World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 25, 2016)
US to send more troops to Syria
President Obama is sending 250 more U.S. military personnel to combat the Islamic State in Syria, bringing the total US military force in the war-torn country to about 300, according to U.S. officials. US officials say a main purpose is to get more Sunni Arabs in the fight against ISIS.
US Cyber Command, the cyber-warfare cousin of the National Security Agency, has also been attacking ISIS, disrupting their communications, recruitment, and day-to-day operations, The New York Times reports. Cyber Command typically focuses on the nations that use the internet to attack the US – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea – but Obama has added ISIS to the list of targets. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal via The Week
UN Security Council condemns N Korean
The United Nations Security Council has condemned North Korea for its submarine launched ballistic missile test Saturday, calling it “another serious violation” of existing UN resolutions. In a statement issued Sunday, the Council said these missile activities “contribute to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea‘s development of nuclear weapons delivery systems,” while increasing global tensions.
The statement also warned that the Security Council will “take further significant measures” against the North, just weeks after imposing tough new sanctions to pressure Pyongyang to comply with existing UN mandates.
Pyongyang’s state-run KCNA news agency said the latest test, which was personally monitored by leader Kim Jong Un, proved the reliability of its submerged launching system. However, South Korea called the test a failure, noting that the missile traveled only 30 kilometers before falling into the sea. One Seoul government source said the missile’s engine malfunctioned shortly after it was launched. VOA
6 African nations could be Malaria-free by 2020
The “Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030”, approved by the WHO last year, hoped to see an end to local transmission of malaria in at least 10 countries by 2020, but now the WHO estimates that 21 countries could achieve that goal, including six in Africa.
“Since the year 2000, malaria mortality rates have declined by 60% globally. In the WHO African Region, malaria mortality rates fell by 66% among all age groups and by 71% among children under 5 years,” the WHO said in a statement accompanying the report.
The six countries in Africa that could be rid of malaria by 2020 are Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, South Africa and Swaziland. VOA
Kurdish PKK warns Turkey
The Kurdish rebel PKK movement has told the BBC that it is ready to intensify its fight against Turkey because Ankara is trying to make it surrender. Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Cemil Bayik said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was “escalating this war”.
“The Kurds will defend themselves to the end, so long as this is the Turkish approach – of course the PKK will escalate the war,” he said. Separately, an aide to Mr Erdogan ruled out any negotiations with the PKK.
Turkish presidential adviser Ilnur Cevik told the BBC’s Mark Lowen that the PKK was “trying to create a separate state in Turkey – this is outright secession”. When asked if there was any chance of negotiation, he replied: “At the moment, no”. He added that Mr Erdogan had popular support for the military campaign. But Mr Bayik, the PKK’s military leader, insisted that “we don’t want to separate from Turkey and set up a state”. BBC
US Presidential election
Cruz and Kasich together to stop Trump: On Sunday night, Ted Cruz and John Kasich issued statements nearly simultaneously announcing they are coordinating efforts to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the Republican presidential nominee. CNN
Charles Koch prefers Clinton over GOP candidates: Conservative billionaire political donor Charles Koch said “it’s possible” Hillary Clinton could make a better president than any of the remaining Republican contenders in a This Week interview airing Sunday. “We would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric,” Koch said. He also suggested Bill Clinton, by some measures, was a better leader than his successor, George W. Bush. ABC News via The Week
Trump, Clinton lead in Pennsylvania: Presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds an 18-point lead over Ted Cruz among likely Republican voters in Pennsylvania, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll out Sunday shows. Trump has 45 percent support to Cruz’s 27 percent and John Kasich’s 24 percent. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders, 55 percent to 40 percent. Pennsylvania is one of five states headed to the polls Tuesday. NBC News
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