News You Should Read Today – February 21 – 2016

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Apple to oppose iPhone court orderFacebook, Twitter side with Apple in iPhone fight

Facebook and Twitter sided with Apple in the public spat with the Obama administration over its refusal to help the FBI break into the iPhone of San Bernardino, Calif., shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.

Facebook warned that a federal judge’s order this week to force Apple bypass security functions on the iPhone used by Farook, one of the assailants in the December mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed 14 people, would set a “chilling precedent.”

The social media giant pledged to “fight aggressively” against government efforts to “weaken the security” of consumer tech products. USA Today



US Presidential election newsUS Presidential election

With nearly all the votes counted, Donald Trump is the clear winner of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, leading with roughly 33 percent. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) remained in a near-tie for second, with each candidate between 22 and 23 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson were right on Bush’s heels, with between 7 and 8 percent each.

The big win clearly distinguishes Trump, who finished a close second in Iowa and won convincingly in New Hampshire, as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. The Associated Press

Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Saturday. With most of the votes counted, Clinton led Bernie Sanders roughly 53 percent to 47 percent. The victory in Nevada surely comes as a big relief to the Democratic frontrunner, who prevailed very narrowly in Iowa before getting thumped by Sanders in New Hampshire. Next up for the Democrats is next Saturday’s South Carolina primary. Fox News

After a massively disappointing presidential run, Jeb Bush announced Saturday night in South Carolina that he is suspending his campaign. Bush said he was proud of his campaign and the fact that he “stood his ground,” and hoped that conservatives would use the ideas he shared on the trail as blueprints for the future. CNN



Blasts Kill 46 in HomsBlasts Kill 46 in Homs

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the twin explosions Sunday struck the al-Zahraa neighborhood and most of those killed appeared to be civilians.

Homs has been the target of multiple attacks in recent months, killing and wounding scores of people. The Observatory said the blasts Sunday were among the largest to hit the neighborhood in the five-year-old civil war.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the deadly attack, which comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov conferred on the crisis in Syria by telephone. BBC



Japan's Nomura wins Women's Australian OpenJapan’s Nomura wins Women’s Australian Open

Honolulu-based Haru Nomura of Japan won her first LPGA tournament in her 72nd start, shooting a closing 7-under 65 on Sunday to win the Women’s Australian Open by three strokes. Nomura, who was tied for the lead with two others going into the final round at The Grange’s West course, finished with a 16-under total of 272.

Top-ranked and defending champion Lydia Ko, who trailed by a stroke after three rounds, finished second after a 67. Five-time champion Karrie Webb shot 71 to finish third, seven strokes behind Nomura. American Danielle Kang was tied for fourth after a 73, eight strokes behind. USA Today

Iran banned women from attending men's volleyball gamesIran banned women from attending men’s volleyball games

Iran banned women from attending the International Beach Volleyball Championships that ended Friday, the world volleyball governing body said.

The International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) said allowing women to attend the five-day competition at Iran’s Kish Island had been a condition of its decision to let the Iranian volleyball federation host the men’s tournament for the first time. Female fans are traditionally barred from attending male-only sports matches in Iran.

According to HRW, the 2012 ban on women’s attendance at men’s volleyball matches followed a decision by the Iranian Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to extend the 1979 ban on women attending games in soccer stadiums.

The ban came to worldwide attention in 2014 when Iran banned Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian woman, from a men’s volleyball match between Iran and Italy.

She was detained for several hours and then released but was arrested again a few days later and sentenced to a year in prison for “propagating against the ruling system.” Ghavami was freed on bail pending an appeal. VOA

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