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.

Armed groups breach cessation of hostilities agreement 27 times during last 24 hours


Lattakia – The Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimem stated on Tuesday that the armed groups breached the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria 27 times over the past 24 hours, SANA reported.

The center added that 8 breaches were observed in Hama, 7 in Aleppo, 7 in Lattakia and 5 in Damascus Countryside.

It noted that those violations are under investigation to take procedures in order to avoid their repetition.

On December 30th, the center observed 12 breaches in Damascus, Aleppo and Hama.

Trump - Obama Standoff Has 'No Analogues in Modern American History'

The US has now two de facto presidents, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote, referring to the current standoff between Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

"The nearer January 20 is coming the greater becomes the dividing line between the outgoing president and the president-elect. While Obama still rules the country and apparently wants to settle some final things, Trump has already started to reign as well. Both of them do not always head in the same direction. The result is: America has two de-facto presidents, who disagree with each other on quite important issues," the newspaper wrote.

History against Zionist Entity Despite Efforts by UK, US

“The tide of history is going against Zionist entity,” says a British scholar, arguing that the regime is not going to survive much longer despite receiving overwhelming support from its allies like Britain and the US.

Dr. Rodney Shakespeare, a London-based university professor and political analyst, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday, adding that no matter how pro-Zionist, the British and American governments will soon develop second thoughts for their support of Israel.

Archbishop of Jerusalem in Exile Hilarion Capucci passes away


Rome - Archbishop of Jerusalem in Exile Hilarion Capucci passed away at the age of 94 in the Italian Capital of Rome on Sunday, SANA reported.

The late Capucci was born in Aleppo city in 1922 and became a bishop of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem in 1965.

In 1974, Israeli occupation forces arrested Capucci and sentenced him to 12 years in prison on charge of supporting the resistance, but they released him after four years under pressure from the Vatican and then they exiled him from the occupied Palestine in 1978 to Rome.

Women hold the key to building a world free from hunger and poverty


Rome - Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but is a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said recently.

Speaking at a high-level event co-organized by FAO, the European Commission and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Program (WFP) and UN Women, the FAO-Director General said that "Women are the backbone of our work in agriculture," noting that they comprise 45 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries, with that figure rising to 60 percent in parts of Africa and Asia.

These numbers underscore the importance of ensuring that rural women enjoy a level playing field, according to the FAO Director-General

12 breaches of cessation of hostilities agreement observed over past 24 hours


Lattakia - The Hmeimim-based Russian Coordination Center on Friday announced that over the past 24 hours, terrorist groups breached the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria 12 times in Damascus, Aleppo and Hama.

The Center said in a statement that 6 of the breaches were observed in Damascus, 5 in Aleppo and one in Hama, SANA reported.

The Center added that terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra targeted a number of towns and neighborhoods in Aleppo and its countryside with rocket and mortar shells.

Russia distributes draft resolution at Security Council on cessation of combat activities in Syria


New York – Russia’s Permanent Representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin said that Russia has distributed a draft resolution on the cessation of combat activities to be approved by the Security Council.

Churkin said at a press conference in New York on Friday that a summarized draft resolution was distributed for the Security Council on Thursday night, and he intends to which he intends to submit to the Security Council members during their meeting on Friday, SANA reported.

He said that Russia hopes for the voting to take place on Saturday morning and that it will be approved unanimously, asserting that Russia welcomes the participation of all those who want to become involved in serious dialogue regarding the crisis in Syria.