Top news stories for today – July 17, 2016
3 police officers killed in Louisiana, US
Three police officers were shot and killed Sunday morning outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Two were Baton Rouge police officers, 32-year-old Montrell Jackson and 41-year-old Matthew Gerald, and one was an East Baton Rouge Parish deputy, 45-year-old Brad Garafola.
Three other officers were shot, and one remains in critical condition. The gunman, identified as 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long, from Kansas City, Missouri, is dead. There is no motive for the shooting yet, which took place nearly two weeks after the deadly officer-involved shooting of Alton Sterling outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store.
Since Sterling’s death, Baton Rouge has seen both peaceful protests and what police believed to be credible threats against officers. After Sunday’s shooting, the mother of Sterling’s son Cameron, Quinyetta McMillon, said the family “rejects violence of any kind directed at members of law enforcement or citizens.” President Obama also released a statement condemning the attack. “I want to be clear: There is no justification for violence against law enforcement,” he said. ” None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes.” CNN, USA Today, The Week
Turkey fires thousands of police after failed coup
Turkey’s government continued a purge following a thwarted coup attempt, firing 8,000 police officers on Monday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on power.
About 6,000 people, mostly members of the military and judiciary, were detained a day earlier. The U.S.-led coalition resumed air operations against the Islamic State from a Turkish base on Sunday after Erdogan’s government restricted the country’s airspace due to Friday’s failed coup. The Washington Post, Time
This could lead to an HIV cure
A new study presented Sunday at the 2016 Towards an HIV Cure Symposium — ahead of the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, this week — revealed data on a new set of HIV positive patients whose reservoirs of HIV have fallen to very low levels after receiving a range of stem cell transplants.
India outrage after gang rape
There has been outrage in India after a student was allegedly gang-raped by five men who had also raped her three years ago. Police are yet to make any arrests although the 21-year-old was attacked last week in Rohtak town in the northern state of Haryana.
She had been pursuing a case in court against the five men, when she was attacked on Wednesday. The woman said she was forced inside a car and the men tried to strangle her. She was seriously injured and left for dead in the bushes. A passerby saw her and took her to the hospital.
The woman was first assaulted in 2013 in Bhiwani town. Her family has alleged that they had moved to Rohtak after they were threatened by the accused who have been out on bail. Her family has alleged that the attackers had been putting pressure on them to settle the case and were punishing the woman for pursuing it in court.
A local police official Garima told reporters that they had registered a complaint and a team had been sent to Bhiwani to look for the accused men. Meanwhile, angry protests have been held in Rohtak, demanding immediate arrest of the accused men.
Rape and gender crimes have been in the spotlight in India in recent years after the brutal gang rape and murder of a student in 2012 in Delhi. In response, tough new anti-rape laws were introduced in the country. However, brutal sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country. BBC
US Presidential election
Republican National Convention opens with theme of making America ‘safe again: The Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland on Monday with the initial theme of “Make America Safe Again” — a motto that is especially loaded in the open-carry state following the recent shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas. Even some strong supporters of the Second Amendment have wondered if the open-carry law should be temporarily suspended, with head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association Steven Loomis appealing to Gov. John Kasich, who rejected the proposal. “You don’t go walking around Washington DC, with a rifle, and I don’t see why you should do it here,” Trump supporter and Second Amendment advocate Bill Morris said. Speaking at the convention on Monday are headliners Melania Trump, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, US Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), advisor for Concerned Veterans of America Jason Beardsley, and US Rep. Ryan Zinke (Montana). Reuters, The Week
Donald Trump: When it comes to Mike Pence’s Iraq vote, I don’t care: During an interview on 60 Minutes, Donald Trump said it doesn’t bother him that his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), voted for the war in Iraq while serving in the House of Representatives. “I don’t care,” he told Lesley Stahl, adding, “It’s a long time ago. And he voted that way and they were also misled. A lot of information was given to people…” Trump has spoken out numerous times against Hillary Clinton’s vote as a senator in favor of the war, saying it showed poor judgment. Pence, however, is “entitled to make a mistake every once in awhile,” Trump said. “She’s not?” Stahl asked, referring to Clinton. “No,” Trump declared. “She’s not.” The Washington Post, The Week
Polls show Clinton leading Trump on eve of GOP conventions: On the eve of the GOP conventions, three new surveys Sunday showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a consistent advantage over Republican Donald Trump, even as American voters view both of them unfavorably. The ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Clinton ahead 47 to 43 percent, while NBC News and The Wall Street Journal pegged the race at 46-41 and CNN/ORC International at 49-42. VOA
Protest Groups Crashing Republican Convention: As he barreled his way toward the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump offended virtually every group of people imaginable — from Muslims to women to disabled people to African-Americans. Black nationalists, White supremacists, Anarchists, Nuns concerned about social justice, pretty much anyone with a cause, extreme and otherwise, seems to be headed to the northern US city of Cleveland, Ohio, this week to protest at the Republican National Convention (RNC). VOA
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