Brazil’s economic downturn has spurred a spike in violence, prompting reconsideration of whether it is safe for tourists to visit Rio’s favelas. Although beset with drugs and crime, the slums attract international visitors seeking a close look at authentic local culture.
Andrzej Duda introduced a law that would retire the most senior judges on the supreme court and allow parliament to select which officials should appoint new judges, a proposal that comes as the European Union considers disciplining Poland for politicizing its court system.
The Colombian government’s order should resolve a prison logjam that had become a threat to implementation of the nation’s peace accords. It is designed to pave the way for quick amnesties and pardons for thousands of members of the demobilizing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Palestinians were outraged when Israel installed metal detectors at entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif and revered by Jews as the Temple Mount. The security measures were added after two Israeli police officers were shot dead there on July 14.
Although President Obama has suggested the possibility of retaliation against Russia for its alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, CIA Director John Brennan urges restraint. He told NPR, “The skullduggery that some of our opponents and adversaries engage in, I think is beneath this country’s greatness.”