Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 28, 2016)

Pakistan explosion kills at least 70

Pakistan explosion kills at least 70 (Photo - suicide attack in Lahore, Pakistan, killed at least 70 people and injured about 300 others Sunday evening.

Most of the victims were women and children, and many of those injured are reportedly in critical condition. The blast took place at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, near children’s rides. The park was crowded due to it being a weekend and Easter, police said. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar, has claimed responsibility for the attack. NBC News



Experts to survey Palmyra after recaptured

Experts to survey Palmyra after recaptured While several important structures in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, were destroyed by Islamic State fighters, the country’s antiquities chief says “the landscape, in general, is in good shape.”

Syrian regime forces took control of the city on Saturday, 10 months after ISIS captured it, and archeologists will head to Palmyra over the next few days to survey the damage. Antiquities Chief Maamoun Abdelkarim said authorities were “expecting the worst,” and although the Temple of Bel and Arch of Triumph were both demolished, the Agora and Roman theater survived.

“We will issue a challenge to international terrorism, that no matter what you do you cannot erase our history, and we will not sit idle and weep over the ruins,” Abdelkarim said. The Guardian



Petition to carry guns at GOP convention

Petition to carry guns at GOP conventionThe three remaining Republican U.S. presidential candidates have each advocated allowing people to openly carry firearms, and an online petition is challenging them to stand behind those policies and call for firearms to be allowed at the party’s nominating convention in July.

Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena is hosting the convention, but has a policy banning any weapons from the facility.  It is allowed to do so under law in the state of Ohio, where people can otherwise openly carry guns.

Both Texas Senator Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump have criticized so-called gun-free zones, especially schools, saying those policies make the sites less safe.

Trump said in December he would abolish gun-free zones on his first day in office, while Cruz told supporters in December the zones only create places where an attacker knows people will be unarmed.  John Kasich last year eliminated gun-free zones at the state’s National Guard facilities. VOA



US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsClinton’s email controversy: The FBI is scheduling interviews with Hillary Clinton’s senior aides when she was secretary of state, signaling that the Justice Department’s inquiries into Clinton’s use of a private email server is “moving into its final phases,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The FBI has reportedly concluded its background work and needs to speak with Clinton’s inner circle, and perhaps Clinton herself, to figure out what the Clinton team was thinking. While Clinton “faces little risk of being prosecuted,” the Times reports, the email flap will “continue to dog Clinton’s presidential campaign” and “could cause some political heartburn when the aides are questioned.” Los Angeles Times

Some GOPs on Trump: Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke to a group of GOP members of Congress who were candid about their concerns. Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Bill Huizenga, Rep. Mimi Walters, and Rep. Sean Duffy, all said they would support whoever the eventual party nominee is. But when pressed by Couric on some of Trump’s policy proposals — building a Mexico-funded wall, banning Muslims from entering the U.S., deporting undocumented immigrants and forcing Israel to pay for its defense aid — none agreed.

Rep. Diane Black was also critical of the absence of “civility” in Trump’s rhetoric.  “I have six grandchildren. And my grandchildren know that I don’t allow them to say some of the things that he says.” Yahoo

Kurds warn of post IS era

Kurds warn of post IS eraKurdish commanders are warning that once the fight against so-called Islamic State group is over, another conflict could begin – this time against the Iraqi government’s paramilitary units known as the Hashd al-Shaabi.

Kurdish Peshmerga counter-terrorism commander Polad Jangi told VOA the Kurds are unlikely to leave areas they have helped to free from Islamic State. “If places like Hawija and Mosul get taken, automatically, straight away after that, I think we are going to start having problems with the Iraqi government and the Hashd. “They are going to want us out straight away. It will be ‘thank you very much, you’ve helped us, now go back to your places,’” Jangi said.

But he warned, “The Kurds are not going to end up going to take a place, shedding blood for that place, and then being kicked out of that place.” At stake are the so-called “disputed areas” of Iraq, areas claimed by both Baghdad and the Kurds, such as oil-rich Kirkuk. VOA

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