Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 30, 2016)

China blocks US Navy

China blocks US Navy ShipsChina has denied a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier access to a port in Hong Kong. The Pentagon said Friday the USS Stennis and its accompanying vessels were refused entry into the port.

The reason for denying access to the port was not clear. China sent a statement to Reuters saying visits by U.S. military ships and aircraft to Hong Kong have always been approved on “a case-by-case basis in accordance with the principle of sovereignty and the specific situation.”

However, China’s denial of port access comes after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was on the Stennis earlier this month and sailed in the South China Sea where China is making claims to areas that other countries in the region also claim. VOA



Kenya building collapse kills 7

Kenya building collapse kills 7Rescue crews in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, are searching for survivors after flooding caused a seven-story residential building to collapse, killing at least seven people and trapping an unknown number of others inside.

Authorities said Saturday more than 120 people were rescued and taken to hospitals.  The Red Cross says units in the building and adjacent homes were affected by the collapse Friday night. The large residential building was located in a low-income, densely populated neighborhood in Nairobi called Huruma.

Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in many areas of the city that made it difficult for rescue teams trying to reach the scene. Earlier Friday, three people in another part of the city were killed after the flooding caused a wall around a property to collapse. VOA



Charleston black church shooting case

Charleston black church shooting caseA friend of alleged Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal officials and withholding information about the attack. Joey Meek faces up to eight years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

He agreed to testify against Roof, who is accused of fatally shooting nine black people in a Bible study at a Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June. The race-related shooting renewed debate that led South Carolina to remove its Confederate flag from statehouse grounds. The New York Times, The Associated Press via The Week



Moderate take control in Iranian Parliament

Moderate take control in Iranian ParliamentUnofficial results from Iran’s parliamentary run-off election show that reformist and moderate politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won more seats than their conservative rivals, and will likely have control over the legislature.

Iranians began voting Friday to fill the 68 seats that no candidate won decisively in the first round of voting, held back in February. During the first election, reformist politicians won a majority of the seats where there was a clear winner.

Of the 68 seats up for grabs, the pro-Rouhani List of Hope coalition won 33 while conservative politicians won 21, according to Iranian state media. The rest of the seats are still being contested. Final results are expected to be announced later Saturday. VOA



US man sold nuclear secrets to China

US man sold nuclear secrets to ChinaA former U.S. government employee has pleaded guilty to traveling to China to provide the Chinese government with restricted information about nuclear technology, court records unsealed Friday show. Federal records show Ching Ning Guey admitted he was paid by the Chinese government for nuclear information while working as a manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority, a U.S. government-owned electric utility.

The indictment, kept sealed for more than a year, charged Guey with one count of conspiracy to illegally participate in the development of nuclear material outside the United States and one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government.

Guey, a native of Taiwan, was charged alongside his longtime acquaintance Szuhisiung Ho, a U.S. nuclear engineer born in China. The U.S. government alleges Ho recruited Guey to give the Chinese government information about nuclear technologies. VOA

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsPolice clash with protesters at Trump rally: Demonstrations against Donald Trump continued for a second day in California when dozens of protesters gathered outside the California Republican Convention in Burlingame. Trump had to walk along a concrete median in order to slip into the back of the building without harassment. At one point, about two dozen protesters rushed the barriers of the Hyatt Regency, where the convention was taking place, and were pushed back by police using batons. The clashes are the latest in a string of Trump protests; on Thursday night, around 20 people were arrested after violence erupted during a protest outside a Donald Trump rally in Southern California. Los Angeles Times

Gov. Pence endorses Cruz: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the Republican presidential race during a Friday appearance on a conservative talk radio show. “I’m not against anyone, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz,” Pence said, though he first went out of his way to commend Donald Trump for giving a voice to “the frustration of millions of Americans.” Pence’s endorsement comes just four days ahead of Indiana’s Tuesday primary, which is critical for Cruz to win if he wants to prevent frontrunner Donald Trump from locking up the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination. The Indianapolis Star

Clinton shifts staff to general election swing states:  Hillary Clinton’s campaign is redeploying its army of primary election staff to traditional general election battleground states in preparation for a campaign against Republican Donald Trump, according to a senior campaign official. The initial deployment is likely to hit states that have swung between Republicans and Democrats in recent cycles, according to the official, such as Ohio and Florida. Additionally, with the billionaire businessman looking increasingly likely to be the GOP nominee, the Clinton campaign sees an opportunity to expand beyond this map, said the official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss internal plans and wouldn’t specify which new battleground states the campaign might initially target. USA Today

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