Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 10, 2016)

Brussels attackers planned to hit France

Brussels attackers planned to hit FranceBelgian authorities announced on Sunday that the group of attackers who targeted the Brussels airport and metro on March 22 had initially planned to hit France.

The specific targets in Paris were La Défense, the large office and commercial complex that is just to the northwest of Paris, as well as an unidentified Catholic association, said Claude Moniquet, a former French intelligence officer who now works in Belgium and who has been in regular contact with investigators.

Investigators have uncovered an increasing number of links between the group of attackers who targeted Paris in November, killing 130 people, and the group that bombed the Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station last month, killing 32. The New York Times



N Korea’s new rocket engine

N Korea claims to have tested new rocket engineNorth Korea’s latest belligerent declaration — that it successfully tested a new long-range rocket engine that could allow nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland.

The claim Saturday of a successful ground test of an intercontinental ballistic rocket engine, if true, would be another big step forward for young leader Kim Jong Un. But South Korean officials say North Korea doesn’t yet have a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile, let alone the ability to arm it with a nuclear warhead. Associated Press



Earthquake shakes Afghan, Pakistan

Earthquake shakes Afghan, Pakistani capitalsThe U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.6-magnitude quake struck in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan at a depth of 210 kilometers. Earthquakes at such depths usually do not cause extreme damage. The quake was also felt in other parts of the South Asian region.

There were no immediate reports Sunday of casualties or destruction from Kabul or Islamabad. VOA



Kerry in Japan for G-7 meeting

Kerry in Japan for G-7 meetingGlobal security threats are among the focal points for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Group of Seven (G-7) foreign ministers who have launched a two-day meeting in Hiroshima, Japan.

Kerry arrived in Hiroshima Sunday following a visit to Afghanistan. He is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Hiroshima, which was devastated by a U.S. atomic bomb near the end of World War Two.

In an interview with the Hiroshima newspaper Chugoku Shimbun, Kerry said most global threats to international peace require collective action. VOA

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsCruz sweeps Colorado delegate: Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz won the 13 delegates up for grabs at Colorado’s convention Saturday, solidifying his sweep of all 34 delegates. As the Texas senator keeps picking up delegates, he increases the odds that frontrunner Donald Trump will not be able to lock up enough delegates to secure the nomination outright, instead forcing a contested convention in July. “I am confident we are going to win in Cleveland at a contested convention,” he said. ABC News, The Denver Post via The Week

Sanders wins in Wyoming: Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders won the Wyoming caucus Saturday, marking his eighth win over Hillary Clinton in the last nine state contests. Sanders led Clinton with 56 percent support to 44 percent. Wyoming is a low-stakes state with just 14 delegates, and Clinton still holds a massive lead in delegates and super delegates overall. The Associated Press, Politico via The Week

This is Trump’s America: The Boston Globe, one of the most prominent in the United States, published a page of fake articles Sunday that it said are a vision of how the United States will look if Trump wins. “This is Donald Trump’s America,” the Globe said. “What you read on this page is what might happen if the GOP (Republican) front-runner can put his ideas into practice, his words into action. Many Americans might find this vision appealing, but the Globe’s editorial board finds it deeply troubling.”

The Globe’s approach is unique, with the mock front page dated April 17, 2017, featuring a large banner headline declaring “Deportations to Begin.” One article notes a stock market plunge following the Trump administration’s announcement of massive new tariffs on Chinese and Mexican imports. Another article discusses the refusal of U.S. soldiers to carry out Trump’s orders to kill the families of Islamic State militants. The Globe satirically predicts Trump being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because of his work in uniting Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims, presumably against the United States. VOA

Victims of gun violence campaigning: Many voters are focusing on U.S. gun ownership laws in the 2016 presidential campaign, particularly those voters who know victims of gun violence. On behalf of four families present — representing slain relatives from recent mass shootings across the United States — New York City Public Advocate Letitia James called for background checks on all gun purchasers, a requirement for safe storage of guns, closure of gun manufacturing loopholes and greater accountability from gun makers. VOA

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