World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 4, 2016)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and the military to be in “pre-emptive attack” mode in the face of growing threats from its enemies, state media said on Friday.
The comments, carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency, marked a further escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula after the U.N. Security Council imposed harsh new sanctions on the isolated state for its nuclear programme. [nL2N16A112]
North Korea, known for belligerent rhetoric, has previously threatened pre-emptive attacks on its enemies, including South Korea and the United States. Military experts doubt it has yet developed the capability to fire a long-range missile with a miniaturised warhead to deliver a nuclear weapon as far as the United States. Reuters
GOP debate: Donald Trump came under withering fire from his Republican rivals in the first debate since his dominant Super Tuesday performance. Marco Rubio implied Trump was a con artist and hit him repeatedly on issues ranging from his policy chops to whether he bilked students out of thousands of dollars at now-defunct Trump University. Ted Cruz challenged Trump to release an off-the-record conversation he had with The New York Times. Even moderator Megyn Kelly got in on the action, playing clips of Trump changing his positions on issues ranging from the Syrian refugee crisis to the war in Afghanistan. Trump responded by saying, “You have to be flexible because you learn.” Fox News via The Week
Romney rips Trump: Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping broadside against Donald Trump on Thursday, laying into the Republican presidential front-runner with a sharper attack than any of the party’s 2016 contenders have made against the billionaire business mogul. “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney said. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.” Romney said that “dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark,” pointing to his “bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.” CNN
Are Cruz and Rubio Natural born citizen: A case challenging the eligibility of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to run for president will be heard in Broward County court at 11 a.m. Friday. The crux of the case: the meaning of the phrase “natural born citizen” and how it applies to the two Republican senators. Rubio was born in Miami in 1971 to Cuban immigrants who became citizens a few years later. Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban-born father and American mother, who moved to Texas when Cruz was four. “These two candidates are naturalized U.S. citizens, or at the very least, simply fail to comply with the common law Supreme Court established definition of natural born citizen,” wrote Michael Voeltz in his court complaint. Miami Herald
President Obama confirmed on Thursday that his family plans to continue living in Washington, D.C. after he leaves office. Obama told healthcare law supporters in Milwaukee that while the Obamas haven’t decided where they will decide to settle down after leaving the White House, “We’re going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish school.
” Sasha will be 15 when Obama leaves office in January 2017. “Transferring someone in the middle of high school — tough,” Obama said. The Obamas’ oldest daughter, Malia, will begin college this fall. The Hill
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been detained as part of a huge fraud inquiry into the state oil company Petrobras. The former president’s house was raided by federal police agents and he was brought in for questioning.
Mr Lula, who left office in 2011, has denied allegations of corruption. The long-running inquiry, known as Operation Car Wash, is probing accusations of corruption and money laundering at Petrobras. BBC
Researchers at University College, London have developed a way of finding unique markings within a tumor – its “Achilles heel” – allowing the body to target the disease. But the personalized method, reported in Science journal, would be expensive and has not yet been tried in patients.
Experts said the idea made sense but could be more complicated in reality. However, the researchers, whose work was funded by Cancer Research UK, believe their discovery could form the backbone of new treatments and hope to test it in patients within two years. They believe by analyzing the DNA, they’ll be able to develop bespoke treatment.
People have tried to steer the immune system to kill tumors before, but cancer vaccines have largely flopped. One explanation is that they are training the body’s own defenses to go after the wrong target.
The problem is cancers are not made up of identical cells – they are a heavily mutated, genetic mess and samples at different sites within a tumor can look and behave very differently. BBC
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