March 16, 2018
We begin with the surprising firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by President Trump, and note that Gina Haspel, Mr. Trump’s newly named director for the CIA, faces a possible arrest warrant in Germany; report on the growing tensions between Britain and Russia following Russia’s suspected involvement in an assassination attempt in Salisbury.
Angela Merkel is elected to fourth term as German chancellor; Putin blames Jews and minorities for U.S. elections meddling, while France refuses to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
We report on growing division between liberal and conservative factions around Pope Francis; note the powerful influence over the EU of Cardinal Reinhard Marx; and conclude with a Canadian judge’s ruling for religious freedom.
Throughout this section, we have underlined pertinent statements in the quoted articles, for the convenience and quick overview of the reader.