Conflict

>>Why ISIS turned on Turkey
Analysts said Turkey was paying the price for intensifying its action against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. Under mounting international pressure, the country began sealing its border last year, as well as arresting and deporting suspected militants. And last summer, Turkey allowed the United States to use Incirlik Air Base to fly sorties over the group’s territory in Syria and Iraq. The New York Times

Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 42 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul airport this week were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. Reuters

>>Taking back Mosul
Riding high on Iraq’s victory over Islamic State fighters in Fallujah, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confidently said the northwest city of Mosul would be next. Voice of America

>>Russia OK with Assad leaving
Russia will countenance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving office, but only when it is confident a change of leader will not trigger a collapse of the Syrian government, sources familiar with the Kremlin’s thinking say. Reuters

>>How Iran supports Assad

Iran is covertly recruiting hundreds of Afghan Shias in Afghanistan to fight for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, drawing them out of their own conflict-ridden country and into another war in which Afghanistan plays no official part. The Guardian


Politics

>>Johnson doesn’t want PM job
The race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister of Britain was turned upside down on Thursday when Boris Johnson, widely seen as the leading candidate, chose at the last minute not to run, after his close ally Michael Gove challenged him for the job. The New York Times

>>Silver: Easy Clinton win
Famed statistician Nate Silver predicts Hillary Clinton will win the presidential election, in a forecast that estimates her to have a 79 percent chance of taking the White House — dwarfing Donald Trump’s predicted 20 percent chance of a win in November. Newsweek

>>Fish ‘will grow fat’ from criminals’ bodies
Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in on Thursday as president of the Philippines, promising to carry out an uncompromising crackdown on crime across the country. Mr. Duterte said in his inaugural speech that the harm of corruption and drugs justified his tough approach, and he dismissed concerns that such a campaign would abuse the rule of law. The New York Times


Human rights

>>Playing politics with human rights
As the U.S. government prepares to release Thursday its annual assessment of efforts by foreign governments in fighting human trafficking, activist groups are expressing concern that geopolitics continues to influence the rankings. Voice of America

>>KKK optimistic at 150th anniversary
Today, the KKK is still alive and dreams of restoring itself to what it once was: an invisible white supremacist empire spreading its tentacles throughout society. As it marks 150 years of existence, the Klan is trying to reshape itself for a new era. Associated Press

>>Killings linked to Burundi’s government
At least 348 people died in extrajudicial killings in crisis-hit Burundi over the year from April 2015, the U.N. said Wednesday. AFP


Environment

>>You can’t just talk about cutting carbon emissions
The U.K. has no policies in place to meet more than half of the carbon emission cuts required by law by 2030, the government’s official advisers warned on Thursday, the same day ministers committed to the target. The Guardian


Editor’s pick

>>Brazil’s new government might shift on refugees
Mohammad and his friends came to Brazil within the first wave of Syrian refugees welcomed into the country by President Dilma Rousseff before she was suspended in May while the senate debates whether to impeach her for alleged creative accounting. Now it looks like they might also be the last wave, as Brazil’s interim government reportedly backs away from promises to dramatically increase the numbers. Vice News


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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.