World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 24, 2016)
N Korea test submarine-fired missile
North Korea said Sunday that it successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine and warned of its growing ability to cut down its enemies with a “dagger of destruction.” South Korea couldn’t immediately confirm the claim of success in what marks Pyongyang’s latest effort to expand its military might in face of pressure by its neighbors and Washington.
Hours before the announcement, South Korean military officials said the North fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its eastern coast. The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectile traveled about 30 kilometers (19 miles) Saturday evening. That’s a much shorter than the typical distance of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which can fly at least 300 kilometers (186 miles).
A successful test from a submarine would be a worrying development because mastering the ability to fire missiles from submerged vessels would make it harder for outsiders to detect what North Korea is doing before it launches, giving it the potential to surprise its enemies. Associated Press
Obama is visiting Germany
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the global economy, terrorism, transatlantic security and many other issues during his two-day visit to Germany. Obama will hold talks with Merkel shortly after he arrives in Hanover on Sunday.
After addressing reporters, the two leaders will officially open the Hanover Messe, billed as the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. Organizers expect 6,500 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors from 70 countries.
White House officials say the event shows the importance of U.S.-German collaboration on many issues, including trade and commerce. VOA
Feds gain access to iPhone in NY
Government lawyers announced Friday night they had gained access to data on the iPhone of a New York City drug conspirator, and abruptly ended their effort to force Apple to help bypass the phone’s password. The surprise news was similar to the outcome of the previous battle to compel the tech giant’s assistance in retrieving data from the iPhone of San Bernardino terror attack shooter Syed Farook.
The Department of Justice announcement came in a one-page letter to a Brooklyn federal court in a case focused on Jun Feng, a Queens, N.Y., defendant who pleaded guilty to methamphetamine conspiracy last year.
Emily Pierce, Justice Department spokeswoman, said the government will no longer need Apple’s assistance. USA Today
Living near nature is better
The trees, shrubs and plants outside your home might offer something more than just pretty scenery. A new study found that living in, or near, green areas can help women live longer and improve their mental health.
Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined more than 108,000 women enrolled in the Nurse’s Health Study — a nationwide investigation into risk factors for major chronic diseases in women — from 2000 to 2008.
They compared risk of death with the amount of plant life and vegetation near the women’s homes and found that women living in the greenest areas had a 12% lower death rate than women living in the least green areas. The levels of vegetation were determined using satellite imagery from different seasons and years. The team believes the findings would be similar if men were included in the study. CNN
US Presidential election
Trump says he’ll rant and rave: Trump has dashed the hopes of GOP leadership, who hoped he would tone down his trademark bluster on the campaign trail and start acting more presidential. “Being presidential is easy,” Trump said Saturday at a rally in Bridgeport, Connecticut. “It’s much easier than what I have to do. Up here, I have to rant and rave and keep you people going, or else you’re going to fall asleep on me, right?” That message contradicted the one Trump’s chief strategist, Paul Manafort, conveyed to Republican officials Thursday. “The part that he’s been playing is now evolving into the part that you’ve been expecting,” Manafort told Republican National Committee members at the party’s meeting in Florida. VOA
Trump and Clinton appear leading on Tuesday: The next major test in the U.S. presidential campaign comes Tuesday when five eastern states hold primaries — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The two presidential front-runners — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton — appear well-positioned to pick up more delegates then, solidifying their status as the top contenders. VOA
Cruz collected all most all delegates in Maine: Ted Cruz collected the overwhelming majority of Maine’s Republican delegates during the state’s GOP convention Saturday. Cruz collected 19 of the 20 spots up for grabs, with the 20th spot going to Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who’s supporting GOP front-runner Donald Trump. But, even with Saturday’s developments, both Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich need to win more delegates than are available in the remaining primary contests to win the GOP nomination on the first ballot. CNN
Trump promise change if he elected: Donald Trump told a boisterous crowd in Delaware on Friday that his first term in office would mean the end of both manufacturing job losses and military frustration in the Middle East. “Honestly, folks, we don’t know what we’re doing,” the Republican presidential candidate said to thousands gathered at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington. “It’s making us look foolish. It’s making us look stupid. And it’s gonna change when I’m elected.” Delaware’s GOP primary is Tuesday, and 16 delegates are at stake. USA Today
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