Week 1

6th November 2016:

  1. Hundreds of right-wing protesters marched through the German capital of Berlin demanding the resignation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, local media reported
  2. UK Labour Party will oppose the process of the country’s exit process from the European Union in the Parliament if London loses access to the single market of the 28-nation bloc after leaving it, Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn said
  3. US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was rushed offstage by security officials during a speech in Reno, Nevada on Saturday evening
  4. UK government will deliver a “legitimate” decision of the country’s citizens on the issue of country’s exit from the European Union despite the existing opposition to this position, UK Prime MInister Theresa May said
  5. Five Daesh high-ranking commanders stole group money and fled the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, local media reported
  6. US Did Not Deliver ‘a Single Bread Crumb’ to Civilians in Aleppo according to the Russian MoD
  7. Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement saying that Moscow never received any maps or coordinates from the US concerning any terrorist organizations in Syria
  8. Russia does not want to interfere in the Syrian internal policy and make Syria’s President Bashar Assad a puppet leader, Assad said
  9. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) rebel fighters have announced on Sunday the start of an offensive on Daesh’s de facto capital of Raqqa
  10. Chinese State Council Premier Li Keqiang arrived in St. Petersburg on Sunday to meet with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
  11. Stung by the US State Department’s decision to cancel the sale of 26,000 assault rifles for the Philippine police, the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte called those responsible for the decision “monkeys” and “fools”
  12. The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) said that it would cease its activities in the Turkish parliament after arrests of a number of its leaders
  13. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expects that the second bailout review by the creditors will be completed as planned and the talks on the state debt restructuring will be resumed after the Eurogroup meeting on December 5


5th November 2016:

  1. The trade turnover between Russia and China could reach $200 billion by 2020, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the China Central Television
  2. Federal authorities have warned law enforcement in three US states that there are unspecific threats of attacks by al Qaeda on or around election day
  3. In the wake of a NATO airstrike in the Kunduz area of Afghanistan, in which 30 civilians and two American soldiers were killed, a mood of anger prevails among residents
  4. Following a failed offensive to break a government military blockade in eastern Aleppo, violent radical groups that previously had closed ranks against Damascus began fighting each other over rapidly diminishing resources, including weapons and advantageous positions in the besieged city
  5. Tokyo is interested in promoting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to enhance the trade turnover between Japan and Russia
  6. The anti-Daesh coalition and its local allies plan to isolate and eventually capture Raqqa in the coming weeks at a time when the operation to retake Mosul appears to be stalling and is nowhere near finished, prompting experts to question whether the Pentagon has changed its counterterrorism strategy or priorities in Iraq and Syria
  7. Russia has been successful in fighting against Daesh and other terrorist groups in Syria while the United States has been engaged in counterterrorism efforts solely because it suits Washington’s interests, Irfan Abdulselam Muhammed, a Turkmen commander with the People’s Mobilization Forces (PMF), said
  8. An agreement to set up a Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission on the development of Russia’s Far East and the northeast of China may be adopted during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Saint Petersburg later in November, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko said
  9. Tokyo plans to expand its outpost located in Djibouti to counterbalance China’s rising influence in the region at a time when Beijing is constructing its first overseas military base in the small African nation and spending tens of billions on regional investment projects
  10. German Journalist Gernot Kramper compared two videos showing the US-made M1 Abrams tank and the Russian-made T-90 being hit by anti-tank missiles. He found that the Russian-made military vehicles demonstrated much better resistance and a higher level of armor protection than the American one
  11. According to a former Wall Street hedge fund manager and financial analyst, the Clinton Foundation is used by tyrants and despots worldwide to get access to Washington
  12. Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) has discovered at least 20 “Islamists” among the country’s armed forces and has put another 60 under surveillance for suspected Islamist leanings, German media reported

4th November 2016:

  1. According to UK House of Lords, United Kingdom should reconsider the ways of its cooperation with other countries within the United Nations after exiting the European Union.
  2. Political Fairy Tales for Preschoolers: German Radio Airs Russophobic Propaganda for Children. On the airwaves of the German radio station Deutschlandfunk, there is a children’s program, “Cockatoo,” which relays news about international affairs to children, including news about Russia. However, the quality of coverage leaves much to be desired.
  3. Georgia is still not ready to restore diplomatic relations with Russia, amid occasional confrontational rhetoric, Russian State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin said Thursday.
  4. Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson has likened the UK’s exit from the referendum as being as successful as a sinking ship.
  5. Russia’s 21300C “Dolphin” search and rescue ship has interested the Vietnamese military because it boasts a range of capabilities not found in its foreign counterparts, the ship’s head constructor Alexander Forst told Sputnik.
  6. Russia’s economy will grow some 1.5 percent after 2018, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) chief economist Sergei Guriev said.
  7. The widow of the Russian Su-24 pilot, downed by the Turkish Air Force in Syria in November 2015, said she was ready to meet the Turkish foreign minister who had said he was ready to personally apologize to her.
  8. Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland stated that Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement (CUFTA) has been introduced to the Canadian House of Commons for consideration and implementation.
  9. Clinton will make her final appearance of the presidential campaign before Election Day with her family as well as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
  10. On Wednesday, a scandal involving police monitoring of a Quebec journalist expanded after police confirmed that at least six other members of the press have been spied on in recent years.
  11. A number of computers in Geneva’s Hotel President Wilson were infected with malware during negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, according to local media reports.
  12. United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on highways and these newly designated electric vehicle routes cover nearly 25,000 miles, in 35 states, according to official statement.
  13. US and Turkish forces liberated approximately 50 villages to date, further isolating the areas in the north of Syria surrounding Raqqa, according to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. John Dorrian.
  14. A mysterious noise, seemingly coming from the Arctic seafloor near the hamlet of Igloolik, is driving away wildlife and has left locals baffled as to the source.
  15. US Vice President Joe Biden plans to travel to Ukraine soon, the press office of the Ukrainian cabinet announced Thursday.
  16. The United States extended the national emergency with respect to Iran.
  17. The Pentagon may be easing up on rules and requirements for military recruits — possibly allowing single parents, marijuana users, and people who are overweight.
  18. The man lauded as a “whistleblower” for claiming that the Russian Track Federation was taking bribes from athletes is now, in a supreme twist of irony, under US federal investigation for bribery himself.
  19. On Tuesday US President Barack Obama announced that the Army Corps of Engineers is considering alternative routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline, as protests over its construction continue.
  20. Access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as the WhatsApp messenger, was blocked throughout Turkey early on Friday, according to the TurkeyBlocks monitoring network.



3rd November 2016:

  1. Amsterdam is continuing to hold out against ratifying the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Meanwhile, the European Parliament has confirmed that granting Ukraine the right to visa-free travel to EU countries would not be on the agenda of its upcoming session. Amid the delays, supporters of Kiev’s European integration are becoming disenchanted.
  2. According to reports, Moscow office of Amnesty International rights group has been sealed off by municipal authorities without any preliminary warnings or notifications. The Amnesty International needs to send an official appeal to the City Property Department of Moscow within two weeks to remove its property, according to official statement. John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia director called the fact that the Moscow office of Amnesty International rights group has been sealed off by municipal authorities an “unwelcome surprise.”
  3. Sergey Lavrov said that Russia and Greece have the substantial capacity to build up energy cooperation.
  4. UK Prime Minister Theresa May, will announce a new oil and gas partnership between Colombia and Britain. The deal comes shortly after the Colombian peace deal, which would have ended over 50 years of internal conflict, was rejected by the people.
  5. According to the Dutch Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles report, the Netherlands should terminate the adoption of children from abroad, as the interests of a child are best protected in their home country.
  6. Russia and Japan are set to team up to become leaders in transgenerational healthcare research, to help prevent the effects of nuclear catastrophes being passed genetically from one generation to the next indefinitely.
  7. UK Minister for International Trade Liam Fox stated that a number of UK companies, including British Airways, had already “established a permanent presence in Iran.”
  8. The Russian aviation industry is set to showcase its aircraft in Iran for the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran Air Show secretary Bijan Bonakdar told Sputnik on Wednesday.
  9. Afghan lawmakers called for recognizing Crimea as a Russian region urging to respect the people’s free expression of will.
  10. Bundeswehr’s involvement in the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) will be extended until the end of 2017, maintaining a regular level of staff, up to 50 soldiers at each point, according to government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
  11. The chairman of the inquiry into the UK’s decision – under former Prime Minister Tony Blair – to join the US in an invasion of Iraq in 2003 has said that – based on the evidence in front of him – Blair’s assessment of Iraq President Saddam Hussein’s “imminent threat” to Britain was “unreasonable.” John Chilcot, the author of the report on the UK role in Iraq War stated that ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair went ‘beyond facts’ describing the threat of then-Iraqi head Saddam Hussein’s regime as imminent to the United Kingdom.
  12. Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom said that Russian energy giant has still not received any official proposal from the European Commission on gas transit to Europe via the Turkish Stream pipeline.
  13. The Pentagon is seeking to close a ‘blind spot’ for US intelligence services in North Africa by establishing new drone bases in the region. While the Tunisian government denies that the US has deployed drones on its territory there are clear signs that the Pentagon is expanding its surveillance network on the continent.
  14. The US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to maintain the interest rate at 0.25-0.5 percent range, according to official statement.
  15. Australia is falling behind on greenhouse emissions cuts, a year after the Paris climate deal was signed, raising concerns about whether it was truly committed to the global effort, a new report has found.
  16. In a sign of its increasingly aggressive posture, South Korea fired toward Chinese fishing vessels off the Korean Peninsula.
  17. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s would increase oil production up to 3.5 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2018, media reported on Wednesday.
  18. Nairobi is pulling out its troops stationed in South Sudan as part of the UN peacekeeping mission after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon fired its Kenyan commander, local media reported on Wednesday.
  19. A protein called Gammora recently identified by scientists at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University is said to be able to very nearly cure Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
  20. Renowned Hollywood actor and martial arts master Steven Seagal has become a Russian citizen.



2nd November 2016:

  1. The Iraqi Air Force managed to kill a leader of the so-called Jund al-Khilafah, a terrorist known as Abu Tariq al Hayali, in an airstrike on a Daesh headquarters in the center of Mosul, according to Iraqi media. The Iraqi anti-terrorist unit completely liberated the Assamah quarter of Mosul from the Daesh terrorists, according to media reports. The chief of staff to Iraqi Kurdistan’s President said that leader of Daesh Abu Bakr Baghdadi is still hiding in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
  2. Dutch government may need assurance against Ukraine joining EU.
    What Kiev considers as the first step toward EU membership is in fact likely to become a barrier.
  3. Strikes against hospitals, schools, marketplaces, water facilities and bakeries may amount to war crimes, the spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
  4. The United Nations said that using civilians as human shields and taking hostages by Daesh in Mosul amounted to war crimes.
  5. The US envoy to the UN has called on Saudi Arabia to halt its campaign of airstrikes in Yemen amid growing fears over the humanitarian situation in the country. Despite the comments, Washington has also been criticized for its continued sale of arms to Riyadh. Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin issued a blistering criticism of the UK on Monday, suggesting that Britain has little business overseeing questions on Yemen at the Security Council, given that it is also one the largest suppliers of arms to the Gulf states bombing the country.
  6. Russia welcomes potential International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of war crimes in Afghanistan including those, which could have been committed by the US soldiers, a source in Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
  7. According to media reports, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived on Tuesday in the United Kingdom on a first ever state visit.
  8. The Iraqi Armed Forces have liberated from Daesh militants Mosul’s eastern Gogjali quarter and the state TV building located in the area, local media reported Tuesday, according to military officials.
  9. Russia’s deputy foreign minister and Iraqi Kurdistan’s foreign relations chief put the emphasis of their talks on the Mosul operation.
  10. South Korean prosecutors placed a presidential associate, Choi Soon-sil, in emergency detention as she had been accused of interference with governmental affairs, and are expected to decide on issuing a warrant for her formal arrest.
  11. Federica Mogherini said that European Union remains committed to further provide financial support to Tunisia, prioritizing investment in young Tunisians.
  12. China has unveiled its secretive stealth fighter plane, the Chengdu J-20, in public for the first time. The heavily armed warplanes represent the cutting edge of China’s military clout, and are seen as a direct attempt to compete in defense capabilities with the United States.
  13. Indian Army intends to purchase advanced T-90 tanks from Russia. Experts believe that it is best suited for deployment along the western border.
  14. US Department of the Treasury said that United States and the United Arab Emirates have introduced sanctions against supporters of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
  15. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency due to the explosion of an oil pipeline.
  16. Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the leader of Taiwan’s opposition to respect “one China” principle, media reported on Tuesday.
  17. A poll conducted earlier this year revealed the majority of Japanese view the US as a threat to Japan, despite playing a less important role in the world than they did a decade ago.
  18. Despite claims from Jerusalem that boycotting Israel amounts to anti-Semitic activity, which is banned, the European Union’s foreign policy chief has declared that it is protected under free speech.
  19. Ankara and Moscow may ink a free trade deal in 2017, Turkish Trade and Customs Minister Bulent Tufenkci said.
  20. Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) on Wednesday said it fined Google 500,000 rubles ($7,900) for failing to comply with its ruling on ending the US giant’s abuses of the applications market.


1st November 2016:

  1. Syrian Arab Army’s leadership issued a statement Monday saying that al-Nusra Front killed at least 84 people and injured 280 in Aleppo during the past three days.
  2. Talib Kinany, the head of Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces, said that Iraqi troops are between 800 to 900 meters [0.5 mile] away from Mosul. Anti-terrorist Iraqi units liberated Bazwaya, a suburb of Mosul, and several nearby villages from the Daesh terrorists, according to Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah.
  3. Bahrain-Russia relations unaffected by different views on Syrian conflict. Syrian campaign held by Russia will not impede the development of strategic relations between the two countries.
  4. A whole array of state-of-the-art Russian military equipment will be on display at the 11th Chinese International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, which opens on November 1.
  5. Forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord have started an offensive against the last Daesh stronghold in the town of Sirte, the operation’s press service said Monday.
  6. France announced official end of the Sangaris peacekeeping operation conducted in the capital of Central African Republic. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that some 350 French soldiers will remain in the Central African Republic (CAR) as a tactical reserve force for the UN peacekeepers.
  7. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that the operation to liberate Syrian Raqqa from the Daesh terrorists should take place after the end of Turkish Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria and operation to liberate Iraqi Mosul from the Daesh.
  8. India and China are set to continue talks regarding India’s membership bid for the 48 member Nuclear Suppliers Group.
  9. Railway passengers in Switzerland will be able to buy Bitcoins with their train tickets, thanks to a trial scheme by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).
  10. Dutch government will offer a declaration to find a way out of the impasse following the country’s rejection of the EU’s treaty with Ukraine, local media reported Monday.
  11. Militants fired mortar shells into the Adauwi district where the Russian Embassy to Syria is located, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported on Monday.
  12. US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s golf resort in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is being sued over alleged violations of national privacy laws by the resort’s staff, media reported Monday.
  13. According to reports, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said he would extend his term at the helm of the UK central bank until the end of June 2019.
  14. The EU anti-fraud office seeks to obtain 339,000 euros ($371,566) from France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen after an investigation into alleged misuse of European Parliament funds, media reported on Monday.
  15. Moscow has invited New Delhi to participate in its fast-reactor research project, according to a Rosatom representative.
  16. BRICS states agreed to create a joint satellite constellation for Earth remote sensing. The next meeting of the BRICS states’ space agencies will be held in Moscow in May-June 2017.
  17. Director General of the Russian State Space Corporation said that China is interested in purchasing Russian rocket engines.
  18. Russian actions are not enough to eradicate terrorism in Syria and require collective efforts, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Tuesday.
  19. China became the first foreign buyer of Russia’s Ansat light multipurpose helicopters after signing a delivery contract on military and transport helicopters, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday.
  20. Scientists at the National Research Nuclear University are developing a new, alternative cancer treatment that promises to be more effective than chemotherapy while minimizing treatment side effects.



31st October 2016:

  1. The US Department of State updated its Turkey Travel Warning with an order for the departure of the US Consulate General in Istanbul employees’ family members.
  2. The plane of the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his way to sign a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union returns to Ottawa, citing mechanical difficulties, media reported Sunday. The European Union and Canada have signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Sunday.
  3. Russian and Syrian aircraft have not carried out any flights over the Syrian city of Aleppo, unlike the US-led coalition over the Iraqi Mosul, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday.
  4. The Indian army destroyed at least four Pakistan’s border posts killing up to 20 soldiers, local NDTV TV-channel reported on Sunday.
  5. The United States and its allies are bracing for an assault on the two de-facto capitals of Daesh, Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. Political analyst Alexander Sotnichenko said that these plans are directly related to Washington’s interests in the region.
  6. A former FBI official called the Clintons a “crime family” and accused top officials of interference in the investigation into the private email server use by Hillary Clinton.
  7. Despite Ankara’s warnings, Shiite militia will participate in the liberation of the Iraqi city of Tal Afar with Sunni Turkmen population.
  8. Nearly 30,000 South Koreans gathered in downtown Seoul Saturday to demand that President Park Geun-hye step down from her post, the result of an ongoing scandal involving Park’s friend Choi Soon-sil.
  9. FBI Obtains Warrant to Search Top Clinton Aide Abedin’s Emails. The warrant pertains to a new cache of emails recently discovered on a computer used by longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
  10. Spanish and Ukrainian observers will fly over Russian and Belarusian territories this week under the Open Skies Treaty, the acting head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said.
  11. Russian parliament speaker Valentina Matviyenko will visit Japan on October 31-November 3.
  12. Ukrainian forces accused militia in the country’s southeast (Donbass) of 54 ceasefire violations in the past 24 hours, according to the press center of Kiev’s military operation.
  13. Cypriot Foreign Minister visited Moscow today, October 31, to meet with his Russian counterpart.
  14. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Russia in November, Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Huilai said Monday.
  15. Turkish police have detained Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, the media outlet said Monday.
  16. Iraqi security forces have resumed the offensive against the Daesh terrorist group in Mosul, the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS) said Monday.
  17. Bahrain wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit to the kingdom soon, Bahrain’s ambassador to Russia Ahmed Abdulrahman Saati said Monday.
  18. Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides stated that Russian position is alike Nicosia’s on the need to fully withdraw the foreign troops from the Cyprus territory.
  19. Economic Development Ministry said that Russia’s nine-month natural gas exports climbed by 4.9 percent to reach 137.9 billion cubic meters this year.
  20. Bahrain’s ambassador to Russia invited Russia to take part in the international defense exhibition in 2017.
  21. Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that a large number of lethal weapons, bombs and US-made missiles used by the Saudi-led coalition were targeting the Yemeni civilian infrastructure and population.
  22. All US-led coalition airstrikes on civilian targets in Iraq should be investigated in full, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights said.
  23. Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate head said that violence in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo could be ended within 10 days if the United States and the European Union end their practice of applying double standards to Syria and supporting militants in the country.
  24. Raheem Kassam, a former aide to UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, decided to withdraw his candidacy from the UKIP leadership race and asked his supporters to back London mayoral candidate Peter Whittle.
  25. On October 31, 2015, a Russian Airbus A321 en route to St. Petersburg from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh exploded, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board. Two weeks later, suspecting Daesh for the attack, President Putin vowed retribution. One year on, Russia’s mission in Syria has demonstrated that Moscow will not be intimidated by terrorists.
  26. The controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA) trade deal signed, October 30, between the EU and Canada has been dubbed a “ticking time bomb” by opponents who say it is likely to face a veto by EU politicians before it is ratified.