The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

ANC suffers at polls:  Two decades of African National Congress (ANC) majority power has been reduced significantly in municipal elections.

Although the ANC remains in the lead with 54 percent of the vote, rival Democratic Alliance re-took ANC stronghold Nelson Mandela Bay and were very competitive in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

As of Friday, 98 percent of the vote has been counted.

271 Russian athletes cleared for Rio Olympics:  271 of the 389 Russian athletes registered as potential competitors for the Rio Olympics have been cleared for competition by the International Olympic Committee despite the World Anti-Doping Agency’s recommendation for a complete ban on athletes from the Russian Federation.

The 2016 Olympic games officially open Friday, August 5.

Russian Olympic Committee President Aleksandr Zhukov said the Russian team will be the “cleanest” team competing in Rio.

UN report on Yemen critical of Houthis, Saudi Arabia:  A secret UN report complied to offer estimates on the Yemen arms embargo has concluded Houthi rebels have used civilians as human shields, al-Qaeda has refined and expanded use of roadside explosive devices and ISIS

The report detailed how Houthi rebels deliberately stored weapons and ammunition in civilian areas to avoid airstrikes.  The report also mention somewhere in the period of March-April 2016, millions of dollars in cash was diverted to ISIS, which they used to recruit.  The report was unable to identify the source of ISIS money.

The report also concluded Saudi Arabia was in violation of international law for an airstrike which hit a civilian home.  The Saudis have been criticized by rights groups for conducting an indiscriminate air campaign over Yemen.

Turkey detains 20 suspected ISIS militants:  Acting on a tip, Turkish security police raided 22 homes in Adana Thursday and arrested 22 suspected Islamic State militants allegedly preparing to commit terror acts.

No details were provided, but Turkish officials said the leaders of the alleged terror cell were arrested in the raids.

Egypt says it killed ISIS’ Sinai leader:  Egyptian military officials have confirmed Abu Duaa al-Ansari, the leader of Sinai Province, a branch of the Islamic State.

Officials say al-Ansari was killed along with dozens of other ISIS terrorists in an airstrike which hit Arish in the Sinai, an area know to be a bastion of ISIS militants.

Sinai Province did not confirm his death.


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