Day the Earth Stands Still banner

Turkey seizes Christian churches

The government of Turkey has seized all the Christian churches in the largest city in southeastern Turkey.  Officially, the move is for “historic preservation” — but none of the historic mosques in the city were touched.

Also: President Obama manages to anger Brits, Vladimir Putin, and Arab states in the Persian Gulf; ISIS freezes to death 45 defectors; and the Bank of Japan has cornered the markets in Japanese government bonds and funds sold through the Nikkei index.