Veteran Russian opposition activist Sergei Davidis was among 300 people who showed up to a protest in Moscow against the start of the Kremlin's Syria bombing campaign. "As far as I know there haven't been any other events dedicated specifically to the Syria issue and the involvement of Russian forces in the conflict," Davidis told AFP. This week marks one year since President Vladimir Putin launched air strikes in support of long-time ally Bashar al-Assad, thrusting the country into the heart of a complex war that has now claimed some 300,000 lives.
If the bandits in crime caper "Masterminds" seem too stupid to be real, don't blame the scriptwriters -- this outlandish comedy-of-errors is almost entirely true. It is a classic tale of robbery gone wrong, but Jared Hess' latest movie is more likely to be compared to "The Keystone Cops" than "Reservoir Dogs" when it hits US theaters on Friday. "Masterminds" stars Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig in the story of the $17.3 million so-called Loomis Fargo Robbery, uncharitably nicknamed the "Hillbilly Heist" due to the southern, rural backgrounds of the main players.