Our top picks for what the global press is saying about the U.S. today.
The U.S. and Uganda have suspended their search for the brutal rebel leader Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic (CAR). The International Criminal Court has indicted Kony, a self-styled theocrat who believes himself to be the voice of God, for war crimes and the use of child soldiers.
But a report by a Ugandan newspaper, The New Vision, reveals that changing political circumstances have caused a temporary end to the manhunt. Here’s where it gets a little confusing: Another rebel group known as Seleka—which is distinct from Kony’s movement—has toppled the ruling government in the CAR. The African Union, which is overseeing the Kony mission, has declared that it will not work with the country’s new Seleka rulers, meaning Uganda and the U.S. will have to call off their search.
Russia feuds with Texas parents
A Texas couple has given up parental rights to their adopted Russian children, according to The Moscow Times. The Russian parliament had opened a preliminary investigation into the conduct of Penny and Michael Deckert, who denied the charges but said they were tired of dealing with false accusations.
Two of their three children, adopted from Russia in 2003, are now in foster care. The Deckert case comes soon after the death of three-year-old Max Shatto, an adopted Russian child living in Texas who died in January. Investigators in Texas ruled his death an accident, but Russian officials maintained that his adoptive parents murdered him.
Dancing to a different beat
Cuba has always been wary of letting its star athletes travel to other countries: the communist nation frequently loses baseball and soccer players during trips abroad. Now it will have to start worrying about its artists too. During a tour of Mexico, seven young dancers of the National Ballet of Cuba, two men and five women, defected. Six crossed into the U.S. and are now living in Miami. The seventh remained in Mexico.
The National Ballet is an internationally recognized troupe, according to a report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “known for its adherence to a classical style of ballet and for producing many world-class dancers.”