Ataturk Airport in Istanbul

Conflict

>>ISIS attacks airport arrivals hall
Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul’s main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey’s prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants. Reuters

Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk immediately exploited Tuesday’s tragic attack at the Istanbul airport to tweet a tirade against Syrian refugees and his Democratic opponent, well before the facts emerged about who was responsible or even for the bodies of the slain to be counted. The Intercept

>>The new U.S.-Russia arms race
With little fanfare, the United States has quietly begun expanding its military footprint in a region that during the Cold War was deep inside the Soviet-controlled Warsaw Pact. Operation Atlantic Resolve is an expansive program designed to go beyond mere reassurance of new NATO allies and to provide a credible deterrent against Russia. Next year the Pentagon plans to spend $3.4 billion in Europe on joint exercises, prepositioning equipment, and upgrading local infrastructure. Vice News


Politics

>>Benghazi report finds nothing new
After two years and $7 million, Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee have released their long-awaited report on the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya — a report that concludes then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not directly at fault for the events that led to the deaths of four American citizens. Vice News

>>He said a colleague was ‘too ugly’ to rape
Brazil’s Congress on Tuesday opened an ethics investigation into Jair Bolsonaro, an outspoken lawmaker whose views on torture, rape and homosexuality are sparking concern that the country’s political crisis may foster an authoritarian political revival. Reuters

>>That’s not how journalism works

Jacob Zuma is a man surrounded by scandal, but you wouldn’t know that from watching the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The public broadcaster will no longer air any negative coverage of the president, according to local newspaper City Press, which quoted an SABC source saying Zuma “deserves a certain degree of respect as president of the country.” Quartz

>>Confirmed: Racists have found their champion
Supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump are more likely to describe African Americans as “criminal,” “unintelligent,” “lazy” and “violent” than voters who backed some Republican rivals in the primaries or who support Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. Reuters

>>Because we never hear from Mongolia
While suffering through the worst economic crisis since 2008, 12 different parties and three separate coalitions are jousting for power with the economy and foreign debt repayment topping the list of voter concerns. Al Jazeera


Human rights

>>HuffPo takes on food waste
When David Alvarez worked at a Walmart in Tampa, Florida, he regularly chucked unsold tomatoes, potatoes and bananas into compost bins behind the store. Meanwhile, the food on his own table was much less fulfilling — sandwiches, ramen noodles, milk. It was all he could afford, he said. The Huffington Post

>>From worst to still bad
The United States has decided to remove Thailand from its list of worst human trafficking offenders, officials said, a move that could help smooth relations with Bangkok’s military-run government. Reuters


Environment

>>It’s bigger than Flint
More than 18 million Americans may have received water from lead-contaminated pipes in 2015, according to a new study released Tuesday by the National Resources Defense Council. Vox


Editor’s picks

>>What would you do?
Police in Minden, Germany, say a Syrian man who arrived last year as a refugee is their “hero of the day” after he found €150,000 (£124,000) and handed it to authorities. The Guardian

>>Molly Crabapple on the rise of ‘exclusionary tribalism’

If there’s one note of hope, its this. History keeps moving. Tomorrow always comes, and we help shape what that tomorrow will be. An MP and a singer made the world larger just by living. We build the world by living too. The Guardian

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Ben Wolford
Ben Wolford is editor of Latterly. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere.