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Top news stories for today – June 5, 2016

Tributes pour in for Muhammad Ali

Tributes pour in for Muhammad Ali“Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period,” President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama said in a statement Saturday, following Friday’s death of the boxing legend.

“If you just asked him, he’d tell you.” The previous two presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, also paid tribute to Ali, one of the world’s greatest boxers and one of the 20th century’s biggest personalities, as did Ali’s fellow boxing stars, other athletes, celebrities, and business leaders. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump also praised Ali in statements, signaling perhaps the one thing all three presidential contenders agree on. White House, CBS News, The Week



Pope Francis issues rules for sex abuse

Pope Francis issues rules for sex abuseOn Saturday, Pope Francis issued a papal decree establishing a legal procedure for removing bishops for negligence, especially regarding child sexual abuse.

Bishops can already be ousted for “grave reasons,” the pope noted, but the new rules specify that prelates can be sacked for causing “grave harm” to people or communities through their actions or inaction, be it physical, moral, financial, or spiritual.

When sex abuse of children or “vulnerable adults” is involved, the negligence need only be “serious,” and the bishop needn’t be morally guilty. Advocates for victims of sexual abuse, and many Catholics, have been seeking greater accountability for bishops, some of whom quietly shuffled accused abuser priests to other parishes. Only the pope can remove a bishop. America, The Associated Press, The Week



Spain’s Muguruza beat Serena in French Open final

Spain's Muguruza beat Serena in French Open finalSaturday the Spaniard ranked No. 4 in the world shocked Williams at Roland Garros to capture her first Grand Slam title with a 7-5, 6-4 victory, denying Williams a record-tying 22nd major trophy.

“I’m so, so excited,” Mugurza said on court. “To play a final of a Grand Slam against one of the best players, I’m so happy. Serena is a very powerful player and I had to be ready for every point.”

Muguruza is the third consecutive first-time Grand Slam champion in women’s tennis, following the victories of Flavia Pennetta (U.S. Open) and Angelique Kerber (Australian Open) in the last year.

While the result is a surprising one on paper, Muguruza, who had lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final a year ago, had been in sizzling form in the leadup to the final, dropping only the first set she played and winning 12 consecutive sets thereafter. USA Today



Kerry warns China against Air Defense Zone

Kerry warns China against Air Defense ZoneHeading into high-level talks aimed at expanding cooperation with China, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging China not to “unilaterally” announce an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over portions of the South China Sea.  “We will consider an ADIZ over portions of the SCS as a provocative and destabilizing act,” said Kerry Sunday during a news conference after his meeting with Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren in Ulaanbaatar.

An ADIZ requires all incoming aircraft, including civilian planes, to register with Chinese authority to fly in the air route. China announced an ADIZ in the East China Sea two years ago, which caused grave concerns by the United States.

Kerry’s remarks came after Asian defense ministers gathered in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue where delegates debated as to where China is planning the creation of an ADIZ. VOA

US Presidential election

California voter registration hit record high: On Friday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that 17,915,053 Californians are registered to vote, the largest number ever heading into a primary election. On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are vying for the biggest pot of delegates in the final contest of the Democratic primary fight. Almost all the swelling of the voter rolls came in the last 45 days of registration, which ended May 23, and 76 percent of those new voters registered as Democrats. “Part of this surge was fueled through social media, as Facebook sent a reminder to all California users to register to vote,” said Padilla. “It is clear that Californians are engaged and excited about this election.” Los Angeles Times

Trump VP-vetter Culvahouse very unlike the candidate himself: The attorney Donald Trump has chosen to help select his vice-presidential running mate is known by friends and acquaintances as an unpretentious, easy-going Tennessee native who has moved for decades within Washington’s power circles but prefers not to call attention to himself. In his new role, Culvahouse will be responsible for interviewing Trump’s list of potential running mates, delving into their backgrounds to spot potential problems, then telling the presumptive GOP nominee who would make the best vice president. USA Today

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