Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 8, 2016)

David Cameron and Panama Papers

The Panama Papers leak (photo - ICIJ twitter)On Thursday evening, British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged that he had owned shares in an offshore investment trust, Blairmore Holdings, that his late stockbroker father had set up in Panama in 1982.

The ownership of the account was revealed in this week’s Panama Papers leak. Cameron told ITV that he and his wife sold their 5,000 shares in 2010 for about $50,000, adding: “I paid income tax on the dividends, but there was a profit on it, but that was less than the capital gains tax allowance, so I didn’t pay capital gains tax, but it was subject to all the UK taxes in all the normal ways.” Cameron is just one of many world leaders touched by the massive leak of offshore tax documents. ITV News, BBC News via The Week



15th and final American Idol

15th and final American IdolAmerican Idol went out in a blaze of cameos on Thursday night, ending its 15-year run with performances from famous alumni like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Kimberley Locke, Taylor Hicks, and more infamously, William Hung.

First winner Kelly Clarkson appeared in a pre-taped segment, as did President Obama. But host Ryan Seacrest unveiled the final surprise, crowning Trent Harmon, 25, the show’s final winner, over fellow Mississippi native La’Porsha Renae, and declaring, “Good night, America! For now.” USA Today



Kerry makes surprise visit to Iraq

Kerry Anti-IS effort moving in right directionU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Baghdad on a previously unannounced visit that marks his first trip to Iraq since 2014. Kerry traveled from Bahrain to Iraq Friday for talks with officials including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Kurdistan regional government Prime Minister Nechrivan Barzani.

Kerry will discuss the multinational coalition’s ongoing support for Iraqi-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. The trip comes as Iraqi-led forces push to retake the northern city of Mosul, which fell to Islamic State militants in 2014.

Later, he will travel to Hiroshima, Japan, for a Group of Seven (G-7) summit and to visit a World War Two memorial. VOA



US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsSanders vs Clinton: Clinton and Sanders, are feuding over who is qualified to be the country’s leader, trading contentious barbs Thursday even as they made a nominal effort to cool the rhetoric between them. “She has attacked me for being unqualified, and if I am attacked for being unqualified, I will respond in kind,” Sanders told reporters in Philadelphia, a major eastern city where Democrats are holding a presidential nominating election April 26. “I’m not going to get beaten up.” VOA

Clinton focus on Latinos: Clinton campaign has sharpened its focus on one of the most reliable strongholds it has in the state thus far — the Latino vote. She enjoys 75 percent support to Sanders’ 19 percent, Clinton’s single greatest base among any racial/ethnic group. Throughout the week, the Hillary for America campaign has organized events among New York Latino legislators and elected officials to discuss Clinton’s and Sanders’ immigration records. VOA

Trump’s popularity down: A new poll shows 7 out of 10 Americans hold an unfavorable view of Donald Trump, who announced he’s reshuffling his campaign after his loss in this week’s Wisconsin primary. The Associated Press-GfK poll shows Trump with what the AP described as “unprecedented unpopularity” among those of every race, gender and political viewpoint. Among Republicans, the poll found nearly half don’t like their party’s current front-runner. Sixty-three percent of registered voters said they “definitely would not vote for” Trump in a general election, including 31% of Republicans. Still, Trump continues to lead the Republican race in delegates. USA Today

New technology of movie-watching

New technology of movie-watchingOne day you may go to a movie theater where instead of watching a film on a screen, you enter the scene and watch the action unfold all around you. That is the promise of new technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and 360-degree video. Online streaming sites like YouTube and Vimeo already offer short VR films made by amateurs as well as professionals.

You can watch them with expensive headsets, but many people use their smart phones tucked into a cardboard viewer that can be purchased from Google for only $15. So far, most of the films are either computer animations or scenes featuring experiences like a roller coaster ride. VOA

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