1. ISIS BEHEADING
Second American: ISIS followed through on its threat to kill another American journalist. A video that shows the beheading of Steven Sotloff was delivered as a “second message to America” to halt airstrikes in Iraq, following through on a threat to kill him. In the video posted online yesterday, Sotloff says – in a message surely scripted by his captors – that he is “paying the price” for U.S. military intervention. The killing of Sotloff follows a threat made by ISIS last month during the videotaped beheading of American journalist James Foley. The latest video threatens the life of another man, a British citizen.
2. OBAMA EUROPE
Putin on a show: President Barack Obama arrived in Estonia this morning with a lot on his mind. Not only is the ISIS beheading on his mind, but he has Russia and Vladimir Putin to worry about. The trip to the former Soviet state, ahead of this week’s NATO summit in Wales, is meant to reassure nervous Eastern Europe that Putin’s support for separatists in Ukraine doesn’t mean he has a free pass for territorial gains elsewhere. The warning to Russia was summed up by a top Obama foreign policy adviser last week: “Don’t even think about messing around in Estonia or in any of the Baltic areas in the same way that you have been messing around in Ukraine
3. JUSTIN BIEBER
You better ‘Beliebe’ it: Justin Bieber was arrested on assault and dangerous driving charges following an alleged fight after his ATV collided with a mini-van in Canada Friday, police said yesterday. Bieber’s lawyer said the singer was being chased by people with cameras when the incident happened. Bieber was enjoying a “peaceful retreat” at his father’s home when it was interrupted by paparazzi, the lawyer said. Bieber, who is already facing an assault charge in Toronto, was released and ordered to answer the charges at a September 29 hearing.
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