News in Brief for July 18, 2016

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The Republicans and the U.S. Presidential Election


Mike Pence in 2001

Today, July 18, 2016, the Republican National Convention starts in Cleveland, Ohio. At the convention, the Republicans will formally present their nomination for president in November’s general election. Republican front runner Donald Trump announced his running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence, shortly before the start of the convention. Follow the events that lead to the GOP’s nomination as they unfold this week.

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Political Turmoil in Turkey

Turkey coup

The streets in Turkey during the coup attempt on Saturday night, July 16, 2016

Over the weekend, Turkey’s military attempted a coup to overthrow President Erdogan.
In one night, about 265 people died. Erdogan regained control, and 6,000 people were arrested. Meanwhile, thousands more soldiers and judges are expected to be held.

Turkey is a member of NATO. The U.S. initiates important strikes against terrorism from an air base in Turkey, which has been a strategically important democratic country to the United States in the Middle East region. Airspace was shut down as a result of the attempted coup. It is too soon to determine the full fallout, but you can learn more from the British press, here.

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Terrorist Attack in Nice, France, Kills 84


Beach in Nice, France

On the evening of Thursday, July 14, 2016, a large refrigeration truck plowed into a crowd in Nice, France, killing 84 people and wounding over 300. Crowds were gathered along the seaside to celebrate Bastille Day, a major French holiday to celebrate the start of the French Revolution. This latest tragedy was claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) as a terrorist act. Learn more from the New York Times here.

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Racial Tensions Sparked Anew in the United States


Presidential attendence at the memorial service for the slain Dallas police officers

During the first week of July, the shooting deaths of two African American men by the police —Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota—resulted in national outrage. Many took to the streets in protest. These incidents brought new focus to the state of race in America and revealed difficult social questions, such as why these men were stopped and why they ended up killed. The deaths also prompted further debate about gun control and the Second Amendment.

Then on July 7th, in Dallas, Texas, a lone black sniper took the lives of five random white police officers, presumed to be in retaliation to the earlier deaths. The sniper was killed by a bomb set off by a robotic drone vehicle—a police first. The shootings took place at a protest organized by the Black Lives Matter movement. Former president George W. Bush and President Obama attended the officers’ funeral in Dallas.

A new act of violence left three police officers dead yesterday, July 17th. Three more were wounded, and the suspected attacker was killed on the scene. This latest shootout took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Alton Sterling had been killed by police two weeks prior. It is unclear what the motive was or if this act was related to the recent killings. This story is still developing. Follow the latest news as reporters uncover more about this incident.

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