In The News Today: Talulah Riley & Elon Musk Divorce Again, Obama Holds Uneasy Talks With Cuban President Castro, & More
President Obama holds uneasy talks with President Castro. The historic meeting between the U.S. and Cuban president had its tense moments. It wasn’t even clear if the two would hold a joint press conference together.
Reuters reports that the Castro government had initially resisted the idea. But on Monday, the two heads of state stepped out together to answer questions and air out issues. Needless to say, the sparring began. President Barack Obama pressed President Raul Castro on the subject of human rights. President Castro hit back by accusing the U.S. of “double standards.”
Meanwhile, the Cuban president also insisted on having Guantánamo Bay returned to his country and for the trade embargo to be lifted. When asked by a journalist about political prisoners Cuba is still holding, President Castro retorted, “What political prisoners? Give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them immediately. If we have those political prisoners they will be released before tonight.”
U.S. honors fallen marine. According to the Pentagon, Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin of Temecula, California had been tragically killed last March 19. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit which had began moving into position at a newly constructed firebase two weeks ago to support Iraqi and coalition forces in a tactical assembly area in Makhmur, Iraq.
The goal is to liberate Mosul. An enemy rocket attacked Cardin’s base, killing him and wounding others. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said this is the second combat death since Operation Inherent Resolve began against ISIS in both Syria and Iraq.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the service members involved, their families and their coalition teammates who will continue the fight against ISIL with resolve and determination,” said Cook. Meanwhile, a new report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that ISIS may have just killed 26 SEALS along with their commander. The Pentagon has not yet confirmed this report.
Hulk Hogan gets $25 million more from Gawker. Wrestler Hulk Hogan has been awarded an additional $25 million in punitive damages in his lawsuit against Gawker Media. On Monday, a Florida jury ruled that Hogan should receive an additional $10 million from Gawker owner Nick Denton, $15 million from Gawker and $100,000 from former Gawker editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio, according to a report from Variety.
On Friday, the jury found that Gawker had violated Hogan’s privacy and caused him emotional distress when the media company decided to publish a video of the wrestler having sex with his then-wife five years ago. Initially, Hogan had received $115 million in compensatory damages.
Former Congolese vice president found guilty of committing war crimes. The International Criminal Court has found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity he committed in the Central African Republic more than 10 years ago.
Bemba had commanded a private army made of 1,500 men who had pillaged, raped and murdered men, women and children. According to a report from Al Jazeera, Bemba faces sentencing at a later date. He could face up to 30 years in prison or even a life sentence.
Actress Talulah Riley files divorce from Elon Musk. The pair has decided to divorce for the second time. According to a report from People Magazine, the couple had agreed that Riley would file the divorce after being married for the second time for about 2 1/2 years. They first divorced in 2010 but decided to remarry in July 2013. In a statement, the couple admitted they had already been living apart for the past six months. They remain friends and will continue to be in good terms. While the couple doesn’t have children of their own, Musk has five sons from a previous marriage.