Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:
-U.S. struggling to contain nuclear threats from North Korea, Iran--After more than four years of diplomacy, the Obama administration is struggling to contain the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran, a pair of nations already isolated internationally and resistant to the economic incentives offered in return for an end to their programs. The nuclear ambitions of both countries predate the Obama administration, which has focused its efforts on international diplomacy to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and to stop North Korea from restarting its once- dormant nuclear program, report Anne Gearan and Chico Harlan.
-N. Korea bans entry of S. Korean workers to an industrial park that has long been a symbol of cooperation
-U.S., Jordan stepping up training of Syrian opposition--The United States and Jordan have stepped up training of Syrian opposition forces that may be used to establish a buffer zone along Syria’s southern border, according to U.S. and Jordanian officials, reports Taylor Luck.
-Indian states fight over river usage--As India’s economic growth drives a rising thirst for water, and with its annual rainy season projected to become increasingly erratic in coming years because of climate change, many states across the country are fighting over their shared rivers. In the west, a tribunal has been working since the fall to find a solution to three states’ claims on the Mahadayi, or Mandovi, River. Another tribunal is trying to solve two eastern states’ dispute over the Vansadhara, reports Shyamantha Asokan.
OTHER TOP NEWS
-Newark’s problems weigh on Cory Booker’s potential Senate bid--All of that has helped make the Democrat one of the most prominent members of a new generation of African American politicians who are positioned to follow President Obama’s legacy. They are young, modern, worldly and celebrated by the same multiracial, progressive coalition that elected and reelected Obama. But for Booker, this new world is complicated by old problems as he makes an all-but-certain 2014 bid to replace Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D), who announced in February that he will retire, reports Nia-Malika Henderson.
-As Obama begins fundraising swing, campaign finance watchdogs growl--Obama’s strategy has been viewed as an insurance policy against a Republican-controlled House that has shown little interest in supporting major pieces of his second-term agenda. But if his target is the GOP, Obama himself has become the target of one-time allies in the open-government watchdog community who are disillusioned by the president’s reluctance to fully embrace the campaign finance reform he once vowed to make a top priority, reports David Nakamura.
-OPINION by Dana Milbank: The NRA’s disarming plan to arm schools--If the NRA has its way, as it usually does, states will soon be weakening their gun laws to allow more guns in schools. The top two recommendations Hutchinson announced Tuesday involved firearms in the schoolhouse. The first: “training programs” for “designated armed school personnel.” The second: “adoption of model legislation by individual states to allow for armed school personnel.”
-EDITORIAL BOARD: Marco Rubio sits on the immigration fence--Fearing nothing but a primary challenge in their extravagantly gerrymandered districts, House backbenchers have little incentive to switch positions and embrace any pact that includes what they regard as amnesty. But Republicans with broader constituencies and national aspirations — hello, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida — were helped to see the light by the spanking dealt to the party by Latino voters last November. They know that unless the GOP evolves, its long-term prospects are dim.
-Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit--The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place, reports Zachary Goldfarb.