Today in One Paragraph
Explosions rocked Brussels’s Zaventem airport and a metro station near the headquarters of the European Union, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 230 others. President Obama called for Cuba to embrace democracy in a historic address from Havana. Voters are participating in another day of presidential nominating contests in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, and American Samoa. And the former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, died.
Explosions in Brussels. At least 30 people were killed and more than 230 injured in Brussels after two blasts at the city’s airport and another on a subway train. “We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel said at a news conference. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, and police began a manhunt for one suspected attacker. (The New York Times; USA Today )
Obama Calls for Democracy in Cuba. The president asked the Cuban people to embrace change in an address at the Gran Teatro in Havana, adding that free speech and equal protections under the law are basic tenets of democracy. “Not everyone agrees with me on this,” Obama said, “but I believe those human rights are universal.” After the speech, Obama met with several Cuban dissidents, and attended a baseball game between the Cuban National Team and the Tampa Bay Rays . (Nicole Gaouette, CNN)