for.
The captain of the second boat involved in the collision, cruise liner Viking Sigyn, is being held on suspicion of misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties.
2. EGYPT, JORDAN, MOROCCO TO ATTEND U.S.-LED PALESTINIAN CONFERENCE
A White House official said Tuesday that Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco have confirmed their attendance at a U.S. conference this month in Bahrain, where it will unveil the economic portion of its long-awaited plan for Mideast peace.
The positive responses from key Arab states delivered a diplomatic victory for the U.S., which faces tough resistance to its proposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinians however, citing the Trump administration’s pro-Israel bias, have already said they will not attend the summit and have rejected the peace plan out of hand.
3. UGANDA CONFIRMS FIRST EBOLA CASE OUTSIDE OUTBREAK IN CONGO
A child in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighboring Congo last year.
According to Ugandan Health Minister Jane Aceng, the 5-year-old Congolese boy has been isolated with family members at a hospital in a western district near the Congo border.
It was not immediately clear when the boy entered Uganda. A WHO statement said he entered on Sunday with his family through the Bwera border post and had sought treatment at Kagando hospital and is transferred to Bwera Ebola treatment unit.
The announcement puts new pressure on the World Health Organization to declare the Ebola outbreak as the second-deadliest in history of a global health emergency.