The Failed Saudi-Russian Talks: Desperate Diplomacy as Syria Implodes

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Correction appended: Aug. 12, 2013, 2:05 a.m. E.T.

You could call it the Hail Mary pass of diplomatic relations. In a desperate attempt to find some solution to the ongoing Syria crisis, now in its third year with no end in sight, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan reportedly offered Russian President Vladimir Putin a multibillion-dollar arms deal to curb Moscow’s support for the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad when they met in Moscow last week. The deal was rebuffed; on Friday the Kremlin responded to news accounts about the proposal with a terse rebuttal, telling Reuters that no deal had been discussed in detail. Earlier news accounts, including the one from Reuters, quoted unnamed Arab and Western diplomats describing a deal in which Saudi Arabia would buy some $15 billion worth of Russian weapons in addition to offering assurances that Gulf countries wouldn’t threaten…

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Best Vines of 2013 (So Far!)

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Could this be the successor to America’s Funniest Home Videos? This eleven-and-a-half minute compilation of 6-second videos (otherwise known as Vines) features everything from a supermarket joust with jugs of milk to a cat dancing in the mirror to her own reflection. We especially love the “Girl’s face on a date/Girl’s face in real life” and “Girl at a restaurant/Girl at home” snippets, but we’ll let you choose your own favorite clips. Let us know which ones you like best in the comments section below.

p.s. Have a great weekend!

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Kentucky jury acquits man in beating death

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A jury in Kentucky Friday night acquitted 17-year-old Joshua Young in the beating death of his stepbrother, Trey Zwicker, two years ago.

Young also was found not guilty of tampering with evidence.

Josh Gouker, Young’s father, pleaded guilty to murder in Zwicker’s death, and was sentenced on July 26 to life in prison. But prosecutors said Young worked with Gouker to beat Zwicker as the teen suffocated in the mud of a ditch behind a Kentucky high school.

“Trey Zwicker was brutally murdered at age 14 … because Josh Gouker is a control freak and because Josh Young wanted to impress him,” prosecutor Elizabeth Brown told the jury in Jefferson County Circuit Court during Friday’s closing arguments. She said Gouker was upset with Zwicker’s mother after she aborted Gouker’s unborn child, and he wanted revenge.

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