Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (May 8, 2016)

Kenya to shut down refugee camps

Kenya to shut down refugee campsKenya will close its two main refugee camps, including the world’s largest, due to security concerns, the government said in a statement Friday. More than 600,000 people will be displaced.

“The government of Kenya acknowledges that the decision will have adverse effects on the lives of refugees and therefore the international community must collectively take responsibility on humanitarian needs that will arise out of this action,” the statement read. No date is set for the closure, which the nation previously threatened before reversing course. NPR, CNN via The Week



Panama Papers whistleblower speaks out

Panama papers headquarters raidedThe unnamed person behind the Panama Papers leak offered to aid law enforcement officials in prosecutions related to offshore money laundering and tax evasion, but only if assured of protection from punishment. “Legitimate whistle-blowers who expose unquestionable wrongdoing, whether insiders or outsiders, deserve immunity from government retribution,” the source, who has still not revealed a name or nationality, said in a statement issued Thursday night.

The documents, which list the true owners of thousands of companies created to hide the people behind them, expose the holdings of current and former world leaders and other prominent figures. The source, who uses the pseudonym John Doe but whose gender is not known, said that the papers could spur thousands of prosecutions, “if only law enforcement could access and evaluate the actual documents.”

John Doe noted that journalists who have viewed the papers have said they will not turn over the full archive of 11.5 million documents. “I, however, would be willing to cooperate with law enforcement to the extent that I am able,” the source wrote. The New York Times



Kim pledges no nuclear arms use

Kim Jong Un to receive new titleNorth Korean President Kim Jong Un told a ruling party congress that his country would not use nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty was threatened by other nuclear powers, North Korea’s state news agency said Sunday.

Kim also said he was willing to normalize relations with states that have been hostile toward the Pyongyang government, and he called for more talks with South Korea to reduce distrust and the potential for further misunderstandings, the Korean Central News Agency report said.

“As a responsible nuclear weapons state, our republic will not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by any aggressive hostile forces with nukes,” the report quoted Kim as saying. VOA



Canadian wildfire still out of control

Canada wildfire out of controlThe ferocious forest fire raging through a community in Canada’s Alberta province doubled in size Saturday, engulfing 200,000 hectares. The Canadian government has also declared a state of emergency in Alberta. Emergency officials said it could take months to bring the fire under control. The massive wildfire is growing and approaching the neighboring province of Saskatchewan, Canadian officials said.

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency said more than 500 firefighters, using 15 helicopters, 14 air tankers and 88 other pieces of equipment are battling the blaze in and around Fort McMurray. Rain showers are predicted in the coming days, but authorities said that will not help. Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of the fires.

The Edmonton Journal reported that on Friday, the cabinet allocated $200 million toward a disaster recovery program for the area and financial relief of $1,250 per adult and $500 for each dependent. More than 80,000 people have been evacuated from Fort McMurray. VOA CNN



India’s drought crisis

India's drought crisisIndia’s killer heatwave is leaving the country reeling from the worst drought in decades and a rural population struggling to survive. Relief is due with the arrival of the monsoon in mid-June, and because of the impending La Nina weather pattern, the forecast is for above-average rainfall.

However WaterAid India’s Head of Policy, Nitya Jacob, says groundwater levels are so depleted that even if a good monsoon comes in June — and meteorologists predict there will be one that ends the drought — it won’t be enough. “Even if the monsoon is good, it cannot compensate,” Jacob told CNN. CNN

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsClinton wins Guam: Hillary Clinton won the Democratic presidential caucus in Guam on Saturday with about 60 percent support to Bernie Sanders’ 40 percent. The Democratic frontrunner leads the Vermont senator by roughly 300 pledged delegates. Neither candidate visited the Western Pacific island, which has just seven delegates up for grabs, on the campaign trail. Politico via The Week

Trump calls Clinton enabler: Donald Trump criticized Hillary Clinton at a Eugene, Oregon, rally on Friday, suggesting she had a hand in her husband Bill’s affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky and his other alleged affairs. “She would go after these women and destroy their lives,” Trump said. “She was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler, and what she did to a lot of those women is disgraceful.” The presumptive Republican presidential nominee employed the attack as a means of defending his own record on women. CNN, The Hill via The Week

Musicians demand Trump to stop using their songs: The Rolling Stones have told Donald Trump, to stop using their songs at his campaign rallies. The rockers told Trump, “The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.” The Rolling Stones are the latest musicians to demand Trump to stop using their music. Everlast demanded that Trump stop playing “Jump Around” by the rapper’s former band, House of Pain, while Neil Young, R.E.M. and Adele have also complained about use of their music. Some musicians object to use of their music because they want to protect their financial interests, while others support other candidates and object to being linked to their political opponents. VOA

Trump to dominate Sunday shows: Talk of Donald Trump will dominate the political talk shows on the first Sunday since he knocked the last two challengers out of the race for the Republican nomination for president. Trump himself will appear on two shows, his convention manager and strategist will appear on a third and supporter and surrogate former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will appear on a fourth. USA Today

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