1. US Troops Are About Much More Than Oil
As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region.
Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as President Donald Trump flip-flopped on the scope and duration of troops deployment.
He initially ordered all troops out of Syria last month, then decided to keep a force in place to hold the oil infrastructure.
2. Protesters Blame Police After Student Dies In Fall
A Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died in a rare fatality after five months of unrest.
The Hospital Authority said the 22-year-old died Friday morning, but didn’t provide further details.
Protesters demanded justice for Chow Tsz-Lok and hurled abuse at several police officials on site, calling them “murderers.”
3. Olympic Tickets In Latest Japan Lottery
Frustrated residents of Japan will get another shot at attending next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Organizers on Friday put more than 1 million tickets into the latest lottery.
Organizers have repeatedly declined to say how many tickets have been sought.
Tokyo ticket director Hidenori Suzuki acknowledged he’s received repeated requests to disclose the level of ticket demand.
He said he hoped to do that sometime after the latest lottery ends.