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Oct 21 12:23

Syrian Deputy FM: Harsh Response Waiting for Qatar

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Meqdad blasted Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin al-Attiyah on Wednesday for threatening his country, and warned that Damascus will give an utterly harsh response to any foreign aggression. Meqdad's remarks came after the Qatari foreign minister said on Tuesday that “Qatar has been looking for alternatives under the United Nations umbrella to save the Syrian people" and using military option in Syria with the help of Saudi Arabia and Turkey is possible. "Our response to any aggression will be very hard," Meqdad said on Wednesday. He said the role of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the destruction of Syria is completely evident, and reiterated, "Syria will defend its sovereignty against any country that wants to support massacre and terrorism." The Syrian deputy foreign minister underlined that Syria will not be an easy target for Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Al-Attiyah stressed Qatar’s continued “steadfast” support for the Syrian opposition.

Oct 21 12:21

Iraq Moves to Exclude US from Anti-ISIL Campaign

Deputy Secretary General of Iraq's Badr Organization Abdolkarim al-Ansari blasted the US-led Anti-ISIL Coalition's poor performance in fighting the Takfiri terrorists, and said his country does no more want Washington's help in the war against the militant group. He, meantime, appreciated the role played by the quadrilateral coalition comprising Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq against the ISIL, and said, "The Iraqis welcomes Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's request from Russia for direct intervention in the anti-ISIL fight and our country does not need the American troops."

Oct 21 12:19

Hezbollah Forces Destroy Al-Nusra Front's Base in Arsal with Guided Missiles

The Lebanese Hezbollah resistance forces destroyed a military position of the al-Nusra Front terrorist group in the Arsal barrens of Lebanon on Wednesday.

Oct 21 12:16

Apple Comes Out Against CISA Days Before Critical Vote

Just days before a critical vote, Apple has become the latest major tech company to voice their opposition to CISA, a so-called cybersecurity bill that experts say would undermine user privacy while utterly failing to improve cybersecurity.

Oct 21 12:12

Ukraine lodges first complaint to WTO against Russia — Economic Development Ministry

"This morning the first complaint was lodged to the WTO against Russia, which is related to restrictions imposed on Ukraine’s railroad cars and switches," Deputy Minister was quoted as saying by Ukrainian News information agency. "We expect those issues to be managed by Russia at consultations stage, which will last for 30 days," she said. Mikolskaya added that the complaint will be followed by similar ones, related to groundless imposition of restrictions on supplies of railroad cars from Kryukov car-building plant, Dnepropetrovsk switch-making plant and other manufacturers. Ukraine’s revenues dropped by 34 times — from $1.7 bln in 2013 to $51 mln in 2015 — due to restrictions imposed by Russia, Deputy Minister added.

Oct 21 12:09

Three sunken ships from PQ-17 Arctic convoy found on Barents Sea floor

Wrecks of three ships that were part of the Arctic convoy PQ-17, which the forces of the Third Reich destroyed on high seas in July 1942, have been found on the seafloor in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) said. The wrecks were traced by the staff members of the national cartographical office who were researching the seafloor close to the Norwegian-Russian border. Sonars helped the mappers to identify the shipwrecks up to 140 meters long and 21 meters wide at the depth of 200 to 300 meters. The ships were identified as The Honomu and The Carlton, both of the U.S., and the Earlston of Britain. The wrecks lie inside the former so-called ‘gray zone’ of the Barents Sea that was opened for research only after 2010 when Norway and the USSR settled the decades-old dispute regarding the sovereign rights to that area.

Oct 21 12:05

Abkhazian opposition demands president’s resignation

"We do not trust the incumbent authorities and consider them to be dangerous. The rulers should understand that they better go as soon as possible so long as there are chances not to fall into an abyss," Alkhas Kvitsiniya, the leader of the opposition Amtsakhara (Tribal Fires) party, said at the party’s extraordinary congress in Sukhum.
Khadzhimba not to step down as Abkhazian president http://tass.ru/en/world/830761 Abkhazian President Raul Khadzhimba told his supporters on Wednesday he would not step down despite the opposition’s demand of new elections. A pro-presidential rally organized by the Aruaa public organization of war veterans took place at Sukhum’s theatrical square on Wednesday. About 2,000 people from various parts of Abkhazia took part in the action, which passed peacefully without any riots.

Oct 21 12:05

School Sends 6-Year-Old Girl Home in Nothing But Underwear and a T-Shirt

When a six-year-old with medical issues had an accident at Belle Terre Elementary School in Palm Coast, the school didn’t call her parents to come bring a change of clothes or even just send her home in her wet, soiled pants.

No, the school, in its infinite wisdom, sent the humiliated little girl home on the bus in her underwear.

According to the father, who has now hired a lawyer after the school apparently told him something to the effect of, “Well, we thought her shirt was long enough to just send her home like that,” the little girl had the accident in the first place because the teacher ignored her request to go to the bathroom when she needed to.

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Oct 21 12:03

Russia’s counter-sanctions painful for EU — Hungary FM

"As we are part of the European Union, we must share the common views," Szijjarto said in an interview with the Russian television channel Lifenews. "Implementation of the Minsk Agreements on Donbas in full may become a prerequisite for the lifting of sanctions. We hope this will happen soon, as Russia’s counter-sanctions are very painful for Europe," he said. Szijjarto underscored that Hungary agrees with the viewpoint of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the necessity of cooperation between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Oct 21 12:02

US House Resolution Seeks New Conflict in Ukraine

The US House of Representatives, which never ceases sticking its nose in other people’s business, is tomorrow scheduled to take up H. Res. 348, a bill “Supporting the right of the people of Ukraine to freely elect their government and determine their future.” The bill can only increase tensions in Ukraine and threaten the fragile eight month old “Minsk II” ceasefire agreement.

Oct 21 12:00

Terrorist groups in Syria hold talks on unification against government forces

"The communications reconnaissance data suggest that the commanders of several large units of the Jabhat Al-Nusra terrorist group have started negotiations with the Islamic State commanders on the unification of forces for containing the advancing Syrian government troops," Konashenkov said. It was also reported that an air strike was carried out by Russian warplanes against the site of gathering of leaders the terrorist groups operating in the area of the town of Sarmin in Syria’s Idlib province. According to the spokesman, "on October 19, intercepted radio exchanges provided information about the planned gathering of the leaders of armed groups" operating in the area of Sarmin. Konashenkov noted that "after additional verification of this information through other channels, identifying the time and place of the meeting, a decision was made to carry out a strike on the site of gathering of terrorist leaders."

Oct 21 11:58

Russian planes hit 83 IS targets in Syria over past 24 hours — Defense Ministry

"The planes of Russia’s aviation group in Syria made 46 sorties against 83 infrastructure facilities of the IS terrorist organization over the past 24 hours," Konashenkov said. The planes hit targets in the provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Damascus, Hama. A facility of the Jabhat al-Nusra group housing a plant manufacturing radio-controlled demolition bombs and also a warehouse with explosive substances was destroyed near Aleppo. Two nearby trucks that delivered dozens of tons of explosives were also destroyed. A field camp of the Jabhat al-Nusra group was also found during the aerial reconnaissance in the town of Khan Shaykhun in the Al-Ghab plain. "The airstrike of Su-25 fighter jets on this facility with its infrastructure - these are places for accommodating gunmen, warehouses and vehicles of terrorists - was destroyed," Konashenkov said. An Islamic State command and observation post in Syria's Idlib province was destroyed as well.

Oct 21 11:55

Putin urges to adopt UN General Assembly resolution on depoliticizing sport

"We consider it important to work out and adopt a separate UN General Assembly resolution to finally seal the principle of depoliticizing sport in international law," Putin said at the first forum of the World Olympians Association (WOA).
IOC chief Bach says chances were high to avoid boycott of 1980 Olympics in Moscow http://tass.ru/en/sport/830740 International boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in the former Soviet Union could have been avoided if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) considered the opinion of Olympians at that time, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

Oct 21 11:54

Cameron rips off steelworkers

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of misleading steelworkers losing their jobs after the recent crisis in the country’s steel industry.

Oct 21 11:54

NHS faces mass walk-outs if Tories force new contracts

A new survey suggests that thousands of British junior doctors will quit the National Health Service (NHS) if the government presses ahead with his threat to impose an unpopular contract on them.

Oct 21 11:53

London refuses to give Russia information on IS positions in Syria — Russia’s ambassador

"We are actively working with the British on the Syrian issue. And my contacts in the Foreign Office show that so far this work has not been very successful," Yakovenko said. According to the ambassador, during the last meeting in the British Foreign Office about a week ago he raised the issue of "Britain’s collaboration with us in terms of identifying the targets to be hit in Syria to destroy the IS." "Unfortunately, I received a negative answer. The British said they would not cooperate with us on this issue," Yakovenko said. He added that he had asked the British side, on behalf of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, to provide contact information of the Free Syrian Army for conducting negotiations. "The answer was negative," he said. "The British side was not prepared to talk to us on this issue as well. I was told that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister [Mikhail] Bogdanov knew well all moderate opposition, therefore there is no need to say once again who to do business with."

Oct 21 11:51

Kiev forces shell self-defense forces near Donetsk — DPR defense ministry

"Around 10pm, [Ukrainian forces] opened fire from small arms and mortars at the Volvo Center, the shelling continued for 1.5-2 hours. This is another attempt to disrupt weaponry withdrawal in DPR," Donetsk News Agency quoted DPR defense ministry as saying. On Tuesday, October 20, Ukrainian forces staged a provocation attempt near the Volvo Center on the north-western outskirts of Donetsk, the defense ministry reminded. "As a result of the Ukrainian provocation, one militiaman was killed and another was seriously injured. The enemy lost up to five people," the ministry added. According to DPR defense ministry, OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) mission also registered the violation of ceasefire regime by Ukrainian forces.

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