• The release of a captured Indian fighter pilot defused the latest military confrontation between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. The pilot was shot down during the first Ariel dogfight over the disputed territory since 1971. The latest round of fighting between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors was prompted by a suicide attack on a convoy of India soldiers by the Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad based in Pakistan.
(“Pakistan Hands Back Indian Pilot Shot Down Over Kashmir,” Guardian, March 1, 2019; “Kashmir: Why Indian and Pakistan Fight Over It,” BBC, Feb. 27, 2019)
• A month before a snap election, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The charges relate to a wide ranging corruption investigation of Netanyahu over his links to a high-powered Hollywood producer, U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Israel’s largest telecom giant Bezeq.
(“Pink champagne, Cuban cigars and Sheldon Adelson: How Benjamin Netanyahu got accused of corruption,” Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2019; “Netanyahu Charges: Is Israel PM in More Trouble Than Before?” BBC, March 1, 2019)
• Time is running out on 1.4 million Puerto Ricans who have relied on emergency food assistance since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017. Without new appropriations from Congress, over 100,000 people will lose all food aid and tens of thousands will see their assistance cut. Before Hurricane Maria, 45 percent of Puerto Ricans were living in poverty, three times the poverty rate in the U.S.
(“Trump to Puerto Rico: Go Hungry,” American Prospect, Feb. 20, 2019)
News narrator: Nigel Victor Rees