Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 21, 2016)

Obama arrives in Cuba

Obama arrives in CubaWhen President Obama exited Air Force One and stepped foot in Cuba on Sunday afternoon, he became the first American president to visit the island since Calvin Coolidge 88 years ago.

Obama was accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, and greeted by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Minutes after arriving, the president tweeted that he was “looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.” On Monday, Obama will meet Cuban President Raul Castro to discuss his country’s economy and political system. Obama will also raise the issue of human rights abuses in Cuba, the White House announced, and on Tuesday, Obama will meet with anti-government activists. NPR



More U.S. troops being sent to Iraq

us soldiers in afghanistanA U.S. Marine was killed Saturday south of Mosul, Iraq, after his unit was attacked with an Islamic State rocket. Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, 27, of Temecula, California, was the first U.S. service member killed in Iraq since October, NBC News reports. Several others were injured.

In a statement, the U.S.-led coalition said Sunday a detachment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will soon be sent to Iraq. The statement did not reveal how many Marines in the unit, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, will go. NBC News



N Korea fires new projectiles into sea

Kim Jong Un could be held accountable for crimes against humanityEarly Monday, North Korea fired four or five projectiles into the waters off its east coast, according to South Korean defense officials and the Yonhap News Agency. The unidentified projectiles flew about 120 miles, starting in the northeastern city of Hamhung, and appear to be Pyongyang’s response to annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

This year’s spring military drills, the largest yet, are taking place amid heightened tensions after North Korea tested a nuclear device, sparking new United Nations sanctions. On Friday, Pyongyang fired its first medium-range missile since 2014 into the sea, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered new warhead and long-range ballistic missile tests. The U.S. and South Korea say they are monitoring the situation. Reuters



US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsTrump to address AIPAC: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual policy conference on Monday, and not all AIPAC members are thrilled about it. Some rabbis plan to walk out when Trump takes the stage, and a lot of other attendees at the influential pro-Israel lobbying group’s meeting are wary. Some don’t trust that Trump is sufficiently supportive of Israel, citing his recent statement that he’d be a “neutral” negotiator between Israel and the Palestinians; others say they are disturbed by his waffling on white supremacists and his anti-Muslim statements. Supporters point out that Trump has a long and amicable relationship with Jews, and that his daughter Ivanka is a convert to Orthodox Judaism. The New York Times

First ever online voting in USA: This Tuesday, March 22, when Republicans in Utah caucus to nominate a candidate for U.S. President, many of them won’t actually be in Utah. In fact, some won’t even be in North America. That’s because for the first time ever in the United States, a state party will allow voting via the Internet. Whoever wants to vote online in Utah will be able to cast their ballot by registering online at the party’s website. VOA

Trump vs Cruz: U.S. Republican presidential candidates are headed to two more contentious state nominating contests on Tuesday, with the front-runner, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, and his nearest challenger, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, likely to split the contests. A massive number of votes have already been cast in early voting in the western state of Arizona, likely giving Trump an edge, since the Republican ballots were printed awhile ago and also list the names of candidates who have since dropped out of the party’s presidential campaign. VOA

Apple to unveil new iPhone, iPad today

Apple to unveil new iPhone, iPad todayApple is hosting an event Monday at its main campus in Cupertino, California. Because of the venue and expected product launches, analysts are expecting a relatively low-key event, centered around a new, smaller version of the iPhone 6.

Other possible products include a smaller version of the iPad Pro, combining the more powerful processors and keyboard compatibility of the business-oriented iPad Pro with the smaller footprint of the iPad Air, and new straps for the Apple Watch. The iPhone is the focus of media speculation because of its central role in Apple’s financial health. A more radically redesigned iPhone 7 is expected in the fall. The Associated Press

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