World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 3, 2016)
Brussels resumes passenger flights
Three Brussels Airlines flights are scheduled to depart. Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist said he hopes full service will be restored by June or July. The suicide bombings purportedly carried out by the Islamic State killed 32 people and injured 270 others. The Associated Press via The Week
Obama slams Trump on nuclear weapons
Speaking at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit on Friday, President Obama criticized Donald Trump’s suggestion that Japan and South Korea should obtain nuclear weapons. “The person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world, generally,” he said.
The Republican presidential frontrunner said the nations would be able to defend themselves from North Korea with nuclear weapons, and the U.S. could pull out of Asia. The New York Times, CNN via The Week
Mass grave found in Syria’s Palmyra
Officials in Syria said Saturday that the army had found a mass grave on the northeastern edge of Palmyra after the city was recaptured from Islamic State militants. Authorities said the grave contained at least 40 bodies, including women and three children. Some of the bodies were beheaded, others were reportedly shot.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the discovery of the mass grave. The monitoring group also said that Islamic State had executed close to 300 people during its nearly 10-month occupation of Palmyra and had buried them on the outskirts of the city.
Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove Islamic State out of Palmyra last Sunday. VOA
US Presidential election
Clinton Sanders debate: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign said Saturday that Bernie Sanders‘ team has rejected her three proposed New York debate dates ahead of the April 19 primary. “The Sanders campaign needs to stop with the games,” Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon said in a statement. Clinton proposed April 4, the night of the NCAA finals; April 14; and April 15 on Good Morning America. “The dates and venues she has proposed don’t make a whole lot of sense,” Sanders communications director Michael Briggs said in a statement.
Trump on abortion: Trump, says he does not disagree with those who say abortion is murder. In a interview with the CBS news program Face the Nation to be aired Sunday, Trump says he has his own opinion on the issue, but would rather not comment on it. Excerpts from the interview were released Friday. Earlier in the week, Trump shocked many when he said if abortions were outlawed, women who received them should be punished. He quickly backpedaled from that controversial position after a wave of criticism, saying later that doctors who perform abortions should be punished if abortions are outlawed. VOA
US Next First Lady’s nude photo: The anti-Trump super PAC, Make America Awesome, used a photo that originally was published in a 2000 photo spread in British GQ, and republished on March 4 online by the magazine. The photo shows Melania, a model and then Trump’s girlfriend, nude, but strategically arranged on a fur and handcuffed to a briefcase. Make America Awesome used the photo in a still Facebook ad, targeting Mormon voters in Utah ahead of the March 22 state Republican caucuses. The ad read, “Meet Melania Trump. Your Next First Lady. Or, You Could Support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.” CNN
Turkey’s Erdogan cites rising Islamophobia in US
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dedicated a Turkish-funded mosque near Washington on Saturday, saying he hoped the facility could help eliminate intolerance and Islamophobia that he saw coming from some U.S. presidential candidates.
Erdogan did not identify those candidates by name. But Republican front-runner Donald Trump has in recent weeks called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while rival Ted Cruz has called for increased police patrols in Muslim neighborhoods across the country.
Erdogan called it “absolutely unacceptable” to blame all Muslims for terrorist attacks in the West. He further said that recent terror attacks in Brussels and Paris “cannot compare” with violence from militants in his country and in Pakistan.
Islamic State extremists have carried out four major bomb attacks in Turkey in the past nine months, which have killed about 150 people. The Ankara government has also fought a Kurdish insurgency that has claimed more than 40,000 lives since 1984. VOA
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