NEW YORK—An artists' collective took credit for exposing Donald Trump to unflattering scrutiny on Thursday, Aug. 18, saying it was responsible for a life-sized nude statue of the Republican presidential candidate that turned up in a New York City park. Copies of the orange-tinted likeness - featuring a massive belly, small fingers and missing some genital parts - were simultaneously unveiled in downtown Manhattan's Union Square Park and public places in four other U.S. cities. The collective titled the work "The Emperor Has No Balls."
CHICAGO—An online U.S. cattle auction that ranchers and traders hope will restore transparency to livestock pricing and reduce volatility in futures contracts is set to resume operations in September following a three-month halt, its owner said on Thursday, Aug. 18. Separately, a U.S. watchdog agency said it will take at least nine months to complete a government review of U.S. cattle markets that was prompted by complaints about a sharp drop in prices last year.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey—Two bomb attacks blamed on Kurdish militants killed seven members of the security forces and wounded 224 people in southeast Turkey on Thursday, Aug. 18, officials and security sources said, in a renewed escalation of violence across the region. A car bomb ripped through a police station in the city of Elazig as officers arrived for work. Three police officers were killed and 217 people were wounded, 85 of them police officers, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazilian police stopped two U.S. Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday, Aug. 17, to question them about how they and two team mates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, after a judge raised doubts over their accounts. A third swimmer, James Feigen, is in contact with Brazilian authorities and plans to make further statements to them on Thursday, said a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee.
NEW YORK — Republican candidate Donald Trump overhauled his presidential campaign team on Wednesday for the second time in under two months, hiring the head of a conservative news website...
RIO DE JANEIRO—The United States reaffirmed their status as gold medal favorites on Wednesday with a devastating 105-78 defeat of Argentina to storm into the semifinals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament. Even though the United States were the only team to finish group play without a loss, questions about their ability to claim a third straight gold swirled after three unimpressive narrow wins to close out preliminary play. 'What was wrong with the United States?' basketball fans asked. The answer? Nothing.
WASHINGTON—Bill and Hillary Clinton's charitable foundation hired the security firm FireEye to examine its data systems after seeing indications they might have been hacked, according to two sources familiar with the matter. So far, no message or document hacked from the New York-based Clinton Foundation has surfaced in public, the sources said.
LOS ANGELES—Just when we thought the Harry Potter franchise was finally over, Rowling says "J.K." British author J.K. Rowling is delving back into the world of "Harry Potter" for a series of short ebooks with new stories about some of her characters from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Pottermore, the digital publishing and e-commerce world founded by Rowling for fans of the boy wizard, said on Wednesday, Aug. 17, it would be releasing three short ebooks starting Sept. 6.
MOSCOW/DUBAI—Saudi Arabia is sending signals that it could boost its crude oil supplies in August to a new record level, overtaking Russia, the world's top oil producer, as it gets ready for tough talks next month for a global output freeze pact. Industry sources say the kingdom, already the world's largest oil exporter, started to raise production from June, after holding it steady for the first half of the year, to meet rising seasonal domestic demand as well as higher export requirements.
RIO DE JANEIRO—A judge in Brazil has issued an order to prevent U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen from leaving the country on the grounds they gave conflicting accounts of their robbery outside the Rio Games on Sunday, a Brazilian daily said on Wednesday. Lochte, one of swimming's most decorated Olympians, had already returned to the United States ahead of the court ruling, the newspaper quoted Brazilian police as saying. It was unclear if Feigen had also left the country. The Games swimming competition ended on Saturday.