- World Associated Press
When Syria's Kurdish fighters, America's longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. Fearing U.S. abandonment, the Kurds opened a back channel to the Syrian government and the Russians in 2018, and those talks ramped up significantly in recent weeks, American, Kurdish and Russian officials told The Associated Press. "We warned the Kurds that the Americans will ditch them," Russia's ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, told Russia's Tass news agency on Monday.
- World Reuters
Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have brought a more relaxed touch to one of the world's oldest monarchies, chatting in English with foreign visitors, laughing with children and even playing with dogs. Six months after formally ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne, they appear to be fulfilling hopes they will make it more international and bring it closer to the lives of ordinary people. "Though the previous emperor and empress were seen as being close to the people, these two seem even closer.
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The baby was delivered at 30 weeks weighing a tiny 1lb 5oz.
- U.S. Business Insider
Vietnam pulled Dreamworks' 'Abominable' movie because it used a map staking China's claim over the disputed South China Sea
Vietnam and China have overlapping claims to the South China Sea. People noted that "Abominable" showed China's claim, known as the "nine-dash line."
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U.S military sends jets, helicopter gunships; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports.
- U.S. HuffPost
Andrew Levy's donation means hundreds of kids in Jupiter schools can get full meals again.