What We're Following This Afternoon

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U.S. considers talks with Russia on Syria: Secretary of State John Kerry says the Russians proposed military-to-military talks. The U.S. is concerned about the Russian military presence in Syria. Kerry said his Russian counterpart assured him that Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is only focused on fighting ISIS. Earlier today, General Lloyd Austin, commander of CENTCOM, told a Senate panel that only “four or five” U.S.-trained fighters remain in the fight against the Islamist group. The rest of the 60 or so people the U.S. trained are, as my colleague David noted, either dead or have put down their weapons.

A stay of execution in Oklahoma: The state’s highest criminal-appeals court granted Richard Glossip an eleventh-hour stay until September 30 to hear new evidence he may be innocent. Glossip, as my colleague Matt reports, was due to be executed at 5 p.m.

A Texas teen handcuffed—then welcomed: It began with 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed taking a homemade clock to school in Irving and ended with him being handcuffed and taken to a juvenile-detention center. But the story has a happy postscript:


You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015