Les Sillars

Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., and is WORLD Magazine’s Mailbag editor.

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Trump meets with Putin as G-20 summit begins

by Les Sillars
Posted 6/28/19, 10:54 am

U.S. President Donald Trump discussed arms control as well as Iran, Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday as the two-day summit of the group of 20 industrialized and developing nations began in Osaka, Japan. During a press conference, a reporter asked Trump if he would warn Putin not to meddle in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Trump pointed at Putin and deadpanned, “Don’t meddle in the election.” Putin chuckled.

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Officer who shot 911 caller sentenced

by Les Sillars
Posted 6/07/19, 01:57 pm

A former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder was sentenced Friday to 12½ years in prison for the shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911. He apologized in court for “taking the life of a perfect person.”

Mohamed Noor, 33, was convicted in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot Damond when she approached his squad car in the alley behind her home.

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Russia tests hypersonic weapon

by Les Sillars
Posted 12/26/18, 11:06 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is “invulnerable to intercept” and will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come. The Avangard protectile, to enter service next year, reportedly can carry either nuclear or conventional weapons.

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