Top News Stories for Today – November 18, 2016
Ferdinand Marcos buried with military honors
Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried with military honors Friday, 30 years after he was ousted in a People Power revolution. The ceremony began with a 21-gun salute as soldiers in parade dress and ceremonial rifles stood to attention at the “Cemetery of Heroes” in Manila.
Despite growing opposition from a coalition composed of Philippine human rights victims of the Marcos dictatorship, the Philippine’s Supreme Court ruled last week that Marcos could be buried at the cemetery. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved the burial of Marcos, disregarding the opposition’s rejection. Marcos body was flown secretly to Manila in an apparent effort to avoid protests. There were no protesters.
The Marcos family fled the Philippines at the height of the army-backed People Power Revolution, which inspired other democracy movements in Asia. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 and his body was returned to his northern Philippine hometown of Batac in 1993. Since then, it has been displayed in a glass coffin and became a tourist attraction. VOA
Twitter Apologizes for allowing white supremacist ad
Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey apologized Thursday after the microblogging service let through an ad promoting a white supremacist group. “We made a mistake here and we apologize. Our automated system allowed an ad promoting hate. Against our policy. We did a retro and fixed,” Dorsey tweeted.
The ad promoted an article titled “The United States Was Founded as a White People’s Republic.” It showed eight white children in a field. It was tweeted from an account with the handle “@NEW_ORDER_1488.” Twitter has suspended several accounts linked to the alt-right movement, USA Today reported Wednesday. VOA
Trump offers Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Mike Pompeo top positions
Donald Trump has reportedly asked retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA as director.
Flynn is retired from the US Army and resigned as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2014, forced out over his leadership style and, he said, his hardline views on Islamist extremism. Sessions, for his part, has long been tough on free trade and immigration, and has historically opposed prison sentencing reform, legalizing marijuana, same-sex marriage, and curbing the war on drugs. Pompeo is a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and has been a supporter of the Patriot Act and the National Security Agency’s collection of bulk data, as well as an outspoken opponent of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.The Week, The Associated Press, Bloomberg Politics
Trump to discuss possible Cabinet post with Romney
President-elect Donald Trump plans to meet with Mitt Romney to discuss a possible Cabinet post for the former Massachusetts governor. Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, criticized Trump harshly during this year’s campaign, calling the billionaire businessman a “phony” who was “playing the American people for suckers.”
Trump now is considering nominating Romney as secretary of state. Trump met Thursday with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who also reportedly is being considered for the job. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a senior Trump adviser, also is believed to be in the running. ABC News, The National Review
Obama urges Trump to get tough on Russia
President Obama joined leaders from Germany, Britain, France, Italy, and Spain on Friday to discuss security and economic concerns the US shares with its trans-Atlantic partners. The meeting, held in Germany in what is likely Obama’s last such gathering as president, came a day after Obama made his strongest public comments yet since last week’s US election, saying that President-elect Donald Trump must take the job seriously and “stand up to Russia” when necessary.
“If you’re not serious about the job, then you probably won’t be there very long,” Obama said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a close ally of Obama’s, said she was approaching the incoming Trump administration “with an open mind.” The New York Times, ABC News
Abe says he has great confidence in Trump
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls US President-elect Donald Trump a leader in whom he can have “great confidence.” Abe was the first world leader to meet with Trump after he won the US presidential election. The two met Thursday at Trump Tower in New York. Abe called his talks with the sometimes sharp-tongued Trump “really cordial.”
“I do believe that without confidence between the two nations, the alliance would never function in the future, and as the outcome of today’s discussion, I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader in whom I can have great confidence,” the Japanese official said. Abe said he and Trump talked about basic issues, but he gave no details. Trump did not comment on the meeting. VOA
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