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Turkish safe zone, China's stock implosion, Jacko's 20K glove

Turkish safe zone, China's stock implosion, Jacko's 20K glove

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In an emergency meeting in Brussels today, NATO is holding talks to discuss Turkey's campaign against both ISIS and Kurdish forces across its border in Syria.Reuters reports that both NATO and Turkey are downplaying the idea of a call for military help from the alliance. "Turkey requested the meeting after the recent terrorist attacks, and also to inform allies of the measures it is taking," a deputy NATO spokeswoman said. ISIS killed at least 32 students in a Turkish town near the Syrian border last week. Turkey has carried out several airstrikes against ISIS and Kurdish positions near its border over the past few days. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also vowed more military operations in the region,Hürriyetreports. The NATO emergency meeting comes a day after Turkey and the U.S. agreed to work together to create a 60-mile, ISIS-free "safe zone" along the Turkish border, as The New York Times reported.


A Libyan court sentenced 43-year-old Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, to death today for war crimes during the country's 2011 revolution, Le Monde reports. The verdict was passed in absentia since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group that opposes the Tripoli government, Reuters adds.


Shares in China continued to fall today, following the Shanghai Composite index's biggest drop in eight years Monday, the BBC reports. Before the stock markets opened this morning, Beijing vowed it would press on to tame the volatile situation. But shares continued to fall.


"Let's put an end to the silence," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Monday, referring to the pacts of silence covering up human rights violations committed by Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship from 1973 to 1990, Clarín reports. "There are people who know the truth about many cases that are still unsolved. Chile is asking them to follow the example of the soldier Fernando Guzmán and help to repair so much pain," she added. Last week, a Chilean judge charged seven former military members for burning two activists alive in 1986, killing one and leaving another disfigured. About 70 military officials have so far been jailed for crimes against humanity and another 800 could face trial, The Guardianreports. Bachelet herself was tortured during Pinochet's rule.


The national governing body of the Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to lift the group's outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization, Reutersreports.


Today marks 101 years since the beginning of World War I. Time for your shot of history.


South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ah today declared a de facto end to the Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS) outbreak that has killed 36 people in the country since May, the Yonhap news agency reports. "After weighing various circumstances, the medical personnel and the government judge that the people can now be free from worry," Hwang said. There have been no new infections for more than 23 days. He also apologized for the government's poor response in the early stages of the outbreak.


A new study from Germany found that not only dogood-looking people have a better chance of finding a job, they also earn as much as 20% more,Süddeutsche Zeitung's Alexander Hageluken writes. "Interestingly, the ‘beauty-bonus' doesn't apply equally to all countries. While it is high in Germany and China, where it can result in up to a 20% wage hike (for women), it is significantly lower in Brazil and the United States, and cannot even be proven to exist in Britain. Economist Eva Sierminska chalks the differences up to varying ‘job market cultures.'"

Read the full article, Breaking Down The "Beauty Bonus" — Why Attractive People Get Paid More.


Two police officers were killed and eight others injured, including three seriously, in a village on an island south of Bahrain's capital, Manama, in an explosion that the interior minister described on Twitter as a "terror blast." No group has yet claimed responsibility.


Submarine wreckage found off Sweden's eastern coast and first suspected to be a mysterious Russian vessel searched by the country's military nine months ago "probably" dates from 1916, Swedish tabloid Expressenreports. The Icelandic salvage hunting company Ocean X first said "it is unclear how old the submarine is and for how long it has been at the bottom of the sea, but the Cyrillic letters on the hull indicate that it is Russian." Sources later told the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheterthe wreckage could be a Russian submarine built in Vladivostok in 1904 and brought to Sweden in 1915.Read more about it in our Extra! feature.



In its annual human trafficking report published today, the U.S. State Department removed Cuba and Malaysia from its list of countries that fail to combat forced labor, child prostitution and related issues. The U.S. had previously accused Cuba, which had been on the list since 2003, of forcing people to travel abroad to work on government-backed projects. "The Government of Cuba does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so," the report says. This comes one week before the U.S. embassy reopens in Havana next week. Human rights groups have criticized the decision regarding Malaysia, saying the country's actions to tackle human trafficking haven't been enough.


Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam died yesterday at 83, after collapsing as he delivered a lecture in the city of Shillong, The Times of Indiareports. Abdul Kalam served as India's 11th president from 2002 to 2007. He was popularly known as "Missile Man" after pioneering his country's military missile program.


One of Michael Jackson's famous white gloves is set to be sold for $20,000 at the auction house Nate D Sanders Thursday. If this seems excessive even for the King of Pop, consider that the one Jackson wore while debuting the Moonwalk sold for $350,000 in 2009

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Putin In The Middle East, A Chilling Reminder Of The Power He Still Holds

Defying an ICC arrest warrant, Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a one-day foray to UAE and Saudi Arabia to display his role in shaping the geopolitical and energy landscape — and to make the world forget about the Ukraine war just a little bit more.

screenshot of Vladimir Putin and UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Vladimir Putin met with UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Pierre Haski


PARIS — There are several remarkable aspects to Vladimir Putin's trip to the Middle East: firstly, the fact that it is taking place at all. The Russian president has been facing an International Criminal Court arrest warrant since March: since then, he has only traveled to countries that are safe for him, such as former Soviet Republics and China.

This is his first foray outside his own world: he's showing to Russians back home that he's not a global outcast.

His destinations are also interesting: the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, in a whirlwind one-day trip. He arrived in the Emirates in the middle of COP28, making sure to go after the Western leaders that had left. French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris were there last week, making the choreography perfect for Putin — and for the UAE, which has positioned itself as a hub for circumventing international sanctions.

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