NYC subway bomber convicted on terrorism charges

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A policeman stands guard in Times Square not far from the site of a pipe bomb explosion on Dec. 11, 2017. Photo: John Moore via Getty Images

Akayed Ullah, who was arrested in December after detonating a pipe bomb in a subway station near Times Square, has been convicted on terrorism charges, AP reports.

Details: Ullah is a Bangladeshi immigrant who came to the U.S. in 2011. He admitted during police interrogation that his attempted attack, which resulted in several injuries, was retaliation against U.S. military attacks against ISIS in Syria, reports the N.Y. Times.

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After Khashoggi’s death, Turkey sees a path to greater influence

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during judges and prosecutors' appointment ceremony at Bestepe Congress Center in Ankara, Turkey on October 16, 2018.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Oct. 16. Photo: Cem Oksuz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

As Saudi Arabia went on the defensive last week about Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder, Ankara seized the chance to repair relations with Washington by releasing U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson. “We feel much different about Turkey today than we did yesterday,” President Trump told reporters on Saturday, expressing his hope of “having a very, very good relationship.”

The big picture: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long wanted Turkey to supplant Saudi Arabia as the dominant power in the Middle East. The Khashoggi affair has presented a unique opportunity to undermine Saudi influence, potentially creating a regional power void for Turkey to fill.

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