World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 27, 2016)
Pope urges use of weapons of love
In his Easter Sunday Mass, Pope Francis called on the need for “weapons of love” in light of the recent terrorist attack in Belgium and others worldwide.
“May [Jesus] draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to shed blood in different parts of the world,” he said from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. Reuters
Prosecutors charge 3 Brussels suspects
Belgian prosecutors charged a man the media identified as Fayçal Cheffou with participating in a terrorist group and in terrorist murders Saturday.
Cheffou, who authorities say was heavily involved in Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, is reportedly an independent journalist. Prosecutors also charged men identified as Rabah N. and Aboubakar A. with “involvement in the activities of a terrorist group.” A fourth man detained hasn’t yet been charged, but remains in custody. The Associated Press
US Presidential election
Sanders takes all on Saturday: Bernie Sanders easily won presidential caucuses in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii on Saturday. He won 73 percent of the vote in Washington and 82 percent in Alaska. With some precincts not yet reporting in Hawaii, he leads Hillary Clinton with 71 percent. The dominant performance was expected by Sanders, who typically fares well in largely white states. Clinton still holds a sizable delegate lead over the Vermont senator. Politico
Cruz’s hate proposal outraged: Cruz’s proposal that U.S. law enforcement “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” outraged New York officials and Muslim Americans, who feel they are being treated as scapegoats in the aftermath of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton demonstrated how times have changed since 9/11 in 2001. He said he took great offense at Cruz’s comments, especially as they related to Muslim officers within his ranks, willing to sacrifice their lives in uniform.
“Stop preaching hate,” said Jean a Muslim from Westchester. “We live here, we pay taxes, we love being here. We have doctors, nurses, schoolteachers, police officers that are Muslim. You understand? We’re just trying to live a life, that’s it.” VOA
Belgian nuclear guard killed
News reports said his access badge was stolen. There were also reports that the man, identified as Didier Prospero, was a guard at Belgium’s national radioactive elements institute at the municipality of Fleurus, to the south of Brussels, and living in the city of Charleroi. However, the Charleroi prosecutor’s office denied media reports that his security pass had been stolen and deactivated as soon as investigators raised the alarm, a public Belgian broadcast entity said.
Analysts and some officials have expressed worry that militants may seek to obtain nuclear material or attack a nuclear site. VOA
Syria recapture Palmyra from IS
Syrian activists and state media said Sunday pro-government forces retook control of Palmyra, 10 months after Islamic State militants seized the ancient city and destroyed monuments that had stood for nearly 2,000 years.
The fighting in Palmyra had intensified in recent days as Syrian forces backed by Russian airstrikes pushed to close their three-week offensive. By seizing Palmyra, the Syrian government opened up the 100 kilometers of desert between there and Deir Ezzor.
Palmyra, coined as the “bride of the desert,” used to attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.
Islamic State took the city from government forces in a matter of days in May 2015 and later demolished several Roman-era monuments as part of their pattern of destroying what they consider idolatrous worship. VOA
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