The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Aleppo airstrikes kill 28 civilians:  A string of airstrikes on rebel-held positions east of Aleppo have killed 28 civilians.  It is unclear whether the strikes were conducted by Syrian or Russian forces.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Agence France-Presse, barrel bombs were used and a hospital was hit, injuring both patients and hospital staff.

Although a February ceasefire has held elsewhere, fighting between forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and ISIS-linked group Jund al-Aqsa and the Free Syrian Army have intensified in the past two months.

Thailand vows to shutter sex trade:  Aspiring to make Thailand a friendlier environment for tourists, Minister for Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul declared the sex industry to be a business of the past.

Since assuming the ministership in 2014, Ms. Kobkarn has orchestrated a drive to rid illegal brothels in larger tourist attractions in and around the popular sea-side resort town of Pattaya and the Thai capital, Bangkok.

A significant element of her strategy is raids designed to close brothels and arrest sex workers in red-light districts and the rigid enforcement of anti-sex industry laws.

Kerry denies involvement in Turkish coup:  Coinciding with the Turkish government arresting thousands of those suspected of complicity in the July 15-16 attempted coup, U.S. Secretary of State angrily denounced rumors of American involvement in the attempt to oust Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Kerry dismissed allegations of American participation as “irresponsible” and “harmful to bilateral relations.”

Following his rejections of American association with coup plotters, Kerry urged Turkey to avoid going beyond what was necessary to restore order in the wake of the attempted takeover.

Turkish military officers arrested at Incirlik airbase:  Following the failed coup in Turkey, the ranking Turkish military official at Incirlik Air Base has been arrested by the Turkish government along with several other subordinates.

All have been accused of complicity in the attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Gen. Bekir Ercan Van and several junior officers are accused by the Turkish government of aiding plotters which used aircraft from the airbase to attack government positions as the coup unfolded.

Incirlik Air Base is host to members of a U.S.-led coalition conducting aerial bombardment over Syria.

The facility was briefly closed as Ankara dealt with the attempted coup, but Pentagon officials announced Sunday Turkish airspace had been re-opened for sorties against ISIS in Syria.


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