News You Should Read Today – January 30 – 2016

African Union summit opens in Addis AbabaAfrican Union summit opens in Addis Ababa

Dozens of African leaders are in Addis Ababa Saturday for the opening session of the African Union summit. Zimbabwean President and African Union Chairman Robert Mugabe opened the summit, which this year focuses on human rights on the continent.

The crisis in Burundi is at the top of the leaders’ agenda. The African Union is considering a plan to send 5,000 peacekeepers to the country to contain violence that has killed more than 400 people. Burundi’s political crisis began last April when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he was running for a controversial third term.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in attendance at the summit, warned that “leaders who stand by while civilians are slaughtered in their name must be held responsible.” He said the crisis in Burundi required a “most serious and urgent commitment.”

Among the African leaders attending the opening session in Ethiopia’s capital were South African President Jacob Zuma and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. VOA News

 

 

Top-secret information in some Clinton emailsTop-secret information in some Clinton emails

The U.S. State Department said Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained several email chains with top-secret information and that those emails would be withheld from public release.

The development came three days before the Iowa caucuses, the first event in which members of the public will cast ballots to determine their parties’ next presidential nominees. The Clinton campaign demanded Friday that the emails be released in full. A campaign statement said the development was an example of “bureaucratic infighting” and “overclassification run amok.”

State Department officials have said that using a private email account was not prohibited and that Clinton never shared classified information over the account. But critics have said it may have been a way for her to hide her communications.

Clinton initially said the private server was a matter of convenience, but later termed it a mistake. VOA News

 

 

Facebook bans private gun salesFacebook bans private gun sales

Facebook is cracking down on private gun sales. The Menlo Park, Calif., company said late Friday it will ban users from coordinating private sales of firearms on the social network and on mobile app Instagram. The ban does not apply to licensed gun dealers for purchases completed off Facebook.

President Obama and state attorneys general have increased pressure on Facebook to tighten restrictions on firearms because of the proliferation of posts that offer guns for sale, often without background checks.

Facebook and Instagram users will no longer be able to offer or coordinate the private sale of firearms, gun parts and ammunition, the company said. That brings firearms in line with Facebook’s ban on the private sales of marijuana, pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs.

Users can’t buy and sell guns on Facebook itself but gun enthusiasts often connect there and sometimes make arrangements to buy, sell and trade guns. USA Today

 

 

Trump-less debate earns second-lowest ratings of GOP debate seasonTrump-less debate earns second-lowest ratings of GOP debate season

Fox News’ GOP presidential debate Thursday night was the second-lowest rated GOP debate of the season, drawing in a 12.5 million viewers. The ratings are notable because it was the first time that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was absent from the stage — he boycotted the debate after claiming that moderator Megyn Kelly was biased.

Trump’s counter-programmed Iowa event raising money for veterans was watched by roughly 2.7 million viewers. The first time the Trump faced off against Kelly in the first debate in August, Fox News drew a record 24 million viewers. CNN

Obama announces rules to crack down on gender pay gapObama announces rules to crack down on gender pay gap

Obama announced Friday a new requirement for companies with 100 or more employees to report pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity. The announcement, made on the seventh anniversary of Obama’s Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, has drawn criticism from Republicans who argue that gender discrimination is already illegal so additional actions are not necessary.

“This won’t solve every problem,” Obama said Friday. “We’ve still got to get more women and girls into high paying fields… We’ve still got to make sure women are not… held back in the workplace simply for starting a family.” The first reports will be due September 2017. The New York Times

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