Kirk Franklin apologized Sunday to some of his Twitter followers who were offended by his call to support police after the targeted shooting of officers in Baton Rouge that left three dead and four others seriously wounded.
"I want to apologize. I feel that my tone explaining my view was defensive," Franklin wrote on Twitter. "People are hurting and want to feel that they matter. I understand. People are hurting and I need to be more sensitive to that."
The 46-year-old veteran gospel music artist and record executive's post followed his previous message on the same day, in which he said: "I need for my community to be as loud as possible about how killing men and women in uniform is a crime, a sin, and an act of terrorism." more >>
ISTANBUL/ANKARA — Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.
Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria.
"This parallel terrorist organization will no longer be an effective pawn for any country," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to what the government has long alleged is a state within a state controlled by followers of Fethullah Gulen. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative law group that advocates for Christians who are being persecuted worldwide, has presented a five-point action plan to defeat the Islamic State terror group.
ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement that the "world is at war" following the deadly terror attacks in Nice, France, last week, where 84 people, including two Americans, were killed. He noted that jihadists who have been organized or linked to IS and radical Islam have carried out massacres in France, Belgium, Turkey, and have also hit the U.S., with the attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando.
Leaders on the Democratic Platform Committee met in Orlando last week to approve the final draft of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, finalizing a platform process that the party itself calls the "the most representative and inclusive in history."
For some, including Brooking Institution's William Galston, the 2016 final draft signifies a "sharp left turn" for the party platform and indicates that Hillary Clinton's Democratic Party "is not Bill Clinton's Democratic Party."
The platform supports a number of proposals supported by both Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee, and her main competitor in the primaries, the self-proclaimed "Democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders. more >>
UPDATE: 5:15 PM ET, JULY 17: President Barack Obama on Sunday strongly condemned the shootings in Baton Rouge that killed three police officers and wounded three others, saying there was "no justification" for the violence.
"We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: There is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one," Obama said in a statement.
Obama added that he has offered the "full support of the federal government" to Louisiana's governor, Baton Rouge's mayor and local law enforcement. "Justice will be done," he said. more >>
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 >>