World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 1, 2016)
Nuclear summit focuses on N Korea and IS
Obama’s fourth and final nuclear summit has come at a time of heightened concern about the possibility that Islamic State militants could set off radioactive bombs, and also about North Korea’s nuclear weapons development.
Some of the world leaders who attended a White House summit dinner Thursday were from countries that have been directly impacted by terrorist attacks.
As the summit got underway, the White House released a statement saying the U.S. had declassified and released data on the national inventory of highly enriched uranium. It said inventories decreased from about 741 to 586 metric tons between 1996 and 2013. VOA
N Korea launches missile again
South Korean media say North Korea has fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast in the latest of several tests this year, signifying an increased level of tension between Pyongyang, Seoul and South Korea’s Western allies.
South Korea’s Yonhap news service said the surface-to-air missile launched into the Sea of Japan at midday Friday.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry confirmed the report to the French news agency, but said its range and precise trajectory could not be confirmed. It said the launch came from the eastern city of Sondok. VOA
5 arrested for India’s overpass collapse
On Friday, police in Kolkata, India, opened a culpable homicide case and arrested five officials from IVRCL Infrastructure Co., the construction company that was building the overpass that collapsed in a crowded neighborhood on Thursday, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 80 others.
Rescue crews with saws, small cranes, and jackhammers had worked overnight to try to find and remove survivors, but on Friday they gave up hope. “The rescue operation is in its last phase,” said S.S. Guleria, deputy inspector general of the India’s National Disaster Response Force. “There is no possibility of finding any person alive.” The Associated Press via The Week
US Presidential election
Trump meets GOP leaders: On Thursday, days after saying he was felt the Republican National Committee has treated him “very unfairly,” Donald Trump met with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington to talk about unifying the GOP. After the meeting, Trump tweeted that he had a “very nice meeting” with Priebus and other GOP leaders and was “looking forward to bringing the Party together — and it will happen!” Priebus said the meeting, which lasted less than an hour, was scheduled days ago, and they “did talk about unity and working together and making sure when we go to Cleveland, and come out of Cleveland, that we’re working in the same direction.” Reuters
Trump’s punishment on women: Donald Trump faced new scrutiny Thursday after his call for “some form of punishment” for women who secure abortions if the procedure is ever prohibited in the country, even though within hours he backtracked on that comment. His spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, said, on CNN interview, “This was a complete misspeak.” Pierson said Trump, who once supported a woman’s right to the medical procedure, now is “pro-life with exceptions” and would favor punishing doctors who perform abortions, not women, if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturns its 43-year-old ruling supporting abortion rights in the U.S. VOA
China’s Anbang drops bid on Starwood
Anbang’s aggressive offer, backed by two private equity firms, would have resulted in the largest-ever Chinese acquisition of a U.S. company; the insurance firm said it dropped the bid “due to various market considerations.” Starwood owns such hotel brands as Sheraton, W Hotels, St. Regis, and Westin, and if Marriott closes the deal, the combined company will be the world’s biggest hotel chain, with 30 brands and more than a million rooms. The Wall Street Journal via The Week
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