Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 28, 2016)

Syrian airstrikes kill at least 20

Syrian airstrikes kill at least 20Just before midnight in Syria, several airstrikes hit a well-known hospital in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, killing at least 20 people, including three children, a dentist, and one of the last pediatricians left in the divided city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Thursday.

The aid group Doctors Without Borders said 14 patients at a hospital it backs were among the dead, and other groups in the city put the death toll from the strike higher than 20. Opposition leaders blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the attack, calling it a “war crime,” and the special United Nations envoy for Syria said the Feb. 27 ceasefire is “hanging by a thread.” Reuters, The Associated Press, The Week



N Korea missile test fail again

N Korea launches missilesOn April 15, the birthday of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, Pyongyang tried to test-fire a medium-range Musudan missile, and failed. On Thursday, North Korea tried again, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry, and this one crashed seconds after liftoff.

The Musudan rockets are designed to travel up to 1,800 miles, putting U.S. bases in the Asia Pacific within range. The failed launch is another embarrassment for leader Kim Jong Un, before a major meeting of the ruling party in Pyongyang next week. The Associated Press



One minute intense exercise

One minute intense exerciseSaying you do not have time to exercise may no longer be an excuse, according to one researcher. Writing in the journal PLOS One, researchers from McMaster University in Canada say that just one minute of intense exercise “produces health benefits similar to longer, traditional endurance training.”

For the study, 27 sedentary men were split into three groups, either performing intense workouts, doing moderate training or doing no training. The researchers monitored each group’s cardiorespiratory health as well as how well their body regulated blood sugar. At the end of the study,”the results were remarkably similar,” researchers said. VOA



Facebook profit up nearly 200%

facebookFacebook turned in another stellar quarterly report that sent shares of the company up nearly 9% in after-hours trading. Its stock hit an all-time high of over $118 a share. Facebook reported sales of $5.4 billion — a 52% increase year over year — beating Wall Street’s expectations of $5.3 billion. Profits were up nearly 200%, also topping expectations.

The company doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all, as it continued to add new users at a rapid clip. There are now 1.65 billion people using Facebook (FB, Tech30) each month, compared to 1.59 billion at the end of last year. Mobile usage grew at an even faster pace — monthly active users hit 1.51 billion — up 21% from a year before.

Facebook also announced a proposal to create a new class of publicly listed, non-voting stock that would ensure CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg maintains majority control while allowing him to fund his philanthropic goals. Shareholders will vote on the proposal in June. Facebook has spent most of this past quarter launching and promoting its livestreaming video service, which it hopes will keep people glued to the app and website. CNN

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsTrump, Clinton start campaigning against each other: After months of campaigning for their respective parties’ U.S. presidential nominations, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are very close to facing each other in the November national election. In fact, one day after a series of convincing wins in Tuesday nominating contests, the two focused most of their attention on each other, rather than their rivals in the remaining contests leading up to the conventions. VOA

Trump reveals his foreign policy: Having declared himself the presumptive Republican presidential nominee the night before, Donald Trump sought to turn toward a more issues-oriented campaign Wednesday with a speech that branded the foreign policy of President Obama — and Hillary Clinton — as “a complete and total disaster.” Echoing much of what he has said on the campaign trail, the New York businessman vowed to put “America First” when it comes to trade deals, immigration, and defeating Islamic State terrorists, and he pledged to pull back efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere. USA Today

Trump gets more endorsements: Donald Trump has picked up endorsements from 33 additional delegates in Pennsylvania, giving him a clear path to clinch the GOP nomination by the end of the primaries. Trump now has a majority of the delegates awarded so far. He has to win just 48 percent of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination and avoid a contested convention. Trump won Pennsylvania, which guaranteed him 17 delegates. An additional 54 delegates were elected directly by voters — three in each congressional district. These delegates are free to support the candidate of their choice. The Associated Press has confirmed that at least 33 of them plan to support Trump. They can, however, change their minds. The Associated Press

Trump vs Clinton: Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have launched into a rhetorical scrum, with the Republican front-runner accusing at Clinton of playing “the woman’s card.” “She’s got nothing else going,” Trump told supporters in New York after primary victories in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware. “And, frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote.” He added in an immediate contradiction that “the beautiful thing is women don’t like her.” Clinton, herself enjoying victory in four out of five of Tuesday’s Democratic primaries, retorted in Philadelphia, that “if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in.” The Associated Press

Clinton closer to nomination: Hillary Clinton is 91 percent of the way to clinching the Democratic nomination. Following her wins in four of five northeastern states, Clinton picked up 216 delegates. Bernie Sanders, who prevailed in Rhode Island, gained 163. Five delegates from Tuesday remain to be allocated, pending final vote tallies. Clinton now has a total of 2,164 delegates when including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate. Sanders has 1,355. Clinton is currently 219 delegates short of hitting the 2,383 needed to win. At her current pace, Clinton will clinch the nomination in early June. That date could move up if she does better than expected in election contests next month or receives many more superdelegate endorsements. The Associated Press

Trump said Obama is not respected by foreign leaders: White House spokesman Josh Earnest is taking issue with Donald Trump’s assertion that foreign leaders are showing their lack of respect for President Barack Obama by declining to greet him at the airport when he visits their country. Trump noted in his foreign policy address Wednesday that neither Cuban President Raul Castro nor Saudi King Salman met Obama on the tarmac. Trump says “it’s called no respect, absolutely no respect.” But Earnest says it’s common for the president to be received by a lower level official so that the head of the government can later meet with the president more formally. Obama recently returned from a three-nation trip, and Earnest notes that the leaders of United Kingdom and Germany, two strong U.S. allies, also did not meet Obama at the airport. The Associated Press

Cruz gets endorsements from GOPs: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has snagged a Senate endorsement. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday that the Texas senator “is the only candidate who will change the way Washington works and restore the balance of power back to the American people.” Gardner said it’s time for his fellow Republicans to rally behind Cruz to stop Democrat Hillary Clinton in November. He had formerly endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, whole-heartedly endorsed Cruz. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he supports Cruz to stop the front-runner, Donald Trump. A fourth GOP senator, James Risch of Idaho, told CNN that he prefers Cruz over Trump and the third Republican left in the race, Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But he has not officially endorsed. The Associated Press

Cruz to tap Fiorina as VP: Ted Cruz has tapped Carly Fiorina as his running mate in the race for the White House. The Texas senator plans to formally unveil his pick for vice president Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis. That’s according to a Republican with direct knowledge of the plan, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized speak before the official announcement. The Associated Press

Kasich behind Trump in Tuesday’s primary: John Kasich is taking in stride the fact that he earned only five delegates in Tuesday’s five primaries, highlighting that he did better that rival Ted Cruz. Kasich took second in Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut, while Cruz bested Kasich in his native state of Pennsylvania. Cruz gained three delegates. Trump, by contrast, gained 109. Kasich’s campaign says it “remains true” that only the Ohio governor can defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. The Associated Press


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