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.

Japan’s Abe hopes promises on jobs, defense will temper Trump’s tone on trade

TOKYO/WASHINGTON Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Washington on Thursday hoping promises to help create U.S. jobs and bolster Japan’s military will persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to turn down the heat on trade and currency and stand by the decades-old alliance.

Erdogan, Trump agree to act jointly against Islamic State in Syria: Turkish sources

WASHINGTON/ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call overnight to act jointly against Islamic State in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa, both controlled by the militants, Turkish presidency sources said on Wednesday.