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This Week in World: Spain, Trump, and More


Two Killed During Torrential Downpour In Spain

Two siblings died on Thursday when floodwaters caused by torrential rain dragged their car and flipped it over in eastern Spain. Authorities then warned residents to prepare for further storms across the country. The victims, aged 51 and 61, died in the region of Castilla La Mancha. Nearby in the Valencia region, at least two rivers burst their banks. This forced the evacuation of dozens of people.

“We had 300 millimeters of rain. We haven’t seen that for a century,” Jorge Rodríguez, the mayor of Ontinyent, said. In addition, schools suspended classes for the foreseeable future. Spain authorities also recommended people stay in their homes in the affected areas.

Trump Willing To Meet With Kim Jong Un Again

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un again. He wants to resume denuclearization talks at some point later this year. Trump’s comments followed North Korea’s similar wishes they announced earlier on Monday.

Trump’s removal of John Bolton, his national security adviser, earlier this week may help U.S. efforts to revive the talks. However, it will not make Washington’s aim of persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons any easier. Trump and Kim have met three times since June 2018 to discuss this issue.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro To Rest Four More Days

Brazilian President plans to rest four more days following his surgery. Complications arose from a stab wound, causing the President to remain in surgery longer than expected. The president’s recovery is “evolving positively,” Otávio Rêgo Barros said in the statement. “However, the medical team … decided to keep him out of office as head of the executive for another four days from 13 September 2019, in order to provide a longer period of rest.”

Four Dead In Turkey After Bombing

Four people were killed in southeast Turkey after improvised explosives placed on a road detonated. In addition, 13 more people were severely injured. The bomb detonated as a vehicle carrying villagers passed. The explosives were believed to have been placed by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. In addition, the blasts occurred in the Kulp district of Diyarbakir province.

Kuwait’s Emir Successfully Completes Medical Testing

Kuwait’s 90-year-old ruler left a hospital in the United States after successfully completing medical tests. Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who has ruled Kuwait since 2006, had postponed a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump planned for this week. He was admitted to the hospital later during the trip.