Bombing in Turkey injures 100 people

Early on the morning of Friday, Nov. 4, a car bomb detonated near a police station, killing nine people, including two police officers, and injuring 100 more in southern Turkey.

The bomb flattened cars and destroyed building fronts in the popular Baglar district.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after the bombing, which occurred after members of Parliament who are a part of a Kurdish political party were arrested for failing to come forward after being summoned by prosecutors.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party Branch Chief Dogan Erbas said in a press conference that members of his party have started protesting the arrests because it goes against democracy in Turkey, as reported by CNN.

The protests and bombing follow other events creating political tension in Turkey.


Man stabs 6, kills 3 in revenge attack

A man broke into a home in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday, Nov. 5, and stabbed six people, killing three of them. It is suspected the man was angry after a member of the household named him as a suspect in a shooting and sexual assault on Facebook.

Jeremy Arrington, 26, killed two young children and a college student visiting the family. The children’s mother and their 13-year-old twin siblings were also stabbed but are in stable condition. Three people managed to escape untouched.

Arrington was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, among other charges on Monday. His bail was set for $5 million. He was out on bail on an unrelated assault charge when he stabbed the victims.

Arrington knew the family and where they lived, but authorities did not give more details. He was taken into custody on Sunday after surrendering to a stand off with police.


DOJ to monitor polling places in Washoe, Mineral counties

The Department of Justice announced on Monday, Nov. 7, it will be sending 500 members of its Civil Rights Division to 67 counties across the country on Election Day to confirm whether or not they are complying with federal voting laws. Some of these members will be sent to Washoe and Mineral counties in Nevada.

“We enforce federal statutes related to voting through a range of activities — including filing our own litigation when the facts warrant, submitting statements of interest in private lawsuits to help explain our understanding of these laws, and providing guidance to election officials and the general public about what these laws mean and what they require,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

It is not stated why the DOJ chose these Nevada counties, but both were involved in a lawsuit with the Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute tribes over disenfranchisement due to lack of access to polls in September.

“It’s encouraging that the Department of Justice is following up on their statement of interest brief by putting staff on the ground,” said Bret Healy, a consultant with the Native-American advocacy group Four Directions to the RGJ.