Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 9, 2016)

Pope calls for support of divorced and remarried

Pope calls for support of divorced and remarriedPope Francis called for opening the Catholic church to more active participation by divorced and remarried Catholics in a long-awaited 256-page document on family life — Amoris Laetitia, or “The Joy of Love” — released Friday.

The reformist pope said that family life is not always “perfect,” and that the church should be a source of support, not judgment. Pope Francis also said gays and lesbians should be protected from “unjust discrimination.” He still kept the door closed to gay marriage, although he acknowledged that unions not recognized by the church do form and have their “constructive elements.” The New York Times, The Associated Press via The Week



Belgian arrests key terrorist suspect

Belgian arrests key terrorist suspectBelgian police detained two key suspects on Friday in the Islamic State attacks on Paris and Brussels as operations go on to track down militants who have fought with or take direction from leaders in Syria.

Mohamed Abrini, a Belgian thought to have helped prepare the Nov. 13 bombing and shooting attack that killed 130 people in the French capital, was held with two others, prosecutors said. They were trying to confirm that he was also the “man in the hat” seen with the Brussels airport suicide bombers on March 22.

Earlier, police seized a man prosecutors named only as Osama K., and who local media said was a Swede named Osama Krayem. The arrests mark a signal success for Belgian security services, which have faced fierce criticism at home and abroad. Reuters



Myanmar releases political prisoners

Myanmar releases political prisoners (www.rfa.rog)Myanmar, also known as Burma, released more than 100 political detainees Friday under an amnesty that was the first official act of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s leader and a former political prisoner herself.

The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said Saturday that 113 political detainees were released across the country, according to police sources.

Families and friends of the detainees have been gathering at prisons since Aung San Suu Kyi’s announcement Thursday that releases would be made in conjunction with the celebration of the Buddhist New Year, which occurs in mid-April. VOA



Judge orders Apple to unlock iPhone

Judge orders Apple to unlock iPhoneOn Friday, a judge ordered Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone in a Boston gang case, despite the tech company’s objections about privacy and national security. The ruling comes as the Justice Department filed an appeal Friday requesting the company’s help in another criminal case, this one involving the locked iPhone of a convicted drug dealer in a New York investigation.

Though the Justice Department was able to move forward without Apple’s help in breaking into the San Bernardino attacker’s iPhone — another high-profile battle between the FBI and Apple — the FBI’s director says the government’s technique does not work on all iPhone models. The Week



N Korea collects information from restaurants

N Korea gathers information from oversea restaurantsNorth Korea is gathering information from foreigners, mostly South Koreans, through its global network of restaurants, a former worker of a North Korean restaurant abroad told VOA.

North Korea reportedly runs about 130 restaurants around the world, mostly in China. They serve traditional North Korean dishes, employ North Korean staff and have long been seen as one of the country’s few instruments of soft power. But they also are suspected of serving as fronts for other activities.

Some South Korean and Western news media outlets have speculated Pyongyang was using the restaurants for illicit activities such as money laundering.

The former restaurant worker said North Korean waitresses at state-run restaurants overseas secretly collect information on customers and send it to their homeland. VOA

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsSanders vs Clinton in California: The closer California’s Democratic presidential primary gets, the narrower Hillary Clinton’s lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Golden State becomes. A new Field Poll released Thursday reveals that Sanders is now a mere 6 points behind Clinton in California. Just a few months ago in January, Clinton held a comfortable 11-point lead over the Vermont senator. The Week

Sanders to visit Vatican: Bernie Sanders has accepted an invitation to visit the Vatican next week, he announced Friday. Sanders will deliver a speech on how to create a moral economy at a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on April 15, just four days ahead of the New York primary. The academy is a kind of research institution set up by Pope John Paul II in 1994. VOA

Will Trump get 50% in New York: Ted Cruz and company are playing the expectations game in New York — including the taunt that front-running businessman Donald Trump should withdraw from the Republican race if he can’t crack 50% in his home state. Polls give Trump just more than 50% ahead of the April 19 primary in New York, with Cruz mired in third place behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Both Cruz and Kasich are hoping to keep Trump below 50% and to peel away some of the convention delegates available in the Empire State. USA Today

Florida GOP rules could boost Trump: In Florida GOP rules, thirty-one states and territories require Republican delegates to support the winner of a given primary or caucus only for the first ballot, according to the Republican National Committee. Seven require delegates to back the primary or caucus winner for the first two ballots. The remaining 19 don’t bind their delegates at all or let them make their own choice once the candidate they were tied to either withdraws from the race or releases them to vote for someone else.

That means Florida, the most important swing state in the November election, also could play a key role buttressing Trump at the July convention in Cleveland if he doesn’t secure the necessary 1,237 delegates before then, which seems increasingly likely. USA Today

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