Brazil arrests 10 in alleged terror plot: Brazil’s justice ministry announced Brazilian police have arrested ten Brazilians in connection with an attempted plot to commit acts of terror at the Rio Olympic games.
According to Minister of Justice Alexandre Moraes, the group is not part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the cell had attempted to establish contact with the terror group.
Arrested across ten different Brazilian states, the men detained are described as “total amateurs” by Moraes and are known to have attempted to procure firearms from Paraguay. Police are currently looking for two other suspects.
Syrian opposition groups ask U.S. to stop aerial bombardment: The head of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Anas al Abdah, is calling on the United States and its coalition partners to suspend its aerial attacks on ISIS following reports American and French airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in and around Manbij in the Aleppo Governorate.
Abdah told Reuters the civilian deaths are a recruiting tool for terror organizations.
The SNC represents numerous armed factions opposed to Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad.
It has been reported Franco-American airstrikes early last week killed over 140 civilians in Manbij and in the village of Toukhan Al-Kubra.
The Pentagon said it is looking into reports of civilian deaths, but French President Francois Hollande disputes the allegations.
IOC rules in favor of Russia: In a stunning development, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled the Russian Olympic team will not face collective punishment for state-sponsored doping.
The Sunday decision follows a report revealing rampant doping among its athletes and a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding a ban on Russian athletes by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Anti-doping groups had appealed to the IOC to honor the CAS ban.
Sunday morning’s decision will allow individual testing for athletes by “reliable” anti-doping agencies; however, any Russian athlete with a doping history will be excluded from the Rio games. Further, the ruling says athletes accepted will undergo tests overseen by the International Federation and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Turkish academics banned from foreign travel: Acting to prevent alleged plotters involved in the July 14 coup attempt from fleeing Turkey, the Turkish higher board of education has ordered all academics to remain in the country.
The move follows the voiding of teaching certificates of 21,000 educators and the removal of over 1,500 university deans. In sum, over 60,000 education professionals have been removed from their duties.
The order is believed to be in response to allegations Turkish educators are linked to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for inspiring the July 15 attempted coup.
ISIS claims responsibility for Kabul blast: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a blast in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, which killed 80 and injured more than 230 over the weekend.
This is the first time the terror group has admitted its role in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
According to Amaq news agency, an organization with ties to the group, two suicide bombers detonated explosive devices in Kabul’s Deh Mazang square where thousands of Shia minority Hazara demonstrators were protesting Kabul’s alternate route for a new power line.
The new direction of the line leaves out regions where many Hazaras live.
Afghan intelligence has identified the leader of the attack, Abo Ali, and the Afghan interior ministry told BBC only one suicide bomber was able to detonate the explosive device; one attacker’s explosive failed to detonate and a third man was killed by Afghan security.
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