U.S.’s Lochte charged in Brazil: U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was charged by Brazilian authorities Thursday with falsely reporting a crime.
Lochte reported to police he and fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint by armed men posing as Brazilian police officers early on the morning of Aug. 21.
Surveillance video revealed all four men had vandalized a Rio gas station and armed security had drawn weapons in the attempt to prevent them from leaving the scene.
Although Lochte is not required to return to Brazil for a court appearance, he faces up to six months in jail or a fine. Lochte can appeal any punishment imposed by the court.
U.S. warship fires at Iranian vessels in Persian Gulf: Following a string of provocative acts by Iranian gunboats in the Persian Gulf this week, a U.S. navy vessel fired several warning shots at approaching Iranian craft on Thursday.
Pentagon officials said several Iranian gunboats aggressively sped in the direction of the USS Squall and the U.S. warship responded with warning flares then turned to firing the warning shots.
Iranian officials defended the actions of their vessels, saying they would continue to protect Iran’s territorial waters and confront American warships nearing Iranian waters.
U.S. admits ISIS leader was in notorious prison: Although Pentagon officials have acknowledged Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry circulated throughout Iraqi prisons in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, the Department of the Army recently admitted al-Badry spent a bulk of his time at Abu Ghraib detention facility.
Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry is birth name of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS).
Captured in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, al-Baghdadi was released as a “low-level prisoner” in December after spending 10 months at Camp Bucca and Abu Ghraib.
UN panel blames Saudis for civilian deaths: Blaming Saudi Arabia for an indiscriminate bombing campaign which has claimed the lives of as many as 10,000 civilians and combatants, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein has called for a an independent investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Yemen.
The UN Human Rights panel has stated the Saudi kingdom is responsible for a majority of civilian deaths in war-torn Yemen.
French official threatens lawsuit over burkini ban: Following the enactment of a ban against the wearing of burkinis in public places in several French cities, Christian Estrosi, a deputy mayor of Nice, has warned he may file a lawsuit against those who share social media images of police enforcing the ban.
Estrosi said the sharing of images “provoke defamatory remarks and threats” against law enforcement.
The ban on burkinis was enacted in accordance with French secular virtue of laïcité, which intends to keep the public square free of religion.
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