News You Should Read Today – January 31 – 2015

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The New York Times editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday. “Hillary Clinton is the right choice for the Democrats to present a vision for America that is radically different from the one that leading Republican candidates offer, ” the editorial read. On the Republican side, the editorial board published a weaker show of support for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whom they described as the only antidote to the field’s extremism and inexperience. The New York Times

Donald Trump overtook Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) atop the Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll in Iowa on Saturday. Among likely caucus-goers, Trump notched 28 percent of the vote to Cruz’s 23 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio‘s (R-Fla.) 15 percent. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is neck-and-neck with Bernie Sanders. They sit at 45 percent and 42 percent, respectively. Des Moines Register

Iowa’s secretary of state on Saturday blasted Ted Cruz’s campaign over a controversial mailer that aims to drive voters to the polls for Monday’s caucuses by claiming they have committed “violations.” The mailer gave the recipient, along with their neighbors, poor grades based on their individual voting history. On one side, the mailer reads: “ELECTION ALERT: VOTER VIOLATION,” “PUBLIC RECORD” and “FURTHER ACTION NEEDED.” The other side of the mailer says “VOTING VIOLATION” in red letters at the top before text that reads: Cruz campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart confirmed to CNN that the mailer was from the Cruz campaign. CNN

On the presidential campaign trail, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders often points to Scandinavian countries, including Denmark, as models of his self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” policies, such as free college tuition and a system of universal, single-payer health care. VOA News



Obama to make first visit to U.S. mosque ( to make first visit to U.S. mosque

President Obama will visit a U.S. mosque for the first time during his presidency, the White House announced Saturday. He’ll head to the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday to “to celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life,” the White House said.

The visit comes as Islamophobia factors heavily into the 2016 presidential race. Republican hopeful Donald Trump has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. The Washington Post



Djokovic wins 6th Australian openDjokovic wins 6th Australian open

Novak Djokovic captured his sixth Australian Open championship on Sunday with a straight set victory over Andy Murray.

The No. 1 player in the world also tied Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on the all-time Grand Slam winners list at 11. The win moved Djokovic into a tie with Roy Emerson at the top of the all-time Australian Open winners list. Murray’s loss put him at 0-5 in the Australian Open final. CNN



Asian governments issue advisories on Zika virusAsian governments issue advisories on Zika virus

The Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America and Asian governments have issued advisories attempting to contain the mosquito-borne disease.

Zika could be linked to birth defects such as brain damage in newborns and could cause temporary paralysis, according to medical professionals. Health authorities in several Asian countries have advised travelers, particularly pregnant women to avoid trips to Central and South America. They have asked people coming or returning from those areas, who display symptoms such as fever and rashes to immediately report to health centers. Doctors are also required to immediately report suspected cases.

Meanwhile, Colombia’s National Health Institute said that the country has recorded 20,297 cases of Zika infection, including 2,116 in pregnant women. In a statement released Saturday, the institute recommended that couples delay pregnancy for six to eight months.

The World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Pan American Health Organization warn the Zika virus is spreading rapidly through the Americas and could affect as many as four million people. VOA News

Turkey says Russian jet violated airspaceTurkey says Russian jet violated airspace

Tensions rose between Turkey and Russia when Turkey and NATO said a Russian warplane had violated Turkish airspace. Russia dismissed the Turkish allegations as “baseless propaganda.” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said a Russian Su-34 warplane entered Turkish airspace Friday at 11:45 a.m. (0945 UTC) despite what Turkish and NATO officials said were repeated warnings.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia it would endure “consequences” if it continued such violations, and he called the Russian actions “irresponsible.” He spoke to reporters at Istanbul’s airport as he departed on a trip to Latin America. The Turkish government said it had summoned Russia’s ambassador in Ankara to protest. In Moscow, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said there had “not been a single violation” of Turkish airspace by Russian air force planes.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called the Russian incursion into Turkish airspace “dangerous” behavior and reaffirmed the alliance’s solidarity with Turkey, a NATO member. VOA News

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