Jindal dropped out of White House race
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the 2016 race for president Tuesday, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support among Republicans sifting through a long list of contenders for the GOP nomination. “I’ve come to the realization that this is not my time,” Jindal said on Fox News Channel as he announced the decision to suspend his campaign.
The 44-year-old governor said he wasn’t ready to endorse another candidate, but intended to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee. Term-limited and out of office in January, Jindal said he will work with a think tank he started a few years ago, called America Next, to devise what he called “a blueprint for making this the American century.” AP
Air France planes land safely in Salt Lake City, Halifax after bomb threats
Two Air France planes were diverted Tuesday night after bomb threats were called in against the flights. Flight 65 was headed to France from Los Angeles when it was diverted to Salt Lake City; the FBI and airport police are investigating, and 497 passengers have been taken off the plane.
Airport officials said they do not know who made the call or where it came from. Flight 55 from Washington’s Dulles Airport to Paris was diverted shortly afterward, to an airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a government source told CNN. The source said they do not know if the same person was behind both threats. KSL, CNN via The Week
German soccer stadium evacuated due to ‘credible threat of explosives’
A friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled less than 90 minutes before kickoff, with fans who had already entered the stadium in Hanover forced to evacuate. Local police said the decision was made due to security concerns following the discovery of a “suspicious package”; the police chief cited a “credible threat of explosives” and said that there was “concrete danger for all of Hanover.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several cabinet ministers had planned to attend the game.
Germany was playing France in a friendly match when Friday’s terror attacks in Paris began. A match between France and England will still be held Tuesday at Wembley stadium. The Guardian, SB Nation via The Week
Obama slams Republicans over refugee stance
President Barack Obama sharply criticized Republicans Wednesday for suggesting that Syrian refugees coming to the United States posed a security threat, blasting some GOP suggestions as “offensive” and mocking what he said was a fear of “widows and orphans.”
“We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic,” Obama said. “We don’t make good decisions if it’s based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.”
“Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” he said later. “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of 3-year-old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
The President was speaking in the Philippine capital ahead of a summit focused on trade and climate issues. But like his previous stop in Turkey for the G20, his visit to Asia has largely been overshadowed by the fallout over the terror attacks in Paris. CNN
US Talks Green Energy, Russia Offers Cheap Gas at APEC
At the Asia Pacific economic forum in Manila Wednesday, President Barack Obama promoted clean energy technology to boost global growth while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev offered cheap oil and gas.
During the APEC leaders’ summit, President Obama made an economic pitch for regional governments to support a strong global agreement at the upcoming U.N. climate change conference in Paris to reduce dependence on carbon based fuels that contribute to global warming.
“If we can get an agreement done, it could drive new jobs and opportunities, and investment in a global economy that, frankly, needs a boost right now,” Obama said.
Religious groups urge not to halt Syrian refugees
Two of the country’s largest and most influential religious groups, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals, are urging the United States not to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees after the deadly terrorist attack in Paris last Friday.
“Of course we want to keep terrorists out of our country, but let’s not punish the victims of ISIS for the sins of ISIS,” Leith Anderson, NAE president, said on Tuesday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has called for a “pause” in the U.S. program accepting Syrian refugees and 27 governors have said they will not welcome them, though they have little legal authority to bar the federal government from settling refugees in their states.
Meanwhile, almost every GOP presidential candidate has said the United States should stop admitting Syrian refugees. Ted Cruz told CNN that the country should deny entry to Muslims from Syria, but leave the door open to fleeing Christians. Jeb Bush said refugee resettlement should “focus” on Christians.
Tuesday’s announcements from the Catholic bishops and evangelical association, which represents some 45,000 churches, put several candidates squarely at odds with their religious leaders. Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush and Chris Christie are Catholic. Cruz and Mike Huckabee are evangelicals. CNN
Clinton outline plan to beat ISIS
Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Tuesday strongly rebuked Republicans over calls to screen Syrian refugees coming into the U.S. based on religion, calling their “hateful rhetoric” a “new low.”
“We’ve seen a lot of hateful rhetoric from the GOP. But the idea that we’d turn away refugees because of religion is a new low,” Clinton said.
Later Tuesday at a campaign event in Dallas, Clinton pressed further, saying that denying refugees isn’t in line with American values.
“We can’t act as though we are shutting the door to people in need without undermining who we are as Americans,” she told a crowd of supporters.
Clinton’s comments comes after Sen. Ted Cuz said the United States should deny entry to Muslim refugees from Syria, but leave the door open to fleeing Christians. Allowing tens of thousands of Syrian Muslims into the country was “nothing short of lunacy,” the Texas senator said, citing concerns that terrorists may be among the refugees. CNN
Ethiopian Beer on Rise, With British Help
An Ethiopian beer company has partnered with two British firms to open a new brewery to expand its production and take advantage of a growing market in the east African nation.
Ethiopia’s Dashen Brewery has launched the new facility in Debre Birhan, as part of a partnership with Britain-based companies Vasari Global and Duet Group, and the Ethiopian TIRET Group. Dashen is one of the largest brewing companies in Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn presided at the opening ceremony, saying the brewery is an example of his country’s international economic development capabilities.
“Duet, Vasari, and Tiret have shown that companies from the United Kingdom and Ethiopia can jointly venture for mutual prosperity and this best practice has to be scaled up,” Desalegn said.
The brewing partners say Ethiopians’ demand for beer shows there a growing middle class in the country and a good sign of Ethiopia’s economic health. VOA
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