Ivanka Trump, “a natural diplomat” according to her father, claims she turned down an offer to be the president’s World Bank nominee because she is happy with her current work. Photo: Mark Reinstein / Shutterstock
German tourists die in Madeira crash, former Peru leader commits suicide, Samsung’s folding troubles, classic football. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
Ivanka turned down World Bank job
In an Associated Press interview Ivanka Trump says she declined her father’s offer to nominate her as head of the World Bank. According to AP, Ivanka told the president she was “happy with the work” she’s doing when he raised the idea. The BBC reports that just last week Donald Trump said he had also considered his daughter for the role of US ambassador to the United Nations, because he believes she is “a natural diplomat”. Ivanka is currently on a tour of African countries to promote the US government’s Women's Global Development and Prosperity programme, which has been criticized by Arwa Mahdawi writing in The Guardian.
North Korea tests tactical weapon
The Korean Central News Agency, the state media for North Korea, says the country has test-fired a new “tactical guided weapon”. Kim Jong-un oversaw the test and according to KCNA, as reported in The Guardian, he said it was “an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power”. CNN reports that the US Department of Defense says no missile launch was detected by its strategic command. But the BBC cites analysts saying it is unlikely to be a return to the long-range missile tests.
Madeira bus crash kills 29
The BBC reports that at least 29 people have been killed and a further 27 injured following a coach crash on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Deutsche Welle cites the local mayor saying that all the tourists in the bus were German, but some pedestrians may have been hit by the vehicle.
Former Peru president shoots himself
Former Peruvian President Alan García killed himself as he police arrived to arrest him on corruption charges, the BBC reports. The 69-year-old faced accusations of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, The Guardian reports. Three other former presidents are also implicated in the scandal.
Samsung’s new phone in trouble
Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold phone is breaking after just one or two days, CNBC reports. The phone, which retails at $1,980, has problems with its screen. One reviewer for The Verge says some form of debris, probably from a fault in the folding mechanism, caused his screen to distort.
Incumbent ahead in Indonesia
Unofficial “quick counts” show that incumbent Indonesian president Joko Widodo has won 54.19% of the vote in Wednesday’s election, while his challenger Prabowo Subianto is on 45.81%, The Guardian reports. However, Prabowo is claiming his share of the vote is in the 52-54% range, according to CNBC.
Columbine obsessed teen found dead
An 18-year-old infatuated with the Columbine massacre, which happened 20 years ago on Saturday, has been found dead, apparently after shooting herself, Reuters reports. Sol Pais from Florida had been the subject of a manhunt after she set off on a “pilgrimage” to the Colorado town and purchased a gun.
Spurs join Ajax, Barca and Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals on the Champions League after a classic second-leg tie against Manchester City on Wednesday evening. The Guardian has a match report and player ratings. Spurs now face Ajax of Amsterdam and Liverpool play Barcelona in the semi-finals.
Today’s breakfast briefing was written by Duncan Roberts