From Thai Jail, Sex Coaches Say They Want to Trade U.S.-Russia Secrets for Safety

From Thai Jail, Sex Coaches Say They Want to Trade U.S.-Russia Secrets for Safety Photo Alexander Kirillov and Anastasia Vashukevich in Bangkok, where they claim to be targets of a covert Russian effort to silence them for what they know about meddling in the 2016 election in the United States. Credit Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press PATTAYA, Thailand — A pair of self-described sex instructors from Belarus have been stuck in a Thai detention center for weeks. They say they have evidence demonstrating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States, and that they have offered it to the F.B.I. in exchange for a guarantee of their safety.
Their claim — that they are targets of a covert Russian operation to silence them because they know too much — might seem outlandish, but their case certainly includes some unusual circumstances.
They have influential enemies in Russia. They were arrested with the help of a “foreign spy,” according to the Thai police, and locked..

Sermons and Shouted Insults: How Erdogan Keeps Turkey Spellbound

Sermons and Shouted Insults: How Erdogan Keeps Turkey Spellbound Photo President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey speaking at the country’s presidential palace in February. He often makes three speeches in a day, each broadcast live on multiple channels. Credit Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace, via Reuters ANKARA, Turkey — As President Trump has his tweets, the leader of Turkey has his speeches.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes up to three every weekday — two a day on weekends — and his charismatic, combative talks are the primary vehicle of his success.
He calls democracy advocates “marauders.” He mocks the German foreign minister as a “disaster.” He is as comfortable in the vernacular as he is reciting poetry. He takes on his enemies publicly by name, pivoting seamlessly from pious to pushy.
Even after 15 years at the helm, Mr. Erdogan, whose skills as an orator even his opponents envy, treats every event like a campaign rally — and he turns just about every day into one. He..