Week 1

3rd to 5th October 2016:

  1. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan condemned the United States’s Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) and said that Turkey would take measures to reverse it, speaking in an interview
  2. It is groundless to accuse Moscow of conducting airstrikes on hospitals and humanitarian convoys in Syria, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said
  3. Iran achieved 4 million barrels per day oil production less than a year after lifting nuclear sanctions, Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Ali Kardor said
  4. The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Dutch Ambassador to Moscow Renée Jones-Bos to present additional reasoning behind Russia’s refusal to accept the findings of a Dutch-led investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014
  5. A group of scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and other Russian and international universities have managed for the first time to “confine” water molecules inside a beryl crystal (ferroelectricity)
  6. The Egyptian State Council has approved the final draft of the contract for construction of the Dabaa nuclear power plant with Russian involvement, a spokesman of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy said
  7. The United Kingdom can be better off outside the European single market, as the British economy is resilient enough, and even gain from building ties with BRICS and other emerging markets, Labour Leave Campaign Director Brendan said
  8. It has been revealed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that the Pentagon paid at least $540 million to a UK public relations firm to produce fake Al-Qaeda videos as part of a clandestine propaganda campaign
  9. Nicola Sturgeon has accused Theresa May of ignoring Scotland’s interests as the Prime Minister set out a timetable for taking Britain out of the European Union
  10. The UK Treasury will offer a guarantee to the bidders relying on EU funding against the backdrop of the country’s leaving the 28-nation bloc, if projects meet the country’s priorities and meet London’s money criteria, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said
  11. Russia and Kazakhstan signed a memorandum on expanded strategic cooperation in the field of nuclear fuel cycle between Russia’s Rosatom and Kazakhstan’s ministry of energy and the nuclear power company Kazatomprom
  12. Russian-Chinese cooperation is a stabilizing factor for the international politics amid a shaky situation on the global arena, Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov said
  13. Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov has proposed the establishment of a high-speed railroad network across the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU)
  14. There is an initiative within the BRICS member states to create a convention on the return of assets from abroad within the framework of anti-corruption campaign, the Russian ambassador to China said
  15. The United Kingdom will not recognize the validity of the European Convention on Human Rights during future conflicts in light of a large number of claims against the UK armed forces based on the convention, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said
  16. According to the Turkish justice minister, Fethullah Gulen, wanted in Turkey for allegedly plotting the July coup attempt, could flee the US to avoid extradition
  17. The leaders of the BRICS countries will discuss at the upcoming summit in Goa the situation regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said
  18. Arab members of the Knesset protested Washington’s position because the US’ words do not meet the actions, a deputy speaker said. He said Russia should play a more significant role in the resolution of the crisis
  19. UK Minister for Europe Alan Duncan expressed commitment to a deepening of cooperation with Greece on a number of bilateral and regional issues amid the United Kingdom’s preparation to leave the European Union, the UK government said in a press release
  20. Russia’s gas giant Gazprom and Europe’s Uniper, Engie, Shell, OMV and Wintershall energy companies discussed and affirmed their support for the joint Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Gazprom said
  21. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed in a phone call the Syrian crisis and the prospects of improving Russia-Turkey ties, the Kremlin press service said
  22. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni called on Wednesday for enhanced economic cooperation with Russia, including in energy, food and the space sector
  23. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will discuss on Wednesday the humanitarian situation in the crisis-torn Syria, the German Foreign Ministry said
  24. Reports on Yahoo scanning all customers’ emails for information at the request of US intelligence agencies are false, according to a Yahoo statement
  25. Facing increasing competition from Chinese rivals and suffering from weak demand, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has announced plans to lay off nearly 20 percent of its home country workforce. According to internal sources, one of Sweden’s oldest companies is also planning to end all of its manufacturing in Sweden
  26. The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) delivered more than 1,200 metric tons of humanitarian aid to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic over the past month, the ICRC spokesman said
  27. The September 19 attack on a UN humanitarian convoy in Aleppo was “a well-prepared hoax”, according to a group of independent military experts attached to the International Syria Support Group (ISSG)
  28. Western sanctions against Russia reinvigorated Russian industry and scientific centres. The development of Russia’s Arctic Region is one of the most vivid examples of Russian industry and science working together
  29. A US-Georgian consortium is building a deep-sea port in Anaklia on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, which Tbilisi hopes will become a major logistical link in lucrative cargo transit from China to Europe
  30. Of late, the Nordic countries have been pumping up their military budgets on account of a fictitious Russian “threat.” According to Danish security expert Peter Viggo Jakobsen, Scandinavia’s somewhat paranoid fear of Russia is unfounded

6th and 7th October 2016:

  1. Six US Army soldiers have been charged with stealing and selling restricted military equipment to buyers in other nations
  2. IMF Executive Board approved a change to the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust structure to eliminate interest rates for low-income countries until the end of 2018
  3. A total of 583 US athletes were permitted to take banned drugs in 2015 under the therapeutic use exemption rule, the Fancy Bears hack team said in a new report posted on its website
  4. Given the green light to sue the Saudi government for its alleged role in the 9/11 attacks, the American people may soon use that right to file suits against Pakistan, as well
  5. Given the green light to sue the Saudi government for its alleged role in the 9/11 attacks, the American people may soon use that right to file suits against Pakistan, as well
  6. A group of German lawmakers visited Bundeswehr servicemen at the Turkish Incirlik Airbase. Commenting on the issue, one of the members of the delegation said that the German government is “flirting” with the Turkish side, while Ankara, by contrast, adheres to a much tougher position
  7. Iranian specialists in international affairs are continuing work to collect and analyse the activities of their rivals and colleagues in the United States
  8. Russia and Japan are bracing to boost economic cooperation, in accordance with a plan by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The plan presumes intensifying bilateral economic ties in eight fields, including energy, small and medium business, industrialization in Russia’s Far East and improving exports
  9. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed on Thursday that the United Kingdom would not be given special access to the EU single market without following its rules, according to German media
  10. Lawmakers in the European Parliament have accused the Greek Government of “playing with fire” and “double dealing” over its bailout terms, in a further sign of fallout between Brussels and Athens, as further warnings emerge of the country’s “hopeless” state finances
  11. An Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer said that Austria should maintain its military non-aligned status and avoid joining any military alliance
  12. A new division of Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 strategic bombers will soon appear in the Russian Far East to patrol the area over the Pacific Ocean inside the Japan – Hawaii – Guam triangle,
  13. The upcoming visit of the deputies of Italian regional councils to Crimea, scheduled for October 13-16, will be an opportunity to “build bridges” between the peninsula and the Italian regions, Stefano Valdegamberi, a member of the regional council of Veneto said
  14. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince of Monaco Albert II marked the positive development of bilateral relations during the prince’s visit to Moscow
  15. Russia does not see any obstacles inhibiting cooperation between the Arctic Council nations and EU member states in the Arctic region, in particular, in the sphere of science and research
  16. Turkish forces destroyed 68 targets of the Daesh militant group during the 44th day of Operation Euphrates Shield, the General Staff said
  17. The Boards of Governors, the highest decision-making body of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank Group (WBG) will gather in Washington, DC on Friday to participate in their annual meetings
  18. Russia and Japan will hold senior-level talks in Moscow next week, ahead of the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said
  19. At least 339 people have died as a result of Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti. Obama has declared a state of emergency in the state of Georgia as Hurricane Matthew is approaching with such declarations already in force in South Carolina and Florida
  20. A Canadian Pole Vaulter Was Allowed to Compete in Rio After Testing Positive for Cocaine
  21. The UN Security Council will convene a meeting on the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo
  22. IMF has revised medium-term outlook for the Chinese economy downward, anticipating 5.8 percent growth instead of originally expected 6.2 percent
  23. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the airborne troops of Russia and Belarus are starting joint tactical drills
  24. The use or distribution of marijuana in any form is prohibited in Denmark. Even in cases where cannabis is sold for medical use to people suffering from disease, suppliers and buyers risk being imprisoned for long periods. But Copenhagen may soon change that
  25. In an unprecedented move, four former and current CIA operatives have been ordered to testify against the two psychologists hired by the agency to develop its notorious torture program

8th and 9th October 2016:

  1. Venezuela has sent 660 tons of humanitarian aid to Haiti to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew hit the country and left over 800 people dead there
  2. Australian investigators confirmed that debris discovered in May in Mauritius belongs to the still-missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
  3. Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta asserts that the emails released by the prominent whistleblower WikiLeaks are riddled with fakes and forgeries, but WikiLeaks countered saying that if John Podesta released his emails the contents would be identical
  4. Russia plans to open a cancer clinic using cutting edge proton therapy, The new clinic in Russia’s Ulyanovsk Oblast is being fitted with a cyclotron, and will be Europe’s largest radiotherapy centre after it opens next year
  5. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo claims that automation and other technological advancements far surpass international trade as the leading cause of job losses in the United States, suggesting that 50% of existing jobs are at risk because of this
  6. Russian and French companies, especially those operating in Normandy, have great potential for business cooperation, the French region’s president, Herve Morin said
  7. China’s envoy to UN Liu Jieyi said that China voted in favour of the Russian draft resolution on Syria at the Security Council and regrets that it was not adopted. Russia’s proposed United Nations Security Council resolution called for Al-Nusra Front terrorists (al-Qaeda) to be evacuated from the city of Aleppo in order to advance peace failed with several Western countries refusing to support it
  8. Innogy IGY.TG, Germany’s largest energy group, is looking at the United States market to expand its renewable energy and electric car charging business, its chief executive, Peter Terium said
  9. Bai Enpei, former Communist Party secretary of China’s Yunnan province, was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension of execution for taking bribes totalling to 246 million yuan ($37 million)
  10. Vladimir Putin said that the best grain harvest in the history of modern Russia is expected in 2016, totalling 115 million tonnes and that the country has a potential to become one of the largest food producer in the world
  11. UK should stop supporting terrorists around the world and intervening in the internal affairs of the sovereign states, Russia’s Envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said in answer to the criticism from the UK and other members of the Security Council
  12. Germany’s parliament is to abolish petrol and diesel cars usage on the EU territory of the European Union by 2030
  13. Beijing has already begun contemplating ‘decapitation’ strikes against the dictatorship in North Korea after Kim Jong-Un’s regime conducted two nuclear tests in less than a month
  14. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is set to visit Greece in early November, Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov said
  15. Russia’s oil company Tatneft and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) agreed a deal on cooperation in development of the Dehloran oil field in western Iran, according to the statement of the NIOC
  16. Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said that the Defence Ministry was looking into re-establishing Russian bases in Cuba and Vietnam
  17. Russian helicopter delivering humanitarian aid to Syria’s Hama was attacked by Daesh militants from manpads, although the crew managed to dodge the missiles, according to the statement of the Hmeymim Reconciliation centre
  18. Russian Airborne Troops from the 106th Guards Airborne Division will head to Africa for joint counter-terrorism drills with the Egyptian military. The drills will feature Russian troops decked out in the latest gear, from new uniforms to the latest in military parachute technology
  19. Russian software company Neurobotics is engaged in creating technology that would enable a person to use his or her mind to control computers and computer-assisted technologies including robotic prosthetics
  20. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister and the Indian Foreign Secretary had discussed bilateral ties and the upcoming meeting between the Russian president and the Indian prime minister