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Top news stories for today – June , 6 2016

Economist leads in Peru election

Economist leads in Peru electionWith 78 percent of the votes counted in Peru’s presidential runoff election Sunday night, former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has a slim, 1.5 point lead over Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori.

Kuczynski, 77, placed second in the first round of voting, while 41-year-old Fujimori saw her sizable lead vanish amid a series of scandals in her Popular Force party. As her lead shrank, Fujimori signed a pledge not to pardon her father, who is serving 25 years for crimes against humanity. Much of the outstanding vote is from Fujimori-friendly remote areas where ballots won’t arrive for days. Kuczynski pledges to promote economic growth. BBC News, The Associated Press, The Week

 

 

ISIS shooting civilians trying to flee Falluja

Terrorist attacks dropped in 2015ISIS is targeting civilians attempting to leave the militant-held city of Falluja, as Iraqi forces and militia attempt to wrest back control of the city, a European non-profit operating in Iraq says.

As many as 50,000 residents remain trapped in the center of Falluja as Iraqi security forces close in, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) told CNN Monday. Many of those who try to escape the clutches of ISIS are being targeted and shot by militants, it said.

“Our biggest fears are now tragically confirmed with civilians being directly targeted while trying to flee to safety,” NRC Country Director in Iraq Nasr Muflahi said. “This is the worst that we feared would happen to innocent men, women and children who have had to leave everything behind in order to save their lives.” CNN

 

 

72nd anniversary of D-Day

72nd anniversary of D-DayMonday marks the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion by Allied forces along a 50-mile stretch of the coast of France that helped defeat the Nazis in World War II. About 160,000 Allied troops parachuted or waded onto the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, in what was the largest sea assault in military history.

Though about 4,500 died by the end of the day, the operation eventually led to an Allied victory across Europe. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion. The invasion began shortly after midnight, with a perilous airborne operation led by paratroopers of the “Screaming Eagles” 101st Airborne and the 82nd Airborne divisions.  At dawn, thousands of Allied troops leaped out of landing craft to storm the beaches under ferocious German defensive fire.

U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the supreme commander of Allied forces across Western Europe, called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” VOA

 

 

Memory of Tiananmen massacre

Memory of Tiananmen massacreTens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, Saturday, June 4, 2016, to commemorate victims of the 1989 military crackdown, also known as Tiananmen massacre in Beijing.

Every June 4, tens of thousands of mourners turn Hong Kong’s Victoria Park into a sea of candlelight. A funeral procession winds its way through the crowd, videos of the bloody crackdown are shown on giant outdoor screens, and political leaders shout slogans through megaphones.

In main land China, authorities have been using both at home and abroad in recent days and weeks to ensure there is little to no public discussion of the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Yang Jianli, a former Tiananmen activist, said that just as he was supposed to host an online forum on Friday to mark the anniversary, it was hijacked.

The forum was going to include participants from six cities worldwide, including Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris. Nearly 1,000 people were registered to participate. “But in the end, we could only broadcast from Washington D.C. and only the participants from Washington D.C. could speak,” Yang said. “The others could watch and listen but could not speak because the system we tried to use was paralyzed. Hacked severely.” VOA

US Presidential election

Clinton winds in Puerto Rico: Hillary Clinton won decisive victories in Sunday’s Democratic primary in Puerto Rico and Saturday’s Virgin Islands caucus, putting her just 26 delegates shy of the 2,383 she needs to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, according to an Associated Press tally. But like rival Bernie Sanders, Clinton is focusing on California, one of five states holding nominating contests on Tuesday. At a rally in Sacramento on Sunday, Clinton urged her supporters to vote, saying she wants to “finish strong in California.” She will almost certainly secure the last 26 delegates in New Jersey on Tuesday, before polls close in California. In the Virgin Islands, Clinton got all seven delegates up for grabs, and Puerto Rico handed Clinton at least 33 of its 60 delegates. The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Week

Fear growing inside GOP leaders on Trump: Top Republican officials and donors are increasingly worried about the threat Donald Trump’s attack on a judge’s Mexican heritage could pose to their party’s chances in November — and about the GOP’s ability to win Latino votes for many elections to come. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, are urging Trump to change his combative, confrontational style before it’s too late. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said “I hope he’ll change his direction on that”. House Speaker Paul Ryan, just a day after announcing his endorsement of Trump, bashed him on a Wisconsin radio station. “Look, the comment about the judge, just was out of left field for my mind,” Ryan said Friday on WISN in Milwaukee. “It’s reasoning I don’t relate to, I completely disagree with the thinking behind that.” CNN

Clinton expected to clinch democratic nomination Tuesday: Primary contests conclude this week with America’s most populous state, California, as the biggest prize. Clinton defeated Sanders in Puerto Rico’s Democrat primary on Sunday, inching her slightly closer to the eventual nomination. Polls show a tight race in California, a state that Clinton and Sanders each desperately want to win. But the delegate math suggests that Clinton will clinch the Democratic nomination whether or not she wins in California and several other states on Tuesday. VOA

Clinton seeks to unify Democrats: Hillary Clinton is predicting she will have the Democratic nomination locked up after Tuesday’s primaries, and is already seeking to repair relations with rival Bernie Sanders and his supporters — though it’s unclear if the latter are willing to reciprocate. Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Clinton said she will do “everything I can to reach out, to try to unify the Democratic Party,” and she expects Sanders will do the same. “We will come together and be prepared to go all the way to the convention in a unified way,” Clinton said. Sanders, however, does not sound willing to concede the race at this point, even if Clinton secures enough convention delegates to win the nomination after a series of primaries on Tuesday. USA Today

Obama will be uniquely busy president on the campaign trail: Little more than seven months before the end of his administration, President Obama is poised to become the most active lame duck campaigner in history, offering a new twist on an often awkward role: A White House occupant watching the election of a successor. Stephen Hess, former aide to presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, said “This man is in it very early, which means he will be in it very long.” Obama has served notice he is willing to work hard to elect a Democratic successor — most likely Hillary Clinton — and defend his own legacy, currently under assault by Republican nominee-in-waiting Donald Trump. USA Today

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