Cameron Tax Info, CIA On Waterboarding, Calling Shotgun

CAMERON RELEASES TAX INFO

British Prime Minister David Cameron released information from his 2009-2015 tax returns yesterday in an attempt to defuse controversy about how he profited from his late father's offshore fund, The Independent reports. The details about the family's investment company were leaked last week in the so-called Panama Papers.


CIA WILL NOT ENGAGE IN WATERBOARDING

CIA Director John Brennan said in an interview with NBC yesterday that the intelligence agency would not engage in waterboarding under any circumstances, even on the orders of a future president. Brennan's comments came after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and other Republican candidates said they would revive the practice if elected. Read a soldier's reflections on torture from Worldcrunch's essay section.


UKRAINIAN PM ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION

Photo: Sergii Kharchenko/Pacific Press/ZUMA

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation yesterday following months of political crisis, Kyiv Post reports. His cabinet narrowly survived a no-confidence vote two months ago, but approval ratings for his party stand at just 2% with allegations of inaction and corruption against them. His formal resignation is expected tomorrow.


BRUSSELS TERRORISTS PLANNED PARIS ATTACK

Belgian prosecutors announced yesterday that the terrorists who attacked Brussels last month had initially planned to strike in France but changed their minds as investigators closed in, Le Monde reports. They did not provide any details about the initial French plot or its targets.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

Those people in your life who are always late have a predisposition that puts off decision-making. Swiss newspaper Le Temps asks whether it's a question of freedom or lack of respect. "Psychologists say that some obsessive disorders are characterized by this unfortunate tendency to be late. These people want everything to be perfect and linger over small details. But because it's impossible to control everything, it causes anguish."

Read the full article, Punctuality Problems — What Drives The Chronically Late.


FIVE DETAINED AFTER DEADLY HINDU FESTIVAL FIRE

Indian police have detained five people after a fireworks show at a Hindu temple set off a blaze killing 108 people and wounding 383, The Hindu reports this morning. Thousands of people gathered in the southern state of Kollam yesterday to celebrate the start of the Hindu year when sparks ignited a cache of fireworks stored inside the temple grounds.


ON THIS DAY


Ugandan President Idi Amin, whose rule was marked by human rights abuses and killings, was deposed 37 years ago today. That and more in today's shot of history.


ISIS RETAKES SYRIA STRONGHOLD

ISIS took claim of a Syrian stronghold near the border with Turkey this morning, four days after losing it to a rebel group, The New York Times reports. The strategically positioned city, al-Rai, was recaptured by the extremist group after intense fighting against factions joining under the banner of the Free Syrian Army.


MY GRAND-PERE'S WORLD



JOHN KERRY VISITS HIROSHIMA

This morning U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry became the most senior American official ever to visit the revered memorial to the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, seven decades after the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb, killing 140,000 Japanese, CNN reports. Kerry toured the Peace Memorial Park and Museum with other foreign ministers of the G7 nations. He wrote in the museum's guestbook that "War must be the last resort — never the first choice."


U.S. NAVY OFFICER FACES ESPIONAGE CHARGES

A U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence information faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets to China, Reuters reports. An official identified the suspect yesterday as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Taiwan. Lin has also been accused of engaging in prostitution and adultery, and has been held in pretrial confinement for the past eight months, the official added.


CALLING SHOTGUN

The Daily Mail has the video of the, quote-unquote, "hilarious moment one Southern mother decides to punish her ‘disobedient' children not by taking away their electronics — but by shooting them to bits."

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Why U.S. Vaccine Diplomacy In Latin America Makes "Good" Sense

Echoing its cultural diplomacy of the early 20th century, the United States is gifting vaccines to Latin America as part of a renewed "good neighbor'' policy.

Waiting to get the vaccine in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico

Andrea Matallana

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BUENOS AIRES — Just before and during World War II, the United States' Good Neighbor policy proved a very effective strategy to improve ties with Latin America. Initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the policy's main goal was non-interference and non-intervention. The U.S. would instead focus on reciprocal exchanges with their southern neighbors, including through art and cultural diplomacy.

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