Turkey and Russia announced last night they had reached a deal to avoid a return to fullscale fighting in northeast Syria, just hours before a US-brokered ceasefire between Turkish and Kurdish forces was due to expire. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Vladimir Putin emerged from marathon talks in Sochi with an agreement that would see all Kurdish forces pull back 30km from the Syrian border over the next six days. Russia and Turkey will then launch joint military patrols in the area to ensure the deal is being implemented.
An Air France flight made an emergency landing in Ireland after a mobile phone found on board was not claimed by any passengers. The flight, scheduled to fly from Paris to Chicago, was met by the police and fire engines when it landed at Shannon Airport, and the police said they scanned the phone. The phone was deemed safe, and the Irish newspaper The Journal reported that it could have been left by a passenger on a previous flight and gone unnoticed by the cleaning crew.
A murder suspect whose case indirectly led to Hong Kong's ongoing protests was freed from prison on Wednesday and told reporters he was willing to surrender to authorities in Taiwan, where he is wanted for killing his girlfriend. "I am willing, for my impulsive actions and things I did wrong, to surrender myself, to return to Taiwan to face sentencing and stand trial," he said. Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam had offered extradition legislation earlier this year to close what she called a "loophole" but the bill sparked widespread protests over concerns it put residents at risk of being sent into mainland China's murky judicial system.
Turkey is snubbing U.S. demands for one of its biggest banks to face charges that it helped Iran evade sanctions amid escalating tensions fueled by Turkey's incursion into northern Syria. U.S. prosecutors charged Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS last week with enabling a sanctions-evasion scheme that helped Iran tap $20 billion in frozen foreign oil sales revenue sitting in foreign bank accounts, at a time when the U.S. was trying to maximize leverage over the country in negotiations to abandon its nuclear program. The timing of the indictment led Turkish officials to dismiss the charges as false and politically motivated.
Key point: THAAD and Aegis Ashore are defensive, not offensive systems. A key NATO missile-defense site in Romania on Aug. 9, 2019 completed a three-month upgrade process that had forced operators to take the system offline. To fill the resulting gap in coverage, the U.S. Army in May 2019 deployed to Romania one of its seven Terminal High-Altitude Area-Defense missile-interceptor batteries.
The remains of a missing 5-year-old girl were found Monday in a South Carolina landfill, ending a search that began in August and included about 400 people scouring about "4 million pounds of material," according to police. The Sumter Police Department announced the recovery of Nevaeh Lashy Adams, 5, on Tuesday in a news release. “This is not the outcome any of us would have wanted but we hope this can provide some closure to the family,” Sumter Police Chief Russell F. Roark III said in a statement.
Monthly premiums for an average 2020 Obamacare health insurance plan will fall about 4 percent from this year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Trump administration, which has tried to dismantle the program. The Trump administration has cut back on funding for the health insurance program, which was created by President Barack Obama as part of the Affordable Care Act and is often called Obamacare, and has sought to overturn it in Congress and legal courts. Obamacare provides needs-based subsidies to help low-income people buy health insurance.
For two years, congressional Democrats promised evidence of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Mueller immediately hired a team of biased prosecutors to prove that Trump was guilty of the crimes he had been accused of. At the conclusion of the Mueller report, Trump was cleared of any criminal collusion, collaboration or coordination with the Russians — something the American people knew all along.
Cyclist Rachel McKinnon, a biological male who presents as a woman, won the women's world championship on Saturday, and set a women's world record in the qualifying event. McKinnon, a Canadian philosophy professor at the College of Charleston, won the same event in 2018. In a Friday interview with Sky News, McKinnon said that attempts to level the playing field for women's sports by discriminating against transgender athletes was the equivalent of “denying their human rights.
For Mick Mulvaney, the hits just keep on coming. First, President Trump's acting chief of staff stirred up a tempest by acknowledging that the administration had held up aid to Ukraine in part to prod that country to investigate Democrats and the 2016 elections. Then Mulvaney went on television Sunday to defend his boss in effusive terms — and ended up making a new problematic comment.
Snipers train to disappear in any environment in stalking exercises, where snipers attempt to sneak up on a simulated enemy, set up a forward firing position, and take a shot without being detected. Insider recently observed Marine snipers participating in a stalking exercise at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. During that visit, two instructors shared a story of a former instructor who successfully completed stalking training naked to prove that movement, route selection, and screens as opposed to ghillie suits and camouflage are most important when it comes to achieving operational invisibility.
How to lose your job in three easy steps. Classic car owners in California already have enough to worry about these days thanks to the fallout of Kevin Hart and his infamuos 'Cuda, but who knew that a group of classics would face any danger while roped off at a major auto show. That's exactly what happened at the Sacramento International Auto Show over the weekend when display cars were climbed on and damaged by Good Day Sacramento reporter, Angel Cardenas.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced on Fox News Tuesday night that he intends to introduce a Senate resolution condemning the House's impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Graham told Hannity he is "insisting that Donald Trump be given the same rights as every American has if you're given a parking ticket, to confront the witnesses against you — can't be based on hearsay." Graham is a staunch Trump defender, whose thoughts on impeachment seem to depend on the person in the White House.
Key point: Moscow's new tank was supposed to be a leap forward, but it has a lot of problems. In May 2018, the Russian military revealed it had combat-tested its Uran-9 robot tank in Syria. The diminutive remote-control tank is noted for its formidable gun and missile armament.
A man charged with attempted murder in a church shooting attacked his public defender during a jailhouse meeting, sending the man to intensive care with severe head injuries and no memory of the beating, according to documents released Tuesday. Dale Holloway, 37, of Manchester, assaulted public defender Michael Davidow on Monday morning at the Valley Street jail in Manchester, New Hampshire, the documents said. In this case, the officer heard a knock and turned to see Holloway standing up and Davidow seated at the table, with his hands over his face and blood dripping onto the floor.
China is drawing up a plan to replace Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam with an "interim" chief executive, the Financial Times reported, citing people briefed on the deliberations, which would bring to a close Lam's rule after months of often-violent pro-democracy protests. Lam has become a lightning rod for protests over fears that Beijing is tightening its grip, limiting the freedoms enjoyed under the "one country, two systems" principle enshrined when colonial ruler Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997. Sources told the FT that officials in China want the situation in Hong Kong to stabilise before making a final decision, as they do not want to be seen to be giving in to violence.
What the "ghost baby" actually turned out to be has everyone laughing—her post on Facebook detailing the incident has been shared more than 290,000 times. It turns out my husband just forgot to put the mattress protector on when he changed the sheets. Turns out, there was no "ghost baby," but instead an image of a cute baby on the label of the mattress.
Seattle's public-school district has proposed a new math curriculum that would teach its students all about how math has been “appropriated” — and how it “continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities. A draft of the curriculum, which was covered in an article in Education Week, would teach students how to “explain how math and technology and/or science are connected and how technology and/or science have (sic) been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color,” as well as to “identify and teach others about mathematicians* of color in their various communities: schools, neighborhoods, places of worship, businesses, etc.” Educat...
A wide-ranging poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in August and September helps show the extent of President Donald Trump's support among Republicans before House Democrats opened their formal impeachment inquiry. The poll found his support to be particularly strong among GOP Fox News viewers: 55% of Republicans who identified Fox News as their primary news source said there was nothing Trump could do to lose their approval, compared with 29% of other Republicans. As noted by The Washington Post, Fox News' coverage of Trump has been broadly friendly, particularly on issues surrounding impeachment, and the Trump administration's ties to the outlet run deep.
Last Oct. 27, millions across America and around the world gasped in horror at the news that a shooting during Shabbat services at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue had killed 11 Jews — the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in our nation's history. As we prepare to mark the first anniversary of that attack this weekend, my organization, the American Jewish Committee, is releasing the results of what we believe to be the largest and most comprehensive survey of American Jews ever conducted on the subject of anti-Semitism. Indeed, while two comprehensive surveys of European Jews on anti-Semitism have been conducted in the past decade alone, our research shows no such studies of American Jews have been done for at least half a century.
Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman and the daughter of former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, said she did nothing wrong when she was chairwoman of state-owned oil company Sonangol and called a probe into the transfer of millions of dollars from the Luanda-based firm “political vengeance. Angolan newspaper Novo Jornal reported on Oct. 18 that Angola's prosecuting authority started a criminal investigation into the transfer of $38 million from Sonangol authorized by dos Santos. Her successor at Sonangol, Carlos Saturnino, accused dos Santos last year of authorizing the transfer to a company in Dubai days after she was dismissed as chairwoman.
Family has always been a delicate issue for former Vice President Joe Biden. When he was still a senator-elect, in December 1972, his immediate family was in a car accident. Going forward, Biden began the practice of commuting on Amtrak from Delaware to Washington, DC every day so he could return home to his children.
Two members of a US far-right group were each sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for brawling with anti-fascist demonstrators in New York, prosecutors said. The sentencing comes as tensions between white supremacists and leftists simmer in the United States. Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman, members of the Proud Boys group, were found guilty in August by a state court of several counts of attempted assault and rioting.
Police in Thailand are investigating the death of a German woman after arresting a German man for allegedly dumping her body into a canal. Thailand's Immigration Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Sompong Chingduang said Tuesday that the dead woman, 77-year-old Margund Schaefer, co-owned a bar in the resort town of Pattaya with Richard Stanislaus and shared a house with him and his Thai girlfriend. The police began their investigation of the case at the request of German authorities after Schaefer's relatives reported losing contact with her.