World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (May 4, 2016)
US Navy SEAL killed in Iraq
On Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) identified the Navy SEAL killed by Islamic State fire outside Mosul, Iraq, as Charlie Keating IV, a grandson of the late Charles H. Keating Jr., a financier at the center of the Savings and Loan crisis in the 1980s and early ’90s.
Ducey ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff until sunset Wednesday in honor of Charlie Keating, the third US serviceman killed in the US battle against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Keating, 31, was planning to get married in November. The Associated Press via The Week
Canada wildfire out of control
A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control.
By late afternoon, the entire city of 60,000 had been ordered evacuated. Residents by the thousands fled the fire, and for hours caused gridlock on Highway 63, and even overwhelmed oilsands work camps, where beds and meals were offered.
Fire chief Darby Allen said the entire neighbourhood of Beacon Hill “appears to have been lost” and the fire burned many homes in other parts of the city. No buildings were lost in the city’s downtown area, Allen said. Despite the devastation, there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries. CBC News
Fort McMurray wildfire news from CTV
Brazil’s Rousseff faces more investigation
Brazilian media are reporting that the country’s top prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court to open an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice by embattled President Dilma Rousseff. Officials have not confirmed the reports, which surfaced late Tuesday. Brazil’s Globo News reported Rousseff is suspected of trying to obstruct an investigation into state-owned Petrobras oil company.
Brazilian newspapers quoted chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot as saying he has requested authority to investigate Rousseff and also her predecessor and ally, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The investigation is reported to be centered on wiretapped phone calls between the two.
Rousseff is already under investigation for a separate issue and could face an impeachment trial as early as next week. She is accused of covering up budget shortfalls in 2014 to improve her chance of reelection. Rousseff denies the accusations. VOA
Zimbabwe sells off wild animals
Zimbabwe put its wild animals up for sale on Tuesday, saying it needed buyers to step in and save the beasts from a devastating drought. Members of the public “with the capacity to acquire and manage wildlife” – and enough land to hold the animals – should get in touch to register an interest, the state Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said.
There were no details on the animals on offer or their cost, but the southern African country’s 10 national parks are famed for their huge populations of elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalos.
A drought across the region has left more than 4 million Zimbabweans needing aid and hit the crops they rely on for food and export earnings, from maize to tobacco. It has also exacerbated an economic crisis in the cash-strapped country that has largely been deserted by foreign donors since 1999. VOA
US Presidential election
Cruz drops out: After losing the Indiana Republican primary to Donald Trump on Tuesday, Ted Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign. Cruz had said Indiana was his firewall, and he planned to continue fighting as long as he had a viable path to the nomination. “Tonight, I’m sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed,” he told supporters in Indianapolis. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Trump had 53 percent of the vote, more than Cruz (37 percent) and John Kasich (8 percent) combined. It is his seventh straight win. NBC News via The Week
Sanders wins in Indiana: Bernie Sanders won the Indiana Democratic primary on Tuesday. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders had 53 percent of the vote, compared to Clinton’s 48 percent. “I know that the Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong,” Sanders told The Associated Press. “Maybe it’s over for the insiders and the party establishment but the voters today in Indiana had a different idea.” But his win likely won’t impact Clinton’s existing lead; she has the support of more than 300 pledged delegates and 520 superdelegates. NBC News, The Associated Press via The Week
Chinese netizen mock trump: Trump on Sunday told a cheering crowd in Fort Wayne, Indiana that “we can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” referring to the lopsided trade balance in China’s favor. The Chinese government hasn’t given an official response to Trump’s renewed criticism. But that hasn’t deterred a number of Chinese netizens from attacking Trump with, mostly, sarcasm.
One Weibo user further called Trump “a big mouth, [who aims at] boosting online popularity” while another user wrote “the analogy of rape is inappropriate. Instead, the expression that [China is] liberating the US is more like it,” followed by three emojis of smiley faces. One Weibo user, moreover, compared Trump to former German dictator Adolf Hitler, mockingly writing “shall Trump be elected, the US will become an even more powerful country.” VOA
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