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Chinese Envoy: “we must respect the Syrian government's leadership in fighting terrorism”

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 27 (ST) - A Chinese envoy said on Wednesday that the international community needs to have an integrated approach for the major issues that endanger Syria's sovereignty, security and development. 
 
"To truly make progress on the political track, the international community needs to have an integrated approach for the major issues that endanger Syria's sovereignty, security and development in order to create enabling conditions for the political process in the country," Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council meeting on Syria.

The New York Times: US forces bombed the Euphrates Dam in 2017, endangering the lives of thousands of civilians

Washington (ST): The New York Times revealed that US forces bombed the Euphrates Dam in 2017 with heavy bombs, threatening the lives of tens of thousands of civilians and that their claims at the time that the dam was not targeted were incorrect.

Russia, Iran significantly assist Syria to overcome threats of international terrorism - Putin

MOSCOW, Jan.19, (ST)-Syrian authorities managed to overcome terror threats in the republic largely due to aid from Russia and Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi Wednesday.
 
"Thanks to our efforts, we managed to significantly assist the Syrian government to overcome threats, related to international terrorism," Putin said, according to TASS. 

US tight economic sanctions are much like a medieval siege, says the CounterPunch

CounterPunch has argued that the US military interventions in the affairs of several countries in the world under the pretext of fighting terrorism is based on killing and starving civilians through imposing tight economic sanctions on these countries.

In an article entitled " From Aerial Strikes to Starvation, Afghanistan’s People Bear the Brunt of the West’s Failed Taliban Tactics", the writer says: " They are inevitable outcome of a supposedly new kind of warfare, which pretends to avoid civilian casualties, but only conceals them. As a military and political strategy, it grew out of a recognition by Washington and London that foreign military intervention no longer enjoys sufficient public support in the wake of the debacle of the Iraq war. The drip-drip of dead and wounded soldiers coming home from military conflicts in far-away places is no longer acceptable."

Russian Foreign Ministry: Kazakhstan was exposed to an aggression by international terrorism gangs

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov has affirmed that events in Kazakhstan have proved that the country was exposed to an aggression by “international terrorism gangs that received special training aboard”.

Sputnik news agency quoted Syromolotov as saying on Wednesday that “according to law enforcement agencies in Kazakhstan, people of foreign origin, as well as gunmen who gained experience in foreign countries and hot spots were among the militants who participated in the attacks in this country.”

 He added that Kazakhstan faced an unprecedented challenge to its entity, security and sovereignty.

Nazarbayev Denies Split Among Kazakh Elite, Says Tokayev Has ‘Full Power’ in First Post-Protest Comments

Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Tuesday that there was “no conflict or confrontation” among Kazakhstan's elite in his first appearance since deadly protests rocked the former Soviet country earlier this month.

Nazarbayev, 81, has not been seen in public since the worst unrest since Kazakhstan’s independence broke out earlier this month, leading to widespread speculation over his whereabouts and his relationship with current President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Malta Legislator Becomes 3rd Female EU Parliament President

BRUSSELS , Jan.18, (ST)- Roberta Metsola, a Democrat from Malta, was elected president of the European Union’s parliament Tuesday, putting women in three of the four biggest jobs in the 27-nation bloc.

Metsola succeeds Italian Socialist David Sassoli, who died last week. She is only the third woman elected to the post. Her birthday was Tuesday, and at age 43, she is the European Parliament’s youngest president.