International  July 28, 2016
Turkey shakes up military as post-coup crackdown widens
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan survived the biggest threat to his 13-year domination of the country when supporters countered coup plotters on the streetsTurkey's premier meets top military commanders on Thursday over one of the most radical shake-ups in the armed forces' history after a failed coup, which has already seen 149 generals dishonourably discharged.The hastily convened meeting of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) in Ankara will bring together Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the land,...  Full Story
Australia police investigate Pope aide over child abuse claims
Vatican finance chief, Australian Cardinal George Pell attends a mass for the ordination of new bishops on March 19, 2016 at St PeterAustralian police said Thursday they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell, but had not yet decided whether to press charges.It follows explosive allegations against the cardinal aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday, which he strongly denied."That's a matter that we investigated ...  Full Story
Peru's new president takes office amid economic woes
Peruvian President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has vowed to stimulate the economy, revive the key mining sector, fight poverty and strengthen the policeFormer Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski takes office as Peru's president Thursday, seeking to kick-start a slowing economy and unite a country deeply torn by a photo-finish election.Since winning the run-off race by a razor-thin margin last month, the man known as PPK has named a politically inoffensive cabinet of technocrats and extended o...  Full Story
Obama offers support to Germany after spate of attacks
Four brutal assaults in GermanyPresident Barack Obama offered his condolences and US support to German Chancellor Angela Merkel following a spate of bloody attacks in her country, the White House said.Four brutal assaults in Germany's south, three of which were carried out by asylum seekers, have rattled Germans and revived a backlash against Merkel's decision last year to open ...  Full Story
Olympic Village controversy reignites in pessimistic Brazil
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach (C), accompanied by Rio de JaneiroControversy ignited Wednesday over working conditions for laborers racing to repair shambolic conditions at the athletes' Village in Rio just nine days before the Olympics.As the authorities insisted that the Village was only experiencing teething problems and would be ready shortly, questions arose over alleged lack of legal protection for the app...  Full Story
Venezuela police block opposition march for recall vote
Opponents of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demonstrate in Caracas on June 12, 2016Venezuelan police blocked a march Wednesday by opposition protesters demanding a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, a prospect looking less likely as the leftist government digs in its heels.Some 200 police blocked hundreds of opposition demonstrators shouting "Recall now" as they tried to march on the headquarters of the National Ele...  Full Story
Congo opposition chief comes home as crisis looms
Supporters of Etienne Tsisekedi carry a sign with his portrait in Kinshasa, on July 27, 2016 as the veteran opposition chief comes homeCongo's veteran opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi returned home after a two-year absence to a warm welcome from large crowds Wednesday as the mineral-rich African nation heads into fresh turbulence.Thousands of supporters sporting Tshisekedi T-shirts and waving party flags who had gathered at the airport flanked his motorcade as it crawled its wa...  Full Story
French church attackers pledged allegiance to IS: what we know
A memorial in front of the Saint-Etienne du Rouvray church on July 27, 2016, after priest Jacques Hamel was killed on July 26 during a hostage-taking claimed by the Islamic State groupTwo jihadists who attacked a French church and brutally murdered a priest had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, a video showed Wednesday.The attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray came as France was still coming to terms with the Bastille Day killings in Nice claimed by IS.Here is what we know so far about the church a...  Full Story