World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 18, 2016)
Lawmakers in Brazil vote to impeach President
On Sunday, Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, accused by critics of moving around state funds to make the economy look healthier. Rousseff, who said she isn’t doing anything that hasn’t been done before, has not been charged with any crime or named in any corruption scandals.
At least 342 of 513 deputies voted in favor of impeachment, and the measure now heads to the Senate. Rousseff will be suspended if a simple majority of the Senate votes to put her on trial. It’s been less than two years since Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, was reelected, and her supporters say this is a coup attempt. NPR
Oil Prices fall again
On Sunday, a meeting of 18 major oil-producing countries in Qatar ended without an agreement to boost prices by freezing oil production, after Iran declined to send a representative and regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia said it wouldn’t agree to a freeze unless Iran signed on.
Oil prices had risen from a 12-year low of under $30 a barrel in December to over $40 before the weekend talks, but prices opened sharply lower in trading early Monday.
Israel will never return Golan Heights
During a trip to the Golan Heights on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the region will “remain forever under Israeli sovereignty.” Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, and in 1981, Israeli civil law was extended to the sparsely populated territory.
With peace talks underway in Geneva, representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said they wanted to discuss returning the Golan Heights to Syria, but Netanyahu said that’s not an option. “The time has come after 40 years for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty,” he said, adding that “the border will not change.” The Washington Post
Iran vows to defend Muslim nations
Speaking during a National Army Day parade in which Iranian forces displayed sophisticated air defense systems recently acquired from Russia, Rouhani praised Tehran’s role in helping the Syrian and Iraqi governments roll back the Islamic State group.
“If tomorrow your capitals face danger from terrorism or Zionism, the power that will give you a positive answer is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said. But he added that Iran would only help if Muslim countries asked it to, and said its military power was purely for defensive and deterrent purposes. VOA
US Presidential election
Trump vs Cruz over delegates: Americans are increasingly focused on the mechanics of the presidential nominating system as Republicans confront the possibility that no candidate will have won an absolute majority of delegates to the party’s national convention in July. That possibility was underscored Saturday when contender Ted Cruz won all 14 Republican delegates up for grabs at Wyoming’s state convention. VOA
Trump expect to gain huge in NY: If the polls are right, Donald Trump‘s only real opponent in New York is the expectations game. The Manhattan real estate mogul is seeking to crack 50% in congressional districts throughout his home state during Tuesday’s primary, and to nail down all 95 New York delegates to the Republican convention — and his rivals are sure to cast anything less as a disappointment. USA Today
Sander became talk show champion: Bernie Sanders became the Sunday talk show champion, surpassing Donald Trump for the most appearances of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to USA TODAY‘s Sunday show tracker. Sanders was booked on three programs Sunday — CNN’s State of the Union, ABC’s This Week and Face the Nation on CBS — giving him 71 Sunday show appearances since the beginning of 2015, one more than Donald Trump, who did not appear on any shows this week. USA Today
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