Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of March 21, 2016)

Gabriella Schwarz / March 27, 2016

A large crowd of people view tributes at  Place De La Bourse in honor of the victims of the terror attacks on March 23, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A large crowd of people view tributes at Place De La Bourse in honour of the victims of the terror attacks on March 23, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Tragedy struck in Brussels this week. Attacks at two locations in the Belgian capital resulted in 31 deaths—28 victims and three suicide attackers. ISIS claimed responsibility after the explosions that led to numerous raids and arrests. Track some of the biggest developments from the unfolding news below, as well as some of the other biggest stories of the week.

1. In Brussels Bombing Plot, a Trail of Dots Not Connected—The New York Times, Andrew Higgins and Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura

3 suspects arrested after Brussels attacks are charged with terrorist offenses—Los Angeles Times, Patrick J. McDonnell

Justin and Stephanie Shults, Americans Missing in Belgium, Confirmed Dead—NBC News, Elizabeth Chuck

Magazine to follow: Terror in Brussels

2. Cuba Meeting Between Obama and Castro Exposes Old Grievances—The New York Times, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Damien Cave

Top line: “Standing at lecterns in a cavernous granite-walled hall in front of Cuban and American flags, the two leaders traded criticism of each other’s countries even as both said they were committed to continuing on the path to normalizing relations.”

Topic to follow: Cuba

3. 5 takeaways from Western Tuesday—CNN, Eric Bradner

Top line: “Trump walls out his foes in Arizona…Cruz captures Utah…Clinton’s desert victory…Sanders captures Idaho and Utah…Kasich’s appeal”

Topic to follow: 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

4. Apple iPhone SE event: the nine most important announcements—The Verge, Ashley Carman, Ben Popper and Adi Robertson

Top line: “The 4-inch iPhone SE…A 9.7-inch iPad Pro…A cheaper Apple Watch with new bands…Siri search in Apple TV…Social initiatives.”

Topic to follow: Apple

5. Iraq announces start of operation to retake Mosul from ISIL—USA Today, Jane Onyanga-Omara and Jim Michaels

Top line: “Iraq’s U.S.-backed military launched operations south of Mosul Thursday in preparation for an eventual assault to drive Islamic State militants from the country’s second largest city.”

Topic to follow: Iraq

6. Senior Islamic State commander said to be killed by U.S. commandos in a raid—The Washington Post, Joby Warrick, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Liz Sly

Top line: “A top commander for the Islamic State was killed by U.S. commandos in a raid this week, the Pentagon said Friday, as the U.S.-led coalition ratcheted up pressure on the terrorist group in an effort to blunt its ability to strike targets abroad. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said the commander, known as Haji Imam, was one of several terrorist leaders killed during the same week in which the jihadists unleashed a lethal attack on the Belgian capital.”

Topic to follow: Islamic State (ISIS)

7. A subdued Donald Trump sticks to standard pro-Israel positions in speech to lobbying group—Los Angeles Times, Melanie Mason

Top line: “Playing to his image as the anti-politician, Trump asserted that he ‘didn’t come here tonight to pander about Israel. That’s what politicians do — all talk, no action,’ he told the assembled members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. But his relatively staid speech stuck largely to themes tailored to appeal to the pro-Israel crowd, including bashing President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran as ‘disastrous’ and decrying Palestinians for ‘glorifying terrorists.’

Topic to follow: Israel

8. US indicts 7 hackers in effort to send a message to Iran—Associated Press, Tami Abdollah and Eric Tucker

Top line: “The seven Iranian hackers charged with attacking dozens of banks and a small dam near New York City may never see the inside of a courtroom, but U.S. officials hope their ‘name and shame’ tactic sends a message to foreign governments that support such attacks.”

Topic to follow: Iran

9. Radovan Karadžić sentenced to 40 years for Srebrenica genocide—The Guardian, Julian Borger and Owen Bowcott

Top line: “The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić has been found guilty of genocide over the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica and sentenced to 40 years in jail. The key verdict from a United Nations tribunal in The Hague was delivered 18 months after a five-year trial of Karadžić, accused of being one of the chief architects of atrocities during the 1992-95 Balkans war. The 70-year-old, who insisted his actions were aimed at protecting Serbs during the Bosnian conflict, was found guilty of 10 out of the 11 charges he faced at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.”

Topic to follow: Genocide

10. Garry Shandling, Star of Groundbreaking Sitcoms, Dies at 66—The New York Times, Peter Keepnews

Top line: “Garry Shandling, a comedian who deftly walked a tightrope between comic fiction and show-business reality on two critically praised cable shows, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 66.”

Magazine to follow: Tributes & Obituaries

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~GabyS is reading Go “Inside Politics”