Venezuela Court Nulls Opposition 'Impeachment' of Maduro

The Supreme Court  in Venezuela ordered the country's National Assembly to discontinue the "political trial" against President Nicolas Maduro since it is not within its constitutional purview.

Venezuela's top court struck down another attempt by the opposition-controlled National Assembly to oust elected President Nicolas Maduro, saying that its vote to 'remove' Maduro and pave the way for new elections is unconstitutional, according to Telesur Television network.

French Journalist: Syria is victim of western media's lack of credibility

The French Journalist Jean-François Kahn, who founded the magazines l’Evénement du Jeudi and Marianne, has underscored that western media outlets have been turned into a military weapon to fuel crisis in Syria.

He said in an article published in the French Marianne magazine that the big western media outlets' way of dealing with crisis in Syria has nothing to do with reality. "Syria has been a victim of the lack of credibility of these media outlets which cancelled the reality and built fanciful world far away from objectivity."

China to Build Gravitational Wave Telescopes in Tibet

China plans to set up telescopes in Tibet to study gravitational waves that may help to learn more about the Big Bang.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, the construction of the first telescope called Ngari-1 was launched 30 kilometers south of the Shiquanhe settlement in Ngari Prefecture, close to the border with India.

6 breaches of cessation of hostilities by armed groups observed during last 24 hours

 

Lattakia - Russian Coordination center in Hmeimem said on Sunday that the armed groups breached the cessation of hostilities agreement 6 times in a number of Syrian regions during the last 24 hours, SANA reported.

“6 breaches of the cessation of hostilities agreement by armed groups were observed during the last 24 hours… 3 in Lattakia, 2 in Aleppo and one in Hama,” the center said in a statement.

In a different note, the center added that the Russian consulate in Aleppo distributed nearly 1.3 ton of humanitarian aid to Jibrin shelter.

Russia to Respect US ‘Far More’ Under Trump, Says President-Elect

US President-elect Donald Trump says under his administration Russia would respect Washington “far more” than the presidency of Barack Obama.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, the future president also called “stupid people or fools,” anyone who opposes good relations with Moscow.

"Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only ‘stupid’ people, or fools, would think that it is bad," he said.

Russian Coordination Center: Armed groups violated cessation of combat activities 10 times in past 24 hours

 

Lattakia – The Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim said that armed groups violated the cessation of combat activities agreement 10 times in several provinces during the past 24 hours, SANA reported.

A statement issued by the center said that a total of 10 violations have been monitored, and that a total of 1,093 towns have joined the agreement so far.

The cessation of combat activities was announced by the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces on 30/12/2016, and it excludes ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and groups affiliated to them.

De Mistura: UN welcomes Astana talks about the crisis in Syria

 

Geneva - UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said the UN welcomes and supports talks expected to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana on the crisis in Syria.

De Mistura said at a press conference in Geneva on Thursday that the preparations are underway for Astana meeting and the United Nations welcomes these efforts and any efforts on the cessation of hostilities, SANA reported.

Russian Defense Ministry: US-led coalition destroys Syrian infrastructure and excludes oil sites seized by ISIS

Moscow – The Russian Defense Ministry affirmed that the international coalition led by the US contributes to supporting ISIS with millions of dollars monthly as it helps in joining new mercenaries to its ranks because it doesn’t target ISIS gatherings in the oil sites that are under its control in Syria.

In a statement on Wednesday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the international coalition had been methodically and consistently destroying the economic infrastructure of Syria to weaken its legitimate government, in spite of all the ensuing hardships for civilians that resulted in the flows of millions of refugees, SANA reported.