It all came down to cash: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is allegedly dropping out of the GOP presidential race, in what sources say is a matter of anemic funding. Meanwhile, GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson said he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” during an interview yesterday, and his team says he won’t apologize. Sole female candidate Carly Fiorina enjoyed a boost, with polls showing she’s second behind Donald Trump, and ahead of third-ranked Carson — which means plenty of Republicans still believe in anti-establishment candidates.
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He’s revolutionary. Pope Francis met Fidel Castro yesterday, just hours after arriving to a warm reception in the Cuban capital, where he warned throngs against ideology and selfishness as their country thaws relations with the United States. The Latin American pontiff holds great sway on the island, further elevating his standing by helping broker the diplomatic breakthrough. Without being too political — notably avoiding direct criticism of Havana — he’s been stirring souls, drawing praise from worshippers and Cuban leaders alike. He’s got two more days in Cuba before he heads to the U.S.
Perhaps his darkest hours are behind him. Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras and his party enjoyed a wide-margin victory over the nation’s conservatives in yesterday’s general election. The beleaguered erstwhile — and newly re-elected — prime minister had called for a vote, following the summer’s financial crisis and bailout deal, in a bid to secure a mandate. Syriza is believed to have netted around 35 percent of the vote, which would give Tsipras a green light to continue the unenviable task of trying to lead Greece into the light.
They’re looking for the worm. The Silicon Valley giant is rooting out a malicious software program infecting many popular Chinese apps in what’s believed to be the first big attack against the App Store. It’s pulled down the apps in question, including Tencent’s WeChat and ride-sharing tool Didi Kuaidi, which were created by developer tools infected with malware and left millions of users vulnerable to personal data leaks. Though it’s an embarrassment for the company, Apple’s working on a fix and highlighting the continued security risks all firms face online.
Heads of Central European countries meet to discuss refugee crisis. (DW)
Four Syrian towns begin temporary truce. (Al Jazeera)
Washington prepares for arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping. (NYT)
Rugby’s top medic seeks rule change in name of safety. (BBC)
Peanut exec faces possible life in prison in salmonella case. (USA Today)
The 67th annual event spread love to both old and new. Viola Davis became the first African American to win best actress in a drama series for her role on How to Get Away With Murder, while Jeffrey Tambor nabbed the lead comedy award for Transparent, and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm finally netted a lead actor win. But it was fantasy drama Game of Thrones that dominated with a record 12 Emmys. Host Andy Samberg, meanwhile, generated huge laughs … and some fans’ hopes that he’ll soon have a show of his own.
He needs a tune-up. The man at the wheel of Germany’s automotive giant, Martin Winterkorn, said “I’m sorry” yesterday over allegations that Volkswagen installed technology in U.S. cars to help them coast through emissions tests. The firm’s facing billions in fines after the EPA charged it with faking tests on its diesel-powered Audi and VW cars since 2009. Winterkorn is vowing to “reverse the damage this has caused” — which included a 20 percent share plunge — while U.S. regulators, who will also be probing other automakers, are likely mulling criminal charges.
There’s not much they can’t af-fjord. This little Scandinavian country is home to the world’s biggest and most transparent sovereign wealth fund, with rainmaker Yngve Slyngstad’s team owning an average of 1.3 percent of every public company on Earth. The fund’s leading the way both in betting on China — which they do wholeheartedly — and in publicly disclosing data. It’s also becoming picky, selling off companies like Wal-Mart over labor practices and ditching others over environmental concerns, all of which is boosting its impact on world financial markets.
They want to create a place of pride. A slew of New York politicians — including U.S. and state senators and dozens of local legislators — are supporting a proposal to honor LGBT history with a national park near the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the spark of the modern gay rights movement. The Stonewall Inn was designated an NYC landmark earlier this year, and has been a national historic landmark since 2000. But if approved by Congress, this could be the first national park honoring the LGBT community.
Is Dallas out already? The Cowboys QB was being heralded for an MVP-level early season but is now expected to miss eight to 10 weeks after suffering a big hit yesterday in his team’s 20-10 victory over Philadelphia. He fractured his left clavicle — the second time the 35-year-old California native has done so. The team was looking good for a run at the Super Bowl but will now have to try and remain in the playoff hunt without Romo until his anticipated November return.