Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 6, 2016)

President Zuma survives impeachment

South Africa's president faces impeachmentSouth African President Jacob Zuma survived an impeachment vote Tuesday, with about 60 percent of lawmakers voting to keep him in office.  Opposition parties presented the impeachment motion after a court ruled Zuma had ignored an order to pay back state funds spent on his private home.  Tempers ran hot as parliament members debated the motion Tuesday.

An hour into the parliamentary session, lawmakers were yet to discuss the motion to impeach Zuma. VOA

 

 

Myanmar creates a new role for Suu kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi nominated to join Myanmar cabinetMyanmar’s parliament is creating a new role for the head of the newly elected ruling party, Aung San Suu Kyi. Lawmakers voted Tuesday to establish the position of State Counselor, drawing opposition from military representatives in parliament. The move to make Suu Kyi the country’s de facto top leader, initiated last week, was the new parliament’s first legislative act.

Suu Kyi, who stated during the election campaign that she would hold a position “above the president,” is also Foreign Minister and Minister of the President’s Office. Because her children are foreign nationals, Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from being president of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.

The military representatives, who hold 25 percent of the seats under the constitution drafted by the former military government, say the new position is unconstitutional. But the legislation passed easily because of the parliament majority Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, holds after last November’s election. VOA

 

 

Facebook for blind users

Facebook for blind usersFacebook launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) feature Tuesday that will automatically write photo captions for blind and visually impaired users scrolling through their news feeds.

The AI feature is part of Facebook’s alternative text project and will interpret the contents of a picture using face and object recognition technology.

According to Facebook, the world has around 300 million blind and visually impaired people, and now, if those people are using the iOS mobile system, they will hear a short descriptive list of items in a photo as they scroll past. Before the update, they would just hear the word “photo,” and a picture would appear of the person who posted it. VOA

 

 

First casualty of Panama papers

First casualty of Panama papers (photo - www.brecorder.com)Iceland’s Prime Minister is the first casualty of the release of the Panama Papers; Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned yesterday. Will there be others? Probably.

That’s because this leak of 11 million documents mentions 12 current or ex heads of state and goes back four decades. That is, as they say, a target-rich environment. The papers, according to an international group of investigative journalists, are connected to a Panama law firm that allegedly set up secret shell companies and offshore accounts to help shield the rich and the powerful from tax burdens. Here’s who else could be affected. CNN

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsWinners in Wisconsin: Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are the winners of the Wisconsin primaries. Sanders bagged 56.5 percent of the Democratic vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 43.1 percent. On the Republican side, Cruz scored 48.3 percent of the vote, ahead of Donald Trump’s 35.1 percent and John Kasich’s 14.1 percent. Politico reports that Cruz will win at least 33 of Wisconsin’s 42 GOP delegates, and Sanders will get at least 45 of the 96 Democratic delegates. NBC News, Politico via The Week

GOP national poll: A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday has Ted Cruz almost catching up with Donald Trump, with Trump narrowly leading Cruz, 39.5 percent to 35.2 percent nationally, within the poll’s 4.8 point credibility interval. The only other candidate to have tied Trump in the Reuters poll was Ben Carson, on Nov. 7. Cruz was trailing Trump by 20 percentage points in early March. The poll was conducted April 1-5, during a particularly rocky week for Trump and before he lost the Wisconsin primary to Cruz. Reuters via The Week

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