Vladimir Putin, Sirius Educational Centre
President for Life? Vladimir Putin took questions from gifted students in Sochi during a TV broadcast. He was asked what he plans to do when he leaves the presidency. He said "But I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency.” Photo credit: President of Russia (CC BY 4.0)

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Syrians Return Home as the Terrorists are Pushed Out (Trevin)

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians return home as Syrian army prevails on the ground.

China Goes Big on A.I. (Dan)

And it’s just as frightening as any sci-fi story. Silicon Valley and American defense contractors are also involved.

Declassified Docs Confirm ’53 Iran Coup Was for Oil (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Newly declassified State Department documents show oil contracts played a key role in the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh.”

China’s Next Human Rights Prisoner Story (Dan)

This Taiwanese activist, who was arrested by China, is exposing the lack of legal process in the world’s second-largest economy.