World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 10, 2016)
Suu Kyi apologizes for not becoming President
Longtime Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday apologized to her supporters for not becoming the country’s next president, who is likely instead to be one of her closest confidantes, an unelected retired bureaucrat.
In her letter posted to social media shortly before Myanmar’s parliament began the process of selecting the new chief executive, the Nobel Laureate apologized for “not fully fulfilling the people’s desire.” She added that she would persevere and asked for people’s continued support “to reach the goal peacefully.” VOA News
Leaked ISIS information leads to airstrike
A top specialist in chemical weapons for the Islamic State who is in American custody in northern Iraq has given military interrogators detailed information that resulted in two allied airstrikes in the last week against the group’s illicit weapons sites, Defense Department officials said Wednesday.
The prisoner, an Iraqi identified by officials as Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, was captured a month ago by commandos with an elite American Special Operations force. He was described by three officials as a “significant operative” in the Islamic State’s chemical weapons program. Another official said he once worked for Saddam Hussein’s Military Industrialization Authority. The New York Times
US Presidential election
Democrat debate: Clinton and Sanders faced off Wednesday night in Miami, in their second debate of the week, and just a day after Sanders’ surprise victory in the Michigan Democratic presidential primary. The candidates fielded tough questions from the Univision and Washington Post moderators, and feuded over their respective records. Clinton hit Sanders for siding “with the Koch brothers” on the Export-Import Bank, while Sanders attacked Clinton for her ties to Wall Street. Both candidates said they would not deport children or undocumented immigrants without criminal records. They also mocked Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, but declined to call him a racist. CNN, The Washington Post via the Week
Cruz Slammed Romney and Bush: Ted Cruz slammed Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush on Thursday for telling him to calm down his rhetoric. Appearing on the Chad Hasty Show on radio station KFYO in Lubbock, Texas, Cruz condemned both Romney and Bush “[for] talking about ‘now take it easy guys you don’t really need to oppose this Iranian nuclear deal quite so forcefully.’ Politico
Koch brother and Sanders: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received a nod Wednesday from an unlikely source: Freedom Partners, a political nonprofit with close ties to billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch. Freedom Partners released an ad Wednesday that it says is meant to encourage moderators of the upcoming Democratic debate to raise the issue of the Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that free-market groups like Freedom Partners have characterized as “corporate welfare.” Hufftington Post
Calls for US-led naval initiative in South China Sea
The chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., proposed last week to join the navies of Japan, Australia and India in preserving freedom of navigation in contested waters.
The call was made as China expands land reclamation efforts in an assertive push that worries Vietnam, one of the South China Sea’s maritime claimants. VOA News
Iran’s missile lunch has a message for Israel
The missiles, capable of reaching Iran’s archenemy Israel, were marked with a statement in Hebrew reading “Israel must be wiped off the Earth,” Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.
The phrase originates from a remark made by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran’s Islamic revolution. CNN has not independently confirmed this report, and Iranian media have not shown photographs of the message. CNN
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