UPDATE: 9:50 AM ET: A total of 2,839 members of Turkey's military have been detained in connection with an attempted coup overnight, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, adding that those detained included ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers.
Yildirim, in a news conference in the capital Ankara, said the situation was fully under control and that "our commanders" were in charge of the military. He called on Turkish citizens to fill town and city squares with flags on Saturday evening and said parliament would meet at 1200 GMT to discuss the attempt. more >>
NICE, France — Islamic State claimed responsibility for the truck attack in the French city of Nice on Saturday and police arrested three more people there after the carnage that claimed the lives of at least 84 people.
"The person who carried out the operation in Nice, France, to run down people was one of the soldiers of Islamic State," the news agency Amaq, which supports the militant Islamist group, said via its Telegram account.
"He carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of states that are part of the coalition fighting Islamic State," the statement said. more >>
France experienced a horrific terrorist attack Thursday evening that claimed the lives of 84 people and left 202 injured. The tragedy comes less than a year after the Paris attacks that killed more than 100 people.
On Bastille Day on the French Riveria, 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman Mohamed Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowded area of Nice.
Below is a timeline of what took place, as events unfolded that evening and well into the following day. more >>
NICE, France — An attacker plowed a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the French Riviera, killing at least 84 people, 10 of them children, in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act by an enemy determined to strike all nations that share France's values.
The driver, identified by police sources as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian resident in France, also appeared to open fire before officers shot him dead. He was known to the police in connection with common crimes such as theft and violence but was not on the watch list of French intelligence services, the sources said.
The third mass killing in Western Europe in eight months caused more fear across an already anxious continent struggling with security challenges from mass immigration, open borders and pockets of Islamist radicalism. more >>
Christian leaders around the world have been condemning the terror attack in Nice, where at least 84 were killed and scores more injured, with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby bemoaning that "human evil kills the innocent cruelly," and Patriarch Kirill wondering what is happening to the human race.
The massacre in the southern French city was carried out by a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, Reuters reported, who drove a heavy truck into large crowds watching the fireworks on Bastille Day. The driver opened fire on civilians before he was shot dead by police officers, at the end killing 84 people and injuring many others.
As world leaders have sent their condolences to French President Francois Hollande, who called the attack a terrorist act, Church leaders have also been quick to condemn the latest massacre to strike France, following the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015. more >>
Gone are the days when pro peloton have aces with specific area of specialization, like those Tour de France season when Erik Zabel will attack on flats and Richard Virenque will own the mountains. It can be argued that here comes the new generation of climbing sprinters or traditionally called all-rounders who can both zoom past the finish line in fashionable sprints but can also easily climb the Alps when needed. Especially so because of this year's Grandest of Tours features 56 categorized climbs, including the treacherous and iconic Mont Ventoux and Col du Tourmalet that the iconic Octave Lapize braved in 1910. Lapize survived the climbed only to call the organizers "assasins" because the steep climb is a near-death experience.
For sure, before the traditional finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 24, the 3,519 kilometers hardcore race for pedal pushers still has a lot in store to amaze the spectators. Given that we are now midway the race and down to 2 more stages out of 21. The latest of these drama is when the crowd-favorite and race leader Chris Froome tangled into a crash up in Mont Ventoux, broke his bike and literally sprinted the remaining kilometer on foot.
The Climbing "Sprint" more >>