Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (May 1, 2016)

Protesters storm Iraq parliament building

Protesters storm Iraq parliament building (www.channelnewsasia.com)Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq’s parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption.

The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses most of the country’s ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn’t reach quorum to hold a session. For months, protesters have been demanding Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi take more steps to fight corruption. The capital announced a state of emergency amid the protests Saturday. The New York Times, CBS News via The Week

 

 

Brussels Airport terminal reopens

Brussels Airport terminal reopensThe Brussels Airport terminal where suicide bombers killed 16 travelers will partially reopen today, restoring about 80% of its capacity as part of the city’s recovery from the traumatic attacks, airport officials said Friday.

After the March 22 bombing by the Islamic State, a few flights resumed April 3 with travelers passing through temporary structures. The Maelbeek subway station, where another 16 people were killed in a related bombing, reopened April 25. By April 28, the airport was handling 18,000 departing passengers and hundreds of flights per day. But the airport departures terminal was where two men detonated the explosives that knocked out windows, walls and part of the ceiling in what looked like a war zone of wounded travelers.

The airport will return to about 80% of its capacity before the attacks, and the goal is to restore 100% of service by mid-June, Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Co., said. USA Today

 

 

International Jazz day concert

White House hosts international Jazz day concert“Jazz is perhaps the most honest reflection of who we are as a nation. Because after all, has there ever been any greater improvisation than America itself?,” said U.S. President Barack Obama, who with his wife Michelle, hosted the fifth annual International Jazz Day Concert at the White House.

The concert Friday will be broadcast across America Saturday — International Jazz Day — as an ABC television network special and streamed around the world by the United Nations and UNESCO. “Jazz was born in the U.S. and traveled the world as music of tolerance, freedom and human dignity. This is why UNESCO created International Jazz Day,” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO director-general.

President Obama said about jazz: “From humble origins as the music of the black working class – largely invisible to the mainstream – it went on to become American’s most significant artistic contribution to the world.” VOA

 

 

Can Apple Still Innovate?

Apple revenue decline since 2003The world’s most profitable company became less valuable this week when California-based Apple Inc. reported the first decline in iPhone sales in 13 years.

Apple CEO Tim Cook blames the struggling Chinese economy for Apple’s weaker earnings, but analysts say other factors may be at play including the increasing saturation in the smartphone market and a shortage of new products.

More than two billion people around the world own a smartphone – nearly one in five of them are iPhones. The phone’s success has been key to Apple’s transformation into a global technology leader, but the days of people lining up around the block for the next great iPhone may be over. Industry analyst Ross Rubin told VOA via Skype that in some ways Apple has become a victim of its own success.

It’s not a drastic turn of events for Apple which earned revenues of more than $50 billion in the first quarter.  But for many investors, it could raise the question of whether Apple is still the innovative, technological powerhouse it used to be. VOA

US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsRubio on Trump: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he’ll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports. In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his “performance has improved significantly” recently. It’s also worth noting that Rubio doesn’t agree with former House Speaker John Boehner that Ted Cruz is Lucifer. The Week

Poll shows Cruz leads in Indiana: A new poll gives Ted Cruz a significant lead in Indiana’s Republican presidential primary, with support from 44.8% of voters polled. The Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics poll puts Donald Trump in second place with 29% and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in third with 13.3% of the vote. But 13% of Hoosier voters surveyed said voluntarily that they didn’t know who they would vote for — and, paired with a 4.9% margin of error, that could still put the candidates in a neck-and-neck race. USA Today

Cruz will be on Sunday talk show: Ted Cruz will make the rounds on the Sunday talk shows. Cruz, who named former rival Carly Fiorina as his running mate Wednesday, is trying to prevent Trump from capturing the 1,237 delegates needed to become the nominee before the GOP holds its convention in Cleveland in July. Cruz is mathematically eliminated from being able to secure the nomination himself before the convention but he can go a long way to stopping Trump’s efforts if he wins the Indiana primary Tuesday. Trump has 996 delegates while Cruz has 565. Indiana has 57 Republicans delegates at stake. Most polls show Trump with a slight lead. USA Today

California is crucial for GOP nomination: Ted Cruz says the California primary election June 7, which usually comes too late to have an impact, will this year decide his party’s nominee. Cruz told delegates to the California Republican Convention on Saturday that the campaign would be “a battle on the ground, district by district by district.” California Republicans will send 172 pledged delegates to the national convention in July, the most of any state. The winning candidate needs 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination. VOA

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