Today’s Top World News from The Washington Post
-In the new Libya, former prisoners guard their onetime captors- The prison is a vast, unmarked complex of beige buildings, topped with sandbags and surrounded by high, wire-rimmed walls. Most of the guards wear their beards long and unkempt in the style associated with Islamists — exactly the kind of people that Moammar Gaddafi and his intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, used to keep locked up. But if ever there was a picture of poetic justice in post-Gaddafi Libya, this is it. The prison’s chief, Mohamed Gweider, is a former Islamist insurgent who spent more than a decade in a Libyan prison. Two of the guards who tortured him, he says, are now his prisoners, and the biggest prize is Senussi himself, reports Abigail Hauslohner.
-Millions of Kenyans head to polls, determined to prevent resurrection of violence- Under heavy security, millions of Kenyans voted Monday in a nationwide election that will usher in a new presidential era, five years after post-election violence splintered this East African nation and devastated its economy. Despite reports of some bloodshed, Kenyans across Nairobi and in most parts of the country patiently queued for hours in long, snaking lines to cast ballots for presidential, parliamentary and provincial candidates. Many arrived bundled up at the polls before sunrise and prepared for a long wait, reports Sudarsan Raghavan.
-After meeting Morsi, Kerry releases immediate aid to Egypt- Secretary of State John F. Kerry released $250 million in badly needed economic assistance for Egypt on Sunday, telling the country’s divided political classes that they must make economic and political reforms to qualify for additional U.S. support. “The United States can and wants to do more,” Kerry said in a statement released to reporters shortly after his more than two-hour session with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. About an hour of their time was spent one on one, in what U.S. officials said would be blunt discussions of Egypt’s tanking economy and political deadlock, reports Anne Gearan.
OTHER TOP NEWS
-Obama pushing to diversify federal judiciary amid GOP delays- In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit? The first South Asian. Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress, reports Philip Rucker.
-Deals to avert government shutdown likely, officials say- Congress returns to work this week with no plan to reverse across-the-board spending cuts that took effect Friday, but with hope on both sides of the aisle of averting an end-of-the-month showdown that could result in a government shutdown. The House plans to vote Thursday on a spending measure that would keep the government running after its current funding mechanism elapses March 27, report Kimberly Kindy and Rosalind S. Helderman.
-The Fix: After the sequestration stalemate, things will only get worse- Sequestration is upon us. So what now? A deadline to either fund the government or shut it down comes in three weeks. The next round of the debt-ceiling fight looms in late spring/early summer. Nothing that has happened over the past month should give the average American any reason to think that things won’t get worse before they get better, because they almost certainly will, reports Chris Cillizza.
-Capital Business: Enterprise software companies find a new target: individual employees- Reston-based Zoomdata debuted software last week that helps companies turn large sets of data into easy-to-understand charts and illustrations, but the upstart firm has adopted an unconventional sales approach: It won’t be selling directly to the companies it hopes to count as customers. Instead, chief executive Justin Langseth said, the software is available to download for free on Zoomdata’s Web site and in Apple’s App Store in hopes that people will find the application useful and incorporate it into their work routines, reports Steven Overly.
-Wonkblog: Should we give visas to immigrants who create startups?- For those who fear that immigrants will take away jobs from native-born workers, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has a new proposed solution: Give visas to immigrants who create jobs. Two weeks ago, Moran introduced a bill in the Senate that would give a new kind of visa to a fixed pool of 75,000 foreign-born individuals who launch startups that create jobs in the United States, with a path to permanent residency if their businesses continue to hire more workers, reports Suzy Khimm.