World News in Focus – The Istanbul Attack, the Spain Elections, and Other Interesting Stories

Turkey: Gunmen shot randomly at crowds and set off bombs at Atatürk international airport, Istanbul’s main air terminal, on Tuesday evening, killing 41 and injuring more than 240 others.

The official death toll rose to 42, as one wounded victim died in the hospital.

At least three people with guns and suicide vests arrived at the airport by taxi on Tuesday.  They started their shooting spree and detonated their explosives after they failed to pass police and security controls.

The Istanbul governor’s office said 23 Turks, 10 foreigners, and three dual nationals were among the dead.

Flags across Turkey are hoisted at half-staff as the nation will observe a day of mourning on Friday, June 30.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blamed the Islamic State for the late-night attack, although no terror group has taken responsibility.

For more, we go to this USA TODAY report:


Spain: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his conservative Popular Party won the most number of seats in the parliament in the general election on Sunday.

The poll was the second in six months, after its last general election in December.

The Popular Party scooped 137, while the socialists came second with 85 seats. Unidos Podemos, the third, won 71 seats, and the centrist Ciudadanos party came fourth with 32 seats.

Despite his victory, Mariano Rajoy still failed to secure a majority in the parliament.  The election results follow closely that of last December, and cast political uncertainty as how the prime minister will form a coalition government, or if he will hold yet another general election.

For more we go to this Associated Press report:


Vatican: “[Gay people] should not be discriminated against. They should be respected and accompanied pastorally,” Pope Francis said on Sunday.

The pontiff told reporters on his way back to Rome from Armenia that the Church should not only apologize to gay people whom it offended, but to “the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor,” as well.

Pope Francis’ comments were considered “a groundbreaking moment,” as no pope has ever come close to apologizing to the LGBT community, who feel the most marginalized in church.

But many LGBT Catholics expect the church should take more concrete steps to repudiate past teachings and condemn anti-gay violence, according to the New York Times.

For more we go to this CNN report:


EU: As the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, so will English be removed from the Union’s list of official languages, Danuta Hübner, the head of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO), warned on Monday.

Despite being the most widely spoken and written language in the EU’s institutions, the English language has seen its status being diminished even before Brexit has become a reality.

As the Wall Street Journal reports, the European Commission has focused on French and German in statements to the press and speeches.

And the New York Times has spotted that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker used only French and German in his official speech to the European Parliament Tuesday, acknowledging the loss of Britain as an EU member.

Yet, English will remain the working language of the European Central Bank, and will remain a working language in the EU.

For more we go to this Oneindia report:


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STOCK IMAGE: “ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JUNE 29: Suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on June 29, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Bullet hole in glass.”; Courtesy of deepspace /