World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 15, 2016)
Myanmar elects civilian president
The lower house had nominated Htin Kyaw, a 70-year-old writer and longtime ally and confidant of Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy advocate whose National League for Democracy (NLD) won big majorities in both houses of parliament in historic November elections. He secured at least 360 of the 652 ballots cast to beat a candidate nominated by the upper house.
In second place was Myint Swe, who was nominated by the military and received 213 votes. A close ally of former junta leader Than Shwe, he is seen as a hardliner. He was followed by Htin Kyaw’s running mate and ethnic Chin candidate Henry Van Thio, who got 79 votes. They will serve as first vice-president and second vice-president respectively. BBC
Russia to withdraw from Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, which is slated to start on Tuesday. The decision was made during a meeting with the defense minister on Monday, with Putin saying that Russia’s military intervention in the nation had largely met its objectives.
Syrian President and Russian ally Bashar al-Assad has reportedly been informed by the Kremlin of the decision. The move comes as the Syrian government and opposition groups arrived in Geneva Monday to begin United Nations-backed talks. Reuters
US Presidential election
Super Tuesday: Voters in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina head to the ballot box on Tuesday, awarding one of the biggest slates of delegates of the primary season. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) have to win their home states, fending off Donald Trump, or their campaigns are all but over. If Trump wins Ohio and Florida, on the other hand, he will be a big step closer to cinching the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton could also make significant progress in securing the nomination and curtailing the path for Sen. Bernie Sanders. Observers will be looking at how well Sanders does in Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri after his victory in Michigan last week. The Associated Press, The New York Times via The Week
White House on Trump: The heated debate over the intense and often hateful atmosphere of Donald Trump’s campaign rallies continued Monday as the White House called for the Republican leadership to take responsibility for their party’s presidential front-runner. “If you’re a Republican leader and you don’t stand for something, then your voters will fall for anything,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at the White House Monday. Earnest’s remarks followed President Obama’s reaction to the protests.
Mother Teresa to be made a saint
On Tuesday, Pope Francis signed the canonization decree for Mother Teresa and four other soon-to-be Catholic saints. Mother Teresa will be formally named a saint in a ceremony on Sept. 4, the pope said.
Francis approved Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity order and 1979 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, in December 2015, after the Vatican recognized her second miracle, interceding to heal a Brazilian man with multiple brain abscesses. Mother Teresa had been fast-tracked for sainthood by Pope John Paul II in 2003. Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents in present-day Macedonia, was known for her work feeding and caring for the poor in India. She died in 1997. USA Today
US House Votes on ISIL
The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed, by a 383-to-0 vote, a bipartisan resolution declaring that systemic violence committed by Islamic State (IS) against Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria constitutes genocide.
The resolution calls on all governments — including the United States — to “call ISIL [IS] atrocities by their rightful names: war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”
The resolution was sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo of California, and had 200 co-sponsors from both parties. VOA News
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