World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (May 13, 2016)
Michel Temer acting as Brazilian President
Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer begins his new administration Friday as hundreds of supporters of his beleaguered predecessor continue street demonstrations and regional leaders denounce the senate’s vote for an impeachment trial as a literal coup.
The former vice president installed a business-friendly Cabinet Thursday, just hours after senators voted to temporarily remove his former ally-turned-political enemy, Dilma Rousseff, from power for alleged corruption. Temer’s government has the daunting challenge of pulling the country out of a deep recession and reforming the pension system.
“We must significantly improve the business environment for the private sector … and rebalance the government’s budget,” the 75-year-old Temer said in his first statement as Brazilian leader. VOA
Facebook CEO to meet conservatives
On Thursday night, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the charges that his social network’s Trending Topics feature surpasses conservative articles. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said he and his staff “take this report very seriously and are conducting a full investigation” into the allegations published in Gizmodo, but that “we have found no evidence that this report is true.”
He added that he wants to ensure that “our platform stays as open as possible,” and toward that end, “in the coming weeks, I’ll also be inviting leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum to talk with me about this and share their points of view.” On Tuesday, Sen. John Thune (R-S.C.) demanded an explanation of Zuckerberg. Facebook, Politico via The Week
Apple invests $1 billion in Didi
Analysts suggested that Apple is trying to make up for declining iPhone sales in the Chinese market or attempting to boost Apple Pay in China, but CEO Tim Cook said simply that “Didi exemplifies the innovation taking place in the iOS developer community in China” and “we are extremely impressed by the business they’ve built and their excellent leadership team, and we look forward to supporting them as they grow.” Didi is larger than its main competitor, UberChina, but both ride-hailing companies are aggressively expanding in the country. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times via The Week
Zimmerman auctioning his gun
The Florida man who sparked the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States with the shooting of an unarmed teenager four years ago is now selling the gun he used in the killing. George Zimmerman listed the gun in an online auction beginning Thursday and required an opening bid of at least $5,000.
He shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012 as the teen walked back to a relative’s home after purchasing snacks at a convenience store in the town of Sanford. Zimmerman was arrested six weeks later, but a jury later acquitted him of second degree murder. He said the shooting was an act of self-defense.
The U.S. Justice Department said last year it would not file civil rights charges against Zimmerman, saying the evidence in the case did not meet the “high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution.” Zimmerman told local Florida television station WOGX he recently got the gun back from the Justice Department. VOA
US Presidential election
Ryan was very encouraged with Trump: Donald Trump, and Paul Ryan, voiced confidence after meeting Thursday they would eventually unite in their campaign against the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. But the scene outside the Republican National Committee where the two men met more closely resembled the raucous, unpredictable presidential contest that brought them here: lawmakers jumped fences, a bagpiper drowned out religious protestors and a group of undocumented immigrants held a mock funeral for the party. Ryan, who said last week that he was “just not ready” to endorse Trump’s maverick campaign, again did not fully embrace his candidacy. But Ryan declared that he was “very encouraged” about unifying with Trump. VOA
True color of the Republican: Members of Congress fought their way past a bagpiper, a horn player and a group of protesters to reach the building where presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a highly anticipated meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Dennis Rodriguez led a group of undocumented immigrants called United We Dream that was holding a mock funeral for the Republican Party. He said the meeting between Ryan and Trump changes nothing about the party’s attitude on key issues. “The Republican Party has always been this way,” said Rodriguez on Trump’s views. “Now they are finally showing their true colors.” VOA
Trump’s foreign policy: The world “would be far less stable” if proposals floated by Donald Trump are implemented as U.S. foreign policy, former Secretary of State James Baker told a Senate panel Thursday at the same time the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was meeting party leaders on Capitol Hill. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a former Trump rival in the presidential race, asked Baker what the world would be like if the U.S. left the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or let South Korea and Japan obtain nuclear weapons, proposals floated by Trump during the campaign. VOA
Hindu group prays for Trump: Members of the Hindu Sena group held a colorful prayer ritual Wednesday in New Delhi, asking for the gods to let the Donald Trump become the next US president. The ceremony featured a small fire encircled by photos of Trump with a red dot on his forehead, a common way to bless someone in India. “Going by the statements of Donald Trump, we believe he will be the lone protector of mankind,” Vishnu Gupta, Hindu Sena’s president, told Reuters.Trump recently mocked an Indian accent while inveighing against outsourcing American jobs. India is home to many customer service call centers serving American companies. There is a possibility the group is rallying behind Trump because of his controversial comments about Islamic extremists. Some extreme factions of right-wing Hindus have been associated with violent attacks on Muslims in India. VOA
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