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Terrorist groups attack safe towns in Syria's Idleb, says Russian Defense Ministry

The "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham" terrorist group has attacked areas in Syria's northwestern province of Idleb, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's center for Syrian reconciliation, said on Saturday.

"We have registered two attacks on the area of Dahr al Kabir, two attacks on the area of Mellajah, one attack on the area of Maaret-Mouhos … in the Idleb province from the positions of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization", Zhuravlev said.

Sudanese Foreign Ministry summons the Ethiopian Chargé d'Affairs to protest against the armed attacks backed by Ethiopian forces on Sudanese lands

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Chargé d'Affaires of Ethiopia to protest against the incursion of Ethiopian militias backed by the Ethiopian army who launched their attacks, killing and wounding a number of officers and members of the armed forces and Sudanese citizens, including children.  

  The Sudanese News Agency stated that the Neighboring countries department  in the Sudanese foreign Ministry conveyed to the Ethiopian Chargé d'Affaires the condemnation and rejection of the Sudanese government for this sinful attack that comes at a time when preparations were taking place in Khartoum to hold the second meeting of the high-level joint committee headed by the Sudanese prime Minister and on the Ethiopian side  Deputy Prime Minister. The meeting  is to discuss border issues .

Israeli occupation has detained 800 Palestinians, including women and children, since the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, (ST)- The Palestinian Committee for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs has stressed that since the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic early last March, the Israeli occupation forces have detained more than 800 Palestinians including 90 children and 10 women and ignored all international calls for releasing the captives in order to avoid a real humanitarian crisis amid coronavirus.

Head of the Commission’s Studies and Documentation Unit Abdul Naser Farawneh said in a statement on Sunday that the last few months witnessed a dangerous Israeli escalation that included detention campaigns and violations against the Palestinians, particularly in occupied al-Quds where the number of detained Palestinians almost equals half the total number of detainees from other cities and towns of the West Bank, according to Maan News Agency.

The statement affirmed that the occupation authorities continued their arbitrary measures, aggressive acts and abuses against the Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails. They did not take necessary safety and preventive measures to protect the prisoners from the risk of infection with Coronavirus, causing increasing anxiety to the prisoners and their families.

Divert weapons funding to research - to prevent next pandemic, pope says

Vatican, (ST) The Pope of the Vatican, Pope Francis, has called on governments around the world to direct money spent on weapons to research areas, to prevent other pandemics such as corona.


He also called on them to "direct the huge sums spent on possession of more weapons and making them stronger in favor of conducting sufficient research in order to prevent such disasters in the future."

Trump Postpones G7 Summit and Calls for Russia to Attend

American President Donald Trump said that he planned to postpone the annual G7 summit in USA until September and that he wanted to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India.

During a press conference held on the American presidential plane as Trump was returning from Florida to Washington to justify his retreat from the date of the summit, saying in a statement quoted by Reuters: “I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world,”, “It’s a very outdated group of countries.”

Trump hopes to win a second presidential term in November by reconvening the G7 summit to show that despite the economical freeze, the USA is still able to be a plan maker.

It is to be mentioned that the postponement is a retreat from Trump, who worked to host the group's summit in Washington next month to show that USA is recovered from Coronavirus.

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