Protesters stage rally against Rousseff’s impeachment in Rio

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Angry Brazilian protesters have staged a rally in Rio de Janeiro against interim-president Michel Temer. The protesters showed their support for suspended president Dilma Rousseff and called her impeachment trial a coup. They also vent their anger over the huge cost of the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that some countries are supporting terrorist groups to achieve their political objectives. Putin also denounced what he described as Western double standards in tackling terrorism. The Russian president stressed that terrorists cannot be divided into good and bad.
  • The lawyer for US-based Turkish opposition figure Fethullah Gulen says Ankara has not provided any evidence to prove that the cleric masterminded the mid-July failed coup. This, after Turkey issued an arrest warrant for Gulen and accused him of ordering the coup attempt. Gulen has denied any role in the abortive putsch.
  • 80 Palestinian prisoners have joined hundreds of other inmates in a hunger strike taking place at Israeli jails. The detainees are protesting against harassment by Israeli jail guards and their detention without trial. Over 400 Palestinians are now on hunger strike at various prisons in Israel.
  • Saudi fighter jets have carried out a fresh airstrike on Yemen’s Sa’ada province, killing at least six civilians, including a child. Three others were also injured in the raid. More than 9500 Yemenis have been killed since Saudi Arabia waged its war on Yemen in March 2015.
  • Forces loyal to Libya’s unity government have advanced further inside the Daesh-held city of Sirte, as part of a major offensive to liberate the city from the terrorists. The Libyan troops managed to retake the central district of al-Dollar after hours of heavy clashes.
  • Gunmen have killed at least 14 people and injured 18 others at a busy market in the Indian state of Assam. The attackers threw grenades in the crowded market in Balajan, Western Assam. Police blamed a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland for the attack. A manhunt operation is underway.
  • Security forces have opened fire on pro-independence protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing three. The deaths bring to 55 the number of those killed during the ongoing wave of violence. The unrest erupted on July eighth following the death of a pro-independence leader by Indian security forces. 

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