World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 2, 2016)
Obama warns of nuclear terrorism threat
President Barack Obama said in his weekly Saturday address “no terrorist group has yet succeeded in obtaining a nuclear device or producing a dirty bomb using radioactive materials,” but al-Qaida has tried.
The president delivered his address from the Nuclear Security Summit where world leaders gathered to discuss what Obama described as “one of the greatest threats to global security – terrorists getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction.” VOA
US Drone kills top Al-Shabab assassin
The victim of the U.S. drone attack, Hassan Ali Dhore, led a team of al-Shabab assassins, according to Somali officials. He was named by the Somali government last year on a “most-wanted” list of 12 al-Shabab members involved in terror attacks in Mogadishu.
At the Pentagon, press secretary Peter Cook confirmed the U.S. carried out the airstrike Thursday in cooperation with Somali forces. He said Dhore planned and led previous attacks that killed at least three U.S. citizens, and that he was suspected of plotting further attacks against Americans in the east African country. VOA
US Presidential election
Clinton email review suspended: The State Department suspended its internal review of Hillary Clinton’s emails at the request of the FBI, a spokeswoman said Friday. “The FBI communicated to us that we should follow our standard practice, which is to put our internal review on hold while there is an ongoing law enforcement investigation,” Elizabeth Trudeau said. Clinton has come under scrutiny for using a private email server as secretary of state. The State Department has said 22 emails sent or received were top secret, but not marked as classified.
Clinton vs Sanders in New York: Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders are both already campaigning in New York ahead of its April 19 primary. Both candidates have deep ties to the state — Clinton, whose primary home is in Chappaqua, is noting her eight years representing the state in the U.S. Senate, while Sanders is talking a lot about his childhood in Brooklyn. Clinton is already running New York–specific ads, while Sanders held a large rally Thursday night at a park in the Bronx. New York, with 247 delegates, is the second-largest pool of pledged delegates left after California, and Sanders is hoping an upset victory over Clinton will propel him to the nomination. In a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, Clinton leads Sanders, 54 percent to 42 percent, in New York.
Clinton vs Trump among women: Donald Trump’s unpopularity with women could prove detrimental to his chances of winning a general election if he becomes the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, a new national survey by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg out Friday reveals. Clinton leads Trump by a whopping 23 points among women, and she pulls even further ahead with unmarried women, leading 73 percent to Trump’s 21 percent. Only among married women does Trump enjoy a slim three-point advantage. Moreover, Trump’s unpopularity with women — now at 70 percent — continues to rise, and it’s already cutting into one of his key constituencies: white, blue-collar workers. The Washington Post
US adds 215,000 jobs in March
The U.S. economy exceeded expectations by adding 215,000 jobs in March. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 5 percent from 4.9 percent, largely because the labor force, or the group of people who have jobs or are looking for them, grew by some 400,000 people, suggesting that more and more people are actively seeking jobs.
Average hourly earnings rose slightly by 0.3 percent month-on-month, and were up 2.3 percent from the same period last year. In the first three months of 2016, job gains have averaged 209,000 per month. The Employment Situation for April is scheduled to be released on Friday, May 6, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). Bureau of Labor Statistics
Oil prices fallen sharply
Oil prices have fallen sharply after Saudi Arabia said it would freeze production only if other major producers did the same. The comments by deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman are seen as a challenge to Iran.
It has vowed to increase oil production following the lifting of Western sanctions. In the Bloomberg interview, the prince also spoke about his plan for a giant public investment fund. Worth more than $2 trillion, it would be designed to reduce Saudi Arabia’s reliance on income from oil.
Part of the plan would be a sale of shares in the state-owned oil firm Aramco, which could start as soon as next year, according to the interview. BBC
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