Bolton meets with Turkey’s U.S. ambassador
WASHINGTON — U.S. national security adviser John Bolton met Monday with Turkey’s Ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic, the White House announced, as tensions between the two NATO allies remained high.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the meeting occurred at the Kilic’s request amid a confrontation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the detention of a Christian evangelical minister whom the Turkish government has accused of espionage and terrorism related to a 2016 failed coup attempt.
Trump hit Turkey with more sanctions last week as Turkey’s lira was already weakening into record territory. The collapse in Turkish financial markets rippled across emerging markets, sending both stocks and currencies to their lowest levels in a year.
Bolton and Kilic “discussed Turkey’s continued detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson and the state of the U.S.-Turkey relationship,” Sanders said in a statement emailed to reporters.
Trump announced Friday morning that he was doubling tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey. That decision followed sanctions Trump imposed earlier this month on the country’s justice and interior ministers.
— Bloomberg News
3 men sentenced in 2015 killing of Capitol Hill intern
WASHINGTON — The three men who pleaded guilty to the 2015 killing of 23-year-old Matthew Shlonsky, a former intern for Sen. Rob Portman, were sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on Monday.
Andre Dudley, 22, Marcus King, 22, and Christopher Proctor, 28, each were sentenced for single counts of voluntary manslaughter while armed and two counts each of assault with a dangerous weapon. The sentences carry 18.5 years, 15-20 years and 12-14 years, respectively.
Shlonsky, a 2014 American University graduate, interned Portman, R-Ohio, from January to May in 2013. He was caught in a crossfire in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood in August 2015. Prosecutors said that Dudley, King and Proctor opened fire on each other, but only Shlonsky was hit. His parents had asked the judge to reject the plea deal that was struck and to sentence the men to longer prison time.
“I realize that no amount of time for these defendants could bring back Mr. Shlonsky. There is nothing I can do at this sentencing that can erase the trauma felt by so many,” D.C. Superior Court Judge Juliet McKenna said. She called the shooting that claimed Shlonsky’s life as “senseless” and “incredibly reckless and brazen.”
“Matt was a talented young man with a bright future who was taken from us too soon,” Portman said in a 2015 statement.
— CQ-Roll Call
Kentucky mayor hit juvenile bicyclist on downtown street, fled, police say
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Somerset, Ky., Mayor Edward Girdler is accused of leaving the scene after hitting a juvenile bicyclist, who was flown to a Lexington’s hospital, according to Kentucky State Police.
At 7:26 p.m. Sunday, state police was notified of the collision that occurred at 103 South Maple Street in Somerset. KSP Trooper Matthew Parmley determined the fleeing driver was Edward Girdler, who is up for re-election, police said.
Girdler was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid or assistance, according to state police.
WKYT reported the cyclist was a 15-year-old girl who was being treated at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for a liver laceration. She was initially taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center in Somerset and then flown to UK, state police said.
Girdler was elected mayor in 2006 and has served since 2007. He will face Alen Keck in the November General Election.
— Lexington Herald-Leader
Migrant flows to Europe drop sharply in first seven months of 2018
BRUSSELS — The number of irregular border crossings through the top four routes into the European Union fell 43 percent in the first seven months of the year, according to a Monday statement by the EU border agency Frontex.
The total number of detected crossings over those seven months was about 73,500, according to Frontex. In July, the number of crossings was 18 percent lower than a year ago, around 14,900.
The Western Mediterranean route saw more than half of these crossings in July, with the number of migrants reaching Spain quadrupling from a year ago, to nearly 8,800.
In total, this route saw some 23,100 crossings, more than double year-on-year. Around three-quarters are from sub-Saharan Africa.
That increase was more than offset by a drop in migrants using the Central Mediterranean route, where migration fell by 83 percent compared with July 2017.
The total over the seven months, around 18,200, fell 81 percent when compared with the year before.
Meanwhile, migrant flows through the Eastern Mediterranean rose by about 75 percent over the seven months, totaling about 29,500, while the flows through the Balkans continued to be modest.