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U.S. should lift Iran sanctions, including on China, says China

Vienna, (ST) - Wang Chun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, called on the United States to lift all illegal sanctions against Iran and other parties, including China.

"With the resumption of the nuclear talks in Vienna, we hope that all parties concerned will seize the opportunity, adhere to the path of political and diplomatic solutions, fully demonstrate goodwill and flexibility, respect each other's interests, create a good atmosphere and creatively resolve all outstanding issues through negotiations," Xinhua quoted Wang as saying on Monday. “

Erdogan facing suffocating crises: Foreign Policy

Turkey’s lira collapse, deteriorating economic situation and international isolation are among the suffocating crises facing President of the Turkish Regime Recep Tayyib Erdogan due to his failed policies inside and outside Turkey, according to an analysis written by US columnist Steven Cook and published recently by the “Foreign Policy” magazine.

Under the title “Erdogan Has Never Been in This Much Trouble, the analysis stated that among all of Turkey’s problems, it is the deteriorating economic situation that is Erdogan’s most serious predicament. As a result of his gross mismanagement, the lira has lost around 75 percent of its value against the dollar in the last decade, 45 percent in the past year, and 15 percent alone on Tuesday.

Inflation is running at 20 percent; unemployment is 14 percent; and the gap between wealthy and poor has increased in Turkey, according to the analysis.

“Grayzone” report exposes OPCW’s manipulation of toxicologists’ report on alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma

Mounting evidence documents the misleading practices of the Organization for the prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with the aim of hiding the truth behind the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma in Damascus countryside in 2018.

Senior OPCW officials didn’t only hide the conclusions reached by the toxicologists who ruled out chlorine gas as the victims’ cause of death, rather, they replaced the conclusions with a distorted report and targeted the inspectors who raised the alarm.

The “Grayzone” news website on Monday published a report titled “Corrupting Science: in Syria probe, OPCW erased experts’ inconvenient findings”, prepared by the Canadian journalist Aaron Mate, to uncover the OPCW officials’ lies and manipulation launched to serve the interests of the organization as well as the western countries that have supported terrorism in Syria.

According to the journalist Aaron Mate, the manipulation began when the OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) produced a 115-page report in June 2018. The report found no evidence of a chemical weapons attack in Douma. This undermined the stated pretext for US-led air strikes on Syria two months prior, and raised the possibility that terrorists had staged the April 7, 2018 incident to frame the Syrian government.  

US to end combat mission in Iraq this year, confirms Pentagon

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin confirmed to the Iraqi defense minister that American forces will remain in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to support the country's security forces, the statement said.

The US military mission in Iraq will be completed before the end of this year, the Pentagon confirmed.

More than 30 US lawmakers reject Biden’s claims about launching strikes inside Syria

More than 30 US lawmakers from both the Republican and the Democratic parties have sent a letter to US President Joe Biden questioning the US administration’s legal rationale for bypassing Congress before launching a military strike inside Syria.

“We are deeply troubled by your administration’s dangerous claim that Article II of the Constitution permits you to bypass Congressional authorization to perform strikes inside Syria, as well as your administration’s claim that the wide range of activities that you have undertaken as part of the ongoing U.S. occupation of a large swath of Syrian territory is justified by the Authorization for Use of Military Force ... of 2001,” wrote the lawmakers, led by Reps. PETER DEFAZIO (D-Ore.), NANCY MACE (R-S.C.) and JAMAAL BOWMAN (D-N.Y.)., according to the Politico newspaper.

Terrorism in Syria is not completely defeated - Russian Ambassador

Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Efimov said in an interview with TASS it is too early to talk about a final victory over terrorism in Syria, the terrorist threat in the country remains real.
 
"Unfortunately, it is really premature to say that terrorism in Syria has been completely defeated now. This problem is also not limited to the terrorist stronghold in Idlib. The source of the terrorist threat continues to be the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia - TASS)," he said.

OCHA: “Israel” continues demolishing and seizing Palestinian-owned structures

In September, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized eight Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
 
This resulted in the displacement of two people, and affected the livelihoods or access to services of about 50 others.