Top News Stories for Today – September 26, 2016
The longest war in America Continent to end
The conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), whose funding was primarily derived from the country’s illicit cocaine industry, is blamed for leaving dead more than 250,000 people and displacing at least five million.
Sixteen heads of state and two dozen foreign ministers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, are expected to attend the signing ceremony at the convention center in the Caribbean port city of Cartagena, founded in the 16th century. VOA
Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87
Golf legend Arnold Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87. Palmer won seven major titles — four Masters, one US Open, and two British Opens — and his 62 PGA Tour victories ranks fifth all-time, behind Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan.
His charisma attracted thousands of followers to the sport between 1958 and 1964, and his most avid fans became known as “Arnie’s Army.” “We loved him with a mythic American joy,” said Palmer biographer James Dodson. “He represented everything that is great about golf.” Golfweek, The Week
Russian join Pakistan in rare military drill
More than 70 Russian army commandos have arrived in Pakistan to participate in the first-ever joint military exercises between the two countries, officials announced Friday. A Pakistani army spokesman said the two-week-long drill is scheduled to begin on Saturday and conclude on October 10.
The exercises, called “Friendship 2016,” will involve around 200 military personnel of both the countries and take place in Cherat, a security official told VOA. India, which enjoys close ties with Russia, had conveyed its concerns to Moscow that part of the military exercises will be conducted in the northern region of Gilgit-Baltistan, where Indian and Pakistani troops face off along mountain peaks on the Line of Control. Russian officials, however, are reported as saying they have informed New Delhi the drill will be conducted far from the disputed territories. VOA
China investigating N. Korean bank
Chinese authorities are investigating a North Korean bank suspected of financing its government’s imports of goods that might be used by the North’s nuclear weapons program, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.
Kwangson Banking Corp. was ordered closed under U.N. sanctions imposed in March in response to the North’s nuclear tests but kept operating in secret in the border city of Dandong, Joongang Daily reported, citing unidentified sources.
Beijing has long been North Korea’s main source of aid and diplomatic support but is showing growing frustration with Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of foreign pressure. Chinese authorities disclosed this month that they were investigating a company in Dandong that US and South Korean researchers said sold the North materials with possible military uses. China’s Foreign Ministry and its bank regulator did not respond to requests for comment. VOA
US Presidential election
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump to face off in first debate tonight: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are meeting in their first of three presidential debates on Monday night at New York’s Hofstra University, and with the race neck and neck, the stakes are very high. The 90-minute debate, moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, takes place amid a heated debate over whether the moderator should call out gross factual inaccuracies from either candidate. Clinton has been studying Trump’s temperament as well as the issues, and Trump’s campaign says the Republican nominee has been eschewing normal debate preparations. The debate begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time, and will be broadcast on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, plus C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Facebook and several other websites will also livestream the debate. The Washington Post, The Republican
Trump pulls ahead of Clinton in new national poll: Donald Trump has erased Hillary Clinton’s lead in Bloomberg’s national poll of the presidential race, beating her 43 percent to 41 percent among likely voters in a four-way race including Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson (8 percent) and Green Party nominee Jill Stein (4 percent). In a two-way race, Trump and Clinton are tied at 46 percent. Ann Selzer, who conducted the poll, cited Clinton’s softening lead among women and young voters for her decline; in August, Clinton was up 6 points in the same poll. The poll was released on the same day Clinton and Trump face off in their first debate, and Bloomberg’s respondents have higher expectations for Clinton, with 49 percent expecting her to do better in the debate versus 39 percent for Trump. Bloomberg Politics
Clinton, Trump to Meet Separately With Israel’s Netanyahu: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met separately Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a key US ally in the Middle East. The meeting with Trump was arranged after Trump’s campaign staff telephoned Netanyahu’s office after finding out the Israeli leader was scheduled to meet with Clinton, his Democratic opponent. Netanyahu has been in New York City for the past week for the annual United Nations General Assembly.
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