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Europe Edition: Ukraine, St Petersburg, Barack Obama: Your Thursday Briefing

In an Op-Ed, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote that “there cannot be business as usual with Russia” unless there’s peace in Ukraine._____PhotoCredit George Ourfalian/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images• Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, abandoned a softened approach toward President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, calling Mr. Assad a “terrorist” with no place in Syria’s postwar future.Mr. Erdogan may have intended his remarks as a message to Russia, Mr. Assad’s ally, that it cannot dictate Syria’s postwar future, most notably on issues involving Syria’s Kurdish groups.But even as Mr. Erdogan spoke, his government was finalizing a $2.5 billion deal to purchase Russian missile systems._____PhotoCredit Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times• American farmers, who grapple with migrant labor laws and many other rules, exemplify what businesses describe as regulatory fatigue. President Trump has tapped into their discontent over regulations.Meanwhile, companies outside the U.S […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Ophelia, Kirkuk, Abu Sayyaf: Your Tuesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Ben Birchall/Press Association, via Associated Press • Ophelia, the most powerful storm on record in the northeastern Atlantic, weakened but killed at least three people in Ireland before churning toward Britain. […]

Americans Jailed After Failed Coup in Turkey Are Hostages to Politics

But American officials have appeared powerless to secure their release, and it has become increasingly clear that the detainees are potential bargaining chips in a long-running effort by Turkey to force the American government to extradite Mr. Gulen.Mr. Erdogan himself seemed to confirm the suspicion last month, when he told a gathering of police officers in Ankara that he would hand over an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, once the United States gave him Mr. Gulen.“They say, ‘Give us this certain pastor,’” he said, recounting his meeting with American officials. “You have another pastor in your hands; give him to us,” he railed.If Mr. Gulen were handed over, the president said, he would sort out Mr. Brunson’s judicial case. “Give him to us and we will put yours through the judiciary; we will give him to you,” Mr. Erdogan said.At the same time, Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that the detainees are charged with serious crimes of terrorism and trying to overthrow the state, and that if they are not guilty, the courts will release them in due course.A presidential aide said in a recent interview that the government had been surprised by the scale of the Gulen network, and believed it had infiltrated nearly every major institution of power […]

Mueller Seeks White House Documents on Flynn

The line of questioning shows that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry has expanded into a full-fledged examination of Mr. Flynn’s financial dealings, beyond the relatively narrow question of whether he failed to register as a foreign agent or lied about his conversations and business arrangements with Russian officials.Mr. Flynn lasted only 24 days as national security adviser, but his legal troubles now lie at the center of a political storm that has engulfed the Trump administration. For months, prosecutors have used multiple grand juries to issue subpoenas for documents related to Mr […]

Europe Edition: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Poland: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Valery Hache/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Wildfires continue to roar across Southern Europe, fed by strong winds, dry weather and high heat. Above, firefighters battling a blaze near Nice, France. [The New York Times] • Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, condemned Turkey for the pretrial detention of a German security consultant who was arrested, along with human rights activists, at a security workshop in Istanbul. [Deutsche Welle] • Human rights advocates fear that the possible closure of the State Department’s office in charge of combating war crimes would hamper efforts to publicize atrocities. [The New York Times] • In Saudi Arabia, the police arrested a woman who wore a miniskirt in a widely circulated video. […]

Europe Edition: Liu Xiaobo, Paris, Wimbledon: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, above, called the failed coup a “turning point” in the country’s history. Events commemorating the plot’s first anniversary tomorrow have already begun. The extent of the coup remains unclear. [The New York Times] • Three Israelis were wounded, two of them critically, in an attack by three men armed with guns and knives in Jerusalem. […]

ISIS, Battered but Still Potent, Returns to Its Insurgent Roots

“All of these conditions in the end form the basic environment for the group,” said Hassan Abu Haniyeh, a Jordanian expert in extremist groups. “They formed the environment for it to start and spread, and now they are increasing, not decreasing.”The caliphate also lives on in the virtual realm, as its operatives and supporters churn out propaganda, bomb manuals, encryption guides and suggestions for how to kill the largest number of people with trucks.Its members have played down their losses, portraying them as mere setbacks in the long-term, worldwide battle against those who reject their ideology.“O brothers, I call upon you to rise up wherever you are and to surround them and monitor them, then attack them and kill them,” a Chechen suicide bomber said in a video released posthumously last month. […]