Two Britons kidnapped in a national park in DR Congo have said they are "very grateful" after their release. Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty were among three people to be held when their vehicle was ambushed in Virunga National Park on Friday. They paid tribute to the "excellent support" they had received and said they would not comment any further. Park ranger Rachel Masika Baraka was killed by the kidnappers; a driver was injured and released. The 25-year-old ranger is the eighth to be murdered at the park this year.
"Policing the Police" is a documentary by the PBS investigative series "Frontline" that premières Tuesday, June 28th, at 10 P.M. E.S.T./9 P.M. C.S.T. In July, 2014, the Department of Justice released a report that showed that the Newark Police Department had engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional conduct. According to the report, seventy-five per cent of documented pedestrian stops by the police were not justified. Yet during the three years that the Department of Justice investigated the department, its internal-affairs office dismissed ninety-nine per cent of complaints lodged against officers. The report came down a month after Ras Baraka, the son of the poet Amiri Baraka, and a former Newark city-council member and public-high-school principal, was sworn in as mayor.
Two presidential running mates will answer questions Wednesday night during a town hall on CNN as they look to increase their name recognition and tell voters about the issues that they stand for. While the Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, has only marginal name recognition compared to the other candidates in the race, there will be one other person on that stage who is even less known to the American public: her vice presidential running mate, Ajamu Baraka. Baraka's biography on his personal website says that he has fought for human rights for four decades, focusing on both domestic and international issues. He's worked as a grassroots organizer in the Black Liberation Movement and the anti-apartheid movement. Beyond that, he has worked with Central American solidarity struggles, as well.
Hamas said it launched several rockets toward southern Israel Monday in retaliation for an Israeli military operation the day before in Gaza, igniting a new round of fighting near the Gaza Strip. A senior Hamas militant and an Israeli soldier were among those killed in the operation Sunday. The terror group's armed wing, the "Qassam Brigades," claimed Israeli undercover forces in a civilian vehicle infiltrated two miles into Gaza and fatally shot one of its commanders, later identified as Nour el-Deen Baraka. Hamas said militants discovered the car and chased it down, prompting Israeli airstrikes that killed "a number of people." The Palestinian Health Ministry said six people, including at least five militants, were killed and seven others wounded.