Car bombs in Baghdad kill at least 26
A pair of car bombs exploded at crowded popular markets in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, killing at least 26 people and wounding 58, authorities said. The first explosion took place in the impoverished neighborhood of al-Bayaa in southwestern Baghdad. The blast killed at least 18 people and wounded 36, the official said. Later, a second car bomb detonated in the northeastern neighborhood of al-Shaab, killing at least eight people and wounding 22, police said.
Suicide bomber hits crowded market
A suicide blast tore through a crowded market in northwest Afghanistan, killing more than a dozen people in an area where government forces have clashed recently with Taliban militants. There was no assertion of responsibility, but the Taliban and other extremist groups have carried out similar attacks. The bomber detonated an explosive belt after being spotted by a security guard in the main market in the Almar district of Faryab.
Volcanic eruptions force airport closures
Eruptions of ash at five volcanoes shrouded the skies over parts of Indonesia, forcing three airports to close. Mount Raung on Java island blasted ash and debris up to 6,560 feet into the air. Ash also erupted from Gamalama and Dukono mountains on the Moluccas islands chain, Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island and Mount Karangetang on Siau island, darkening the skies. More than 13,000 people have been evacuated.
U.S. foundation shuts its doors in Moscow
The MacArthur Foundation is closing its offices in Russia after more than 20 years. The foundation’s Russian employees and the civil-society organizations that receive its grants would be put at risk if it continued to operate in the country, the foundation said. This month, Russian lawmakers published a preliminary list of 12 nongovernmental organizations that could be banned under a new law signed in May by President Vladimir Putin. The MacArthur Foundation was on the list. Russian authorities can shut down groups deemed to be “undesirable.”
Contested election results due Friday
Results from Burundi’s presidential election will be announced Friday, with incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza expected to win a third term that his opponents allege is unconstitutional. About 72 percent to 80 percent of the country’s 3.8 million voters cast ballots. The U.S. and Britain said the election was not credible due to the intimidation of Nkurunziza’s opponents.
Governor promises answers in jail death
Gov. Greg Abbott said the family of a black motorist who died in a jail cell “deserves answers” and that the Texas Rangers will coordinate with the FBI in investigating her arrest and death. Abbott said that investigators want to ensure that justice is served in the case of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in her Waller County jail cell July 13. She had been arrested three days earlier after a confrontation with a white officer who had pulled her over for a traffic infraction.
Fire prompts evacuations in Glacier park
A fast-moving wildfire in Glacier National Park torched a car and forced tourists to abandon their rides on the Montana park’s most popular roadway, while officials evacuated a hotel and campgrounds. Visitors left their vehicles and were shuttled out by officials, park spokeswoman Denise Germann said. The two-lane road that carries thousands of vehicles daily during July and August was shut down for 21 of its 50 miles.