Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda is safe in Turkey after being released from captivity in Syria. He was kidnapped by al-Qaida’s Syrian branch in 2015. According to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese government is arranging for Yasuda to return home as soon as possible.
European Union sanctions against Russia have been badly damaged ties between Russia and Italy. Despite the sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Contemet met Oct. 24 and affirmed they will expand economic ties between the two countries. Conte also invited Putin to visit Italy in the near future.
Agents of the U.S. Secret Service are investigating packages sent to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that contain “possible explosive devices.” On Oct. 24, CNN reported a package in its mail room might also be carrying explosive devices. It is unclear if the packages are related.
Puppy band covers Ben E. King’s ‘Stand by Me’
Watch this, y’all ain’t gonna regret it ? pic.twitter.com/3PoNYjSPKA
— ＪＣ (@XicanitaBonita) October 22, 2018
Twitter user @XicanitaBonita posted a video Oct. 21 showing a compilation of dogs performing the hit song “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. The video has since received 5.09 million views.