Top news stories for today – June 27, 2016
UK Labour party revolution
A dozen Labour shadow ministers resigned on Sunday, and another half dozen have quit on Monday, with more resignations expected. The resignations are a show of protest against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who over the weekend fired shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, who said he no longer had confidence in Corbyn’s leadership.
Labour officials also accuse Corbyn of only tepidly supporting the push to remain in the EU, and Labour MPs will hold a secret-ballot vote of no confidence in Corbyn on Tuesday. The Labour leader, who was elected last September and says he will run again for leader if the MPs outs him, named a new shadow cabinet on Monday. On Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show, Benn called Corbyn “a good and decent man but he is not a leader.” BBC News, The Week
European leaders meet over Brexit strategy
On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hosting French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and European Council President Donald Tusk in Berlin to discuss Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
Merkel and Hollande spoke for 30 minutes on Sunday and are in “full agreement on how to handle the situation created by the British referendum,” a Hollande aide told Reuters. Hollande himself said Sunday that it’s important for European leaders to have a united front on the “irreversible” referendum, since “separated, we run the risk of divisions, dissension, and quarrels.” Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said that “politicians in London should take the time to reconsider the consequences of the Brexit decision‚ but by that I emphatically do not mean Brexit itself.” Reuters, BBC News, The Week
Chile wins Copa America, Messi to retire national team
Chile won its second consecutive Copa America title Sunday after beating Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks. No one was able to score during regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, and each team saw an ejection.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi, a five time FIFA Player of the Year, lost a final for the third year in a row, after losing to Chile in last year’s Copa America and to Germany in the 2014 World Cup. Following the game, Messi announced he was retiring from international soccer, saying, “For me, the national team is over.
I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion.” To celebrate its 100th anniversary, South America’s championship was expanded to 16 countries and played in the United States. The game was at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in front of a crowd of 82,076. USA Today, BBC News
UN builds human rights case against Pyongyang
While North Korea’s dismal human rights record has been overshadowed of late by its latest round of provocative nuclear and missile tests, the United Nations is continuing to build the case to prosecute Kim Jong Un and his leadership for crimes against humanity.
In 2014 a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights in North Korea issued a report documenting a network of political prisons in the country holding 120,000 people and a list of atrocities that include “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence.” The report also called on the UN to refer the leadership of North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity.
The General Assembly voted in support of the COI recommendation but the measure stalled in the Security Council where North Korea’s allies China and Russia would likely veto the bill if it were brought up for a vote. VOA
Republicans on Brexit
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday appeared to downplay the economic fallout from Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union despite the initial chaos in global markets. “Obviously, the market is going to respond when news like this occurs,” he said. “I believe the markets will eventually stabilize.” The Wisconsin Republican signaled that the desire for independence across the pond mirrors feelings here in the United States.
Former presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hailed the vote as a “wake-up call for internationalist bureaucrats from Brussels to Washington DC that some free nations still wish to preserve their national sovereignty.” USA Today
US Presidential election
Hillary Clinton expands lead over Donald Trump in new polls: Donald Trump is returning from a weekend in Scotland to a terrible new poll from The Washington Post/ABC News, which has Hillary Clinton opening up a 12-point lead, beating Trump 51 percent to 39 percent among registered voters; in the last Washington Post/ABC News survey in May, Trump led Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, also released Sunday, Clinton leads Trump by just 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent, up from 46 percent to Trump’s 43 percent in the last poll. Clinton’s rise is due in part to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders coming over to Clinton’s side, but can mostly be attributed to Trump’s unforced errors. The Washington Post, NBC News, The Week
Bernie Sanders says he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton: Bernie Sanders may not be quite ready to formally end his Democratic presidential bid, but he says he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November. Speaking on MSNBC Friday morning, he was asked whether he planned to vote for Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the fall election. “Yes. Yeah, I think the issue right here is, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” the Vermont senator said. “I think Trump, in so many ways, will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president.” USA Today
Donald Trump on Brexit: Donald Trump said Friday the forces that persuaded the United Kingdom to leave the European Union will help elect him president of the United States later this year. Trump said the British people “took their country back, just like we will take America back.” Trump said the desire to control borders and block illegal immigration are big factors in both the Brexit results and his own presidential race, adding that people in both countries tired of seeing migrants “pouring” in. Many analysts believe the British decision to leave the EU will hurt the global economy, but Trump said no one knows for sure. USA Today
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