The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Aleppo officially liberated:  Following the week-long evacuation of the last opposition fighters from Aleppo, the Russian Ministry of Defense has declared Aleppo free of anti-government forces.

It is estimated 4,000 rebel fighters and over 40,000 civilians were evacuated from Aleppo.

The exodus of opposition forces from the city and their replacement by troops loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad ends four years of fierce fighting in the city.

Despite Aleppo’s liberation, Syrian and Russian aircraft resumed the aerial campaign against opposition forces south and west of the city limits on Friday.

Fake food seized in Nigeria:  Long suffering under the weight of terror group Boko Haram, which has forced the importation of food from abroad, Nigerian officials are investigating a shipment of fake food allegedly originating from China.

Two and a half tons of plastic rice was seized at the Nigerian port of Lagos on Wednesday.

Nigerian authorities have arrested one suspect for his alleged role in orchestrating the shipment and have issued health warnings.

ISIS claims responsibility for Berlin attack:  Following Monday’s terror attack in Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz, in which a van plowed into shoppers killing 12 and injuring dozens more, militant group the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility.

ISIS news agency, AMAQ, released a statement admitting its role in the attack, declaring the act was committed in response to calls to “target nationals of the coalition countries” operating against ISIS in the Middle East.

Germany has sent reconnaissance aircraft and a frigate to support anti-ISIS operations in Syria and Iraq, but has not committed advisers or joined combat air operations against the militant group.

Lagarde found guilty, will keep position at IMF:  International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde was found guilty for her role in approving an arbitration case involving French businessman Bernard Tapie.

Prosecutors allege Lagarde intervened on the businessman’s behalf to secure a ruling in Tapie’s favor over his sale of sportswear company Adidas in which he was compensated €403 million.

Lagarde, however, will go unpunished.  Citing her impeccable reputation in France and worldwide, the Court of Justice of the Republic declined to impose any penalty.

Mugabe to stand in Zimbabwe election:  Having served as prime minister between 1980 and 1987 and as president since 1987, 92-year-old Robert Mugabe has announced his intent to stand for reelection in Zimbabwe in 2018.

Mugabe last won reelection in 2013 in a campaign surrounded with charges of vote fraud.

Since 2000, Mugabe has presided over an economy where poverty and hyperinflation is endemic and unemployment exceeds 90 percent.

Calexit movement opens embassy in Moscow:  Yes California, the political movement to establish an independent republic of California, announced the opening of an embassy in Moscow on Sunday.

Citing California’s massive economy, the sixth-largest in the world, and the Golden State’s historic subsidizing of 49 other states in the Union, movement founder Louis Marinelli told reporters the opening of the group’s Moscow office is less a diplomatic gesture, but rather a concept to promote economic ties between California and Russia.

The group’s website states California residents will vote in a 2019 referendum to determine California’s potential exit from the United States.


[RT News] [Reuters] [The Duran]