Turkey has called a national day of mourning following the deaths of 42 people including 13 foreigners in Istanbul’s bomb attacks.
Among the dead are five Saudis and two Iraqis, one Chinese national and a Palestinian. A further 239 people were injured, 128 people are in hospital, 41 of whom are in intensive care. Those in hospital are reportedly nationals of Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Switzerland.
Turkish investigators are sifting through CCTV footage to try and identify the suicide bombers. So far no one has made claims for the attack.
Sex abuse at Idaho juvenile centre
A US Justice Department report, designed to measure the effectiveness of regulations aimed at stopping sex behind bars, found that sexual abuse was rife in juvenile centres where staff numbers were diminished. The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, is one such institution, currently facing multiple lawsuits under the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
The executive director of prisoner advocacy group Just Detention International, Lovisa Stannow described some of the non-compliance with the act as frustrating.
” … so many leaders continue to insist, against all evidence, that sexual violence is outside of their control,” she said.
Body parts found on beach next to Olympic volleyball venue
In Copacabana, dismembered human body parts have been found washed ashore near the Olympic volleyball venue. Police have told Associated Press that a foot among other body parts had been found. They declined further comments on the matter.
This comes amid rising alarm over a violent week of gun battles in Rio de Janeiro and the issue of security for the Olympic games.
US to increase refugee intake, Obama urges Australia and other nations to follow
President Obama is hosting a Leader’s Summit on Refugees in New York on September 20, where he will call for other nations to increase their intake of refugees as well as available resources.
“We say thanks for starters [to Australia], and then, ‘Can you do more?'” said Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations.
The Turnbull government is currently receiving the highest intake of refugees since the end of World War II. – Compiled from web sources by Joseph Walz and Jessica Holmes
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