News You Should Read Today – February 19 – 2016

Pope heads to Mexico and CubaPope Francis: Donald Trump isn’t Christian

Pope Francis skewered Donald Trump on Thursday as being “not Christian” because of his promise to build a wall along the U.S.’s border with Mexico. “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian,” the pope said.

Trump has already returned fire, claiming the pope would “wish” and “pray” he is president if the Vatican is attacked by ISIS. Trump also said the pope “doesn’t know me,” and suggested he had been corrupted by Mexican government officials. “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful,” Trump said. The Associated Press via the Week



US Presidential election newsUS Presidential election

On Thursday night, BuzzFeed News posted an audio clip of Donald Trump being interviewed by Howard Stern on Sept. 11, 2002, where Stern asked Trump if he favored invading Iraq. “Yeah I guess so,” Trump said. “I wish the first time it was done correctly.” Since Trump has made his opposition to George W. Bush’s Iraq War a centerpiece of his foreign policy, Anderson Cooper asked Trump about his 2002 comments at a town hall event hosted by CNN. “I could have said that,” Trump said. “I wasn’t a politician, it was probably the first time anybody had asked me that question…. By the time the war started, I was against the war.” CNN

Veteran GOP fundraiser Bobbie Kilberg, a longtime backer of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, endorsed Jeb Bush on Wednesday. Kilberg, who runs a technology trade group in northern Virginia, and her husband, Bill Kilberg, are joining Bush’s campaign as co-chairs of his finance committee. USA Today

The Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago has agreed to hear a lawsuit on Sen. Ted Cruz’s eligibility for president — virtually ensuring that the issue dominates the news in the run-up to the South Carolina primary. Cruz was born in Canada to a US citizen mother and a noncitizen father. The Constitution requires presidents be “natural-born citizens,” but what exactly that requires hasn’t been settled in court. VOX



Ri Yong GilObama strengthens sanctions on North Korea

President Obama signed legislation Thursday to hit North Korea with strengthened and expanded sanctions over the nation’s nuclear weapons program. The move comes two days after the U.S. sent four F-22 stealth fighters to South Korea in a show of force as tensions rise with North Korea, which recently carried out a nuclear test and rocket launch.

South Korea on Friday cut off power and water supplies to the industrial park and announced that its planned talks with the United States on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, could start next week. Officials say they have yet to set a specific starting date for the talks.

The U.S. and China have been in careful negotiations over a U.N. Security Council resolution on new sanctions; China has expressed concerns that such strict measures could destroy North Korea’s economy. CBS News



Apple to oppose iPhone court orderApple unlocked iPhones for feds 70 times before San Bernardino

Though Apple has refused to comply with an FBI demand to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, claiming that the warrant is “an overreach by the U.S. government,” Apple has reportedly accessed iPhones for law enforcement some 70 times since 2008.

While Apple does not deny that figure, given by prosecutors in a similar court case in New York in 2015, the company also refused compliance then on grounds of reputational damage. Former NSA director and former CIA chief Gen. Michael Hayden also recently announced that he sided with Apple in the latest legal battle. “America is simply more secure with unbreakable end-to-end encryption,” he said. The Week



Volvo tries out 'keyless car' app in SwedenVolvo tries out ‘keyless car’ app in Sweden

The car manufacturer Volvo is to try out a phone app in Sweden which the firm claims could replace the car key. The Bluetooth app can control door locks and start or stop the engine, but the firm told the BBC that additional security measures would also be used inside the vehicles. The app will also let car owners share “digital keys” with others and download keys before renting vehicles.

Potential problems such as mislaid phones and handset battery life are already a factor of modern life. A cybersecurity expert, Professor Alan Woodward, warned however that Bluetooth was “a security conundrum” because the technology was originally designed as a short-range, replacement for cables.

If next week’s trial is a success the app could be launched next year. Volvo will continue to offer physical keys to customers who want them, the firm said. The app can do everything a physical key can do, Volvo claims. BBC

US hits ISIS camp in LibyaUS hits ISIS camp in Libya

US warplanes on Friday struck an ISIS camp in Libya where a senior operative in the terrorist group, Noureddine Chouchane, was believed to be.

Chouchane is believed to have played an instrumental role in two deadly terror attacks in Tunisia last year, one at Tunis’ Bardo Museum that killed 23 people and another at a seaside resort in Sousse that left 38 dead. ISIS claimed responsibility for both massacres.

Friday’s airstrike targeted Chouchane and the ISIS camp generally, according to the U.S. official. It was not immediately clear how many people, and if any, who, were killed. CNN

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