World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 12, 2016)
Nancy Reagan funeral
Political and Hollywood heavyweights from past and present gathered Friday for the funeral of Nancy Reagan – a reflection of the unique and enduring cultural sway held by the former first lady and her husband since their era in the White House. (Here is the detail story)
The funeral – an invitation-only affair at the Reagan Presidential Library — was attended by representatives of 10 White House families, including: first lady Michelle Obama; former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter; former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura; Caroline Kennedy; Tricia Nixon; and Lynda Byrd Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson.
The guest list read like a flashback to a bygone era, with celebrities like Wayne Newton, Anjelica Huston, Melissa Rivers, Tina Sinatra, Bo Derek and Ralph Lauren. Washington Post
North Korean submarine missing
U.S. spy satellites, aircraft and ships have been secretly watching for days as the North Korean navy searched for the missing sub.
The U.S. is unsure if the missing vessel is adrift under the sea or whether it has sunk, the officials said, but believes it suffered some type of failure during an exercise. CNN
In other North Korean news Kim Jong Un ordered the country to improve its nuclear attack capability after watching a recent ballistic missile launch test, the country’s state media reports. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted Kim saying he wanted “more nuclear explosion tests to estimate the destructive power of the newly produced nuclear warheads and other tests to bolster up the nuclear attack capability.” VOA
Sanders’ Foreign policy: On Wednesday’s debate Bernie Sanders said ” So I actually went to Nicaragua and I very shortly opposed the Reagan administration’s efforts to overthrow that government. And I strongly opposed earlier Henry Kissinger and the-to overthrow the government of Salvador Allende in Chile. I think the United States should be working with governments around the world, not get involved in regime change. And all of these actions, by the way, in Latin America, brought forth a lot of very strong anti-American sentiments.” Esquire
Donald Trump campaign: Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields has filed a police report with the police department in Jupiter, Florida, following her accusation that Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski pushed her out of the way when she was trying to ask Trump a question at the end of his presser Tuesday. Trump’s campaign has so far dismissed Fields’ accusation as “false” and “attention seeking.” Fields tweeted a photograph of her bruised arm after the incident, tagging both Lewandowski and Trump and writing, “I guess these just magically appeared on me…so weird.” Independent Journal
Rubio campaign in Ohio: Marco Rubio‘s communications director Alex Conant suggested Friday that if Republican voters really want to vanquish Donald Trump in Ohio’s GOP primary Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the candidate they should cast their vote for instead. Conant contends that the Ohio governor has a home-state advantage, and was quick to add that Rubio shares that same home-state advantage in Florida. Despite the polls showing Rubio lagging far behind Trump, Conant says that the Sunshine State’s senator is the candidate in the best position to beat Trump in Florida’s winner-take-all primary Tuesday. Politico
India rejects joint naval patrols in South China Sea
India has ruled out participating in joint patrols in the South China Sea proposed by the United States. Experts say that India wants to focus on containing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean and despite a growing strategic partnership, it remains wary of being part of a military alliance with Washington.
The proposal that the navies of Japan, Australia and India could join the U.S. in preserving freedom of navigation in the contested waters of South China Sea was voiced recently by chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry B. Harris. But within days, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “As of now, India has never taken part in any joint patrol; we only do joint exercises. The question of joint patrol does not arise.”
Indian naval spokesman D.K. Sharma underscored India’s position that it only participates in military operations that take place under the United Nations flag. VOA
Another possible piece of MH370 found in Mozambique
A South African teen may have discovered a piece of the missing MH370 plane while strolling at a beach in Mozambique. Liam Lotter said he found the piece during a family vacation in the east African nation in December. “We stumbled across what seemed like a curved sort of gray object,” the 18-year-old told CNN by phone. “We didn’t know what it was at first.”
Investigators will examine it to establish whether it’s from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, said Dan O’Malley of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The jetliner vanished on March 8, 2014, after it took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, en route to Beijing, with 229 people aboard.
It disappeared in airspace over the Gulf of Thailand, and it has not been seen since. CNN
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