- The U.S. and Turkey are still arguing in public over the fate of American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning that Turkey won’t back down in the face of sanctions.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi fired five election officials as the country conducts a manual recount of ballots from the May parliamentary election:
Abadi had appointed a special committee to investigate claims of vote-rigging in several regions, and on Saturday he approved its recommendation to dismiss local election chiefs in Kirkuk, Anbar and Salahuddin, Judge Laith Jabr Hamza said in a statement.
Those in charge of overseas election offices in Turkey and Jordan were also dismissed.
One of China’s most wanted corruption suspects, Zhang Yongguang, returned to China from the U.S. to face charges.