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  • Jennifer Lopez stuns in extravagant wedding dress in NYC: Photos!

    Jennifer Lopez stepped out in Manhattan, New York last night in an over-the-top, bedazzled wedding dress while filming an upcoming movie.

  • The North Korean history behind Kim Jong Un's mountain horse ride

    Whatever westerners thought about images of Kim Jong Un trekking through mountain snows astride a white stallion, the subliminal message sent to North Koreans was to instill confidence that they have a man of strength and destiny holding the reins of power. The Internet was flooded with online jokes and memes after North Korea's state media released the photographs. "The main thing to keep in mind is that while we might think Kim looks goofy, he doesn't think that," Jeffrey Lewis, a North Korea expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California, said on Twitter.

  • Russia Gloats Over Trump’s Syria Debacle and Putin’s ‘Victory’

    REUTERSMOSCOW-"The American military have taken away or burned everything valuable," a Russian TV presenter noted this week, showing clips from blogger videos shot in a U.S. military outpost in Syria abandoned under orders from President Donald J. Trump. Here was the security gate, unmanned. There were refrigerators still full of soft drinks, and a regulation American football in a plastic crate. Great voyeuristic fun-for the Kremlin.Here in the Russian capital government ideologues have been celebrating "a triumph" for Russia after America’s sudden retreat, made in what appeared to be panicked haste after years on the ground backing up Kurdish-led fighters in battles against the so-called Islamic State. Russia Prepares the Way for Bashar al-Assad’s Brutal Endgame in Nothern SyriaIt’s been half a century since Moscow could feel this smug. “The last time Soviet state officials entered American army bases was in Vietnam,”  independent military analyst Alexander Golts told The Daily Beast. “When various Russian publications describe Washington as 'our enemy,' and when Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff, tells us there is no peace, just different forms of war, the Russian military taking over an American base does look like a victory.” The images also underscored the new balance of power in the Middle East, which Russian President Vladimir Putin has shifted decisively toward Moscow as he appears to make key strategic decisions while offering himself as mediator on all sides of the Turkish-Kurdish-Syrian conflict. President Putin deployed forces to back Syrian troops deep inside the Kurdish-controlled territory less than a day after President Trump withdrew U.S. soldiers, and Russian units now patrol the area between Turkish and Syrian forces.  Sergei Markov, Russian-Turkish Public Forum general secretary and director of the Institute of Political Studies, told The Daily Beast that Russian and Turkish leaders have reached a consensus about the future of northern Syria. Markov said that despite Trump’s threats to “totally destroy and obliterate” the Turkish economy, and despite the U.S. and EU sanctions, Turkey would occupy at least a 20-mile-wide strip of Syrian land.  “This is an immense victory: there will be a buffer zone in Syria, stretching between the Euphrates River and the M4 highway, from Manbij to Iraq,” Markov told The Daily Beast. “Then Erdogan will move up to 3.5 million [Syrian] refugees to that territory, including former ISIS-just simple poor people, who currently live on Turkish territory and we’ll be helping to keep peace.”On Thursday, Putin invited Erdogan to visit Russia and discuss the future roles of control over the Syrian territory. “Erdogan is our ally, really, and Saudi Arabia recognizes Putin as the strong victor in this war,” Markov said from Ankara in a phone interview on Thursday. “Russia will be pushing Turkey on a diplomatic level to eventually withdraw from the newly created territory; we’ll make sure that Kurds will have their autonomy, too, but no army, of course, no weapons that Americans left for them.”    As Russia replaces the U.S. as the arbiter on the territory where millions of Arab Syrian refugees will now live, commentators in Moscow suggest Washington politicians have only themselves to fault for this twist, and Trump is not the only one. “You should thank [President Barack] Obama and [Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton for this; Obama proclaimed ‘Assad's days are numbered.’ He is still counting them,” Pushkov wrote.Michael McFaul, Obama’s former ambassador to Russia, was not surprised that Putin and his supporters thanked Trump for pulling out of Syria. “He is delivering now to the Kremlin exactly what they hoped for when they intervened in the U.S. 2016 presidential election to try to help Trump get elected,” McFaul told The Daily Beast. “Putin’s so-called triumph in Syria has helped to produce 400,000 deaths and millions of refugees. Our failure was in believing that Putin might join the international community in seeking a negotiated solution between the Assad regime and opposition forces that could have avoided this horrific outcome in Syria today."Some it Moscow would agree it’s a little premature to declare victory. “Maybe it is too early for the Kremlin to be bragging about its mediating position in Syria,” Golts said. “The day might come when both Assad and Erdogan get irritated with Russian soldiers on these territories. They like to control the way they see it.”   Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • China's economic slowdown deepens, weighing on global growth

    China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in the latest quarter as a trade war with the U.S. deepened a slump that is weighing on the global economy. It was the weakest level since China started reporting data by quarters in 1993. The slowdown and weakening consumer demand add to headaches for Chinese leaders as they fight a 15-month-old tariff war that has sapped China's exports.

  • Total says 2 million barrels per day of crude supply off market due to geopolitics

    Oil markets have lost 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude supply this year due to security and political issues but are more concerned about slowing demand, a senior executive at French oil and energy group Total said on Friday. The political issues that led to the lost crude supply include U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, and disruptions in Saudi Arabia and Libya, Thomas Waymel, Total's president of trading and shipping, said at the International Petroleum and Natural Gas Enterprises Conference in Zhoushan, China. Saudi Arabia's crude supply in September fell by 770,000 bpd to 9.02 million bpd, the lowest since 2011, following attacks on state oil giant Saudi Aramco's facilities on Sept. 14, according to the International Energy Agency.