Turkish Airstrikes Kill U.S.-backed Forces Fighting ISIS


The Turkish military killed more than a dozen U.S.-backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish fighters, some of which were helping the U.S. fight ISIS.

The BBC reports the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia were hit by multiple airstrikes Tuesday. Other casualties were reported among Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq, according to CNN. CNN also reporting a YPG spokesperson said 20 fighters were killed and 18 wounded, but there’s no indication if all of them were YPG members.

The BBC reports Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the PKK, a Turkish-Kurdish insurgent group that has been fighting the Turkish government for nearly three decades.

Entire U.S. Senate Called to W.H. for North Korea Briefing

The entire U.S. Senate was invited to the White House for a briefing on North Korea, amid rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

It is rare for all 100 senators to be called to a briefing. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will hold the briefing Wednesday.

The briefing was first reported by Reuters. Fox News reports it was confirmed after President Trump spoke to leaders of China and Japan.

Bill O'Reilly Fox Payout $25 Million

Former Fox News anchor, Bill O'Reilly, will leave the network with as much as $25 million, equivalent of one year's salary, according to multiple media reports, including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

NBC News reports O'Reilly had a four-year contract that guaranteed a $25 million annual salary and Fox would be able to fire him for causing controversy harming the network.

The announcement caused critics to respond with outrage, upset with the fact O'Reilly could leave with so much money after multiple harassment allegations were made against him.

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Paris Shooting

A gunman opened fire Thursday on a Paris shopping district, killing a police officer and injuring another. Multiple media outlets report the shooter was killed by police. The Independent and the Associated Press report ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident happened just a few days before the first rounds of voting in France's presidential election.

Human Umbilical Cord Blood Rejuvinates Old Mice Brains, Study Finds

Stanford University neurological researchers found proteins in umbilical cord blood can improve memory and learning in old mice. The study published in the journal Nature says a human cord plasma treatment revitalized the hippocampus part of aged mice brains.

NPR reports for the study, researchers injected human umbilical cord blood into mice several times over the course of two weeks. When scientists looked at the mice hippocampi later on, they discovered some genes related to forming new memories were turned on in some of the mice.

The study may lead to human treatments in the future.