Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:38:24 -0400
By Gareth Jones and Ercan Gurses ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup. Turkish authorities also detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, the Anadolu state news agency reported. A restructuring of Turkey's once untouchable military also drew closer, with a planned meeting between Erdogan and the already purged top brass brought forward by several days.
ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:37:25 -0400
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is praising a new Illinois law that limits how police can use devices that collect cellphone data and track phone locations.
French leader to eye security all summer; Chunnel backs up
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:36:27 -0400
PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande will reassess security measures once a week all summer amid fears of new violence after a deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice, and heightened French security checks were causing severe delays Saturday for those trying to cross the English Channel.
UN summer camps give respite to traumatised young Gazans
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:34:18 -0400
The UN is offering tens of thousands of children in the Gaza strip, traumatised by three wars with Israel since 2008, a summer break at play camps throughout the territory. Over three weeks, 165,000 children will attend camps offering play activities and access to psychologists, said Bo Schack of UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees.
The Latest: Author: Safety was focus of school shooting book
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:34:10 -0400
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the shootings in Munich (all times local):
80 dead as IS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:31:43 -0400
Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001. The bombings during a huge protest over a power line mark the first major IS assault on the Afghan capital, apparently aimed at sowing sectarian discord in a country well known for Shia-Sunni harmony.
Hacked emails show Democratic party hostility to Sanders
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:30:15 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton's nomination at the party's convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Ahold, Delhaize finalise mega-merger on US nod
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:28:27 -0400
Dutch retail giant Ahold and Belgian rival Delhaize on Saturday said they had finalised their mega-merger after US regulatory authorities gave the union the green light. Both groups said they had inked an agreement to take effect from 2201 GMT after the Federal Trade Commission gave its assent. "With our new management team we are very happy to continue to serve our clients and other shareholders," said Ahold CEO Dick Boer, who becomes CEO of the merged firm with Frans Muller, chief executive of Delhaize, to serve as his deputy.
New tests show no pot chemicals in Colorado town's water
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:17:02 -0400
DENVER (AP) — Authorities said Saturday that new tests show there is no evidence of a marijuana chemical in a Colorado community's tap water and they believe the initial tests were false.
Clashes rock Syria's Manbij as IS ignores ultimatum
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:17:00 -0400
Islamic State group militants clashed on Saturday with US-backed fighters in the Syrian town of Manbij, pursuing their fierce defence of the jihadist stronghold and ignoring a deadline to leave. There are growing fears for the fate of civilians trapped in Manbij, formerly a key stop along IS's supply route from neighbouring Turkey into its self-styled Islamic "caliphate" in Syria. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) penetrated the town one month ago but have since been hindered by a bloody IS counter-offensive and concerns about the civilian population.