Top news stories for today – June 15, 2016
Orlando shooter’s wife under investigation
Salman allegedly knew of her husband’s plans to carry out the attack, which killed 49 people, and had scoped out the nightclub where the shooting took place with Mateen earlier this month. “It appears she had some knowledge of what was going on,” Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said. If the federal grand jury finds Salman guilty of wrongdoing, she could face criminal charges as early as this week. Reuters , The Week
Very hot drinks may cause cancer
In a review published today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, drinking very hot beverages could cause people to develop cancer of their esophagus, the eighth most common form of cancer worldwide.
Drinking tea, coffee or other hot beverages at temperature above 65 degree Celsius can cause significant scald burns in the esophagus when they’re consumed and has previously been linked to an increased cancer risk in this part of the body.
The findings come after a group of 23 international scientists analyzed all available data on the carcinogenicity of coffee, maté — a leaf infusion consumed commonly in South America and other regions — and a range of other hot beverages, including tea. Evidence for the findings was limited, but studies in China, Iran, Turkey and South America found positive associations between the risk of this form of cancer and temperatures at which drinks were consumed. CNN
Bangladesh arrests more than 11,000
An officially secular but Muslim-majority nation, Bangladesh has seen a surge of targeted killings — blamed on Islamist radicals — that have claimed the lives of secularists, religious minorities and gay activists.
Police have said that most of the suspected militants were members of Jama’atul Mujahedin Bangladesh, a banned Islamist group. But the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, or BNP, said the raids were designed to detain its leaders and workers. It said some 2,100 party leaders and activists were arrested. CNN
Democrats push for gun control
The Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell said he would oppose measures proposed by Democrats but seemed to leave the door open to some change. He said “Nobody wants terrorists to have firearms; we’re open to serious suggestions from the experts as to what we might be able to do to be helpful.”
“Some Republicans are trying to make this into a national security threat. It’s a domestic threat here, it’s an act of terror, it’s an act of hatred,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. VOA
China warns Obama meeting Dalai Lama
China warned against US President Barack Obama meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying it could damage mutual trust on Tuesday. The meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, will be closed-door to avoid angering China, who sees the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist.
President Obama has met with the Dalai Lama, a monk revered by Tibetans, multiple times and refers to him as “a good friend”. But China fears it will send the wrong message to Tibetans.
“If such meeting goes through, it will send a wrong signal to the separatist forces seeking Tibet independence and it will damage mutual trust and cooperation,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters Wednesday. Dialogue between the Dalai Lama and China’s central government stopped in 2010. VOA
US Presidential election
Clinton wins DC Democratic primary, meets with Sanders: Hillary Clinton has won the District of Columbia Democratic primary, the last primary contest of the election season. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton is beating Bernie Sanders, 79 percent to 21 percent. Tuesday night, Clinton and Sanders and their top advisers met at a Washington hotel for two hours to discuss the future and how best to defeat Republican Donald Trump. Before the meeting, Clinton told Telemundo she and Sanders would have a “wide-ranging conversation, because we share a lot of the same goals.” After, the Sanders campaign said the two had a “positive discussion about how best to bring more people into the political process and about the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation.” NBC News, The Associated Press The Week
Clinton has double-digit lead over Trump in new national poll: A new Bloomberg Politics poll has Hillary Clinton with a 12-point lead nationally over Donald Trump. The poll shows Clinton is leading Trump 49 percent to 37 percent among likely voters in November’s general election. When it comes to the candidates people don’t support, 55 percent of those polled said they could never vote for Trump, and 43 percent said the same for Clinton. The poll, conducted by phone, interviewed 1,000 adults, including 750 likely voters, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points on questions involving likely voters and 3.1 percentage points for questions asked of all adults. Bloomberg Politics, The Week
Clinton, Sanders hold positive meeting: The US presidential primary election season officially ended Tuesday as Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in the nation’s capital, and the two candidates held what they called a “positive discussion” in Washington. The two campaigns issued very similar statements after the meeting that said Clinton and Sanders discussed shared priorities such as raising wages, reforming campaign finance laws and making college affordable. They also cited the “dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation.” VOA
White House rebukes Trump’s criticism: When asked by reporters about Donald Trump’s criticism toward Obama for being “too politically correct” to utter the words “radical Islam” or “Islamic terrorism”, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dismissed the cricticisim as too “small” to comment on, in the face of the huge challenges the president is facing.
Obama delivers a statement after a meeting with national security team at the Treasury Department in Washington, asked: “What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? “Would it make ISIL less committed to killing Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that would be served?” he asked. Obama said the territory controlled by Islamic State is shrinking, morale is plummeting, its ranks are shrinking and are now down to the lowest levels in 2½ years. He said the coalition has cut IS oil revenues by millions of dollars each month. Obama, who is usually measured in his responses, continued. Without mentioning his name, he directed his comments to Trump, saying his “loose talk” is making Americans less safe. VOA
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