Muslim and Christian groups came together Saturday to mourn a French priest murdered by jihadists, as authorities charged a man in connection with the brutal church attack that rocked the nation.
At least 16 people were feared dead after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near the central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday morning in one of the deadliest balloon accidents on record.
This was the scene being triumphantly broadcast on Syrian state tv on Saturday....Rebels allegedly surrendering to the Syrian military in Aleppo....and civilians being escorted from rebel-held areas, thanking the government for rescuing them. vox "We suffered a lot because of those rebel dogs who have no shame. They were unjust to us and to our children. We left under the protection of the army." But opposition fighters in eastern Aleppo expressed skepticism about what Moscow and Damascus deemed a humanitarian operation.SOT Yasser Flis, a commander with the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group in charge of the Karaj al-Hajiz corridor: "We are here, in one of the so-called corridors, and what the regime says is false The entrance to the corridor is just behind me. But they haven't opened anything, there are more air raids and shelling in the neighborhood and other areas."The United Nations has also raised concerns - saying that IT should be allowed to administer the evacuations, and calling for all fighting to stop while civilians are at risk. The UN has also asked for a ceasefire to allow essential humanitarian aid to reach the estimated 300 thousand people who have been trapped in Aleppo. The city has been divided between rebel and government forces since mid-2012...and re-claiming total control is a top priority for Bashar al-Assad and his allies.
Al Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, the al-Nusra Front, announced this week that it is splitting from its parent organisation, in a move FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadist movements said may be mutually beneficial.
Dozens of civilians left the besieged and battered opposition-held east of Syria’s Aleppo city on Saturday through a “humanitarian corridor” to the government-held west, state media reported.
Belgium charged a man with planning to commit murder in a terrorist attack and released his brother after a series of house searches on Friday evening, federal prosecutors said.
USA - RUSSIA
Officials say a computer service used by the campaign of Hillary Clinton was hacked as part of a broader breach of the Democratic National Committee, an intrusion for which the Russian government remains the leading suspect.
Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the former chief executive of investment bank Grupo BTG Pactual SA will stand trial for obstruction of justice, documents from a federal court in Brasilia showed on Friday.
Turkey - EU
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told the EU and US to "mind your own business" after the West expressed alarm over the growing crackdown against suspected coup plotters, as a court placed 17 journalists under arrest.
The United Nations Security Council authorized on Friday the deployment of up to 228 U.N. police to Burundi to monitor the security and human rights situation in the East African country, though four of the 15 members abstained from the vote.
For months now, his name has been at the centre of corruption allegations...But Lula da Silva has avoided court.... until now The former president has been charged with obstructing the enquiry into corruption at PetrobrasHe allegedly tried to buy the silence of a former director of the brazilian oil company....accusations that come from former ally and politician Delcidio do Amaral, who will also stand trial for his involvement in the graftLula has denied any wrongdoing; on Friday his spokesperson issued a statement calling the charges flimsy DLS "the charges are based uniquely on (evidence from) a plea bargain.Lula has never opposed the investigations."In the past two years over a hundred people have been arrested in an investigation that has uncovered a web of bribery and mismanagement at the state oil company Petrobrasan estimated 8 billion dollars was allegedly funnelled to top executives and politicians over a decade...accusations which have damaged the former president's record popularity:VOX"I think he is guilty. He evidently conspired with companies to remain in power. But he must be judged by the law, not by us.""I think Lula is a sort of Al Capone. We all know he did many bad things but unfortunately they only got him for obstructing justice... which is very little if you look at all the things he did."This indictment is another blow to Lula's Workers Party ... His successor Dilma Rousseff is facing possible impeachment for allegedly manipulating government accounts... Her trial is set to conclude end of August