Sessions, Rosenstein visit Guantanamo
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, visited the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in a gesture of support for continuing to detain terrorism suspects without trial there and to prosecute some before a military commission. A Justice Department spokesman said it was important for officials “to have an up-to-date understanding of current operations” there.
Death toll rises to 7 in flood; more missing
Rescue workers recovered five bodies in southern Japan, bringing the death toll from heavy rains to seven, with five people missing and feared dead and more than 20 others unaccounted for. Troops and other rescuers were able to reach more than 300 stranded residents, officials said.
Opposition leader is released from prison
Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who organized a recent wave of large anti-Kremlin protests across Russia, has been released after serving a 25-day sentence in prison. Navalny was convicted of conducting an unlawful rally by leading demonstrators into an area where they had no permit to gather.
Militant attack in Sinai kills 23 soldiers
Islamic militants in Sinai unleashed a suicide car bomb and dozens of masked and heavily armed gunmen who descended in multiple SUVs on a remote security outpost in the desert peninsula, killing at least 23 soldiers and wounding 33, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadliest attack in the past two years in Sinai.
Use of cancer drug on Nobel laureate halted
A Chinese medical team charged with treating imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has stopped using cancer-fighting drugs so as not to overwhelm his severely weakened liver, raising concerns that China’s most prominent political prisoner is critically ill. Liu was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May while serving an 11-year sentence for inciting subversion.
Malala Yousafzai finishes high school
Malala Yousafzai has attended her last day of secondary school in Birmingham, England, a milestone for the activist who has fought for girls’ education. The now-19-year-old Pakistani woman became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, having risen to international prominence as a voice against Islamist violence.
Charlie Gard hospital rethinks treatment
In a shift, a London hospital said it would reconsider its decision to turn off life support for Charlie Gard, a brain-damaged and terminally ill infant, in light of “fresh evidence” about a potential treatment. Charlie, 11 months old, has a genetic condition that has robbed him of the ability to see, hear, move or breathe on his own.
Escaped inmate is captured in Texas
A South Carolina inmate was found in an Austin, Texas, hotel room more than two days after he escaped from a maximum-security prison. Jimmy Causey used wire cutters that were apparently dropped from a drone as part of an elaborate escape plan that also included cellphones smuggled into prison, guns and at least $47,000 in cash, authorities said after his capture.
Man is charged in airplane disturbance
A flight attendant broke a wine bottle over the head of a man who lunged for an exit door and fought with other passengers during a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing, but it didn’t faze him, an FBI agent wrote in charging papers. Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, 23, of Tampa, Fla., was arrested Thursday after causing the disturbance that forced the plane to return to Seattle.