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Picasso and Mondrian Recovered

After almost ten years missing, two priceless works of art have been found in a forest outside Athens. Greek police recovered Pablo Picasso’s 1939 painting, Woman’s Head, and Piet Mondrian’s 1905 work, Stammer Windmill. Both were stolen in 2012 from Greece’s National Gallery by an art-loving construction worker who finally confessed to the crime and led police to the paintings. Sadly, yet another work was damaged in the pilfering and later destroyed: a sketch by Italian painter Guglielmo Caccia, who died in 1625. The thief claimed to have flushed the sketch down the toilet.

But Athens reacted with joy upon the recovery.

The Picasso painting was listed on the black market, but nobody would buy it. That’s how the thief was caught – police knew it would be hard to sell, and so figured the painting was still in the country.

Mr. Biden’s Military Airstrikes

Tensions in the Middle East are on the rise once again. President Biden ordered airstrikes against buildings used by Iran-backed militia groups near the Iraq-Syria border. Iraq condemned the airstrikes and called for revenge against the United States.

Pentagon Public Affairs Secretary John Kirby said that militias were using the buildings to launch drone attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq. He also said that the U.S. military bombed three weapons storage facilities — one in Iraq and two in Syria.

Kirby also said the strikes were needed to protect American soldiers. The bombing has stirred controversy, with debate coming from Biden’s supporters and opponents.

President Donald Trump Visits the US-Mexico Border

Former President Trump visited the Rio Grande sector in Texas this past week. He was invited by Governor Greg Abbott. This area is where a lot of people enter the U.S. illegally. Trump went directly to the border to visit residents and tour the towns of Weslaco and Granjeno.

The trip was timed so that Trump would be joined by the Republican Study Committee (RSC). RSC members, led by Representative Jim Banks, hiked into dangerous desert terrain to talk with asylum seekers — most were children.

Trump and Abbott held a discussion with the RSC and other officials. A widescreen to the right of the podium flashed photos of illegal immigrants crossing through dangerous border sections without any barrier or deterrent.

Both leaders gave remarks. Mr. Abbott spoke of the heroics of Border Patrol agents in rescuing abandoned children and immigrants who could not make it across the harsh landscape. President Trump said it was important  to erect border barriers to keep both Americans and those who seek asylum safe from drug and human traffickers.

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