World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 11, 2016)
Trudeau visits US
On Thursday night, President Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House for a state dinner to mark the first official visit to the U.S. by a Canadian leader in nearly two decades.
Obama said US and Canada were more closely aligned than ever, using a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to announce joint efforts to curb emissions of planet-warming gases and to promote his personal rapport with the leader of a pivotal neighbor.
In their Oval Office meeting on Thursday, the leaders also discussed military cooperation, efforts to combat terrorism, improvements in trade and environmental concerns. The New York Times
Ex-aide to Putin died of blunt force
A former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin who was found dead in a Dupont Circle hotel room in November died of blunt force trauma to the head, the D.C. medical examiner’s office said Thursday.
Mikhail Lesin, 59, also suffered injuries to his neck, torso and upper and lower extremities, the medical examiner said in a statement. The medical examiner had not concluded whether the injuries were the result of a crime, an accident or some other means.
Dustin Sternbeck, the D.C. police department’s chief spokesman, said the case remains under investigation. He would not say whether the medical examiner’s ruling means a crime may have been committed. The Washington Post
US Presidential election
GOP debate: Donald Trump, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz faced off at the University of Miami in the 12th Republican presidential debate on Thursday night. Eschewing the kind of insults that characterized the last meeting of the GOP hopefuls, the debate began with the candidates largely agreeing about free trade and the U.S. visa system. The candidates later clashed over Social Security, Israel, and Islam. John Kasich and Marco Rubio also disagreed over the environment, with Kasich saying climate change is manmade and Rubio claiming that Washington can’t pass a law “to change the weather.” Hosted by CNN, Salem Media Group, and The Washington Times, the debate came at a critical time for Rubio and Kasich as they face must-win contests in their respective home states next Tuesday. CNN
Carson to endorse Trump: Ben Carson will endorse Donald Trump on Friday, the Republican frontrunner confirmed at Thursday’s GOP debate. Carson will be making the announcement at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, sources close to the former Republican presidential candidate say. The sources, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Washington Post that the endorsement was finalized during a meeting Thursday morning between Trump and Carson at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. The Washington Post via The Week
ISIS data breach
Counter terrorism experts in the United States, Britain, Germany and other countries are studying the tens of thousands of files obtained by Britain’s Sky News from someone it described as an Islamic State defector.
The former IS fighter claimed he stole a memory stick from the head of the terror organization’s internal security wing. The files are believed to hold information about more than 22,000 of the group’s members, recruits and sympathizers.
Reports from Britain, Germany and Syria said the files contained information about jihadists from 51 countries, including 23 questions that Islamic State recruits must answer before they can be accepted as members of the extremist organization. VOA News
Iran missile launches prompt sanctions
“There are three categories [of sanctions] that can be looked at in a bipartisan way, and we are attempting to do that now,” Republican Senator Bob Corker said.
In particular, Corker said he is working to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, which was suspended as part of last year’s landmark international nuclear accord with Tehran. The law targets international investment in Iran. It remains on the books but will expire at the end of the year unless Congress extends it. VOA News
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