Jordan

Ben Carson visits refugee camps

Republican presidential contender Ben Carson visited two camps for Syrian refugees in the Jordanian desert on a quick “fact-finding” trip with no press coverage. Carson’s convoy rolled onto the Azraq refugee camp along a highway with heightened security, then to the Zaatari refugee camp. Carson’s campaign issued a statement urging the U.S. to do more to help settle refugees in Jordan — and not to bring them to this country.

 

Iraq

Mass graves of Yezidi found in Sinjar

Officials in the Sinjar area found mass graves containing the remains of 113 members of the Yezidi minority who were killed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant after it captured the area last year. The graves were found in Qana village outside Sinjar, which was retaken from ISIL by Kurdish forces this month.

 

Turkey

Human rights lawyer killed in attack

A prominent lawyer and human rights defender who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels was killed in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died. Tahir Elci was shot while he and other lawyers were making a press statement. Two policemen and a journalist were also injured. It wasn’t immediately clear who was behind the attack.

 

China

Beijing air pollution at hazardous levels

Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels as smog engulfed large parts of China despite efforts to clean up the foul air. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported the level of the poisonous articles of PM2.5 at 391 micrograms per cubic meter. The World Health Organization considers the safe level 25 micrograms per cubic meter. The city was shrouded in gray smog, reducing visibility to a few hundred yards.

 

Maldives

Tear gas used to break up protests

Police dispersed opposition protesters for a second straight day, using tear gas and arresting more than a dozen people who demanded the release of jailed political leaders. The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party is demanding the release from jail of former President Mohamed Nasheed, ex-Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim and opposition leader Sheik Imran Abdulla.

 

Illinois

Video controversy in police shooting case

A Burger King manager who accuses Chicago police of erasing surveillance video in the case of a Laquan McDonald, the black teenager shot last year by white police officer Jason Van Dyke, said that he has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the shooting. Jay Darshane said the FBI also took the restaurant video recorder. Van Dyke has been charged with murder.

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