U.S. Attorney Fired After Refusing Order to Resign, Bombs in Syria Kill Iraqi Pilgrims and Dutch Expel Campaigning Turkish Minister
Know This: Prominent Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says he was fired by the Justice Department after refusing to resign, as 46 federal prosecutors were asked to do. Two bomb blasts reportedly targeted buses carrying Iraqi Shiite pilgrims in Damascus, killing 40. And Secret Service agents arrested a mace-carrying intruder who scaled the White House fence Friday night while the president was inside.
Diplomatic Impunity: “Many European nations have also expressed deep disquiet about Turkey’s response to the July coup attempt and the country’s perceived slide towards authoritarianism under President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan.” — Analysis of issues underlying the Netherlands’ expulsion of Ankara’s foreign minister amid concerns that her campaigning for expat voters to approve a new constitution empowering Erdogan might lead to violence.
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