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Russian newspaper: Terrorism threat in Syria renewed due to US support for terrorist organizations

A Russian newspaper, that specializes in defense affairs, has warned of the renewal and exacerbation of terrorism threat in Syria due to the support being provided by the United States to terrorist organizations in the country.

In an article by journalist "Aleksander Stawer", the newspaper said that terrorism in the Middle East hasn't been completely eliminated, pointing out that this danger is being revived  and refueled with the help of the Americans.

The article added that the successive victories achieved by the Syrian Arab Army on terrorists in 2019 and the recapturing of the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS (Daesh) have weakened this terrorist organization, but later events constituted a gift for the terrorists, particularly in the light of the presence of a US base in Al-Tanf area. The newspaper pointed out that this base has been a workplace for American and British intelligence bodies and the US special forces who are training the terrorists inside this base on gang war, snipping and vandalism.

'Top Secret' Saudi documents show Khashoggi assassins used company seized by Saudi crown prince

Recently filed court documents seen by the CNN have revealed new secrets that prove the Saudi regime’s involvement in killing and dismembering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Turkish Capital Ankara in October 2018.

According to these documents, two private jets used by a Saudi Arabian assassination squad that killed Khashoggi were owned by a company that less than a year prior had been seized by the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The documents, filed as part of a Canadian civil lawsuit earlier this year, are labeled "Top Secret" and signed by a Saudi minister who relayed the orders of the crown prince.

"According to the instruction of His Highness the Crown Prince," the minister wrote according to a translation, "immediately approve the completion of the necessary procedures for this."

British arms sales prolonging Saudi war in Yemen, says Oxfam

Oxfam has accused the British government of prolonging the war in Yemen by allowing the export of air-to-air refuelling equipment that it fears could be used to help the Saudi air force conduct indiscriminate bombing in the country.

The technology was licensed to Riyadh last summer when arms restrictions were lifted, alongside £1.4bn of other sales, and can be used to help war planes fly longer missions at a time when the conflict intensifying.  

Iran and IAEA thrash out 'temporary solution' ahead of nuclear deal deadline

The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi announced today that a "temporary solution" has been reached with Iran for a period of three months, allowing the continuation of inspections, which he described as "satisfactory", of its nuclear facilities.

"The possibility of access to Iranian nuclear facilities will be limited, but we will be able to maintain the necessary level of monitoring and verification," AFP quoted Grossi as saying during a brief press conference after his return from a visit to the Iranian capital, Tehran.

Grossi arrived in Tehran Friday evening on his second visit to Tehran after assuming his position as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

This visit comes at a time when the countdown to the end of the deadline set by Tehran, which is the 23rd of this February, to stop the implementation of the additional protocol and stop the additional inspections by the agency of Iranian nuclear facilities.

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The Guardian fires American journalist after a tweet criticizing US military aid to Israel

American journalist Nathan Robinson, the founder and editor in chief of the "Current Affairs" Magazine, has revealed that the UK's "The Guardian" newspaper fire him as a columnist in the newspaper's American edition after a tweet criticizing the US military aid to the Israeli occupation entity.

In an article titled "How the Media Cracks Down on Critics of Israel", recently published in the Current Affairs magazine, Robinson said that it is widely recognized that critics of Israel, no matter how well-founded the criticism, are routinely punished by both public and private institutions for their speech.

He added that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has documented a pattern by which “those who seek to protest, boycott, or criticize the Israeli government are being silenced.”

UNRWA appeals for 1.5 billion US dollars to support Palestine refugees in 2021

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has called on the international community to secure 1.5 billion US dollars to finance its basic services for registered Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

According to a press release published on its website, UNRWA said that of the required $1.5 billion, $ 806 million are needed for core services, such as education, health, relief and social services, protection and infrastructure and camp improvement. Emergency humanitarian assistance that UNRWA provides in response to the devastating effects of blockade and occupation in the occupied Palestinian territory requires $ 231 million.

White House: Biden wants to close Guantanamo Detention Center

US President Joe Biden wants to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for "terror suspects" before the end of his term, the White House said Friday, echoing an unfulfilled campaign promise from Barack Obama's administration, according to AFP.

Asked at a press conference about a possible closure of the prison in Cuba during Biden's tenure, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "That certainly is our goal and our intention."

She said the administration was working through the National Security Council to "assess the current state of play that the Biden administration has -- well, we've inherited from the previous administration."

In his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump expressed willingness to keep the Guantanamo prison open and "fill it with bad guys." The Republican retained this position once elected.

However, some detainees were promised their release from Guantanamo under his Democratic predecessor Obama, but he never succeeded in working out a compromise with Congress. Biden was Obama's vice president.