In today’s digest:
- Large crowds protest in Brazil demanding president’s impeachment
- Death toll in Ankara car bomb attack rises to 37
- Gunmen storm beach resort in Ivory Coast killing 16
- Over 14,000 refugees wait in dire conditions at Eidomeni border crossing
- #YouStink movement back to the streets to protest Lebanon garbage crisis
- Thousands of unpaid coal miners march in protest in north-east of China
- Syria peace talks begin in Geneva
- Donald Trump’s rallies devolve into violence and hate speech
Enormous crowds gathered in Rio de Janeiro and 17 major cities in Brazil Sunday calling for the the dismissal of President Dilma Rousseff, who is battling impeachment proceedings. Rising anger in Brazil is due to vast corruption scandals and a deepening economic crisis.
The death toll in Sunday’s car bomb attack in Ankara rose to 37, Turkey’s Interior Minister has said. At least 125 people were injured. The suicide car bomb exploded in a busy transport hub near Güvenpark. According to authorities, two attackers also died in the explosion, including a female member of of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). In response, Turkish military planes bombed PKK camps in the north of Iraq Monday morning. As is now usual following terrorist attacks, a media ban was imposed and communication on social media was slowed or blocked.
More curfews were imposed on towns in the Kurdish south-east, just as curfews were eased in Diyabarkir: in Yuksekova, on the border with Iran, the curfew started Sunday night. About 70,000 people live in the town. In Nusaybin, on the border with Syria, where 90,000 people live, a curfew begins Monday.
Gunmen stormed a resort in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and killed 16 people Sunday. The attack targeted three hotels in Grand-Bassam and was claimed by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Over 14,000 refugees at Eidomeni, inundated by heavy rainfall, spent the weekend in dire conditions. The Greek government promised to relocate refugees at the border crossing to camps within a week. Three people drowned trying to cross a river into Macedonia on Sunday.
Eight people are missing off Kos, after their boat capsized in bad weather. The BBC obtained a video showing men in a speedboat beating refugees with sticks. The Turkish Coast Guard claimed they were trying to stop the boat’s engine.
The #YouStink movement was back on the streets of Beirut Saturday protesting Lebanon’s garbage crisis. The government has promised solutions for eight months with no visible effect. Lebanon Prime Minister Tammam Salam called for an extraordinary cabinet session Saturday in an attempt to finally resolve the crisis. The cabinet approved a plan to establish two landfills near Beirut and temporarily re-open a third, the closure of which originally sparked the trash crisis. Activists blocked roads to Beirut Monday morning.
Thousands of unpaid, striking coal miners held a protest march in the north-east of China over the weekend. A rapid collapse in the prices of oil and coal caused Longmay Group, the owners of the Shuangyashan mine, to introduce wage cuts and announce staff retentions. Workers who took part in the protests agreed to talk to media on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
Syria peace talks began in Geneva on Monday, with the UN special envoy warning that the only alternative is a return to war. A shaky truce appears to be holding in its third week, with violence reduced by 90% despite violations. The US and France warned the Syrian regime against derailing the talks, by objecting to Bashar al-Assad’s removal.
Donald Trump’s rallies are devolving into violence and hate speech. A day after a Chicago rally was cancelled over protests, police in Kansas City used pepper spray on Saturday to disperse protesters who Trump demanded should be arrested.
Bahrain riot police arrested pro-democracy activist Zainab Alkhawaja in her house Monday; her one-year old baby Abdulhadi was with her.
The EU suspended direct financial aid to Burundi’s government on Monday over mounting violence, but will continue humanitarian and financial support to Burundi’s people.
A joint mission by the European and Russian space agencies to find methane traces that would indicate life on Mars was launched Monday.
A Chicago-bound Amtrak passenger train derailed outside Dodge City, Kansas, on Monday, injuring 27 people.