Top news stories for today – September 1, 2016
Brazil’s Senate ousted President Rousseff
Brazil’s Senate ousted President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday in a 61 to 20 impeachment vote. Rousseff was charged with fudging the national budget to hide the country’s economic troubles. Former Vice President Michel Temer, in power provisionally since Rousseff’s suspension in May, was sworn in to finish Rousseff’s term after the vote.
Rousseff called the impeachment “a coup,” and her supports protested in the streets. Rousseff’s fall ended 13 years of Worker’s Party rule that saw Brazil’s economy boom, but produced corruption scandals that eroded public trust in government. “We deserved better,” writer Mentor Muniz Neto said. Reuters, NPR
Tim Cook says tax ruling maddening
He told Irish broadcaster RTE that Apple had not been given preferential tax breaks in Ireland. The EU ruling said Apple had been given €13bn of “illegal” tax benefits. Mr Cook said he was “very confident” the ruling would be overturned on appeal. BBC
Russian’s claim for killing IS Spokesman is ‘garbage’
In a statement, Russia’s defense ministry said Russian warplanes killed up to 40 IS militants, including Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, during a bombing raid near Aleppo province on Tuesday. A senior defense official told VOA that Russia’s claim is “yet another attempt at disinformation.”
The official said al-Adnani was being watched “for some time” and he was killed in an airstrike on a vehicle near Washiya, a village north of Aleppo. Islamic State itself announced Abu Muhammad al-Adnani’s death Tuesday, saying only that he was killed “while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo.” VOA
N. Korean vice Premier executed
South Korea says a high-ranking North Korean government official has been executed, and two more banished to re-education camps, as leader Kim Jong Un continues to tighten his grip on power. South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon Hee says vice premier in charge of education affairs Kim Yong Jin has been executed, but revealed no other details.
An unnamed ministry official later said Kim Yong Jin was put before a firing squad last month after he was accused of exhibiting a “bad attitude” while attending a June parliamentary session. He was condemned for committing “anti-party, anti-revolutionary” acts.
Meanwhile, one of the two senior figures who were sent to re-education camps was 71-year-old Kim Yong Chol, believed to have planned the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010. If confirmed, Kim Yong Jin’s death would be the latest in a wave of punishments, including executions, ordered by Kim Jong Un since he took power in 2011. VOA
US Presidential election
More than 6 million immigrants could be deported under latest Trump plan: Donald Trump on Wednesday outlined a hardline 10-point immigration plan that would result in swift deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, but not all of the estimated 11 million now in the US illegally, as he once advocated. Earlier in the day, the Republican presidential nominee met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in a hastily arranged and — in Mexico — controversial trip. Trump said he and Peña Nieto discussed his plan to build a wall on the border but not his vow to make Mexico pay for it. Peña Nieto tweeted that he made it clear to Trump “that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” and called Trump’s policies a “huge threat.” The Washington Post, NBC News
Trump, Peña Nieto discuss US-Mexico border wall: Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday, after which the two men gave a joint press conference. Trump called Peña Nieto’s invitation a “great honor,” and said the the US and Mexico are “united by our support for democracy, a great love for our people, and the contributions of millions of Mexican-Americans to the United States.”
Trump laid out five shared goals for the US and Mexico: 1) ending illegal immigration, which he called a “humanitarian disaster”; 2) having a secure border; 3) curbing the drug trade; 4) improving the NAFTA agreement; and 5) keeping manufacturing wealth in the continent. Regarding Trump’s infamous border wall, the GOP candidate said that while both he and Peña Nieto “respect and recognize the right of either country to build a physical barrier,” paying for the wall was not discussed; Trump has insisted throughout his campaign that Mexico would foot the bill for such construction.
Mexicans are really angry that Donald Trump is visiting their country: Donald Trump is going to Mexico, and Mexicans are … not pleased. Trump plans to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday for a closed-door meeting ahead of his scheduled immigration speech in Arizona. But Trump’s favorability rating in Mexico is even lower than it is in the US: Only 2 percent of Mexicans like Trump, with 75 percent feeling unfavorable about him and the rest either not caring or not knowing who he is. The Week
Clinton and Trump virtually tied in new national poll: A new national poll by Fox News out Thursday revealed Hillary Clinton has nearly lost the gains she made on Donald Trump post-convention. After weeks of boasting big winning margins, Clinton is only two points ahead of Trump, 41 percent to 39 percent. Her lead is within the poll’s 3-point margin of error. Moreover, the poll showed third-party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson firmly in the race, though still out of reach of the requisite 15 percent support needed to qualify for the presidential debates. Green Party candidate Stein snagged 4 percent, while Libertarian nominee Johnson landed 9 percent support. Politico
Donald Trump says Mexico will pay for wall, 100%: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has insisted Mexico will pay for a border wall “100%”, in a major immigration speech. He told a cheering crowd in Arizona that he would secure the border, and left open the possibility that millions of illegal immigrants be deported. Hours earlier, he met Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto but said they had not discussed financing the wall. The president later insisted he had told Mr Trump Mexico would not pay. BBC