Listed below are some of the headlines that made news this past week.
Ted Cruz is running: The junior senator from Texas first announced his candidacy for the presidency via Twitter before a formal speech Monday morning. The first person to officially declare his candidacy in the 2016 race, Cruz made it clear in his speech that his plan is to rally the social conservatives of the Republican party around him.
– CBS News
Kim Jong Un to visit Moscow: North Korea’s young dictator will be making his first state trip to the Russian capitol at the invitation of Vladimir Putin. Un is one of 26 world leaders traveling to Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. Russia and North Korea have declared 2015 as a “friendship year” to strengthen economic and political ties between the two nations.
– Fox News
Iraqi troops make push for Tikrit: The offensive by the Iraqi army and supporting Shia militias to liberate the city of Tikrit has entered its fourth week. ISIS currently holds the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein and has made the offensive more difficult for the larger Iraqi army than expected. While U.S. aircraft are not assisting in this operation, by request of the Iraqi government, Iranian military advisers are currently working with Iraqi troops in this offensive.
“Top Gear” host battles BBC: Jeremy Clarkson, a host of the globally-popular “Top Gear” television show, was suspended by the BBC after allegedly getting into a scuffle with a producer when he did not recieve a hot lunch. Clarkson is fighting his suspension, saying that he did nothing wrong and that his employers are out of line.
Hillary doubles down on emails: Hillary Clinton responded to critics over her use of a private email address for State Department work, saying that it was “a matter of convenience.” The likely presidential candidate was unapologetic for her choice despite it being potentially illegal. Law requires that the work-related emails of government employees be saved for archival, but all of Clinton’s were saved to a private family server not under government control.
Murderer jinxes his luck: Robert Durst, a 71-year-old real estate heir, was arrested in New Orleans for the murder of a close friend in 2000. Durst, who is suspected in the disappearance of his wife and was found not guilty for another murder, is the subject of a HBO documentary, “The Jinx.” The end of the film features Durst speaking to himself, unaware that his microphone is on, saying, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
– The New York Times
Rebels seize Yemen’s third largest city: The city of Taiz and its airport have been seized by Shia Houthi rebels. The rebels previously took the capital of Sanaa after overthrowing President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in February. The U.S. evacuated a military base near Taiz seen as key to its use of drones against al-Qaeda militants.
Deadly attack at Tunisia museum: At least three gunmen went on a shooting rampage outside of the National Bardo Museum in the capital city of Tunis on March 18. The attack, for which ISIS is being blamed, killed 22 people, including 20 foreign tourists. Two gunmen were killed by security forces while the third escaped and is currently being sought out.
– The Telegraph
Founding father of modern Singapore dies: Lee Kuan Yew, who dominated Singapore politics for more than half a century and transformed the former British outpost into a global trade and finance powerhouse, died Monday at the age of 91. Seen as a founding father of the city-state, the founding prime minister had a focus on clean and efficient government, business-friendly economic policies and social order.
– The Wall Street Journal