Turkey’s Interior Ministry has fired nearly 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and others and detained thousands of suspected plotters following the attempted coup, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Monday. Warplanes patrolled Turkey’s skies overnight in a sign that authorities feared that the threat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government was not yet over, despite official assurances that life has returned to normal.
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“Kids these days!” is the perennial judgment of anyone over thirty of anyone a day younger. Today it’s millennials and their trigger warnings, yesterday it was slackers and their grunge music, and the day before that it was surfers, those dangerous hooligans, reigning terror over America’s beaches with their great bodies and their lack of ambition.
Members of the African-American community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, mourned the death of Alton Sterling with vigils and protests this week. Bearing signs with slogans such as #BlackLivesMatter and #NoJusticeNoPeace, many gathered near the Triple S Food Mart where Sterling was shot by a police officer on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation.
Gargoyles, bay windows, columns — links to the past are engraved in Baltimore’s architecture. Longtime Sun photographer Robert Kniesche was fascinated by such designs and documented them in a series called “This is Baltimore,” which ran in The Sun on Thursdays throughout the 1960s.
A car bomb exploded on a busy street in Baghdad’s Karrada district late on Saturday evening, BBC reports. The largely Shia area was busy with shoppers late at night because it is the holy month of Ramadan, when believers fast during sunlight hours. A second bomb also exploded at about midnight in a predominantly Shia area north of the capital, killing another five people. ISIS claimed credit for both attacks, making it the third attack attributed to the group this week, following attacks in Bangladesh and Turkey.
The Ku Klux Klan is the oldest and most well-known hate group in the United States, according to The Washington Post. Though the KKK once boasted a membership of around 4 million, its ranks have dwindled down to around 10,000 or fewer, according to estimates by the Southern Poverty Law Center.