Morning News: Rolling Stone Retracts Rape Article, Yemen Emergency, Iran Deal

Rolling Stone has officially apologized and retracted an article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house in 2012. The 9,000-word article titled “A Rape on Campus” was written by journalist Sabrina Erdely and published in November 2014. Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana apologized to readers and “all of those who were damaged by our story and the ensuing fallout.”

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Rolling Stone’s piece was a ‘journalistic failure’

Rolling Stone retracted the article following an independent review. Erdely relied on Jackie as the sole source of an alleged rape at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. Later investigations by Ms Erderly herself and many other reporters identified errors in reporting of the article. The Columbia School of Journalism described the piece as “a story of journalistic failure.”

A four-month long police investigation found no evidence that the incident had occurred. But police chief Timothy Longo said it didn’t mean “something terrible didn’t happen” to the student called Jackie.

Iran deal ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’, says Obama

In an interview with The New York Times, President Barack Obama said the last week’s preliminary agreement with Iran was “once in a lifetime opportunity” to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in the dangerous region (Middle-East). Defending the Iran deal, President Obama said it would bring long-term stability to the Middle-East.

Morning News: Rolling Stone Retracts Rape Article, Yemen Emergency, Iran Deal

Obama admitted that the diplomatic pursuit with Tehran had strained ties with Israel. But he assured Israel that the U.S. would stand by Jerusalem if it comes under attack. The United States would keep all options open if Iran were to violate the terms of the deal. The framework cleared the way for a final deal.

Yemen: violence holds back Red Cross aid flights

The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has been granted permission to deliver life-saving medicines and equipment to war-torn Yemen. According to the United Nations, more than 500 people have died in the Saudi-led airstrikes. Red Cross spokeswoman Claire Feghali told the BBC News that the aid flights to Yemen were held back by “logistical problems.”

Feghali said not many companies or cargo planes were willing to fly into the war zone, so it’s been difficult to deliver medical supplies to Sanaa. However, she hoped that Red Cross would deliver 48 tons of medical supplies by Tuesday. The Red Cross has also sought “authorizations from all the parties involved” to deploy a team of surgeons to the city of Aden.