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Turkey is still reeling after a failed attempt at a coup left more than 250 people dead and 8,000 police officers and several thousand government officials detained.

The attempt started on Friday with an army group declaring that they had "taken control of the country," but thousands of Turkish citizens responded to a rallying call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who encouraged them to take to the streets to fight against the army group.

"The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge," Erdogan said. "This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won't succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything."

Turkey's government initially blamed the coup on Fethullah Gulen, the former chief ally to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently living in exile in Pennsylvania. New information has come out saying that Turkey's former air force chief Akin Ozturk has confessed to planning the coup, according to Al Jazeera.

The aftermath of the coup will be important to watch because of the other implications it will hold. Shortly after the failed coup, Erdogan discussed reinstating the death penalty, which is not allowed for countries with EU membership. Turkey is still waiting to join the EU. Discuss

This has to be a first: A black man in Canada was pulled over because police were called on him for reading a book.

Oh, and he was reading C.S. Lewis.

Last week, Louizandre Dauphin, a 33-year-old former high school English teacher, decided to relax by reading Mere Christianity and another book by pastor Timothy Keller at a nearby wharf. After he left, a police officer pulled him over.

In an Instagram post about the incident, Dauphin writes, in part:

Before any more Canadians get too comfortable on their high horses, let me share with you what happened to me about an hour ago. This week has not been easy for me. Amidst a number of personal and professional struggles, my mind has been occupied with the latest string of black males killed by the police over the last few days. So, instead of stewing in my apartment, I decided to take a drive to the Stonehaven Wharf and sit by the water on this cold, rainy July day and try to pacify my mind by reading the works of Timothy Keller and C.S. Lewis.
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Thankfully, [the police officer] is kind and respectful and asks me the usual questions; where I'm from and where I'm going.
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He smiles and says that a few citizens in Janeville called the police because of a suspicious black man in a white car was parked at the Wharf for a couple hours. My response, "Really? I was just reading a book." He smiles, shrugs and replies, "Well, you know, it's a small town."
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So, a black male, sitting in his car, reading a book is suspicious activity. Good to know. At this rate, I may never leave my home again.
#DangerousNegro

Dauphin tells The Washington Post that his pull over is proof that Canada isn't immune to the same racial profiling that exist in the United States.

The story has spurred some discussions and some criticism of Dauphin for overreacting. Discuss

Russian president Vladimir Putin recently approved a series of amendments to several surveillance and anti-terrorism laws—including one that bans people from evangelizing outside of a church. This amendment would even ban Russians from inviting friends to church over email or telephone, and discussing faith anywhere that isn't the confines of a recognized church building.

It's pretty shocking.

The specific law that's being amended is, "On freedom of conscience and on religious associations.”

The new law would require foreign missionaries to have a work permit from Russian authorities in order to speak at a church. Sharing your faith with someone who isn't a believer would be considered missionary work and is punishable by law, according to Christian Post. The laws become enforceable for children as young as 14 and anyone who witnesses a person doing any of these things would be responsible for reporting their activity.

The introduction to the laws was met with widespread protests, as well as fasting and praying .

Hannu Hauka, president of Great Commission Media Ministries, told National Religious Broadcasters, that the new laws are close to what the Soviet Union enforced in the 1920s.

"This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church," he said. "Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history."

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom's chair, Thomas J. Reese released a press release condemning the amendment.

“These deeply flawed anti-terrorism measures will buttress the Russian government’s war against human rights and religious freedom. They will make it easier for Russian authorities to repress religious communities, stifle peaceful dissent, and detain and imprison people. Neither these measures nor the currently existing anti-extremism law meet international human rights and religious freedom standards.”

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The U.K. has named a new prime minister, and she's the first woman to hold that office since the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher. In fact, Theresa May will only be the second woman ever.

May is replacing the soon-to-be previous British PM David Cameron, who decided to resign following the country's Brexit vote.

Of course, many people will rightly celebrate the fact that May is a woman. But perhaps more interesting is that the new leader of Britain is a committed Christian. She is actually the daughter of a Church of England vicar and has remained an active Christian throughout her life.

"I grew up the daughter of a local vicar and the granddaughter of a regimental sergeant major. Public service has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember," she told the BBC.

Her faith influences her politics and plays a large role in why she stays involved in politics. Like many other British politicians, she tends to favor keeping faith out of political conversations.

"[My Christian faith] is part of me. It is part of who I am and therefore how I approach things," she told BBC's Desert Island Discs.

May has campaigned for the limit to abortions to be decreased from 24 weeks of pregnancy to 20 weeks based on scientific studies that show a premature baby could survive at 24 weeks—she generally describes herself as pro-choice. She has also voted against assisted suicide's legality in Britain.

She also has spoken out about social injustices and inequalities in society while serving as the Conservative Party leader. She said:

If you're born poor, you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you're black you will be treated much more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you're white. If you're a white working class boy, you're less likely than anybody else to go to university. If you're at a state school, you're less likely to reach the top professions than if you're educated privately. If you're a woman you still earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there's too often not enough help to hand.

When asked on Desert Island Discs for her eight songs she would take as a castaway, two of her choices were Christian hymns: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" and "Therefore We, Before Him Bending." Discuss

Britain's next prime minister will definitely be a woman—25 years after Margaret Thatcher stepped down from the position. The race for the position has come down to Theresa May, the current home affairs secretary, and Andrea Leadsom, the energy minister.

In a preliminary election of only Britain's Conservative Party, May secured 199 of 330 votes, Leadsom got 84 and the third candidate, Michael Gove, the current justice secretary was eliminated by only getting 46 votes.

The winner of the election will take over in September for David Cameron, who stepped down in the aftermath of Britain voting to leave the European Union. The next prime minister will have to help the country out of the current state of financial and political instability in the aftermath of the U.K. voting to leave the EU.

May was passively on the side of remaining in the EU, but has said that if she becomes prime minister, she will move forward with the people's wishes to leave the EU. Leadsom was a leader on the side of leaving the campaign.

With the U.K. being destined to have a woman prime minister, the possibility of Hillary Clinton being the president of the United States and Germany being governed by Chancellor Angela Merkel—by next year, three major world powers could be led by women for the first time ever. Discuss