World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 7, 2016)
Nancy Reagan, one of the most high-profile and influential first ladies of the 20th century, has died. She was 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake, a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library.
She will be buried next to her husband, former President Ronald Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. In addition to her political service, she had a career as an actress. Her step-son Michael Reagan posted on Facebook: “She is once again with the man she loved. God Bless.” NBC news
As South Korea and the United States prepare for their annual military exercises, North Korea is warning of “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes targeting the two countries. In a statement, Pyongyang said it ordered “preemptive nuclear strikes of justice,” rhetoric that experts say is not uncommon for the country, but not realistic based on their capabilities, BBC News reports.
North Korea sees the military drill as rehearsal for an invasion, and this year’s exercises, with 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 U.S. personnel participating, will be the largest ever. A spokesman for South Korea’s defense ministry said if North Korea “ignores our warning and makes provocations, our military will firmly and mercilessly respond to it.” Last week, the U.N. passed its toughest sanctions in 20 years against North Korea, after the country launched a rocket and held a nuclear test. BBC News
GOPs on Sunday: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) handily won Puerto Rico’s Republican presidential primary Sunday. Puerto Rican voters don’t participate in the November general election, but do have a hand in each party’s nomination process. Rubio was the only candidate to visit the island, and received 74 percent of the vote, followed by Donald Trump with 14 percent, Ted Cruz with 9 percent, and John Kasich with 1 percent. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won Sunday’s Maine caucus, NBC News projects. With 97 percent of the results in, Sanders has 64 percent of the vote, followed by Hillary Clinton with 36 percent. NBC News, Politico via The Week
Dem debate on Sunday: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went toe-to-toe over Wall Street ties and guns during CNN’s Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, on Sunday. Both called for the recall or resignation of Gov. Rick Snyder (R) over the Flint water crisis, and decried the failures that caused dangerous levels of lead to enter the city’s water system. They differed on immunity for gun manufacturers, with Clinton calling it a “terrible mistake.” Sanders once again brought up that he does not have a super PAC, and called on Clinton to release transcripts from her speeches to Wall Street firms. Clinton defended her record, saying that as a U.S. senator she went to Wall Street and “told them they were wrecking the economy.” She said as soon as other candidates are asked to release transcripts of private speeches, she will do the same. The New York Times via The Week
Powell on GOP nominees: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has a message for the Republican Party: “We have to become more respectful of each other.” Speaking on the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan, Powell said he believed she would be “disturbed” by the way her husband’s legacy is invoked by some people today. NPR
Thousands of people protested negotiations between the Georgian government and Russia’s state-owned energy giant, Gazprom, Sunday in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. The demonstrators formed a nearly 7-kilometer (4-mile) human chain, stretching from the Russian Embassy to the government headquarters.
The protesters said they feared buying gas from Gazprom would make Georgia dependent on Russia.
The rally was organized by former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s pro-Western United National Movement party (UNM), which accuses Moscow of using Gazprom in a bid to prevent Georgia from forging closer ties with the West.
Russia and Georgia fought a brief war in August 2008 over the two Moscow-backed breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. VOA News
Former President Jimmy Carter told an audibly relieved church congregation Sunday that he no longer needs cancer treatments and is ending them. Carter, 91, announced in August that he had a mass removed from his liver. The mass turned out to be melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer.
Carter underwent treatment with a new drug, Keytruda, and in December he said at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, where he frequently teaches Sunday school, that the cancer had disappeared.
Applause and an audible sigh of relief could be heard across the sanctuary when Carter announced the good news. Carter said he’d continue to be monitored and that “if a cancer shows up again, I’ll start getting treatments again.” NBC News
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