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Today's News: Feb. 12, 2017

World leaders condemn North Korea’s latest missile test, hundreds of passengers at Hamburg Airport were evacuated, and Parisian suburb erupted in violence after an officer allegedly raped a young man.  

Aurelien Morissard / AP

—World leaders have condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch, which flew toward the Sea of Japan. The test is being called a provocation to see how U.S. President Donald Trump responds.

—Hundreds of passengers at Hamburg Airport were evacuated and dozens of flights were canceled after what is thought to be peppers spray spread through the air conditioning system.

—Thousands of at times violent protesters marched in a Parisian suburb and demanded justice for a young man allegedly raped by police.

—We’re tracking the news stories of the day below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).


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Israel Won't Allow Former Peruvian President Wanted on Bribery Charges Into the Country

Mariana Bazo / Reuters

Israel said Sunday it would not allow former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo to enter the country until he has cleared up a recently issued warrant for his arrest in his home country. A day earlier, the U.S. had refused to block Toledo, who served from 2001 to 2006, from boarding a plane in California bound for Tel Aviv. It was not clear if Toledo ever got on the plane for Israel, which has no extradition agreement with Peru. Prosecutors in his home country say Toledo took more than $20 million in bribes from Brazilian construction company Oderbrecht as it tried to win bids to build a transoceanic highway. Toledo has denied any wrongdoing or claims the bribes were made through his long-time friend Yosef Maiman, an Israeli businessman. Oderbrecht has been the subject of numerous investigations and is implicated in offering bribes worth hundreds of millions of dollars to officials throughout Latin American.

The Toxic Gas That Shut Down a Hamburg Airport Was Probably Pepper Spray

Fabian Bimmer / Reuters

Hundreds of passengers at the Helmut Schmidt Airport in Hamburg were evacuated after an unknown toxic gas spread through the air conditioning system and injured nearly 70 people. Starting at about noon local time dozens of flights were canceled, and all incoming flights were halted for about one hour. An initial investigation by firefighters said the substance was most likely pepper spray, and they do not believe it was a terrorist attack. Later Sunday afternoon, investigators said the pepper spray may have emanated from a cartridge discarded in a garbage outside the security gate. About 1,500 passengers were affected, including Uruguay’s president, who had visited with the mayor of Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city.

Parisian Mayor Asks for Calm After Another Day of Violent Protests

Aurelien Morissard / AP

The mayor of a small Parisian suburb pleaded for calm Sunday as demonstrators continued another day of at times violent protests over the alleged rape of a young man by police. Thousands of protesters have marched in streets in the town of Bobigny, shooting fireworks at police officers, lighting cars on fire and destroying property. Police have responded by firing tear gas into the crowds, and while no one has been injured, officers have arrested nearly 40 people. The protests began after four officers allegedly assaulted a young man, who arrived at a hospital emergency room February 2 covered in blood and bleeding from his rectum. Doctors found that his injury had likely been caused by a police truncheon forced into his rectum. But an investigation by France’s national police force found that the man’s injuries were “not a rape,” saying they had been caused unintentionally by officers. The victim, who is black, also said officers spit on him and called him a “negro” and a “bitch.”

World Leaders Denounce North Korea's Missile Test

Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters

World leaders have denounced North Korea’s latest missile test, which launched Sunday morning and flew 310 miles east before falling into the Sea of Japan. South Korea called it a provocation meant to elicit response from U.S. President Donald Trump, who is meeting with Japanese President Shinzo Abe this weekend. At a hastily called press conference, Trump did not reference North Korea specifically, or any actions the U.S. might take, but he said, “I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.” Abe called North Korea’s actions “absolutely intolerable.” The missile was believed to be a modified intermediate-range Musudan missile, fired from a launch site near the country’s border with China. The launch is in violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution that bars North Korea from developing nuclear-capable missiles, although this has not stopped leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea has promised to develop an intercontinental missile capable of hitting the U.S. and has repeatedly fired these tests in the direction of Japan. But North Korea has struggled lately to even successfully launch even these intermediate-range missiles.