Week 3

21st October to 23rd October 2016:

  1. Not a single civilian has been able to flee militant-held East Aleppo as the third day of a humanitarian ceasefire initiated by Moscow and Damascus came to an end. Terrorists also bombed the humanitarian corridor.
  2. Americans are spending less and less at the malls, preferring to shop online. As a result, many US department stores are facing bankruptcy and closure
  3. This year’s global wine production is expected to be the lowest in nearly two decades. Drought, floods, frost and hail have sharply reduced crops across France and South America, according to preliminary estimates by the Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV)
  4. Indian banks scrambled to contain the damage after finding that more than 3.2 million debit cards may have been hacked. Several banks, including the government-run State Bank of India, advised customers to change their personal identification numbers
  5. Leading banks are planning to relocate from the United Kingdom following Brexit, local media reported
  6. The United Kingdom have been training Saudi pilots despite the ongoing accusations of war crimes in Yemen
  7. A recent poll suggest that Brazil’s ex-president Lula da Silva would be the most likely candidate to win the 2018 presidential elections, bringing the Worker’s Party back to power. Commenting on the results, Brazilian politician Fátima Bezerra said it is due to the “extraordinary political capital’ he gained during his terms in the office.
  8. Russian Energy Minister will participate in the dinner with the Gulf Cooperation Council energy ministers, Russian embassy in Saudi Arabia said
  9. Iraq is not going to reduce current oil production levels
  10. A little over two weeks remain before the US goes to the presidential polls and Turkish mainstream media seems to have already chosen sides and it clearly supports Donald Trump
  11. France loses 9 billion euros (roughly $9.8 billion) yearly being a member of the European Union, Vice President of the French National Front party Florian Philippot said
  12. Moscow finds unacceptable the US warning of criminal charges for Russian diplomats if they appear at polling stations, and will not ignore the snub, if Russian monitors are not allowed to observe US presidential elections on November 8, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said
  13. Al-Nusra Front terrorists and Ahrar al-Sham rebels prevented the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) mission from evacuating the wounded from the eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, a Geneva source familiar with the situation said
  14. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Oil Minister Eulogio Del Pino visited Azerbaijan for talks discussing “the regulation of oil prices amid the global economic crisis.”
  15. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discuss the most sensitive topics related to the situation in the region and bilateral relations, indicating a high level of mutual trust, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said
  16. The West has gone even further in its routine attempts to present Putin as “evil” and blame him for every possible sin. For instance, German radio station Deutschlandradio Kultur found it necessary to explain to its young listeners who Mr. P. is and what “bad things” Russia has done
  17. Turkey has fulfilled its part of the agreements, necessary to enter the European Union, and now everything depends on Brussels, although Ankara always has alternatives, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said
  18. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the US-led coalition launched strikes on a funeral procession in the Iraqi town of Daquq near the city of Kirkuk, killing dozens of civilians.
  19. About 8,000 people joined the demonstration in the capital of the Netherlands against the the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), showing their support for the Belgian region of Wallonia’s resistance to the deal
  20. Six months after it was revealed in the so-called Panama Papers that hundreds of rich, powerful people and companies were using offshore tax havens to reduce their tax liabilities in EU member states. A new report says that, despite an outcry from politicians, it is still ‘business as usual’ for the tax havens
  21. The statements of Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz about possible sale of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers from Egypt to Russia for $1 are not true, a spokesman for the Egyptian embassy to Moscow said
  22. The UK and French governments are committed to their agreement on border control and have no plans to alter the deal amid calls to move the UK border back to the Kent coast due to high influx of refugees, a Downing Street spokesman said
  23. A senior Russian lawmaker predicted that the European Union might start phasing out sanctions against Moscow in the spring of 2017.
  24. The importation of crude oil in the United States has grown for the first time since 2010, the Energy Department said.
  25. The Egyptian authorities have implemented almost every airport security measure demanded by Russia with the remaining ones to be taken in the coming weeks, an aid to the Egyptian interior minister, Hisham Bastawi, said
  26. US’ claims regarding Moscow’s alleged interference in the US presidential election are groundless and not supported by any evidence, Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said
  27. The West prefers not to see the improvement of the human rights situation in Crimea after its historic reunification referendum, a Russian official said
  28. A deal to build the first gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia has been signed on Friday in the presence of the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Estonia’s Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, the European Commission said
  29. Egypt plans to use the Russian Airborne Troops experience in their fight against terrorism. Holding joint drills was highly important for the efficiency of the international anti-terrorist efforts, a Egyptian military official said
  30. Among those sited hit by the recent DDOS attack where @nytimes, @twitter, @PayPal @verizon, @comcast, @Pinterest, @reddit, @Etsy, @Tumblr & @Spotify


20th October 2016:

  1. The UK government sidestepped the question on laws governing the use of lethal drone strikes outside armed conflicts, when responding to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ report, the committee said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
  2. The opening of Russia’s Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris on Wednesday is the sign of strong cultural and humanitarian ties between Russia and France, President Vladimir Putin said.
  3. The leaders of Russia, France and Germany discussed the situation in Syria after the talks in the so-called Normandy Four format on Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. According to a senior Russian lawmaker, this recent Normandy Format meeting in Berlin proved that the Minsk deal is still alive.
  4. Washington should abide by its obligations under the plutonium deal and scrap its anti-Russia measures – this will pave the way for Moscow toward renewing the agreement after the lower house of the Russian parliament approved a draft bill suspending the plutonium disposal agreement with the United States
  5. French authorities have no knowledge regarding the deadly strikes allegedly carried out by Belgian aviation near the Syrian city of Aleppo, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadale said Wednesday.
  6. Demonstrations against the presence of US troops in front of the US Embassy in Manila were violently dispersed by the country’s police.
  7. Turkish security forces have prevented a Daesh terrorist attack in the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and the building of the first Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Wednesday.
  8. Washington’s decision to ease sanctions against Havana does not remove burden from the shoulders of the Cuban people, Cuba’s Ambassador to Russia Emilio Lozada Garcia said on Wednesday.
  9. Chinese flags spotted on protesters in Kashmir, observers see no cause for concern.
    It is common to find Pakistani flags on protesters in Kashmir, but this was the first time that Chinese flags have been recovered in a joint raid by security forces and intelligence agencies.
  10. The United States is working with its coalition partners to prepare an offensive on de-facto Daesh’s capital Raqqa in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  11. Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, former US President George Bush Senior and former US Secretary of State James Baker agreed to work out the measures, possibly joint, to normalize the relations between the two countries, the Gorbachev Foundation said Wednesday.
  12. Daesh terrorists have launched an offensive on Kurds’ positions to the North of Aleppo following alleged airstrikes by US-led coalition aircraft, Kurdish militia said.
  13. Russia ready to roll out its brand new A-100LL ‘flying laboratory’.
  14. A helicopter of the Uzbekistan Defense Ministry crashed in the Fergana region, killing nine people including six servicemen, local media reported Wednesday.
  15. Said Mamuzini, the representative of the Arab Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP), spoke to Sputnik about the military operation underway in Mosul, saying that amid the military offensive, Daesh terrorists are fleeing the region with their families. In other reports, at least 100 commanders of Daesh terrorist group have left the Iraqi city of Mosul and headed for Syria amid the Iraqi forces’ offensive.
  16. Asian nations are demonstrating increasing interest in research and exploration of vast Arctic resources. According to the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) think tank, some of Asia’s emerging economies view Russia as a “ticket to the Arctic riches.”
  17. Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that pressurizing Serbia into supporting sanctions against Russia is unacceptable.
  18. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that China hopes for a fresh start in relations with the Philippines.
  19. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that if US-backed rebels in Syria are successful in overthrowing the government the country could wind up in worse hands than those of President Bashar Assad.
  20. Rosneft could offer EU partners over $100 billion worth of projects.


19th October 2016:

  1. Russian-Syrian dialogue continues and US statements on its suspension are not true, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Tuesday.
  2. Iraqi troops regained control of the ancient city of Nimrud in the north of the country as part of the operation to liberate Mosul from the Daesh terrorists, local media reported on Tuesday.
  3. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Berlin to take part in the so-called Normandy format meeting with the leaders of France, Ukraine and Germany.
  4. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hopes that the trilateral cooperation of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia will continue in the future.
  5. Commenting on the ongoing assault on the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is currently under occupation by Daesh, former Turkish diplomat and politician from the main oppositional Republican People’s Party (CHP) Öztürk Yılmaz told Sputnik Turkiye that Ankara in fact has been left out of the operation.
  6. Anatoly Punchuk, deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), said that FSMTC received an appeal from the Egyptian side for the supplies of shipborne Ka-52.
  7. US Africa Command said that US forces conducted one airstrike against Daesh positions near the Libyan city of Sirte on Monday, striking two enemy fighting positions.
  8. On Monday, US-led coalition forces carried out 25 airstrikes against Daesh terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
  9. Russia’s UN Envoy Vitaly Churkin stated that the selection of Antonio Guterres for the position of the new UN Secretary-General is maybe the best success of the Security Council of the past five years.
  10. India to Sign $15 Billion Energy Deal With Nigeria/This may be seen as a baby step towards competition with China to acquire energy assets in technology-strapped Nigeria.
  11. According to the company press release, US-based defense contractor Raytheon International has become the newest member of the Estonian Defense Industry Association.
  12. Vietnam wants to buy Russia’s T-90 battle tank because it is more modern than its Western rivals, People’s Army of Vietnam colonel Nyugen Khak Ngyuety said.
  13. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that nobody had calculated the risks of the operation to liberate northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occupied by the Daesh, as well as had solved such issues as preparation of shelters, food and health for refugees that would flee the city.
  14. Russia’s envoy to the UN office in Geneva said that Russia is calling on all countries willing to restore peace in Aleppo to vote against the draft UN Human Rights Council resolution on the situation in the Syrian city.
  15. Found guilty of murder three years ago, a Saudi prince has been executed, according to the country’s Ministry of Interior.
  16. Iraqi servicemen have retaken more than 50 oil wells and a sulfur factory controlled by the militants from Daesh terrorist group near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, local media reported Tuesday.
  17. NATO is preparing to have a presence in Iraq by to conduct an in-country training for the Middle Eastern nation starting from January 2017, NATO’s press service said in a statement Tuesday.
  18. The United States and Russia held their 12th commission meeting to discuss issues related to the New START treaty.
  19. Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that Russia circulated in the UN Security Council a draft statement on the necessity to separate moderate opposition from terrorists in Syria.
  20. Canada is supporting the US-led coalition against Daesh with training, intelligence and aviation support and medical assistance, Jordan Owens, a spokeswoman for Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, said.
  21. The Japanese parliament will receive a bill on Emperor Akihito’s abdication at the beginning of 2017.
  22. The visit of Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Russia will take place at the beginning of December, NHK broadcaster reported on Wednesday, citing Japan’s Foreign Ministry.
  23. Turkey’s new constitutional referendum to expand presidential powers could take place in April 2017, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy chair Hayati Yazici said Wednesday.


18th October 2016:

  1. Fierce battles are taking place between the Iraqi resistance forces and Daesh terrorists inside Mosul in the areas of Bab Lakkash and Bab Jadeed, according to an Iraqi security source.
  2. US Central Command said that coalition of 19 nations, headed by the United States, is aiding the Iraqi Security Forces in the operation to liberate the Daesh stronghold of Mosul.
  3. The blocking of the accounts of the RT broadcaster in the United Kingdom will not lead to the company halting its operations in the country, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Monday. The UK bank that blocked the accounts of RT broadcaster should explain its decision publicly, Anthony Bellanger, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said on Monday.
  4. US air forces launched 36 strikes against the Daesh positions near the Libyan city of Sirte in the past three days, according to the US Africa Command (AFRICOM).
  5. Kurdish Peshmerga forces captured eight villages north and east of Mosul, according to a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The military operation to liberate Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from Daesh terrorists could be completed in one-two weeks, according to an Iraqi security source.
  6. Russia is one of the first to provide new materials to allow fly jets at hypersonic speeds, the state-run Fund for Perspective Research announced Monday.
  7. Negotiators from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) return to Athens this week to negotiate the next round of controversial reforms to unlock the next tranche of bailout cash with both the EU and the IMF at odds over the practicality of the bailout terms.
  8. Rebels in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo are being supplied with modern weaponry, including the US-made Tow anti-tank missiles systems, the Russian General Staff said Monday.
  9. UK spy chiefs have been wrapped over the knuckles over mass snooping of people’s Internet, social media and telephone usage. A top tribunal ruled they had tapped comms against people’s human rights.
  10. The United Nations prepared convoy to start evacuate wounded and give supplies to Aleppo, but there are many details which must be settled in advance as trans-border operations are complicated, according to Senior Adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland.
  11. Vehicles with Daesh militants that arrived from Iraq are concentrating in northern Raqqa, according to local sources.
  12. The US-led coalition against the Daesh attacked 17 positions to aid Kurdish Peshmerga forces advance east of the city of Mosul, the General Command of Peshmerga Forces of the Kurdistan Region said in a statement on Monday.
  13. Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that the draft resolution on Syria provided by New Zealand is an interesting effort and Russia is ready to take a closer look at it.
  14. The previous government of Poland paid to a US firm for lobbying Warsaw’s interests in the US congress, local media reported Monday, citing an agreement allegedly concluded between the US BGR Group and Polish embassy in Washington.
  15. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit the Kingdom of Norway on Tuesday.
  16. The second EU-Iraq Cooperation Council meeting will take place in Brussels on Tuesday.
  17. Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill will meet Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the head of Church of England, on Tuesday.
  18. Donald Trump could meet with Vladimir Putin before inauguration in case he wins the forthcoming US presidential elections.
  19. Tokyo wants to develop relations with Russia, including settling territorial dispute and reaching a peace agreement.


17th October 2016:

  1. According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid, Lausanne meeting on Syrian crisis has brought no specific results.
  2. Last week it was reported that in the first nine months of 2016, the sale of Lada-brand automobiles in Germany spiked over 41% compared to this time last year. Although the absolute figures remain low (amounting to just over 1,200 cars), they are part of a trend observed in many countries worldwide, where demand for Russian vehicles is growing.
  3. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said that while dialogue between Belgrade and Brussels is necessary, Serbia should adopt a different approach to these negotiations and try to learn what future the EU authorities have in store for the country.
  4. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will not only sell modern weapons to India, but will be engaged in joint projects.
  5. Vladimir Putin stated that as many countries as possible should be engaged in Syrian crisis settlement.
  6. The CEO and founder of Russia’s Summa Group has joined the board of directors of Hyperloop One, and hopes to construct a Russian Hyperloop network over the next decade.
  7. Washington has been party to the Yemeni conflict since the outset of the deadly conflict, Kristine Beckerle, a Middle East-based Yemen researcher and member of Human Rights Watch’s North Africa Division, said.
  8. On Friday, leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a defensive alliance including Russia and five other states, met in Yerevan to adopt the bloc’s new security strategy to the year 2025. Political analyst Gevorg Mirzayan says that now more than ever, bloc unity is vital to ensuring security in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  9. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Sunday its employees had not arrived in Syria’s Aleppo for the evacuation of militants from the eastern part of the city, UNOCHA Syria Public Information Officer Linda Tom said on Sunday.
  10. The Yemeni government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi told the Arab League that the country would not be able to host the 28th summit of the regional organization, the Arab League said in a statement.
  11. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Iraqi television early Monday that the long-awaited offensive to retake the Daesh stronghold in Iraq has begun.
  12. Montenegro will join NATO within several months, head of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic said after parliamentary elections held on Sunday. However despite declaring victory in elections and pledging to push for closer ties with Nato and the EU, his pro-Western party is set to win 41% of the votes, short of the majority he needed to ensure a push to join Nato and the EU.
  13. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army launched an offensive on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul controlled by the Daesh terror group on Monday at about 03:00 GMT, the General Command of Peshmerga said.
  14. It is safe to assume that the third generation Ratnik infantry combat system will help turn Russian soldiers into supermen, according to defense expert Sergey Cherkasov.
  15. RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said that all the company’s accounts in the UK have been blocked.
  16. The US-led coalition conducted an airstrike on Mosul during a meeting of the commanders of the terrorist organization Daesh; in attendance was Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is constantly changing his location in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, at the last moment, he escaped.