Breaking News Emails
It was a busy week in Washington, as well as abroad.
Here's a look back at the week's top news — in the form of five charts:
1. Deadly Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport
Explosions rocked Turkey's largest airport Tuesday night, killing more than 40 people and wounding more. On Friday, Turkish police detained 11 people in relation to the investigation into the attack. Turkish officials haven't publicly identified the attackers . However, police sources told NBC News that the assailants were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz. While there has been no official claim of responsibility for the attack, officials have said it bears the hallmarks of ISIS.
2. Gunmen Kill 4 Officers, Take Dozens Hostage in Bangladesh
Attackers stormed a restaurant Friday night in Bangladesh's capital, taking about 40 people within the diplomatic enclave hostage and exchanging gunfire with police, killing four security personnel, officials said. A team of seven or eight attackers entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area around 9:20 p.m. local time (11:20 a.m. ET) and were holding customers and staff captive — including one Westerner —at gunpoint, a senior police official, Assistant Superintendent Fazle-e-Elahi, told NBC News by phone from Dhaka.
3. House GOP's Report Sheds New Light on Benghazi Attack
A long-awaited report on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi details an array of bureaucratic miscues and inter-agency blunders but does not specifically blame former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for events that led to the deaths of four Americans. The 800-page document represents the end of a costly, politically charged investigation led by House Republicans who sought to understand how the attack unfolded, and how the Obama administration — including Clinton — responded.
4. Supreme Court Strikes Down Strict Texas Abortion Law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down one of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion, a Texas law that women's groups said would have forced more than three-quarters of the state's clinics to shut down. The decision was 5-3. Passed in 2013, the law said clinics providing abortion services must meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers. And it required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Since the decision, laws restricting abortion and non-abortion Planned Parenthood funding have already been temporarily or permanently wiped out in six states.
5. Loretta Lynch Will Accept FBI Recommendations on Clinton Emails
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday she will accept recommendations from a FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email use while at the State Department but will not recuse herself after meeting privately with former President Bill Clinton.The FBI is investigating the private server Hillary Clinton used while Secretary of State and whether Clinton or her aides broke any laws in their handling of classified information.Lynch and Bill Clinton met in Arizona Monday when they discovered they were both at the airport. The attorney general insisted their discussion was “social” in nature and that they did not talk about the emails or any other official matters.