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Moscow Delivers Warplanes to Syria, Starts Drone Surveillance Missions

Moscow Delivers Warplanes to Syria, Starts Drone Surveillance Missions

 Russia has delivered new arms including warplanes to Syria as the regime increases attacks on jihadists, officials said Tuesday, in a sign that Moscow s growing support for its ally is having an effect.A senior Syrian military official told AFP Damascus had received a fresh batch of arms, including at least five fighter planes, while a monitoring group said there had been a marked increase in regime attacks on the Islamic State group.The

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Russia: US Occupation to Iraq to be Blamed for the Rise of ISIL

Russia: US Occupation to Iraq to be Blamed for the Rise of ISIL

 Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, dismissed the US claims accusing the Syrian government for the rise of ISIL, saying the terrorist group’s rise goes back to the US-led intervention in Iraq.“ISIL appeared and became active in Iraq when the militants began storming Baghdad … So, ISIL ripened in Iraq during the U.S. occupation … the American occupation should be blamed for the rise of ISIS,” Vitaly Churkin

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Iran and Russia: Clear Conscience Never Fears Midnight Knocking

Iran and Russia: Clear Conscience Never Fears Midnight Knocking

 There is a reason why Iran and Russia are helping Syria in its counter-terrorism effort: They are more concerned about what their conscience whispers than about what the United States and its NATO-Arab allies shout.Allowing a sovereign nation to fall apart is wrong. Lining up behind a blockade of assistance to the Syrian government – even if that would mean an ISIL/al-Qaeda victory – is wrong. It will have immeasurable consequences.

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Obama warns Russia against help to Syria

Obama warns Russia against help to Syria

 President Barack Obama has warned Russia against the continuation of arming the Syrian government in its fight against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday that there are "Russian military experts in Syria who are instructing (the Syrians) on the use of the military systems being delivered" to the Syrian government.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday urged members of

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Lavrov: Russia Has Never Made Syria Military Presence Secret

Lavrov: Russia Has Never Made Syria Military Presence Secret

 Russian Foreign Mnister Sergei Lavrov denied Moscow was ramping up its military presence in Syria, saying it was supplying its Middle Eastern ally with humanitarian aid and military equipment in accordance with existing contracts."Russian planes are sending to Syria both military equipment in accordance with current contracts and humanitarian aid," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters."We have never made our military

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S Korea mulls raising Iran oil imports

S Korea mulls raising Iran oil imports

 South Korea’s deputy trade minister says his country is planning to increase crude oil imports from Iran after sanctions against Iran s economic sectors are lifted.“The amount of Iranian oil imports has halved since the sanctions, but the quality of Iranian crude oil is quite good and its condensate is very useful,” Woo Tae-hee told Korean media after his recent official visit to the Islamic Republic.The Korean official added that if

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Russia warns US of firm response to new sanctions

Russia warns US of firm response to new sanctions

 Russia has warned that a recent decision by Washington to expand its list of sanctions against Russian entities would backfire, saying the move will certainly be reciprocated by Moscow.The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday, slamming the US government for expanding the list of anti-Russia sanctions, saying the move is another element in a whole series of “hostile actions” made by Washington toward Russia in

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Moscow to deliver upgraded S-300 to Tehran soon: Iran defense minister

Moscow to deliver upgraded S-300 to Tehran soon: Iran defense minister

 Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Islamic Republic is set to receive upgraded batteries of the S-300 missile defense system from Russia, saying the delivery will take place soon.“All changes [that have been made] by the Russians over these years will be implemented on the S-300 system that is going to be delivered to Iran and we will receive the system soon,” Dehqan said in a briefing with reporters in

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Russia pledges to veto any anti-Iran sanctions resolution

Russia pledges to veto any anti-Iran sanctions resolution

 Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has pledged to block any future attempts by the UN to hit Iran with fresh sanctions."When Resolution 1929, the last series of sanctions resolutions, was adopted… we made it clear behind closed doors to our US and EU colleagues that Russia will not let another sanctions resolution against Iran be passed," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told

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Iranian, Russian FMs to Hold Meeting on Monday: Report

Iranian, Russian FMs to Hold Meeting on Monday: Report

 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will pay an official visit to the Russian capital of Moscow on Monday to hold a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, a Russian spokesperson said.Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on Saturday that the sides will exchange views on the key issues of global and regional agenda, including the ways to settle the Syrian crisis."The foreign ministers will

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This Is Not a Drill: Russian and NATO Forces Preparing for War?

This Is Not a Drill: Russian and NATO Forces Preparing for War?

 The world should take note: War games conducted by Russian and NATO forces are not hypothetical at all. They are raising the specter of a very real conflict on the European continent.According to the European Leadership Network (ELN), a think thank based in London, "Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated considerably" - at least in part due to war games that feed a climate

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Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Age of Apocalyptic Peril

Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Age of Apocalyptic Peril

It’s the 70th anniversary of the US atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945).On August 9, 1945, President Harry Truman delivered a radio address from the White House: “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.” He did not mention that a second atomic

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Army General says Russia only country that could destroy US

Army General says Russia only country that could destroy US

 US Army General Mark Milley has warned about Russia’s nuclear capability, saying it is the only country on earth that could destroy the United States.“Russia is the only country on earth that contains a nuclear capability that could destroy the United States,” the general told the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.“It’s an existential threat to the United States, so it has capability. Intent, I don’t

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Russia willing for joint Iran in fight against ISIL

Russia willing for joint Iran in fight against ISIL

 Russia has voiced interest to team up with Iran to fight the Takfiri ISIL terrorists operating in the Middle East region. “We can develop anti-terror cooperation with Iran, first of all, in the Middle East region,” Ilya Rogachev, the director of Department of New Challenges and Threats Issues of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Monday.“The notorious international terrorist organization as Islamic State (ISIL) can be

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No emotional statements on Iran talks: Russia to Israel

No emotional statements on Iran talks: Russia to Israel

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has criticized Tel Aviv’s opposition to the conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries, calling on Israeli authorities not to make “emotional statements” on the achievement.“Any emotional statements regarding the reached agreement should probably be postponed until all states have studied the reached deal,” Lavrov said on Wednesday, a day after Iran and the P5+1 group --

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Putin Welcomes N. Agreement with Iran

Putin Welcomes N. Agreement with Iran

 Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow welcomes the decisions and agreement that were reached in Vienna on July 14, aimed at resolving the standoff over Iran s nuclear program."Despite the attempts to justify forceful scenarios, the negotiators made a firm choice in favor of stability and cooperation, which will be reflected in a UN Security Council resolution," Putin said in a statement posted on the Kremlin s website on

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Turkish President Admits Direct Support for Militants in Syria

Turkish President Admits Direct Support for Militants in Syria

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted that Ankara has directly supported terrorists in Syria."If it were not due to the support of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the militants in Syria, they could not have achieved anything," Erdogan said on Sunday, Turkish-language daily Hurriyat reported.He noted that Ankara, Riyadh and Doha have supplied military and logistical backup for the terrorists.Erdogan s remarks came as his

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Russia to supply Saudis with Iskander missile complexes

Russia to supply Saudis with Iskander missile complexes

 Russia has announced its readiness to provide Saudi Arabia with Iskander tactical missile systems, a Russian official says."If we, let’s say, begin the talks today they will certainly take some time," Tass news agency quoted Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Russia’s state weaponry trading corporation Rosoboronexport, as saying on Friday."I think if Saudi Arabia wants buying [sic] this equipment, Russia will supply it,"

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Turkey threatens to launch military intervention in Syria

Turkey threatens to launch military intervention in Syria

 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his country would not hesitate to launch a military intervention in Syria in case of what he referred to as a potential threat to Turkey’s “security.”“If anything occurred that were to threaten Turkish security, we wouldn’t wait for tomorrow, we would go right in,” Turkey’s Today’s Zaman newspaper quoted Davutoglu as saying on Friday.The report by the Turkish daily said Turkey has

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Russia does not want US-Iran war, former US negotiator says

Russia does not want US-Iran war, former US negotiator says

 A former US nuclear negotiator with Iran says Russian President Vladimir Putin does not want a military conflict between Washington and Tehran over the nuclear program."The Russians don t like to see the US going around the world, bombing countries," Gary Samore was quoted as saying by the Associated Press on Wednesday.He said that the United States and Russia have common interests over a possible nuclear agreement between Iran and the

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Moscow opposes limiting Security Council members  veto power

Moscow opposes limiting Security Council members veto power

 Russia says it is against a proposal to restrict the veto power of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council."We cannot agree with the idea to restrict the veto power of the five permanent members," said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Tuesday.The French proposal on limiting the permanent members power of veto "have become more active of late," he said.French President Francois Hollande s

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Russia president vows to continue support for Syria

Russia president vows to continue support for Syria

 Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to push ahead with its support for the Syrian government and nation amid ongoing battle between Damascus and the Takfiri ISIL terrorists. “Our policy of supporting Syria, its leadership and its people remains unchanged,” Putin said Monday in a meeting with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.Putin also said he was assured that the "Syrian people will win in the final run,”

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Hindu extremists beat up Muslim man in northern India

Hindu extremists beat up Muslim man in northern India

 Members of an extremist Hindu organization thrash a Muslim man in India’s northern and most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.Videos posted on social media networks show radicals from the Bajrang Dal organization, whose ideology is based on fundamentalist Hindutva, verbally abusing the victim as a fanatic mercilessly beats the man, identified as Riyaz, with a belt in the city of Muzaffarnagar, situated approximately 130 kilometers (80

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Takfiri militants in Russia s Caucasus pledge allegiance to ISIL

Takfiri militants in Russia s Caucasus pledge allegiance to ISIL

 Takfiri militants in four regions of Russia’s Caucasus have taken oath of allegiance to the ISIL terrorist group operating in Iraq and Syria, according to a recording recently posted online.Based on the voice recording which emerged on video sharing website YouTube on Sunday, militants in Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria regions have all pledged allegiance to ISIL leader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,

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Turkey, Israel Hold Secret Talks to Normalize Ties: Report

Turkey, Israel Hold Secret Talks to Normalize Ties: Report

 Senior Israeli official on Monday met with Turkish counterparts to discuss the normalization of the ties between the two countries, the first such meeting after a year-long lull in the tentative contacts, Israeli report said on Monday.“After over a year of deep freeze in Israeli-Turkish ties, talks about a reconciliation agreement between the two nations have resumed with a secret meeting between Foreign Minister director general Dore

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Belgium to unblock Russia’s frozen dimplomatic accounts

Belgium to unblock Russia’s frozen dimplomatic accounts

Belgium says it will unfreeze the bank accounts of Russian diplomatic missions that were recently seized in an apparent legal case after Moscow pledged a firm response to the move.On Saturday, Henrik Van de Velde, a Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman, quoted the country’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders as saying that “a solution has been found to unblock as a priority accounts for the running of the embassies, and the rest will

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More than 400 People from Chechen Join ISIL since 2011

More than 400 People from Chechen Join ISIL since 2011

More than 400 Chechen volunteers left Russia to join the fighting in Syria on the side of the Takfiri group, ISIL, since the beginning of the war in that region. The fate of most of them for the moment is unknown."A total of 405 people, according to our data, have left Chechnya to join the fighting in Syria on the side of the Islamic State since the beginning of the war in that region," a spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry told RIA

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Russian fighter jet encounters US spy plane very closely over Black Sea

Russian fighter jet encounters US spy plane very closely over Black Sea

American military officials have said that a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft encountered with a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea last month.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CNN on Thursday that the two aircraft came within 10 feet of each other on May 30.According to the officials, the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet, flying at high speed, flew alongside the US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft at the same

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AKP has no red lines in forming coalition government: Turkish premier

AKP has no red lines in forming coalition government: Turkish premier

Turkey’s ruling party sees no "red lines" in talking with the opposition parties on forming a coalition government, the Turkish premier says.Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a live interview with state television on Wednesday that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) would seek to form a coalition government, but warned that if talks failed, AKP would consider every possible option, even holding early elections.“Only the

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Parliamentary elections kick off in Turkey

Parliamentary elections kick off in Turkey

 People in Turkey have started voting in important parliamentary elections, the results of which will determine whether or not President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can fulfill his ambitions for taking full control of the executive powers constitutionally in the hands of the country’s prime minister.Erdogan, who was elected president in August 2014 after over 11 years of serving as prime minister, now feels confident that he can transform Turkey

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S-300 Ban Removal to Open Big Opportunities in Iran-Russia Ties: Iran s Envoy

S-300 Ban Removal to Open Big Opportunities in Iran-Russia Ties: Iran s Envoy

 Iran s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said the removal of restrictions on S-300 deliveries to Iran will create great possibilities for the expansion of bilateral cooperation.Russia s decision to lift the ban on the delivery of S-300 missile system will open up big opportunities for promotion of technical and military cooperation between the two countries, Sanaei said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant.He also stressed

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Russia says US meddling in FIFA affairs

Russia says US meddling in FIFA affairs

 Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is meddling in the affairs of the world football governing body by trying to block Sepp Blatter’s reelection bid for the FIFA presidency.“This is clearly an attempt to block the reelection of Blatter as president of FIFA and is an extremely serious breach of the principles of how international organizations work,” Putin said Thursday in a speech aired on state TV.The comments by

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Iranian, Russian DMs Discuss Bilateral Ties over Phone

Iranian, Russian DMs Discuss Bilateral Ties over Phone

  Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu on Wednesday discussed mutual cooperation, and reiterated expediting implementation of bilateral agreements.During the phone talk, Brigadier General Dehqan and General Shoigu exchanged views on defense cooperation between the two countries as well as the latest regional and international developments.The two

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Russia stresses Iran nuclear rights

Russia stresses Iran nuclear rights

 “I want to reassure you that Russia will do everything in its power, like before, so that the agreement, satisfying the Iranian side, ensuring Iran’s rights in the nuclear sphere is reached,” Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday.The diplomat, who is Russia’s top nuclear negotiator, also expressed hope that a final nuclear accord would lead to the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.“And it is important that now we are close to a solution

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Nepal Quake-Ravaged Temple Faces Threat from Looters

Nepal Quake-Ravaged Temple Faces Threat from Looters

 Surrounded by ochre rubble, Pannakaji beds down on a mattress wedged between Buddha statues at Kathmandu s "Monkey Temple", hoping to deter looters from the quake-ravaged site where his ancestors have served as priests for 1,600 years.The hilltop Swayambunath Temple complex, one of Nepal s oldest and most sacred religious monuments, was partly reduced to debris by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25.Some of the

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Nepal earthquake death toll hits 4,138, Interior Ministry says

Nepal earthquake death toll hits 4,138, Interior Ministry says

 The death toll from a devastating earthquake that shook the impoverished South Asian country of Nepal has exceeded 4,100.According to Nepal 1 television station citing the country s Interior Ministry on Monday, the death toll from this weekend s earthquake currently stands at 4,138.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Program is gearing up for a large-scale aid operation in Nepal as the Asian country reels from its deadliest earthquake in

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