Putin is on a victory lap of the Middle East

On Tuesday, Kremlin-backed forces further stepped up to fill the vacuum left in northern Syria by the US. Russian military police units patrolled the contact line between Syrian and Turkish forces, while Putin-backed Bashar al-Assad troops gained full control of the town of Manbij and surrounding areas, according to a Russian defense ministry statement published Read more about Putin is on a victory lap of the Middle East[…]

Russian military police are now patrolling the line between Syrian and Turkish forces

The Russian units are patrolling a contact line between Syrian and Turkish forces, according to a statement Tuesday by Russia’s Defense Ministry. The line runs along the northwestern borders of the Manbij district. ### After Turkey launched a long-threatened offensive across the border into Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria last week, local Syrian Kurdish leaders struck a Read more about Russian military police are now patrolling the line between Syrian and Turkish forces[…]

Erdogan says Turkey will ‘never declare a ceasefire’

Speaking to journalists traveling on his presidential plane following a visit to Azerbaijan Tuesday, Erdogan said a ceasefire was off the table. “Declare a ceasefire, they say. We will never declare a ceasefire,” Erdogan said. “We do not sit at the table with terrorist organizations.” ### Erdogan’s comments come as Russian-backed Syrian regime troops on Read more about Erdogan says Turkey will ‘never declare a ceasefire’[…]

Pedophile who abused up to 200 children found dead in prison

Richard Huckle, 33, who claimed to have abused almost 200 Malaysian children, died at Full Sutton prison in Yorkshire, England on Sunday, the UK’s Ministry of Justice confirmed in a statement. UK media reported that Huckle had been stabbed to death. ### Huckle received 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey in 2016 for offenses Read more about Pedophile who abused up to 200 children found dead in prison[…]

Parents of teen killed in car crash want diplomat’s wife to face justice in the UK

The mother and father of Dunn, the 19-year-old who died in August, said in a news conference Monday they want Anne Sacoolas to voluntarily go back or be extradited. ### “She needs to just do the right thing and just come back and face what she’s done,” Charlotte Charles, Harry Dunn’s mother, told reporters. “Face Read more about Parents of teen killed in car crash want diplomat’s wife to face justice in the UK[…]

The Queen just read out Boris Johnson’s stump speech

After making Queen Elizabeth quite literally hoof it over to the Houses of Parliament and read out his plans for the forthcoming legislative session, Boris Johnson needs to get back to the real task in hand — getting a Brexit deal. ### Such a pivot would not ordinarily be required on the day of a Read more about The Queen just read out Boris Johnson’s stump speech[…]

Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England paused twice over racist abuse

England’s Football Association tweeted after the match that English players had been “subjected to abhorrent racist chanting” and that it would ask the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to “investigate as a matter of urgency.” ### “This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and Read more about Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England paused twice over racist abuse[…]

48 hours in Paris among racing’s beautiful people

### Friday’s sleep-sapping evening took in the Moulin Rouge, the famous cabaret near Montmartre, but this morning they’re at another iconic Parisian venue to see an extravaganza of a four-legged kind. ### They are among the lead elements of the international racing tribe who descended in their thousands for the prestigious Qatar Prix de l’Arc Read more about 48 hours in Paris among racing’s beautiful people[…]

Investors cheered US-China talks and Brexit. Now they’re not so sure

Investors entered the weekend marshaling optimism. The prevailing view: After months of uncertainty, progress was being made to resolve both the US-China trade war and Brexit, two big geopolitical fights that have been weighing on global markets. ### Behind the euphoria: Higher tariffs on Chinese goods worth $250 billion, which would have gone into effect Read more about Investors cheered US-China talks and Brexit. Now they’re not so sure[…]

Woman busted for marijuana at Moscow airport is at the center of a three-way diplomatic wrangle

Israeli officials have pleaded for the release of Naama Issachar, but the 26-year-old, who was stopped in April while transiting through Moscow on her way from India to Israel, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison on drug smuggling charges. ### “The punishment being demanded by the Russian prosecutor is disproportionate and Read more about Woman busted for marijuana at Moscow airport is at the center of a three-way diplomatic wrangle[…]