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Turkey Vows "Harsh Retaliation" Seeks Sanctions, As Dutch PM Says "Not Apologizing, Are You Nuts"

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that his country will retaliate in the "harshest ways" to Dutch moves to bar the flight of the Turkish foreign minister and prevent the family minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, while Dutch PM Mark Rutte slammed Erdogan: "This is a man who yesterday made us out for fascists and a country of Nazis. I’m going to de-escalate, but not by offering apologies. Are you nuts?" he told a morning talk show.

Police Escort South Korea's Former President Out Of Her Official Residence

South Korea's disgraced former president was escorted out of her official Blue House residence on Sunday, two days after a constitutional court upheld a decision to impeach Park Guen-hye. Park struck a defiant tone upon arriving at her private home in the Gangnam district of the capital, Seoul, after leaving the Blue House compound in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes.

Assad Calls US Forces In Syria "Invaders", Loses Faith In Trump

In an interview with Chinese TV, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S. forces in Syria were "invaders" and said he had yet to see "anything concrete" emerge from U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to prioritize the fight against Islamic State. "We haven't seen anything concrete yet regarding this rhetoric."

Judge Bars Enforcement Of Trump's Revised Travel Ban

In the latest legal setback for President Trump's attempt to change US immigration policy, a federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin, William Conley, blocked Trump's revised travel ban on Friday, barring enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee who was already granted asylum in the United States.

Restaurant Sales And Traffic Tumble

Same-store sales fell -3.7% in February, with traffic declining -5.0%  A macro view leaves little room for optimism. Same-store sales averaged -2.7 percent for the last three months. February’s results were among the weakest in the last four years. Consumers are spending, but they are being battered by rising inflation. Spending power has flatlined as wage gains are barely offsetting price increases.

Erdogan Calls Dutch "Fascists" After Turkish Foreign Minister Barred Entry

"Listen Netherlands, you'll jump once, you'll jump twice, but my people will thwart your game. You can cancel our foreign minister's flight as much as you want, but let's see how your flights come to Turkey now. They don't know diplomacy or politics. They are Nazi remnants. They are fascists." - Tayyip Erdogan

Trump To Seek Merkel's Advice On Putin, Ukraine Conflict

Ahead of Angela Merkel's first official meeting with the new administration at the White House next week, Reuters reports that President Trump will ask the Chancellor for her views on how the United States can help resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine when they meet next week, senior Trump administration officials said on Friday. Trump will reportedly also ask for Merkel's advice on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Video Emerges Of U.S. Marines Rolling Into Syria For Raqqa Offensive

Just one day after we noted that the Trump administration was considering sending more troops into Syria, video has emerged of dozens of heavily armored U.S. vehicles, carrying members of the 11th US Marine Expeditionary Unit, moving through a desolate Syrian village on their way to assist Kurdish-led SDF and Syrian Arab Coalition as they prepare for an operation to recapture the Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa