Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (May 9, 2016)

Greece passes pension and tax reforms

Greece passes pension and tax reformsOn Sunday, Greece’s parliament approved legislation that overhauls the country’s pension and tax system. The austerity measures, requested by Greece’s creditors, are worth around $6.16 billion, and include raising taxes, introducing a national pension, and recalculating some pensions.

Thousands of rioters gathered outside parliament to protest the bills, with some throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at police. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said lawmakers are “determined to make Greece stand on its two feet at any cost.” On Monday, Eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels to discuss Greece’s debts and fiscal strategy. The Guardian



N Korea detains, expels BBC reporter

House of Culture in PyongyangBBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was detained in Pyongyang on Friday as he and two colleagues were leaving the country, and after eight hours of questioning, he signed an apology and was transported to the airport for a flight out, BBC News reported early Monday.

Wingfield-Hayes, along with producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard, were in North Korea covering the once-in-a-generation congress of the ruling Workers’ Party. Officials said Wingfield-Hayes was detained over “disrespectful” reports “insulting the dignity” of the country, explaining he “spoke ill of the system and the leadership of the country.” During the congress, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un announced a five-year plan to boost North Korea’s struggling economy, but did not outline specific reforms. CNN, The Associated Press via The Week



Palin: Ryan’s political career is over

Palin - Ryan’s political career is overSarah Palin will work to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan by backing his primary opponent in Wisconsin, the former Alaska governor told CNN’s Jake Tapper. Palin said in an interview that airs Sunday on “State of the Union” that her decision was sparked by Ryan’s bombshell announcement to Tapper last week that he wasn’t yet ready to support Donald Trump, the Republican presumptive nominee.

Palin endorsed Trump back in January. “I think Paul Ryan is soon to be ‘Cantored,’ as in Eric Cantor,” Palin said, referring to the former Republican House majority leader who was ousted in a shocking upset in 2014 when challenger Dave Brat ran to his right in a Virginia primary. CNN




Kerry to attend anti-corruption summit

Kerry to attend anti-corruption summitU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry begins a four-day diplomatic mission to Europe Monday where he will meet with officials from several countries and participate in an anti-corruption summit. The anti-corruption gathering Thursday is being hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, and will be attended by heads of state from Afghanistan, Colombia and Nigeria, among others.

Cameron’s summit is aimed at tackling global corruption, and comes just a few weeks after he was exposed in the leak of the so-called Panama Papers as having a stake in an offshore fund set up by his father. The British leader said he has done nothing wrong. The public will have access to the Panama Papers, which mention various world leaders and dignitaries, beginning Monday. VOA



A Trump-like candidate in Philippines election

A Trump-like candidate in Philippines electionA belligerent, tough-talking mayor could emerge as the next president of the Philippines after voters across the archipelago cast their ballots in Monday’s election.

Rodrigo Duterte, the long-serving mayor of the southern city of Davao, is leading in public opinion polls by as much as 10 percentage points over his nearest rivals, Senator Grace Poe and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, the preferred candidate of outgoing President Benigno Aquino.

The 71-year-old Duterte has gained support with his profanity-filled speeches pledging to combat crime and corruption – including promises to execute criminals – along with notoriety due to crude boasts of his sexual escapades, drawing comparisons to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. VOA

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsTrump vs Paul Ryan in GOP convention: Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are scheduled to meet on Thursday, but tensions over Ryan’s refusal to endorse Trump surfaced over the weekend. On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Trump would not rule out the possibility that he’d try to block Ryan from presiding over the Republican National Convention as chairman if Ryan declines to back him by then. “I don’t want to mention now,” Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “I’ll see after. I will give you a very solid answer, if that happens.” He added that he isn’t “annoyed” by Ryan’s lack of endorsement. “If he doesn’t want to support me, that’s fine.” Also on Sunday, Trump backer Sarah Palin said she will work to unseat Ryan in a Republican primary. The Hill, The New York Times via The Week

Sanders snags Washington delegates: Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders picked up 49 of 67 delegates divided up by Washington, according to district-level data released Saturday. The Vermont senator adds that to the 25 of 34 delegates he picked up with his March caucus win in the state. Even with that haul, Sanders trails far behind frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Clinton has 94 percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination. Sanders has vowed to stay in the race through the Democratic National Convention in July. The Associated Press

Trump on GOP unity: Donald Trump is not all that worried that key party leaders say they won’t support him in the national election against the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. As he clinched the party’s presidential nomination last week, the last two Republican presidents, George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush, and numerous other party officials declared they have no intention of supporting his maverick candidacy. “Does it have to be unified?” Trump asked about the Republican Party on ABC’s This Week news show Sunday. “I’m very different than everybody else, perhaps, that’s ever run for office? I actually don’t think so. “I think it would be better if it were unified, I think it would be, there would be something good about it,” he said. “But I don’t think it actually has to be unified in the traditional sense.” VOA

McCain on Trump: After months of largely avoiding questions about Donald Trump, Sen. John McCain broke his silence about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s provocative rhetoric that targeted McCain last summer. Trump ignited a firestorm last July for his criticism of McCain, asserting he was only a war hero “because he was captured.” “I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said then. In a CNN interview Sunday, the Arizona senator called on Trump to apologize to former prisoners of war. “I think it’s important for Donald Trump to express his appreciation for veterans,” McCain said. Business Insider

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