$11k in 11hrs: Chelsea Manning GoFundMe page thriving ahead of whistleblower’s release

Manning was convicted under the Espionage Act in 2013 after leaking hundreds of thousands of classified US government documents to WikiLeaks. She was originally due to be released in 2045, but her 35-year sentence was commuted by former US President Barack Obama last month during his final days in office.

Turkish army and Syrian rebels close in on Islamic State town

ANKARA/BEIRUT Syrian rebels supported by Turkish armed forces have seized control of strategically important hills around the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab, Turkey’s military said on Wednesday. It said in a statement that 58 Islamic State militants were killed in air strikes, artillery fire and clashes.

Commando was at ‘breaking point’ when he executed unarmed insurgent, court hears

Blackman is currently serving a life sentence for the 2011 battlefield execution, which was caught on camera. His second appeal began Tuesday and is expected to run for three days. The first day saw Blackman’s wife and a number of veterans fill the court.

Russian court reads guilty verdict to opposition figure Navalny – media reports

In the opening statement of the proceedings, Judge Aleksey Vtyurin said that Navalny “organized the crime” and was “acting out of profit motives.” The judge is also reading a guilty verdict to Navalny’s co-defendant, Pyotr Ofitserov, reports from the courthouse said.

China, US should steer clear of conflict as ‘neither can afford it’ – Chinese FM

“For any sober-minded politician, they clearly recognize that there cannot be conflict between China and the United States because both will lose — and both sides cannot afford that,” Wang Yi said after being asked about the possibility of war between two counties during a press conference in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday.