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Super Tuesday, Massive China Layoffs, Driverless Car Crash

Super Tuesday, Massive China Layoffs, Driverless Car Crash


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are heading into the most important day of the campaign to date hoping to consolidate their leads as respective party favorites. It's primary day in 12 different states, most of them southern, where Clinton is expected to benefit from support among minorities, CNN notes.

  • GOP candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio "campaigned Monday as if they were cramming for an exam," The Washington Post writes. Both are desperately trying to garner crucial support to defeat the billionaire Trump, who now has 49% support among Republicans, his highest figure yet, according to a CNN poll. USA Today reports about a possible party split in the event of a Trump presidential nomination.
  • The Clinton camp is readying for a potential showdown with Trump, and according to The New York Times, both Bill and Hillary believe it will be "a close November election." Other Democrats say that "only a concerted campaign portraying Trump as dangerous and bigoted" can usher in a Clinton victory.
  • Bernie Sanders, who has yet to be endorsed by a single U.S. senator, nevertheless raised more than $43 million in February from nearly 1.5 million contributors.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned that all alleged ceasefire violations reported since a fragile truce began in Syria Saturday would be investigated, the BBC reports. Kerry also explained that the U.S. and Russia were both working on a "mechanism" to ensure that the airstrikes still being conducted target only ISIS and other jihadist groups like the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.


China plans to lay off as many as six million state workers from "zombie enterprises" over the next two to three years, two confidential sources have told Reuters. The move, which the authorities fear could spark social unrest, aim to curb both industrial capacity and pollution, the sources said. But it's also another sign that the Chinese economy is slowing. Official data published today show that "activity in China's factory and services sectors fell last month to its lowest level since the aftermath of the global financial crisis," the Financial Times reports.


Photo: Marc Demeure/Maxppp/ZUMA

French police are continuing to dismantle makeshift refugee shelters on the outskirts of Calais, home to anywhere between 3,700 and 5,500 migrants hoping to cross the Channel into Britain. Clashes erupted late yesterday between migrants and the police, with newspaperL'Opinion describing the events as "guerilla scenes" of between 100 and 150 migrants invading the beltway outside the harbor, throwing stones at the police and at cars on the road. According to local newspaper La Voix du Nord, some of the refugees set their tents on fire as police began clearing the "Jungle" yesterday, and hurled stones and saucepans at them while they were trying to put out the fire. Le Figaro reports that a growing number of migrants, most of them from Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa, are considering returning home because of the conditions in Calais. "We're being treated like animals," one man said.

France is just one flashpoint in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. See our Extra! feature for a glimpse of how the press in Macedonia is covering clashes at the country's border with Greece.


"Defeating the Zika virus will be our most important gold medal," Brazilian Ambassador to Paris Paulo C. De Oliveira Campos wrote in an op-ed for French newspaper Les Échos. "You can safely travel to Brazil" for this summer's Rio Olympics, he insists, saying that "Zika isn't a new Ebola." Brazilian authorities have made the fight against the virus "a national priority" amid fears that it and a dengue outbreak might affect tourism.

  • A new study published in The Lancetshows for the first time that Zika may cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare condition in which the immune system attacks nerve cells and causes paralysis. Another study from Argentina instead points to pesticides as the cause for spreading microcephaly.
  • Mexico has confirmed that 11 pregnant women are suffering from Zika and that the total number of infected patients is now 121.


Belgium's anti-terror police had known since July 2014 that Salah and Brahim Abdeslam, two of the terrorists responsible for killing 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, were "preparing an attack" somewhere, L'Echo reveals. The newspaper cites a phone call to the judicial police in which a source close to the brothers gave very precise information, including their links with suspected mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud and their "fascination" with ISIS. Salah Abdeslam, who took an active part in the November attacks, is still on the run.


Captain America was born on this day in 1941. That and more in today's 57-second shot of history.


We bid farewell to two actors famous for their roles in (very) different cop movies. George Kennedy, aka The Naked Gun's Captain Ed Hocken, was 91. Gil Hill, a real-life inspector known for being Eddie Murphy's boss in Beverly Hills Cop, died at 84 after contracting pneumonia.


Two German lawyers are seeking criminal charges against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, accusing him of enabling sedition, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. The lawyers, who have asked that the U.S. founder pay a 150 million-euro fine, say Zuckerberg should be held personally responsible for posts Facebook users have published on the social network that defy German law over hate speech.

Read the full article, Germany Asks: Is Zuckerberg Criminally Liable For Facebook Hate Speech?



It was inevitable. Google's self-driving car caused its first crash.


Using her breasts as a brush, Russian artist Irina Romanovskaya painted a portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar. She intends to present the painting to DiCaprio personally.

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Forced Labor, Forced Exile: The Cuban Professionals Sent Abroad To Work, Never To Return

Noel, a Cuban engineer who had to emigrate to the faraway island of Saint Lucia, tells about the Cuban government's systematic intimidation techniques and coercion of its professionals abroad. He now knows he can never go back to his native island — lest he should never be allowed to leave Cuba again.

Forced Labor, Forced Exile: The Cuban Professionals Sent Abroad To Work, Never To Return

Next stop, Saint Lucia

Laura Rique Valero

Daniela* was just one year old when she last played with her father. In a video her mother recorded, the two can be seen lying on the floor, making each other laugh.

Three years have passed since then. Daniela's sister, Dunia*, was born — but she has never met her father in person, only connecting through video calls. Indeed, between 2019 and 2023, the family changed more than the two little girls could understand.

"Dad, are you here yet? I'm crazy excited to talk to you."

"Dad, I want you to call today and I'm going to send you a kiss."

"Dad, I want you to come for a long time. I want you to call me; call me, dad."

Three voice messages which Daniela has left her father, one after the other, on WhatsApp this Saturday. His image appears on the phone screen, and the two both light up.

The girls can’t explain what their father looks like in real life: how tall or short or thin he is, how he smells or how his voice sounds — the real one, not what comes out of the speaker. Their version of their dad is limited to a rectangular, digital image. There is nothing else, only distance, and problems that their mother may never share with them.

In 2020, Noel*, the girls' father, was offered a two-to-three-year employment contract on a volcanic island in the Caribbean, some 2,000 kilometers from Cuba. The family needed the money. What came next was never in the plans.

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