World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 19, 2016)
Paris attacks suspect captured
Belgian police captured Paris terrorist attacks suspect and Europe’s most wanted man Salah Abdeslam in a raid on Friday, according to the Belgian prime minister. Abdeslam is reportedly wounded but alive.
The suspect’s fingerprints and DNA had been discovered in a Brussels apartment during a raid earlier this week, in which one person was killed and two people escaped. Another two suspects are also in custody after Friday’s raid.
A Belgian-born French citizen, Abdeslam, 26, is thought to have been the driver who dropped three suicide bombers off near the Stade de France during the Paris terrorist attacks; an abandoned suicide belt found on the street afterward is believed to have been his. The November attacks left 130 people dead. CNN, AFP
European Union, Turkey deal on migrant
Turkey has agreed to receive financial and political concessions in exchange for accepting all refugees who reached Greek islands off its coast. Going into the negotiating, both sides were hesitant to hope for a successful deal. “The E.U. and Turkey have the same goal, the same objective, to help Syrian refugees especially. This is our purpose. I am sure, I hope we will be achieving our goal,” Davutoglu said. Al Jazeera
62 killed in Southern Russia plane crashes
Officials say the Boeing 737 aircraft was FlyDubai flight FZ981. Fifty-five passengers and seven crew members were aboard the flight. Russia’s Investigative Committee says its two theories are that human error or technical failure contributed to the crash.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said providing assistance to relatives of the victims is “a priority,” according to a Kremlin spokesman. Dubai-based airline FlyDubai and the Boeing aircraft company have both expressed condolences to the families of the victims. FlyDubai says the passengers included 33 women, 18 men and 4 children. VOA News
US Presidential election
Romney will vote Cruz: Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will vote for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, saying he is “repulsed” by Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Mr Romney said in a Facebook post that the only way to nominate a Republican is to have an open convention, in which party officials choose the nominee. He campaigned with Governor John Kasich in Ohio but said voting for Mr Cruz is the only way to stop “Trumpism”. BBC
Clash in Trump rally in Utah: Protesters clashed with supporters of Donald Trump after he gave a speech in Utah on Friday, ending a day full of presidential candidate appearances that also saw Mitt Romney intensifying his criticism of the GOP front-runner. Hundreds of people chanted “Dump Trump” and “Mr. Hate Out of Our State” as police in riot gear blocked the entrance to the Salt Lake City building, after protesters tried to rush the door and got into dozens of screaming matches with Trump supporters who didn’t make into the venue. USA Today
Obama sticking with nominee no matter what
President Obama will not pull back the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in a lame-duck session of Congress if Democrats keep control of the presidency, the White House reiterated on Friday. “I cannot imagine a scenario where the president would withdraw support from his nominee,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
The day before Earnest’s comments, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said if he succeeds Obama in the White House, he would ask the president to withdraw Garland so he could pick a more progressive nominee.
But the White House stressed Obama believes Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is the best candidate to fill the court vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The Hill
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