US, Turkey agree on militia's Syria pullout
ANKARA • Turkey and the United States have agreed on a three-step plan for withdrawing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from Syria's Manbij, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said yesterday.
Turkey is outraged by US support for the YPG militia, considering it a terrorist organisation, and has long sought the YPG's pullout.
Under the terms of the plan, the YPG will withdraw from Manbij 30 days after the deal is signed, Anadolu said, citing sources.
Sweden to close $1.5b Patriot missile deal
STOCKHOLM • Sweden will close a deal in the next few weeks with US arms maker Raytheon Co to buy the Patriot air defence missile system, as it modernises its armed forces amid raised tensions with Russia.
The deal, worth around 10 billion crowns (S$1.5 billion), is the biggest military purchase since 2013, when Sweden started to upgrade 60 Saab Gripen fighters.
US philosopher gets top Spanish award
MADRID • US philosopher Michael Sandel, a fierce critic of the influence of the business world on society, was yesterday awarded Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for social sciences, with the jury describing him as "one of today's foremost intellectuals".
The jury hailed the Harvard professor's "exemplary body of work on the foundations that regulate liberal democracy, as well as the defence of public virtues and the diverse ways of conceiving good in our societies".
Catholic Church to help child sex victims
SYDNEY • The Catholic Church in Australia agreed yesterday to join a national redress scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse, declaring that "survivors deserve justice".
The scheme aims to support victims, including survivors of abuse in facilities managed by the Catholic Church, with counselling and financial payments.