The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

UKIP’s Farage will attend GOP convention:  Recently-departed leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage will appear at next week’s GOP convention in Cleveland.

Informing USA Today of his plans, Farage did not reveal the source of his invitation, except to say it was not extended by Mr. Trump.

A Member of European Parliament (MEP), Farage was a leading voice for the United Kingdom to dissolve its relationship with the European Union (EU) and resigned his position as UKIP leader after witnessing a two-decade mission realized.

A critic of President Obama’s interference in the “Brexit” referendum, Farage said his only intent is to observe the convention, listen to Mr. Trump’s address to delegates and attendees and to re-connect with acquaintances in the Republican Party.

CIA head:  Saudi suicide attacks resemble ISIS:  Dirictor of the CIA John Brennan told an audience at the Brookings Institute that three recent suicide bombings, one at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, and two others at a Shia mosque in Qatif, bore the resemblance of ISIS’ handiwork.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the July 4 attacks.

Brennan went on to describe the growing danger the Saudi kingdom faces from the terror group.

Syria, Turkey may normalize ties:  In an astonishing pivot, the Turkish government expressed hope formal diplomatic relations with Syria would be mended in the near future.

In a nationwide television broadcast, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told viewers of his hope to return to ties with Damascus.

Ankara and Damascus cut diplomatic ties in 2012.

Long foes in large part to Turkey’s secular democracy, relationship with the United States, NATO membership and Ankara’s desire to join the European Union, Turkey has long maintained Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad must step down as a prerequisite for formal relations to resume.

Turkey has remained a patron to the Free Syrian Army, which opposes Assad.

Russian media dismissed employees for incurring wrath of Kremlin:  A former employee of Russian media company RBC told Reuters news agency he and fellow editors were dismissed over coverage which provoked anger from the Kremlin.

Former editor Roman Badanin admitted he was sacked over RBC’s coverage of the Panama Papers and pressure to terminate his employment had origins within the Russian government.

RBC Media Group is owned by Russian industrialist, Mikhail Prokhorov.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the accusation, describing it as a gross exaggeration.

Osborne resigns finance post:  Once considered to be a successor to former Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne resigned his post and has left government.

Osborne announced sweeping changes to British tax and investment policy last week, a move which signaled his determination to remain after the departure of Cameron.

Osborne was a strong proponent of the “Remain” campaign.

Boris Johnson named Foreign Secretary:  Amid a handful of cabinet departures, new British Prime Minister Theresa May has re-shuffled the British Cabinet and named ex-London mayor Boris Johnson Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Johnson replaces Philip Hammond, who assumed the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday.

A leading campaigner of the “Leave” movement, Johnson angered some high-level Tory politicians with his aggressive stance and frequent public appearances advancing “Leave” benefits.

A controversial choice, Johnson is viewed with skepticism by many European Union member states for his Euroskeptic views; however, he enjoys wide popularity at home for his unconventional behavior, self-promotion and sense of humor.


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