* A Russian Su-27 fighter jet has intercepted a US Navy EP-3E Aries plane over the Black Sea near Russian airspace and escorted it away in a safe manner, the Russian Defense Ministry said on November 5. * The US President Donald Trump said in Washington on November 5 that he was not sure if he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris next week. Both the US and Russian officials have previously confirmed that a meeting between two leaders would be held in Paris on the sidelines of events on November 11 to commemorate the 100th years anniversary of the end of the World War I. * International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde on November 5 called for efforts to create a more inclusive type of multilateralism so as to "avoid replaying the discordant notes of the past." * China's cumulative services imports are expected to exceed US$2.5 trillion in the next five years, a Ministry of Commerce (MOC) report showed Tuesday, November 6. * Australia's Prime Minister Scott … [Read more...] about World News in Brief: November 6
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* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply saddened by the damage and terrible loss of life and injuries caused by the earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, said his spokesman on September 28. The United Nations stands ready to support the government-led rescue and relief efforts. * Trami, the 24th typhoon of the year, had forced over 2,000 residents of eastern China's Fujian Province to be evacuated as of September 29, local authorities said. * The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on September 29 demanded the United States take steps to secure Pyongyang's trust before its denuclearization. * Speaking to the UN General Assembly on September 28, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that several Western countries are using coercive methods to "slow down the irreversible" emerging multipolar world order and their acts are "illicit." * The Philippines' outstanding debt hit record high of US$131.498 billion in the first eight months of 2018 on the … [Read more...] about World News in Brief: September 30
Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet at a defence show in Tehran on Tuesday. Iranian Defence Ministry / AFP | Photo taken on August 13, 2018. Defence Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, standing by the next generation short-range ballistic missile "Fateh Mobin" Images on state television showed President Hassan Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new "Kowsar" plane at the National Defence Industry exhibition. It is a fourth-generation fighter, with "advanced avionics" and multi-purpose radar, the Tasnim news agency said, adding that it was "100-percent indigenously made". State TV said the plane had already been through successful testing and showed it waiting on a runway for its first public display flight. The plane was first publicly announced on Saturday by Defence Minister Amir Hatami, who had said it would be unveiled on Wednesday. He gave few details of the project, focusing instead on Iran's efforts to upgrade its missile defences. Hatami said the … [Read more...] about Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet
JERUSALEM — Israel carried out widespread deadly raids against what it said were Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday after rocket fire towards its forces it blamed on Iran, drawing global calls for restraint. The reported exchange of fire came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to withdraw from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a move Israel had long sought. The bombardment led to calls for calm from Russia, France, Germany and Britain and the European Union, while the United States put the blame squarely on Iran and stressed Israel’s right to "self-defence". Germany and Britain joined the United States in denouncing the rocket fire towards the Israel-occupied Golan Heights they also said was carried out by Iran, while France reiterated its "unwavering support for Israel’s security". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line" and that the resulting bombardment against … [Read more...] about Calls for restraint after Israeli raids on “Iranians” in Syria
Syrian state TV said on Monday the United States was suspected of striking an air base hours after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of a “big price to pay” as aid groups said dozens of people were killed by poison gas in a rebel-held town. The United States denied attacking the Syrian base, and France also said it had not carried it out. “At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable.” When asked about the explosions, an Israeli spokeswoman declined to comment. Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s forces. Syrian state TV said there were casualties in what … [Read more...] about Syria says US suspected of attacking air base but Pentagon denies it.