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Russia hits back at US, supports 48-hour Syria truce

Syria truce on for 48 hrsA US threat to suspend talks on Syria over the bombardment of Aleppo's rebel-held areas constitutes "an emotional breakdown", according to a top Russian official, who says that Moscow will support a 48-hour "humanitarian pause" around the besieged city.

Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, rejected on Thursday US calls for a seven-day truce as "unacceptable", but said a two-day ceasefire could allow desperately needed aid to reach the more than 250,000 civilians trapped in Aleppo.


MH17: Missile fired from Russia-backed rebel area

Russian relbels downed planeA Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine was hit by a missile launched from an area controlled by Russia-backed rebels and the delivery system then retreated back into Russian territory, investigators said on Wednesday.

The findings challenge Russia's suggestion that Malaysia Airlines flight 17 - en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014 - was brought down by the Ukrainian military. All 298 people on board, most of them Dutch citizens, were killed.


Shimon Peres, Israeli leader for 8 decades, dies at 93

Shimon Peres diesShimon Peres, whose public career spanned the entire history of the state of Israel, reaching the highest of highs (the Oslo Accord) and the lowest of lows (the assassination of his close colleague Yitzhak Rabin) in the mid-1990s, has died.

Peres, who suffered a stroke Sept. 13, was 93. The Jerusalem Post said he "suffered severe organ failure Tuesday."

Peres and Rabin shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.” Their attempt, backed by President Bill Clinton, at solving the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the biggest breakthrough in the region since the Israel-Egypt accords of 1978 and offered, for a time, hope for better days.


Bomb Blasts Strike Mosque, Congress Center In Germany City Of Dresden

Mosque blasts in DresdenTwo improvised bombs exploded in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday evening ― one at a mosque and one at an international conference center ― but no one was injured, police said on Tuesday.

“Even if we so far have no claim of responsibility, we must go on the basis that the motive was xenophobic,” Horst Kretzschmar, president of Dresden police, said in a statement.


Israel police target Palestinian Balad party in arrests

Balad party memberIn an unprecedented move, Israeli police have arrested dozens of political activists and members of the Palestinian Arab Balad political party in the Israeli parliament over allegations of money laundering.

Six party members and activists, including party chairman Awad Abdel Fattah, remain in police custody, while at least 29 others were released after varying periods of interrogation.


Civilians killed in series of bomb blasts in Baghdad

Civilians killed in BaghdadA series of bomb blasts has killed at least 15 people and wounded 55 others in Baghdad, according to police and medics.

In the first attack on Tuesday, a lone bomber detonated himself around a gathering of construction workers on a commercial street in the Jadida neighbourhood in the east of the city, a police official said.


Canadian Professor Homa Hoodfar Freed From Iranian Jail

Amanda GhahremaniCanadian-Iranian academic Homa Hoodfar is now free after spending three months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, according to a statement from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Hoodfar, 65, who holds Canadian, Irish and Iranian citizenship, and is a professor emerita at Montreal’s Concordia University, was arrested in June on charges of collaborating with a hostile government against national security and of propaganda against the state. She was in Tehran conducting historical research on women’s involvement in Iranian elections, according to Amnesty International.


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