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US swimmers were detained at the Rio airport for more questioning about an alleged robbery, a car bomb kills three police officers in Turkey, Kanye West announces Life of Pablo pop-up stores, and more.

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

US Swimmers Pulled off Plane at Rio Airport
Brazilian authorities removed Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from a plane at the Rio airport and detained them on Wednesday night. Police are skeptical about the account of four US swimmers who claimed to have been robbed on Sunday. Jimmy Feigen will join Bentz and Congar for further police questioning today, but Ryan Lochte has already left Brazil.—NBC News

Death Toll Rises to 13 After Louisiana Floods
The death toll in the devastating Louisiana flooding has risen to 13, officials have confirmed. With an estimated 40,000 homes badly damaged by the floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will look into rental properties for those left homeless and will consider using temporary housing units.—CBS News


Whitey Bulger Asks Supreme Court to Review Case
Convicted Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has asked the US Supreme Court to hear his appeal of multiple racketeering convictions. Back in March, the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Bulger's 2013 convictions for playing a role in 11 murders. It is unclear if the high court will now take up Bulger's case.—AP

International News

Car Bomb Kills Three in Turkey
A car bomb at a police station in the city of Elazig, in eastern Turkey, killed at least three police officers and wounded another 100. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the early morning bombing, but Turkey's defense minister has blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).—Reuters

Almost 18,000 Have Died in Syrian Jails, Says Amnesty
Almost 18,000 people died in government custody in Syria between 2011 and 2015, according to an Amnesty International report. The report alleges beatings, torture, and rape, and it features interviews with 65 survivors of abuse in prisons and detention centers run by President Bashar al-Assad's government.—CNN

China Restricts North Korean Airline
Chinese authorities will limit the operations of North Korean airline Air Koryo, after one of its Beijing-bound flights was forced to make an emergency landing last month. China's Civil Aviation Administration announced "measures to limit operations" without giving details and ordered Air Koryo to improve training and maintenance.— BBC News


Irish Olympic Official Arrested in Rio
A senior International Olympic Committee official has temporarily stepped down after he was arrested over allegations of illegal ticket sales in Rio. Brazilian police have recommended charging Patrick Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, with "forming a cartel" to sell tickets.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Kanye Announces Global Pop-Up Stores
Kanye West announced on Twitter that he will be launching The Life of Pablo pop-up stores in 21 cities around the world this weekend. Exact locations for the exclusive merch will be revealed 24 hours before they open.—Rolling Stone

Freddie Gibbs Charged with Sexual Assault
Rapper Freddie Gibbs has been formally charged in Austria for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in Vienna in July 2015. He is alleged to have spiked a woman's drink before abusing her, but he denies the charge.—Pitchfork

British Athlete Robbed in Rio
A Team GB athlete has been robbed at gunpoint after enjoying a night out in Rio. The British Olympic team confirmed the theft but said no one had been hurt in the incident.—The Guardian

Oracle Wants Third Trial Against Google
Database company Oracle has asked for a third trial to pursue Google for breach of copyright. Oracle lost a $9 billion judgement against the tech giant for allegedly infringing Java Standard Edition when it created Android.—Motherboard

Kodak Black Is Being Kept in Jail
Florida rapper Kodak Black, who was set to be released from jail Wednesday, will remain incarcerated following the discovery of two outstanding arrest warrants. The 19-year-old was expected to face a year of house arrest.—Noisey

Wilmore Vows to Make Late-Night Comeback
Ahead of tonight's final show on Comedy Central, Larry Wilmore said he has no regrets about the cancellation of The Nightly Show. "I'm gonna strive to do something like this again, in some way," he said.—VICE