World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (May 5, 2016)
Israel honors holocaust victims
Israel came to a halt for two minutes Thursday morning, as sirens sounded on Holocaust remembrance day. Traffic came to a halt as people stopped their cars, got out and stood next to them to honor the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi forces and collaborators. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid a wreath at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem in one of many ceremonies that took place across the country.
In Washington, the White House said in a statement, “We reaffirm our ongoing responsibility as citizens and as a nation to live out the admonition, ‘Never forget. Never again.’” The statement went on to say “Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community both at home and abroad.” The annual remembrance day, called Yom HaShoah, began at sundown Wednesday evening. VOA
Russia to deploy troops to counter NATO
Russia says it will deploy three divisions of troops along its borders to counter NATO’s increasing military presence in Eastern Europe. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday after a meeting in Moscow that the new divisions will be stationed along Russia’s western and southern borders.
“The Defense Ministry is taking a series of measures aimed at countering the buildup of NATO forces in close proximity to Russian borders. By the end of the year, two new military divisions will be formed in the Western Military district and one in the Southern Military District. At the moment, facilities construction is being carried out at the sites where these units will be deployed,” he said. VOA
Turkey PM to quit
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will stand down at an extraordinary congress of his ruling AK party later this month, local media report. Reports that the congress would be held on 22 May came after Davutoglu held talks with senior party leaders.
Speculation of his resignation has been rife since Davutoglu met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday. He is long thought to have disapproved of Erdogan’s plans to move Turkey to a presidential system of government.
On Thursday Presidential aide Cemil Ertem appeared to confirm the reports when he said there would be no snap elections following the appointment of a new leader. He also told Turkish TV that the country and its economy would stabilise further “when a prime minister more closely aligned with President Erdogan takes office”. Erdogan hand-picked Davutoglu to succeed him as head of the AK Party (Justice and Development Party) after the former was elected president in 2014. BBC
British universities slip in world rankings
The UK has 10 universities in the top 100 of the world’s best when it comes to global reputation, but many have slipped down the rankings this year. Cambridge and Oxford remain in the top five, at fourth and fifth place respectively, but both have moved down two places on their 2015 ranking. The US dominates the Times Higher Education (THE) reputation rankings, with Harvard and MIT in top places. Asia has 17 universities in the top 100 – up from 10 in last year’s rankings.
The highest rated Asian universities are the University of Tokyo in Japan in 12th place and China’s Tsinghua University in 18th place and Peking University in 21st place and the National University of Singapore in 26th place. These are rankings based on reputation and perceived status, based on the opinions of an international panel of academics. These are separate from the university rankings based on research and teaching quality. BBC
Medical errors 3rd leading cause of death in US
Medical errors now are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new study. Writing in The BMJ, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University say more than 250,000 deaths are caused by medical errors every year. This means medical errors have passed respiratory disease as the third most likely cause of death.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps the official statistics about leading causes of death in the U.S., but Hopkins researchers say the CDC’s way of collecting data “fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate.”
Researchers caution that medical errors should not be synonymous with bad doctors, but “represent systemic problems, including poorly coordinated care, fragmented insurance networks, the absence or underuse of safety nets, and other protocols, in addition to unwarranted variation in physician practice patterns that lack accountability.” VOA
US Presidential election
Kasich drops out: Ohio Gov. John Kasich has dropped out of the 2016 presidential race. In a philosophical speech Wednesday in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Kasich thanked his family, volunteers, and supporters for being part of “something bigger” and talked about finding his next “purpose” in life. Despite his long resume and dogged campaign, the governor and former chairman of the House Budget Committee was unable to mount a serious challenge for the Republican nomination, winning only his home state of Ohio. His exit comes on the heels of Sen. Ted Cruz‘s suspended campaign, leaving Donald Trump as the lone candidate in the Republican primary race. CNN, The Week
Trump won’t self-fund: Donald Trump said that looking ahead to the general election, he will not self-fund his campaign, instead creating a “world-class finance organization.” The campaign is expected to cost more than $1 billion, and Trump said Wednesday he does plan on “putting up” some money, The Wall Street Journal reports. By the end of March, Trump’s campaign had spent $47 million, with $36 million coming from Trump. Trump is already starting to work with the Republican National Committee to develop a joint fundraising agreement, and although he has touted the fact that he was not accepting money from wealthy donors or super PACs, Trump has given his “apparent blessing” to support from Great America PAC, The Washington Post reports. The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Week
Former Presidents Bush won’t endorse Trump: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush will not weigh in on the 2016 election, people close to the former presidents told The Texas Tribune Wednesday. The elder Bush has endorsed every Republican nominee in the last five election cycles and supported his son Jeb Bush before he dropped out of the race in February, but his spokesman Jim McGrath said he does not plan on endorsing presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,” he added. An aide to Bush 43 told the Tribune he “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.” The Texas Tribune, The Week
Early polls on Clinton vs Trump: Numerous national election surveys show Clinton, seeking to become the country’s first female president, defeating Trump, who surged to the top of a large field of Republican candidates with tough talk to halt illegal immigration into the country from Mexico and temporarily block Muslims from entering the country. His rise has prompted his closest Republican rivals to drop out of the race. Collectively, the polling gives Clinton, the country’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013, about a six-percentage point edge over Trump, a one-time television reality show host who has never held elective office. A new CNN/ORC poll Wednesday showed a bigger Clinton margin, 54 to 41 percent. VOA
The rise of Trump: Donald Trump’s rise is a history-making event that will change American politics and the Republican Party, according to analysts — and the story isn’t over yet. To his backers, Trump is the tribune of voters who have been failed by politicians, by immigration policies that undermine the nation’s identity, by trade deals that have sent American jobs to other countries and by political elites who do not understand or care about their problems. USA Today
The fall of GOP?: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the Republicans defeated by the New York businessman, said, “if we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed … and we will deserve it.”Others don’t believe that theory will apply to the fall election. They fear Trump — who alienated women, Hispanics and African-American voters throughout his Republican primary campaign — will wind up costing the party control of the Senate and perhaps the House as well. USA Today
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