Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 14, 2016)

At least 37 dead in Turkey bomb attack

At least 37 dead in Turkey bomb attackA powerful explosion ripped through cars and buses in a busy commercial district in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, on Sunday night, killing at least 37 people and wounding 125 more.

Turkish security officials said the car bomb, detonated not far from parliament and the prime minister’s office, was likely the work of Kurdish separatist militants, unofficially identifying one of the assailants as a female member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). No group has yet taken responsibility for Sunday’s attack, and the PKK says it does not target civilians. Early Monday, Turkish warplanes bombed PKK targets in northern Iraq, Turkey’s army said. Reuters



Voters’ punish Merkel over migrant policy

Merkel faces test in regional electionsA nationalist, anti-immigrant party has won seats in three German regional elections, a result seen as a major rebuke to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open immigration policy.

The 3-year-old Alternative for Deutschland party, or AfD, won representation in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate in prosperous southwestern Germany, and in Saxony-Anhalt, an economically disadvantaged area in the eastern part of the country, according to results and exit polls broadcast on German state TV.

The elections were the first major political test since Germany registered nearly 1.1 million people as asylum seekers last year. VOA News



US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsClinton and Sanders condemn Trump: At a CNN-TV One Democratic town hall in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday night, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders fielded questions from voters. They appeared separately, and both spent a good deal of their time talking about GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. Referring to violence at Trump’s rallies, Clinton accused him of committing “political arson,” saying Trump “has lit the fire and then he throws his hands up and claims that he shouldn’t be held responsible.” Tapper showed a clip of Trump blaming Sanders and his supporters for forcing Trump to cancel a rally in Chicago. “I hate to say this, because I hate to disparage public officials, but Donald Trump is a pathological liar,” Sanders replied. CNN

Romney campaigns with Kasich: Ohio’s Republican primary on Tuesday is a must-win for the state’s governor, John Kasich, and on Monday, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be trying to help Kasich win the state and its 66 delegates rather than let them fall to Donald Trump. Romney will campaign with Kasich in North Canton and in Westerville, Kasich’s hometown. Romney hasn’t endorsed Kasich, and is encouraging Florida voters to support Marco Rubio in that state’s primary, also on Tuesday. Kasich narrowly leads Trump in Ohio in a handful of recent polls, but the winner-take-all race is expected to be very close.

Super Tuesday: U.S. presidential candidates are looking ahead to Tuesday when five delegate-rich states hold their primary elections, with the rest of the field blaming Republican front-runner Donald Trump for the violence that has erupted at his rallies. The primaries in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina are particularly important for Trump’s opponents who want to prevent him from grabbing a potentially insurmountable lead. VOA News

Trump rejects responsibility: Leading U.S. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is denying any responsibility for the violence that has erupted at his political rallies, and is defending his supporters who have been charged with assaulting protesters. His denials came even as political rivals continued to blame him for sowing the seeds of anger that have led to the violent confrontations. VOA News



US accuses Syria disrupt peace talks

US accuses Syria disrupt peace talksU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused Syria of “clearly trying to disrupt” the U.N.-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the bloody five-year civil war in the country by demanding that there be no discussion of removing President Bashar al-Assad from power.

The top U.S. diplomat said that violence in the war-wracked country has been “hugely reduced” — by 80 to 90 percent — since a “cessation of hostilities” was declared two weeks ago. But he said the “single biggest violator” of the truce has been the Assad regime, and he described Assad as a “spoiler.” VOA News

Nearly 5,000 homes damaged in Louisiana

Nearly 5,000 homes damaged in LouisianaNearly 5,000 homes in Louisiana have been damaged by flooding after heavy rains swept across the state, according to initial figures released Sunday (March 13) by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Officials warned the count is likely to grow as damage is assessed in southeast Louisiana.

Emergency officials have counted 4,958 damaged homes so far as response efforts to historic river flooding continue in many parts of the state, including in western St. Tammany Parish and Tangipahoa Parish.

Damage assessment is happening in phases as floodwaters recede. That number is likely to continue to climb as the state sees the full extent of flooding, GOHSEP spokesman Mike Steele said. NOLA

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