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Feb 7 2020

Next Syria summit in Astana format may take place in March – Ankara


A new summit on Syria in the Astana format may take place in March, Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesperson for the Turkish president, said. “A meeting in the Astana format may take place in March, work is underway on that issue,” he told reporters in Ankara on Thursday. Kalin added that a military delegation from Russia was expected to arrive in Turkey to discuss Syria, TASS reported. The Astana trio – Russia, Iran and Turkey – held a summit in Turkey in mid-September 2019. The three countries also maintain contacts within the framework of high-level meetings on Syria in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. …

Feb 7 2020

‘Unplanned meetings on Syria convene when UN-recognized terrorists are under attack’ – Russia’s envoy to Security Council


As Damascus forces repel attacks in terrorist-held Idlib, emergency Security Council sessions are called along a familiar pattern, Russia’s UN envoy said. As “violence only to terrorize and subdue” broke out in Idlib, the US, France and Britain convened an impromptu UN Security Council meeting on Thursday. The American representative slammed what she called an “unjustified military offensive” launched by Syrian government forces to defeat armed radicals led by Syria’s main al-Qaeda faction HTS – still better known as the al-Nusra Front despite multiple rebrandings. Moscow’s envoy to the international body, Vassily Nebenzia, dismissed the complaints as hypocritical – noting …

Feb 7 2020

Day of Violence in Jerusalem: Three Attacks on Israeli Troops, Two Palestinian Security Officers Killed By IDF


Click to see full-size image February 6th, saw several escalations in violence in Jerusalem, more than likely as a result of US President Donald Trump’s “peace plan.” Just before noon on the day, a man walked up to Israeli police officers on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and opened fire, lightly wounding one of them. He fled on foot, officers caught up to him, shot and killed the perpetrator. The shooter was identified as Shadi Bana, 45, an Arab Israeli from Haifa. He also owned a flower shop, and was liked by both Jewish and Arab neighbors, according to Channel …

Feb 7 2020

In Video: 1st Test Flight Of Modernised Tu-160M Strategic Bomber


Russia’s modernised missile-carrying bomber Tu-160M ​​conducted its first test flight, Russian aerospace and defence company Tupolev reported on February 2. “On 2 February 2020, the first flight of the first deeply modernised Tu-160M ​​prototype bomber based on the Tu-160 combat aircraft took place at the KAZ airfield named after S. P. Gorbunov, a branch of PJSC Tupolev”, the press service said. The flight was carried out at an altitude of 1,500 metres and lasted 37 minutes. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Is Russia Overtaking the US in the Realm of Strategic Bombers? The post In Video: 1st Test Flight Of Modernised …

Feb 7 2020

Israeli Attack on Damascus Put At Risk Civilian Flight With 172 Passengers on Board


Click to see full-size image On February 6th, the passenger plane, which landed at the time of the Israeli attack near Damascus, almost came under fire from Syria, the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov said. According to the general, after 2 a.m. on February 6th four Israeli F-16 fighter jets without entering Syrian airspace suddenly launched eight air-to-ground missiles at the suburbs of Damascus. During the deflection of the air strike, the Syrian air defense actively used anti-aircraft missile systems. At the same time, at the time of the attack by the Israeli fighters in …

Feb 7 2020

Al-Jaafari: Syria won’t hesitate in carrying out its duty to rescue citizens in Idleb from terrorism


New York, SANA- Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said that Syria won’t hesitate in carrying out its duty to rescue its citizens in Idleb from terrorist organizations’ control and liberate every inch of its territory. During a UN Security Council’s session on the situation in Syria on Thursday, al-Jaafari said that some permanent member countries seek turning the Security Council into a platform for NATO to stir ignite against Syria, and try to exert all forms of pressure on the country. Al-Jaafari criticized some countries’ call for holding an urgent Security Council meeting on Idleb while its …

Feb 7 2020

Video Shows Moment When Syrian Army Troops Entered Saraqib


https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/1-5.mp4 On February 6, units of the Syrian Army entered on the  town of Sarakeb, located on the crossroad of the M4 and M5 highways in the province of Idlib. On February 7, government troops started dismantling mines and bombs planted by militants in the town. Click to see full-size map. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Turkish Artillery Supports Militants’ Counter-Attack In Idlib: Reports The post Video Shows Moment When Syrian Army Troops Entered Saraqib appeared first on .

Feb 7 2020

A person injured in explosion of IED planted in car in al-Fahamah area , Damascus.-


Damascus, SANA- A person was injured in IED blast planted in a car by terrorists in al-Fahamah area in Damascus. A source at Police Command told SANA reporter that an IED planted by terrorists in a car parked in Khalid IBN al-Walid street went off , causing the injury of an 18 –years- old young man. Shaza

Feb 7 2020

NYT: ‘Iran-Backed Militia’ Attack That Provoked Soleimani Killing Was Possible ISIS False Flag


Originally appeared at ZeroHedge The initial major rationale and justification the US administration offered for the drone assassination of IRGC Gen. Qassem Soleimani and commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was the Dec.27 rocket attack on K1 camp in Kirkuk, which houses coalition forces. That attack involving surface-to-surface missile strikes killed an American contractor and reportedly wounded several US troops. Washington immediately blamed the Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary group Khataib Hezbollah, with Mike Pompeo saying of the attack: “We will not stand for the Islamic Republic of Iran to take actions that put American men and women in jeopardy,” after he briefed President …

Feb 7 2020

Libyan warring sides reconvene to discuss ceasefire agreement – UN envoy


The UN’s special representative for Libya has said the country’s warring sides are working to turn a provisional ceasefire into a formal agreement as they emerged from four days of talks. Ghassan Salame, head of the United Nations support mission in Libya, said rival military leaders are negotiating the remaining sticking points in a ceasefire deal. Salame said delegates will reconvene Friday to discuss the latest draft, AP reports. That agreement must then be sent back to their respective leaders for approval. The return of internally displaced people, the disarmament of armed groups, ways to monitor a truce and how …

Feb 7 2020

Special Operations Forces of Israel’s Armed Forces


Click to see the full-size image Written by Colonel N. Turchin, Colonel M. Mikhailov; Originally appeared at Foreign Military Review #10 2019, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront Special Operations Forces (SOF) are created, trained and equipped formations, units and divisions in the armed forces (AF) of a number of states intended for conducting sabotage and intelligence operations, organising insurgent and guerrilla activities, armed attacks, assisting foreign states in ensuring their internal security and other tasks. The SOF include Special Forces Units, which in most states are referred to as Commandos, or Rangers, combat diver units in the Navy, and special aviation units. The …

Feb 7 2020

Xi says China ‘confident & capable’ of beating coronavirus outbreak in phone call with Trump


China has taken aggressive measures to combat a lethal viral outbreak sweeping the country, enacting the most comprehensive and strict efforts to contain the illness, President Xi Jingping told his American counterpart in a phone call. Having declared a “people’s war” on the fast-spreading coronavirus, Xi told President Donald Trump that China was “fully confident and capable” of overcoming the epidemic and was already seeing positive results, adding that Beijing’s long term economic prospects would not change. Trump responded by expressing confidence in Beijing’s “strength and resilience” in confronting the virus, Reuters reported.

Feb 7 2020

Israeli airstriske on Damascus endangered civilian flight with 172 passengers on board – Russian Defense Ministry


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Feb 7 2020

India’s new ambassador to US confirmed by Trump in Oval Office credentials ceremony


India’s ambassador-designate to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, was confirmed in the position after presenting his diplomatic credentials to President Donald Trump at a ceremony in Washington. President Trump welcomed the career foreign service official back to the US capital on Thursday, wishing Sandhu success in his duties as ambassador and “fondly recalling” his friendship with this Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Embassy said in a statement. Observing that the two leaders had moved New Delhi and Washington closer together, Sandhu said he was committed to strengthening a “strategic partnership” based on “mutual trust and friendship, democratic …

Feb 7 2020

Coronavirus infections TRIPLE on cruise liner quarantined in Japan with thousands of passengers stuck in ‘floating prison’


Dozens of additional passengers aboard a cruise liner in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections on the ship to 61 as 3,700 people remain trapped on the quarantined vessel. With the number of infections on the ship tripling on Thursday as health screenings continue, Japan now counts at least 86 cases of the lethal coronavirus nationwide, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. The illness has since spread to some 25 other countries, infecting over 30,000 and claiming 635 lives in total, most of them in China. Also on rt.com Coronavirus …

Feb 7 2020

Latin America free to make own policy choices – Russia’s FM Lavrov on US threats & ‘humiliating’ Monroe Doctrine


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hit back at threats from Washington over Moscow’s support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, insisting Caracas and its neighbors deserve the option not to be US vassal states. “I have heard the threats from Washington about punishing all those who work with Venezuela,” Lavrov confirmed during a press conference in Mexico City on Thursday. “But we are used to that. We are used to American officials saying that yes, Washington is still true to the Monroe Doctrine.” Russia was merely offering Venezuela and its neighbors in the region a second option, beyond the status quo of subjugation …

Feb 7 2020

Image: The Ultimate Punishment


Imam Khamenei: Iran’s IRGC hit an immediate blow and crashed the American base with its missiles and trampled that arrogant oppressing government’s grandeur and credit but its ultimate punishment is expelling from the region.

Feb 6 2020

Latest Updates on Afghanistan, 6 February 2020


1. Khost: The abduction of a US contractor named Mark R. Frerichs in the Khost.So far, no group has accepted any responsibility regarding abduction of this person, and the Haqqani network which is allies of Taliban, is accused for this kidnapping. 2. Nangarhar:According to the announcement of Ministry of Defense, in the operation of air force in the city of Achin, 11 members of Taliban were killed. 3. Mojib Al Rahman Rahimi Spokesman of Abdullah Abdullah: We do not accept the combination of the negotiator committee with Taliban that is appointed by President (Ashraf Ghani). There has been no consultation …

Feb 6 2020

Trump says US raid in Yemen neutralized al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula leader Qasim al-Raymi


The commander of al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Qasim al-Raymi, was killed in a counter-terrorism raid in Yemen, US President Donald Trump has stated, but the group is unlikely to disappear anytime soon. “Under Rimi, AQAP committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces,” the president said in a statement on Thursday. His death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qa’ida movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security. White House confirmation about the targeted killing …

Feb 6 2020

Feel the Bern? Sanders takes lead in New Hampshire, him & Buttigieg gain ground nationwide after Iowa caucus fail – polls


Following the Iowa caucus fiasco – the results of which are still unclear– Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders have gained support, with the latter taking quite a solid lead in New Hampshire, fresh polls indicate. All eyes are now on New Hampshire, where the next Democratic primary is set to take place on Tuesday. Sanders enjoys 24 percent support in the state, according to a poll by Monmouth University released on Thursday. This gives him a solid lead over the rest of the Democratic candidates with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Buttigieg in second place with 20 percent support, while …

Feb 6 2020

Facebook faces a lawsuit in Canada over refusal to do more to protect users’ data


The Canadian Privacy Commissioner has brought the US company to court after it refused to take measures to protect personal information following a probe that showed it virtually shunned responsibility over users’ data. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien now seeks Facebook to be declared in violation of Canada’s privacy law and legally obliged to rectify “major shortcomings” in its privacy practices. The lawsuit filed with Canada’s Federal Court demands Facebook “implement effective, specific and easily accessible measures to obtain, and ensure it maintains, meaningful consent from all users.” It also seeks to bar the social media company from “further collecting, using …

Feb 6 2020

Coronavirus kills 69 more people in China’s Hubei as total cases soar beyond 30,000


China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of a lethal viral outbreak, has reported just shy of 2,500 additional cases of the illness and 69 new deaths, bringing the worldwide disease toll to over 30,000, with at least 635 fatalities. DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Feb 6 2020

Sanders declares victory in Iowa as DNC demands a ‘recanvass’


Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has declared victory in the Iowa caucus after three days of chaotic counting and recounting, calling the popular vote in his own favor with 97 percent of precincts reporting. “What I want to do is thank the people of Iowa for the victory they gave us on Monday night,” Sanders said in a press conference on Thursday. With some 97 percent of precincts reporting, the Vermont senator is ahead in the popular vote by over 6,000, but still lags slightly in delegates behind South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. Thank you Iowa for bringing our campaign …

Feb 6 2020

Canada train derails and crude oil catches fire only months after similar crash 11 km away (VIDEO)


Residents of the Canadian village of Guernsey have been evacuated after a train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire a few kilometers away from the settlement that was affected by a similar disaster last year. Videos from the site show plumes of black smoke rising from a pile of cars crammed into each other. Thirty one cars derailed and a dozen of them caught fire, while the train was 104 cars long. Drone footage of today's CP crude oil train derailment east of Guernsey, courtesy of Philippe Gaudet. #sask #saskatchewan #trains #skpoli pic.twitter.com/aIE7FhcuAr — Guy Quenneville (@gqinsk) February 6, …

Feb 6 2020

Iowa disaster redux: DNC demands recanvass as more sordid details emerge about Shadow app’s backers


Increasingly glaring irregularities in the Iowa caucus have forced DNC chair Tom Perez to call for a recanvass, as new revelations about those who funded the fiasco suggest a campaign to steal not just the election, but the party. Just when it looked like the Iowa caucus nightmare was over, with 97 percent of precincts reporting and so many “inconsistencies” glossed over to reach that point that the most corrupt banana republic would raise an eyebrow, Perez has called for a do-over. “In light of the problems that have emerged” and “to assure public confidence in the results,” the party …

Feb 6 2020

Militants Own Drone Crashes Near Idlib City


In the late hours of February 6, a locally-made drone crashed in the outskirt of Idlib city in the northwestern region of Syria. Opposition activists, who shared a photo of the drone’s wreckage, claimed that it was being operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). However, these claims were nothing but propaganda. Click to see full-size image. The drone’s designed resembles the type usually used by militants to attack Russian and Syrian targets, especially the Hmeimim Air Base. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), that controls Idlib city, is reportedly responsible for manufacturing and operating these primitive drones. The terrorist group …

Feb 6 2020

‘Dangerous tendencies’: China slams German media over ‘racist’ reports amid coronavirus outbreak


Beijing has slammed “some particular” German media over spreading “discrimination and xenophobia” in the face of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. And it appears a leading German magazine has found itself in the crosshairs. “Some particular media and media representatives, who have supposedly signed up to the values of objectivity and rationality, do not shy away from publishing racist statements and tolerating xenophobic tendencies, directed against China in particular,” the Chinese Embassy in Beijing said in a damning statement as it minced no words to express its “strong protest” and “highest dissatisfaction” over the issue. Also on rt.com Staaanley! Bojo’s father …

Feb 6 2020

Syrian Army Repels Large Militant Attack In Southern Idlib


Late on February 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a large-scale attack on its newly-established positions in the southern Idlib countryside. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies launched the large attack in the afternoon. Opposition sources claimed that the Turkish military’s artillery provided the militants with support. However, this is yet to be verified. Muraselon, a pro-government outlet, said that the SAA maintained all of its positions in the towns of Dadik and Nayrab, the main targets of the failed attack. A military source told the news outlet that dozens of militants were killed during the …

Feb 6 2020

‘Must have studied theology at Trump University’: Donald Jr. schooled after trying for Pelosi diss with Bible reference


Donald Trump Jr. got an unexpected Bible lesson when going after Nancy Pelosi with a Satan reference and learned that he didn’t know the holy text well enough. Don Jr. has plenty of reasons to insult Pelosi, but his latest diss didn’t really hit the mark. “Likelihood of Nancy Pelosi praying for Trump is about the same as the likelihood of Satan running around quoting the Scriptures,” Trump Jr. tweeted in response to a video of his father at the National Prayer Breakfast criticizing people who “use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.” Likelihood of …

Feb 6 2020

Pablo Escobar’s hitman Popeye dies of cancer at 57, showing little remorse for his killings


Pablo Escobar’s former hitman Jhon Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, aka Popeye, has died of stomach cancer. The notorious killer called himself a “holy warrior” in an interview with RT and said that “taking up arms is always an option.” Vasquez was known as the right hand of the notorious drug lord, commanding Escobar’s army of hitmen. He surrendered to Colombian law enforcement in 1992, a year before his boss was killed. While in custody, Popeye confessed to personally committing hundreds of murders and orchestrating thousands more. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison – the highest possible sentence in Colombia …

Feb 6 2020

PHONY liberal media turns Republican Romney into HERO for sticking it to Trump (just like it did McCain & Bush)


Mitt Romney is the latest token Republican being hoisted up on the shoulders of the mainstream media thanks to his “courageous” decision to defy Donald Trump by voting with Democrats to impeach the president. You would think the Utah senator single-handedly defeated Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and then rescued a few kittens out of trees on his way home the way the media is writing about him. The New Yorker declared that the former presidential candidate “seized” a chance to “rewrite his own place in history” with his impeachment vote. An opinion piece in the Washington Post deemed the …

Feb 6 2020

The army enters strategic city of Sarakeb, dismantle mines


Idleb, SANA-Units of the Syrian Arab Army entered on Thursday the strategic city of Sarakeb in Idelb Eastern countryside from many directions and started acts of dismantling mines and bombs planted by terrorists in the city, hours after liberating Afes town to the north of the area. SANA reporter said the Army units entered the city from the four directions after tightening the noose around it. Meanwhile, the reporter stressed that units of the army confronted a fierce attack by the terrorists on al-Nayrab axis to the northeastern sides of Sarakeb and the axis of Mardikh to the south of …

Feb 6 2020

Syrian, Russian Warplanes Target Militant Positions In Idlib City (Video)


On February 6 eve, warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out a series of airstrikes on Idlib’s city center. According to opposition sources, the airstrikes targeted the district of Sheikh Thulth. Syrian and Russian warplanes also targeted several positions in the vicinity of the city, including the spinning and weaving plant. https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/video_2020-02-06_19-49-34.mp4 The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is now stationed only 9 km to the south of Idlib city. Earlier today, the army liberated the city of Saraqib, one of the biggest urban centers in the region. Beside the recent wave …

Feb 6 2020

Suspect in car ramming attack that left 12 Israeli soldiers injured detained after massive manhunt


Israeli security forces have detained the suspected terrorist who drove his car through a group of IDF recruits, injuring a dozen of them. He is reportedly a Palestinain man from East Jerusalem. The car ramming attack, that occurred overnight in Jerusalem, left 12 Israeli soldiers injured. While one of them received wounds described as “critical,” nine others have already been discharged from hospital. The attack prompted a massive manhunt, involving various Israeli military and law enforcement units, that ultimately resulted in the arrest of a suspect. The attacker managed to flee the scene of the ramming and was ultimately apprehended …

Feb 6 2020

PayPal freezes magazine’s paychecks for article mentioning Iran, citing US sanctions


Writers for a Jewish magazine in New York have had their paychecks frozen after PayPal flagged the transactions as a violation of US sanctions against Iran – because one payment included a note referencing the country. Paychecks for nine contributors to Jewish Currents have been snarled in the ever-growing US sanctions dragnet, all because the ‘payment purpose’ field on one of them read “January plus Iran piece,” publisher Jacob Plitman told Gizmodo on Wednesday. Nine paychecks of JC staff and contributors are currently being held by PayPal. The reason: we used the word "Iran" in reference to @DavidKlion's piece published …

Feb 6 2020

Russian Olympic Committee head Stanislav Pozdnyakov: ‘Our main goal is to protect athletes’


President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Stanislav Pozdnyakov has stressed that the body’s top goal is to protect national athletes and ensure their participation in the 2020 Summer Games in Japan. In an interview with RT, the prominent fencer and the four-time Olympic gold medalist touched on the topics of Russia’s doping problems, its possible Olympic ban and the devastating coronavirus outbreak. READ MORE: ‘A neutral flag isn’t shame, shame is being stuck in a doping row’: World high-jump champ Lasitskene on Russia’s sport crisis Talking about the crisis inside the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF), whose management resigned last week …

Feb 6 2020

The army destroys dens of terrorists in Aleppo countryside


Aleppo, SANA-Units of the Syrian Arab Army continued on Thursday their military operations against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists on the axis of Khalsa-Qala’Jiah villages, targeting positions of terrorists in Andan and Hreitan in Aleppo northwestern countryside, inflicting them heavy losses. SANA reporter said that the army units carried out fierce clashes with Terrorist groups, destroying their dens and the cannon and rocket launch-pads through which they were targeting safe civilians. Meanwhile, units of the army carried out concentrated strikes, through artillery and rockets, against sites of terrorists and their fortifications in Andan and Hreitan towns to the north of Aleppo. Mazen

Feb 6 2020

SANA reporter: the army enters Sarakeb city in Idleb countryside and dismantle mines


Feb 6 2020

Pope Francis endorses wealth redistribution, calls for an end to tax cuts for the ‘richest people’


Pope Francis blasted the practice of tax cuts for the rich as part of a “structure of sin” and lamented the fact that “billions of dollars” end up in “tax haven accounts” instead of funding “healthcare and education.” Speaking at the seminar set up by the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences  the Pope criticized “the richest people” for receiving “repeated tax cuts” in the name of “investment and development.” These “tax haven accounts” impede “the possibility of the dignified and sustained development of all social agents,” claims the Pope.   He added that “the poor increase around us” as poverty is …

Feb 6 2020

Jerusalem shooter who injured 1 police officer identified as Arab Israeli citizen


An assailant who opened fire on a group of police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, injuring one, has been identified by police as an Arab Israeli citizen. The attacker was shot and killed on the spot by law enforcement. The shooting occurred right outside the Temple Mount on Thursday afternoon. The attacker approached a group of Israeli police stationed near the Lions Gate, abruptly pulling a gun on them and opening fire. One border police officer was “lightly” injured during the shooting, while the attacker was killed on the spot as multiple officers returned fire. “The officers responded with determination, …

Feb 6 2020

Turkish Military Establishes New “Observation Post” In Eastern Idlib Air Base (Video)


On February 6 morning, the Turkish military established a new observation post in the Taftanaz Air Base in the eastern Idlib countryside. The al-Moharar News, an outlet affiliated with the Turkish-backed Sahm Corps, released video showing dozens of battle tanks, armored vehicles and engineer vehicles of the Turkish Armed Forces to the air base. A source in the Syrian military conformed to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that a large Turkish unit was deployed near the towns of Taftanaz, Binnish and Ma’arrat Misrin. Last week, the Turkish military established similar posts around Saraqib in southeast Idlib in an attempt …

Feb 6 2020

Beijing hits out at Taiwanese vice president-elect’s White House visit


China said on Thursday it “firmly opposes” a meeting at the White House between US security officials and a senior Taiwanese politician. Vice President-Elect William Lai made the visit this week during a personal trip to the US, according to Taiwanese media. On Monday, Lai reportedly had a 70-minute meeting with US National Security Council officials. It was not clear what was discussed. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday that Beijing opposes any official exchange between the US and Taiwan. Washington “shall not arrange [for] US leaders, government officials and Congress members to have any form of contact …

Feb 6 2020

BBC struggles to pronounce Irish politician’s name, makes him ‘Russian’ as on-air gaffes continue


BBC’s Newsnight has been ridiculed this week after an online clip of the program was shared on social media, showing the presenter struggling to say a politician’s real (and rather simple) name. With its non-phonetic pronunciation, the English language can be an impenetrable tongue-twisting maze. But as tourists struggle to say the places Leicester Square and Edinburgh correctly, it seems the BBC has problems with simple names. According to BBC Newsnight’s policy editor, Lewis Goodall, the next taoiseach (prime minister of Ireland) could be a man called ‘Mikhail’ Martin. It’s obviously not an easy denomination to say; “Mee-hawl, Meek-hill, Mich-hail”… …

Feb 6 2020

‘Vile,’ ‘Disgraceful’: Outrage after Grenfell chairman requests cladding firm workers be exempt from criminal prosecutions


The chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry is to seek assurances from the government that any evidence provided by employees of the cladding firms won’t be used against them in further criminal prosecutions prompting anger online. Sir Martin Moore-Bick has written to the Geoffrey Cox QC – the attorney general – requesting that any evidence submitted by individuals responsible for the refurbishment of the 24-story block will not be used to incriminate them. 72 residents perished in the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. Moore-Bick warned that if witnesses do not gain immunity then “they will be considerably less candid …

Feb 6 2020

Tal Tamer power station goes out of service in a Turkish aggression on high-voltage wires


Hasaka, SANA- Tal Tamer power transmission station 66/20 KV in western countryside of Hasaka went out of service in a Turkish aggression on the 66kv power line feeding the station. Director of Hasaka Electricity Company Anwar al-Ekla told SANA that following to the Turkish aggression which caused Tal Tamer station to go out of service, the Company’s workshops started to repair 66kv high-voltage line. He added that targeting the high-voltage wires caused a power cut off in Tal Tamer town and in its surroundings of the village of Um al-Kaif, northwest of Tal Tamer. Al-Ekla pointed out that the power …

Feb 6 2020

Breaking the barriers: Simone Biles attempts INSANE vault previously only done by men (VIDEO)


US gymnastics star Simone Biles has wowed fans by demonstrating a jaw-dropping element she has been practicing for the Tokyo Games – one which has never been performed by any female gymnast before. The four-time Olympic champion posted a video from her training session, in which she completes a gravity-defying Yurchenko double-pike vault before landing in a foam pit. READ MORE: ‘Is it humanly possible?’ US gymnast Simone Biles hits insane triple-double on floor (VIDEO) “2020?” Biles captioned the post, making it clear she might attempt the vault at the Tokyo Games this summer. The extremely difficult gymnastics element – which …

Feb 6 2020

Russian General Staff chief, NATO commander in Europe meet in Baku to discuss incidents prevention


The chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ General Staff, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov met in Baku, Azerbaijan with the Commander-in-Chief of NATO forces in Europe General Tod Wolters and discussed incidents prevention, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. They exchanged opinions of strategic stability and situations in crisis regions and discussed practical steps to prevent military incidents, according to the Russian military. Earlier on Thursday, Gerasimov met with Azerbaijan’s President Ilkham Aliyev and hold a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Colonel-General Nijmeddin Sadykov, TASS reported. International and regional security and crucial issues of military and military-technical cooperation …

Feb 6 2020

Khamis: Syrian- Iranian economic relations moving steadily towards further development


Damascus, SANA- Prime Minister Imad Khamis on Thursday discussed with Hassan Danaeifar, an advisor to First Vice-President of Iran and secretary of the joint committee on the economic development between Iran, Syria, and Iraq and the accompanying delegation prospects of bolstering economic and investment cooperation between Syria and Iran aimed at facing challenges and sanctions against the peoples of the two countries. Talks during the meeting dealt with mechanisms to overcome obstacles to implement agreements signed between the two countries and expand cooperation in investment , foreign trade , industry , infrastructure, housing, transportation, and the approved standards for commodity …

Feb 6 2020

Turkish Artillery Supports Militants’ Counter-Attack In Idlib: Reports


On February 6 afternoon, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies launched a large-scale counter-attack in the southeastern Idlib countryside. Opposition activists said that the Turkish artillery is supporting the offensive, which is targeting the towns of Dadik and Nayrab to the northwest of Saraqib city. These claims have not been confirmed, so far. During the attack, two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) by HTS targeted positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Daik and Nayrab. Click to see full-size map. HTS’s Turkish-backed allies claimed that they have “recaptured” the town of Tell Karrathin from the army. …

Feb 6 2020

Trump slams Romney & Pelosi for faith-based hypocrisy during impeachment


US President Donald Trump took a veiled swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the sole Republican senator to vote for his removal, Mitt Romney, slamming those who use their faith to justify “doing what they know is wrong.” Trump avoided calling the sanctimonious pair out by name during the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, but everyone listening seemed to know which “very dishonest and corrupt people” he was referring to with his accusations of rank religious hypocrisy. President Trump: "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do …