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Jun 15 2021

People of Farfara village in Hasaka countryside intercept a convoy of US occupation forces

Hasaka, SANA- In expression of their rejection of the presence of US occupation forces or any occupation force in Syrian al-Jazeera region, Peopel of Farfara village in Hasaka countryside intercepted a convoy of military vehicles of US occupation forces and QSD militia and forced it to retreat. SANA reporter in Qamishli said that the locals of Farfara village intercepted a US convoy consisting of four armored vehicles, accompanied by a car of QSD militia and threw it stones while the convoy was trying to pass near their village, causing material damage to a number of vehicles. Nisreen Othman / Shaza …

Jun 15 2021

Russia complains to YouTube after US tech giant blocks MP’s video accusing West of discriminating against Sputnik V Covid-19 jab

Russia’s media regulator Roskomnadzor has sent a complaint to Google after the US tech giant blocked a video published by a politician, who claimed that the West is discriminating against the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V. In a statement published on Monday, Roskomnadzor revealed that it sent a letter appealing to the heads of Google to remove all restrictions on the clip “as soon as possible.” “Roskomnadzor’s letter notes that such actions by Google violate key principles of the free dissemination of information, unimpeded access to it, and are an act of censorship,” the regulator explained. The blocked video, published …

Jun 15 2021

Anti-lockdown movement is breeding ground for far-right extremism, says German intelligence agency

Germany’s domestic intelligence service has said protest movements opposing the government and its measures to restrict the spread of Covid-19 have given a boost to the country’s far-right extremists. Speaking on Tuesday, Angela Pley, a spokeswoman for the BfV domestic security agency, said it was carefully watching members of the ‘Querdenker’, or ‘Lateral Thinkers’ movement, which has been involved in the organization of increasingly violent protests against Covid-19 lockdowns. The group’s members include conspiracy theorists as well as many suspected extremists, she stated.  “Legitimate protests against the coronavirus politics are being repeatedly and increasingly exploited to provoke an escalation,” Pley …

Jun 15 2021

EU says it has settled 17-year dispute with US over Boeing & Airbus subsidies

Brussels and Washington have reached a settlement over state subsidies for aircraft manufacturers. Since 2004, the EU has accused the US of providing illegal aid to Boeing, while Washington claimed Brussels was subsidizing Airbus. The two sides managed to resolve the issue during the meeting between US President Joe Biden and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at a US-EU summit in Brussels. “This meeting has started with a breakthrough on aircraft; this really opens a new chapter in our relationship because we move from litigation to cooperation on aircraft – after 17 years of dispute,” von der …

Jun 15 2021

‘BBC stooge’ heckled & chased by anti-lockdown protesters in Westminster in harrowing VIDEO

BBC Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt faced palpable hostility at an anti-lockdown rally on Downing Street and had to flee behind the police barrier from hecklers chasing him and calling him a “traitor.” The encounter was filmed and released by a group called Resistance GB during a small Monday protest against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to postpone the lifting of the lockdown in England by four more weeks. Watt approached the cameraman, apparently mistaking him for someone working for GB News, the freshly-launched opinionated news channel. It didn’t take long after his mistake was clarified for the the Resistance …

Jun 15 2021

Mikdad, IFRC Secretary General discuss bolstering cooperation

Damascus, SANA- Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad on Tuesday discussed with Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Jagan Chapagain bolstering relations between Syria and IFRC within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding clarifying the legal status of IFRC in Syria. Mikdad affirmed the need of developing those relations in various fields , pointing out to the Syrian state’s readiness to develop cooperation with IFRC and others organizations concerned for follow-up humanitarian needs of the Syrian people in a way that helps to mitigating the impacts of armed terrorist organizations’ crimes …

Jun 15 2021

‘I won’t tell anyone what to do’: Russia boss Cherchesov reacts to fans booing Belgium players taking a knee

Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov says it isn’t his place to tell fans not to boo players taking a knee, after sections of the stadium in St. Petersburg were heard jeering when Belgian players performed the gesture. A strong performance by the experienced Belgians saw them earn a 3-0 win against Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in their Euro 2020 Group B opening game on Saturday night. Before the game kicked off, sections of the 26,000-strong crowd booed as Belgian players dropped to one knee in a show of support linked to the Black Lives Matter movement. The jeers drew grumbling from …

Jun 15 2021

New study proves Hawking was right, black holes only get bigger

Physicists have said that they have proven, by analyzing gravitational waves from space, a theory developed by Stephen Hawking in the 1970s, which states that black holes cannot decrease in surface area over time. In a study published on Monday, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cornell University shared their findings from a research project which analyzed ripples in spacetime created by two black holes that spiraled inward and eventually merged into one bigger black hole.  The ripples studied were the first gravitational waves ever identified, detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in 2015.  Splitting the …

Jun 15 2021

China claims ‘no incidents affecting the environment’ after reports of leak at Taishan reactor

The Chinese government has claimed that radiation levels at the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong are normal following media reports warning of an “imminent radiological threat” following a leak at one of the reactors. Speaking at a news briefing on Tuesday, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson at China’s Foreign Ministry, rejected concerns about the country’s Taishan nuclear power plant, claiming there are no signs of abnormal radiation levels surrounding the reactor. “So far, China’s nuclear power plants have maintained a good operating record, with no incidents affecting the environment and public health,” Zhao said to reporters. The statement from the …

Jun 15 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo replaces Coca-Cola with water bottles at Euro 2020 press conference – and NFL star Tom Brady backs him (VIDEO)

Football legend Cristiano Ronaldo has sent football fans into hysterics after distancing himself from bottles of Coca-Cola at a pre-match press conference ahead of defending champions Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener against Hungary. In a viral clip that has been watched more than 800,000 times, the Juventus forward sits down next to the Portugal national team’s press officer in readiness for questions from reporters. Noticing two bottles of the soft drink in front of him, he grimaces and rocks back in his chair, wondering what to do. Wasting no time, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner then moves the offending items out of shot …

Jun 15 2021

France to continue use of nuclear energy despite reported gas leak at French EDF partner plant in China, environment minister says

The French environment minister stated on Tuesday that Paris will continue to use nuclear energy despite concerns over a build-up of gases in the joint French-Chinese owned reactor in Taishan. Environment Minister Barbara Pompili, in an interview with France Inter Radio, said that France “will use nuclear power for years to come” despite fears. She noted that what happened in Taishan, Guangdong province is not an anomaly and has happened in many other reactors, as well as French reactors. In an attempt to calm fears over the safety of the Taishan plant, Pompili said that following the incidents in Fukushima …

Jun 15 2021

Stolen US Army pistol linked to 4 New York shootings, but military didn’t even know it was missing – media

A US Army pistol stolen from Fort Bragg was reportedly used in four separate New York shootings before police recovered the weapon and the military was even aware it was gone – just one of nearly 2,000 stolen in the 2010s. AP revealed the worrying news on Tuesday after an investigation into at least 1,900 US military weapons that had been “lost or stolen” in the past decade – with some ending up on the streets. Though it’s not clear when exactly the 9mm Beretta M9 was stolen, it was used in several shootings in Albany, New York in both …

Jun 15 2021

Dust Bowl of money: RT’s Keiser Report looks into the man-made disaster that has destroyed the global monetary system

RT’s Keiser Report visits the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami to discuss current mass-migration in the US, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when farmers from the Midwest moved to California. The Dust Bowl was a name given to a period of severe dust storms across the Southern Plains region of the United States during a drought in the 1930s. The disaster caused great damage to ecology and agriculture, killing people and livestock across the entire region from Texas to Nebraska. Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert say that, today, Californians are moving …

Jun 15 2021

IKEA France fined €1mn, ex-CEO given 2-year suspended sentence for snooping on employees

A French court has passed judgement in a high-profile case against a subsidiary of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA, which was accused of illegally obtaining information on hundreds of employees. The company was fined €1 million ($1.21 million), half of what the prosecutors asked for. The chief executive who was in charge at the time the spying took place, Jean-Louis Baillot, was given a two-year suspended sentence and a fine of €50,000. The violations of privacy at the core of the trial took place between 2009 and 2012, when IKEA France hired private security firm Eirpace to help vet job applicants …

Jun 15 2021

‘I’m fine’: Christian Eriksen hails ‘amazing’ reaction from fans in update from hospital bed after shocking Euro 2020 collapse

Denmark and Inter ace Christian Eriksen has been pictured for the first time since he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in an incident which left viewers fearing for his life, revealing he is “fine under the circumstances”. In an outpouring of public support that bosses have described as “overwhelming”, the Danish FA (DBU) has been passing messages on to the stricken star while he continues his seemingly miraculous recovery following his traumatic ordeal. Eriksen’s family and manager visited him shortly after he was admitted, and he has spoken to the rest of the Denmark squad, including a personal chat …

Jun 15 2021

Global crackdown on Big Tech mounting as India plans to expedite Amazon & Walmart antitrust probe

The Indian antitrust regulator will reportedly expedite an investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices by e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart, a local branch of US retail chain Walmart. The probe launched by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in January 2021 was initiated following a complaint alleging that the companies promoted select sellers on their platforms and that deep discounts stifled competition. Both Amazon and Flipkart have denied any wrongdoing. Two people familiar with the issue told Reuters that India’s watchdog was planning to intensify scrutiny in the case as the nation steps up measures against anti-competitive behavior by Big Tech …

Jun 15 2021

Ukrainian opposition leader Medvedchuk lodges complaint in European Court of Human Rights as Kiev’s political crackdown continues

Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of Ukraine’s largest opposition party, has lodged an appeal with Europe’s top civil liberties court over what he claims is a politically motivated effort by Kiev prosecutors to land him behind bars. A statement issued by one of his party’s MPs, Renat Kuzmin, set out the grounds for the appeal to the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday. Kuzmin, who served as the country’s first deputy prosecutor general prior to the 2014 Maidan revolution, explained that Medvedchuk believes the charges are of a political nature, and claimed that officials are “violating his right to a …

Jun 15 2021

Lukashenko says Belarusians should be taught how to handle guns because ‘world has gone crazy’ & Minsk may find itself at war

The entire population of Belarus should learn how to handle firearms because there is no guarantee that the country won’t go to war. That’s according to the nation’s leader, who told students that “the world has gone crazy.” On Monday, Alexander Lukashenko was taken on a tour of military factories in the city of Orsha, near the border with Russia, and revealed his belief that the Belarusian population should be trained how to assemble, fire, and disassemble a machine gun. “Who will guarantee that we will not go to war?” Lukashenko said. “Neither you nor I – no one can …

Jun 15 2021

Military Situation In Donetsk People’s Republic On June 15, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image 1. UAF in Vodyanoe shelled DPR positions in Leninskoe with 120-mm artillery2. UAF in Pavlopil shelled DPR positions in Sosnovskoe with 120-mm artillery3. UAF in Pavlopil shelled DPR positions in Ukrainskoe with 120-mm artillery4. UAF in Opytne shelled DPR positions in Zhabunky with grenade launchers5. DPR forces in Leninskoe targeted UAF positions in Vodyanoe with grenade launchers6. DPR forces in Ukrainskoe targeted UAF positions in Pavlopil with grenade launchers MORE ON THE TOPIC: Support SouthFront FORUM

Jun 15 2021

Israel Deploys Iron Dome To Hold Nationalist March In Jerusalem, Hamas Warns Of Consequences

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 15th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has deployed Iron Dome air defense batteries and raised its level of alert ahead of the Jerusalem Flag March. Hamas warned it would respond to the right-wing march if it goes through as planned, potentially with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Omer Bar-Lev, the newly sworn-in public security minister after a meeting with Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and representatives of several Israeli defense agencies allowed the march to go on as planned. “I was under the impression that the police is well prepared and that …

Jun 15 2021

Military Situation In Yemen On June 15, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 79 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours On June 14, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 18 airstrikes on the Sarwah area On June 14, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Madghal area On June 14, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Hazm area On June 14, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Haradh area On June 14, Ansar Allah attacked King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait with a Qasef 2k suicide drone On …

Jun 15 2021

‘I stand for diversity’: Euro 2020 hothead Arnautovic denies racist goal celebration as North Macedonia urge ‘harshest punishment’

Ex-Premier League striker Marko Arnautovic has denied that a crazed goal celebration in which he appeared to be restrained by his teammates was racially motivated – but North Macedonia chiefs say it was a “nationalistic outburst”. Fiery forward Arnautovic, who was once described as having “the attitude of a child” by Jose Mourinho, reacted in explosive style after scoring his first international goal in two years with a minute remaining in Austria’s first ever win at a Euro finals. Making it 3-1 to his side in their opener against the tournament debutants, antagonistic Arnautovic wheeled towards the crowd while appearing …

Jun 15 2021

How Rigidly Controlled European ‘News’-Media Are

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Eric Zuesse. NATO is America’s military alliance against Russia and China — primarily against Russia, because at the start of the Cold War, the two nuclear superpowers quickly emerged to be U.S. and U.S.S.R. If America blitz-nuclear-attacks Russia, as the U.S. Government’s “Nuclear Primacy” geostrategy ever since at least the year 2006 has envisioned to be the end-game in the Cold War (in order to ‘win’ that War, since a blitz-attacker has a vastly higher likelihood of winning a war, whereas a defender has no opportunity to plan in advance when and where to …

Jun 15 2021

Locations Of US Carrier Strike Groups – June 15, 2021

Support SouthFront This is the newest update of the ‘U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map’ exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map. click to see the full-size image Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing of 65 to 70 aircrafts. It’s composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, …

Jun 15 2021

Top EU court hands data watchdogs greater power to hold tech firms accountable

Issuing a blow to the tech giants, the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that national data watchdogs have the authority to take action against digital companies even if they are not the assigned lead regulator. The ruling announced on Tuesday expands the rights of EU nations to hold tech companies accountable despite not being the nation where those businesses are headquartered. “Under certain conditions, a national supervisory authority may exercise its power to bring any alleged infringement of the GDPR before a court of a member state, even though that authority is not the lead supervisory authority with …

Jun 15 2021

Syria condemns US, Western blatant interference in internal affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua

Damascus, SANA- The Syrian Arab Republic has condemned the US and Western blatant interference in the internal affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua, affirming full solidarity with the Nicaraguan people and government in the face of the US sanctions. In a statement to SANA on Tuesday, a Foreign and Expatriates Ministry official source said “The Syrian Arab Republic condemns the US and Western outrageous interference in the internal affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua which aims to undermine the security and stability in it.” The source added “The Syrian Arab Republic affirms full solidarity with the Nicaraguan people and government …

Jun 15 2021

Planning to invest in Bitcoin? Know its advantages and disadvantages

Support SouthFront SPONSORED Illustrative image Bitcoin is more like other high-risk investments when it comes to its practicality. The investors’ objectives can determine the decision of investing in bitcoin for investment and risk tolerance. It is important to learn the risks and drawbacks of the bitcoin network. Before you start to invest in bitcoin, you must be well aware of its benefits and detriments to make the right decision. Investors should gain knowledge on the basics and market of bitcoin before they invest in it. Additionally, an investor should only risk the specific amount by investing in bitcoin that he/she …

Jun 15 2021

Publicity and Exploitation: Fortress Australia and the Family from Biloela

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark Australian officials and paper mad types are running out of ideas as to how to be cruel towards refugees.  We need to give them some credit: for years they have tried to do what most autocratic and murderous regimes do in a heartbeat: ignore international law, treat it with disdain and use those feeble excuses in the service of sovereignty. As with any system of harm and torture, the justifiers cite a hard form of kindness to prolong the depravity of their conduct.  The drivel of humanitarian falseness abounds: We need …

Jun 15 2021

Fox 26 Houston reporter accuses network of ‘muzzling’ her & others, teases release of recordings from Project Veritas

Ivory Hecker, a reporter with the Houston affiliate of Fox News, fired a surprising broadside at the network, accusing it of suppressing reporting that didn’t fit the desired narrative, and promising to expose it. During a live report on Monday, Hecker alleged that “Fox Corp. has been muzzling” her and possibly other reporters “to keep certain information from you, the viewers.” “I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox,” she said, pointing to the controversial conservative outfit Project Veritas. The material is supposed to be published by the outlet on Tuesday. …

Jun 15 2021

Military Situation In Afghanistan On June 15, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 14, Taliban reportedly captured Khas Uruzgan district in Uruzgan province On June 14, Taliban reportedly captured Sancharak district in Sar-e Pol province On June 15, Taliban attacked Behsud area in Maidan Wardak Province On June 15, clashes between Taliban and Afghan Army continued in the Ghorian district On June 15, 14 Taliban militants including one commander named “Mullah Khan Mohammed” were killed and 4 others were wounded in Nawa district and Lashkargah Helmand provincial center, according to the Afghanistan MOD MORE ON THE TOPIC: Support SouthFront FORUM

Jun 15 2021

Biden-Putin summit agenda revealed: Presidents to discuss Covid-19, Ukraine, hacking, climate change & situation in Middle East

When Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden meet in Geneva on Wednesday for their eagerly awaited summit, they will discuss a wide range of topics, including coronavirus, the war in Donbass, and the fight against cybercrime. That’s according to Yury Ushakov, a Russian diplomat and long-time aide of Putin on foreign policy matters, who announced the plan for the summit on Tuesday. The two heads of state are due to meet at 1pm local time at Geneva’s grand and historic Villa La Grange. The meeting will be the first encounter between the two presidents since Biden ascended to his post …

Jun 15 2021

China Promoted To Full-Fledged NATO Enemy, Ukraine And Georgia Abandoned In The Rain

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 14th, after years of rhetoric, China officially joined the list of NATO enemies alongside Russia. “The strongest and most successful alliance in history” also politely asked Russia to remove the US and Czech Republic from its “unfriendly country list” as it promoted ill spirit. “China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security,” the 30 NATO leaders said in a joint communiqué. “China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal with more warheads and a larger number of sophisticated delivery …

Jun 15 2021

EU hits milestone of 300mn shots administered against Covid-19, says von der Leyen

The president of the European Commission has announced that the 27-nation bloc has now administered more than 300 million vaccine doses in the fight against Covid-19 and remains on track to inoculate 70% of adults by this summer. In a tweet on Tuesday morning, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU had hit another milestone in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.  Von der Leyen stated that more than 300 million vaccines had been administered across the bloc and that the inoculation program would continue at pace. The figure means that around 45% of the EU …

Jun 15 2021

Military Situation In Syria On June 15, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 14, one civilian was wounded by a car bomb blast in al-Bab city On June 14, Turkish Army sent more than 15 armored vehicles and a truck transporting Turkish soldiers to al-Ghab Plain and Lattakia frontlines On June 14, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SAA positions in Salma area On June 14, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SAA positions in Dar al-Kabira and Kafr Nubl areas On June 14, the Russian police and Turkish army carried out a joint military patrol in the vicinity of Ayn al-Arab city MORE ON THE …

Jun 15 2021

Trial of Chinese-Canadian professor goes to jury after FBI agent admits he FALSELY portrayed him as Chinese spy

The trial of a Chinese-Canadian professor accused of defrauding NASA by failing to disclose a conflict of interest has been sent to a jury. The FBI admitted in court that it told a university that he was a spy without any proof. Anming Hu is a Chinese-born scientist, who moved with his family to Canada a decade ago and became a naturalized Canadian citizen. An internationally recognized expert in nanomanufacturing, he worked at the University of Tennessee (UT) and was involved in two engineering projects for NASA. By taking grants from the space agency, he defrauded the US government, because …

Jun 15 2021

Russia To Present A Borey-class Nuclear Submarine At The Army-2021 Forum

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Russia’s ARMY-2021 exhibition will be held between August 22 and 28th this year. In the area of responsibility of the troops and forces in the north-east of Russia, the events of the Forum will be the largest for the entire time of the IMTF. Exhibitions of weapons and military equipment are planned to be held in the period from August 22 to 28 at 9 exhibition sites, which will be deployed in 4 localities of the far eastern Federal District in the Kamchatka territory, the Magadan region and the Chukotka autonomous district. During …

Jun 15 2021

Britain agrees broad terms of post-Brexit trade agreement with Australia

The UK and Australia have agreed on the broad terms of a free trade deal as the British government seeks to expand commercial activity after leaving the European Union. The terms of the deal were struck on Monday night, after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had dinner at Downing Street, a spokesperson for the Department for International Trade confirmed to British media. The pact marks the first agreement negotiated from scratch since the UK quit the EU in early 2020. The new deal, which is to provide British and Australian food manufacturers and other …

Jun 15 2021

Erdogan-Biden Meeting: Turkey Wants To Take Lead In Afghanistan

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 14th, US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting, which was categorized as “good”. Both leaders confirmed their willingness to restore strained ties and increase cooperation. “In our meeting with Mr. Biden, we constructively handled issues that we differ on as well as areas of cooperation. We agreed to keep Turkey-U.S. dialogue channels open just like how strategic partners and allies do,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said after meeting Joe Biden in a closed-door meeting earlier in the day during the NATO summit in Brussels. “We …

Jun 15 2021

‘We do not need foreigners to investigate killings’: Philippines leader Duterte won’t cooperate with ICC killings probe

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman says the Philippines won’t cooperate with a planned International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the thousands of deaths that took place during Duterte’s war on drugs. Speaking on Tuesday, the president’s spokesman, Harry Roque, dismissed the requirement for foreign intervention into the deaths during the nation’s war on drugs.  “We do not need foreigners to investigate killings in the drug war because the legal system is working in the Philippines,” Roque stated. He claimed that the ICC launching a probe into the killings would be “legally erroneous” and was “politically motivated.” Roque stated that they would …

Jun 15 2021

Temperatures to drop, showers expected over coastal mountains

Damascus, SANA- Temperatures will continue to drop gradually to become from 1 to 3 below average as the country is affected by a superficial low air pressure accompanied by southwestern air currents in the upper layers of the atmosphere. The skies will be partly cloudy in general with an opportunity for showers over the coastal mountains, Meteorology Department expected in its Tuesday bulletin, adding that at night, the weather will be relatively cold specifically over the mountains with an increase in surface humidity over the western regions. The wind will be westerly with a low to moderate speed with active …

Jun 15 2021

Stop hyping up ‘China threat theory,’ Beijing tells NATO, which labeled it ‘systemic challenge’ to security

China has accused NATO of slander and attempting to whip up conflict after the bloc’s members released a joint statement admonishing Beijing’s actions on the world stage. The 30-nation military bloc said on Monday that “China’s stated ambitions and assertive behavior present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to Alliance security.” In particular, they noted that China is “rapidly expanding” its nuclear arsenal and conducts military drills with Russia. The NATO countries urged Beijing to uphold its international commitments and “act responsibly” on the world stage.  China’s mission to the EU responded with a statement …

Jun 15 2021

Two civilians injured as QSD militia open fire on them in al-Dirbasyia, Hasaka Countryside

Hasaka, SANA- Two civilians were injured as the US occupation-backed QSD militia opened fire on them in the vicinity of al-Dirbasyia town in Hasaka northern countryside. Local sources told SANA that QSD militants opened fire at a gathering of civilians between the towns of Amouda and al-Dirbasyia near the Turkish borders, as two civilians were injured while state of panic that prevailed among the locals. The areas which are under the control of the QSD militia have been witnessing continued popular demonstrations which demand to expel the militia from the region after it has gone far in its criminal practices …

Jun 15 2021

Putin, Biden to discuss situation in Syria, Libya at Geneva Summit, Ushakov says

Moscow, SANA- Russian President’s Assistant, Yuri Ushakov, said that Russian President, Vladimir Putin will discuss with his US counterpart, during a summit scheduled to be held on Wednesday in Geneva, the situation in Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, in addition to several other issues. Commenting on the meeting’s agenda, Sputnik quoted Ushakov as saying that “the two sides will discuss the status and prospects for developing Russian-American relations, issues of strategic stability, information security, the fight against cybercrime, in addition to the prospects for trade and investment cooperation, combating the novel coronavirus and many other issues.” Ushakov noted that the regional …

Jun 15 2021

China’s solar industry asks producers not to hoard raw materials

The China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) is calling on local solar power developers not to exacerbate the surging costs of raw materials by stockpiling polysilicon and other materials for manufacturing solar components. Companies in the solar power industry, not only in China but all around the world, have been flagging soaring costs for raw materials since the start of this year. The rise in costs, after years of decline, threatens to delay solar installations worldwide. “At present, some photovoltaic companies have drastically reduced operating rates, cut production or even suspended production,” CPIA said on Thursday, as carried by Reuters. Some …

Jun 15 2021

Turkish occupation kidnaps shepherd in Afrin vicinity, northwest of Aleppo

Aleppo, SANA- Turkish occupation forces have kidnapped a shepherd after beating him in the vicinity of Afrin City, northwest of Aleppo. Local sources told SANA that the Turkish occupation forces kidnapped a shepherd after beating and insulting him near one of its military checkpoints in the vicinity of Afrin city in Aleppo northern countryside. The sources indicated that the Turkish occupation forces took the shepherd into the military checkpoint it occupies in the area and confiscated all his sheep. Since the beginning of their aggression on Syrian territory in October 2019, the Turkish occupation forces, through their mercenaries from terrorist …

Jun 15 2021

Western schemes to target Syria have failed miserably, Czech Parliamentarian David says  

Prague, SANA- Czech Deputy at the European Parliament Ivan David has affirmed that the Western attempts to target Syria have failed miserably, therefore; European and Western states are trying to exert pressures on it through imposing unilateral coercive measures. “The repercussions of these measures mainly affect the Syrian citizens and they affect their life and livelihood,” David said in a post on his page on Facebook. He asserted that if these measures are not stopped, they will block the efforts exerted for the return of the Syrian refugees to their homeland. David noted that what Syria has been facing over …

Jun 15 2021

Worldwide coronavirus death toll exceeds 3 million, and 825 thousand

Capitals, SANA-The novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 3 million and 825 thousand people worldwide since its outbreak in December 2019, according to the latest statistics by the American Worldometers website. The website added that the total number of the coronavirus cases worldwide has reached up to 176,953,132 while the death toll has climbed to 3,825,401 and the recoveries have amounted to 161,061,403. The US is still on top of the worst-hit countries by the virus in terms of the number of infections and deaths after recording 615,213 deaths out of 34,331,298 infections, while India comes in …

Jun 15 2021

Biden’s DOJ asks Supreme Court to reimpose death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber, despite pledge to end capital punishment

The US Justice Department is calling on the nation’s highest court to revive the death penalty for the surviving Boston Marathon bomber, despite President Joe Biden’s previous vows to end capital punishment on the federal level. The DOJ filed a 48-page brief with the Supreme Court on Monday, asking justices to reverse a prior ruling that vacated the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who carried out the 2013 bombing along with his brother Tamerlan, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.  “The jury carefully considered each of respondent’s crimes and determined that capital punishment was warranted for the horrors that …

Jun 15 2021

Health Ministry: 46 new coronavirus cases recorded, 7 patients recover, 5 pass away

Damascus, SANA- Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that 46 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Syria, adding that 7 patients recovered and 5 others passed away. The Ministry said in a statement that the total number of coronavirus infections recorded in Syria till now has reached up to 24,860 of which 21,682 have recovered, while 1,815 have passed away. It is noteworthy that the first coronavirus was registered in Syria on March 22nd last year in a person who came from abroad, while the first fatality was recorded on the 29th of the same month. Rafah al-Allouni/ Ruaa al-Jazaeri FORUM

Jun 15 2021

One dead, 2 wounded after shootout erupts over masking rules in Georgia store

A store clerk was fatally shot and a suspected assailant and a police officer injured after a dispute over a face mask requirement escalated into a firefight inside a store in Georgia. After getting into an argument with a cashier at a Decatur, Georgia supermarket on Monday afternoon, 30-year-old Victor Lee Tucker allegedly opened fire, killing the employee and sparking a gun battle inside the store, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). “Tucker left the store without making his purchase, but immediately returned inside,” the bureau said, adding that he “walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out …