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Car bomb attack in Istanbul kills 11

Car bomb attack in Istanbul kills 11 On Tuesday morning, a car bomb exploded in Istanbul in front of a bus carrying Turkish riot police, killing seven police officers and four civilians, Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin said. Three of the 36 people wounded in the blast were in serious condition.

The blast, which overturned the bus and damaged nearby buildings, came from an explosives-packed car, detonated remotely to target police, Sahin said, and he declined to speculate who was behind the attack. In recent months, both the Islamic State and militants associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have taken responsibility for deadly bomb blasts, but so far nobody has claimed this attack. The Associated Press, The Week



Indian Prime Minister Modi visits US

Indian Prime Minister Modi visits USIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with President Obama on Tuesday and address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday during a two-day visit to the U.S. capital to consolidate improved ties between the world’s largest democracies.

“We will seek to build upon the progress achieved in providing new vigor and momentum to our strategic partnership in diverse areas,” Modi said in a statement released by the Indian government. Obama praised Modi in April for laying out “an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change.”

It will be the seventh time Modi and Obama have met since the 65-year-old Indian leader came to power in 2014. USA Today



BBC Burmese service reporter sentenced

BBC Burmese service reporter sentencedA court in Myanmar on Monday sentenced Nay Myo Lin, a BBC reporter to three months of hard labor for attacking a policeman while covering protests last year in Mandalay. The charge is based on video footage and eyewitness accounts of a brief altercation between Lin and the officer, which unfolded as police blocked the route of a march for education reform that occurred in March 2015.

A video posted online shows a scuffle break out after Lin saw the officer, standing in the middle of a moving motorcade, knock a man off a motorbike. “It’s not fair at all to charge me under Section 332 after ignoring the fact that [the police officer] pulled down the motorcycle [of a protester] and everyone saw the incident,” Lin said in response to Monday’s verdict, which followed more than a year in police detention. “I didn’t mean to hurt that policeman. I just tried to give protection to a citizen who was being treated unjustly in my presence.” Lin says police were reckless in their crackdown, which resulted in numerous arrests.

Lin’s defense lawyer, Thein Than Oo, told VOA Burmese that the sentence is too harsh and shows that the new civilian government has brought no significant change to the judiciary process in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. VOA



N Korea reopened plutonium plant

N Korea reopened plutonium plantThe UN nuclear watchdog says North Korea appears to have reopened a plant to reprocess plutonium, an indication the communist country is widening its arms effort. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday satellite evidence shows North Korea has likely resumed activities at a plant at Yongbyon to produce plutonium from spent nuclear reactor fuel.

The information matches evidence found by the U.S. monitoring website 38 North, which reported in April that exhaust plumes had been detected from the thermal plant at Yongbyon’s main reprocessing installation.

IAEA head Yukiya Amano says because the agency does not have monitors in North Korea, it cannot be certain about the North’s activities. VOA

US Presidential election

Clinton named presumptive Democratic nominee: Late Monday, The Associated Press tallied Democratic pledged delegates and committed superdelegates and declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, the first woman to reach that distinction. Rival Bernie Sanders dismissed that claim, and Clinton downplayed it, saying she was “flattered” by AP’s projection, “but we’ve got primaries to win. CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD.” Aside from next week’s Washington, D.C., primary, Tuesday is the final day of the nominating contests, as California, New Jersey, Montana, both Dakotas, and New Mexico vote. Clinton and Sanders have been pouring almost all their time and money in the California race, where the polls have them in a dead heat. The Associated Press, Twitter, The Week

Trump tells surrogates to increase criticism of judge, journalists: Sources tell Bloomberg Politics that during a conference call with prominent surrogates on Monday, Donald Trump told them to back up remarks he’s made against a federal judge’s Mexican heritage and to call reporters who ask about it “racist.” Judge Gonzalo Curiel is presiding over fraud cases involving Trump University, and Trump has said Curiel has a conflict of interest because he is of Mexican ancestry and Trump has proposed building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The sources say Trump told the surrogates to question Curiel’s credibility, as well as the integrity of reporters. “The people asking the questions — those are the racists,” Trump reportedly said. “I would go at ’em.” Bloomberg Politics, The Week

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