Terrorists Prepare New Provocations with Use of Chlorine — Russian Military

MOSCOW- Terrorists in Syria's province of Idlib are preparing new provocations with the use of poisonous substances, the head of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko, told reporters on Thursday.

"Judging by information received by the Russian Reconciliation Center, militants of the Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Izza are preparing for new provocations with the use of poisonous substances," Savchenko said, according to Itar Tass.

According to the Russian official, terrorists delivered two containers with chlorine to the town of Qalaat al-Madiq, some 20 km west of the city of Hama.

Russian Defense Ministry Warns of Looming False Flag ‘Chemical Attack’ in Syria

MOSCOW-  Provocations with the use of toxic chemicals are being planned in some regions in Syria, in particular in the Aleppo region, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry, said on Wednesday, according to Itar Tass.

"Besides, similar provocations [with toxic chemicals - TASS] are being planned in other Syrian regions," Konashenkov said. "Yesterday, residents of the Aleppo province informed [us] that militants were preparing another action. Members of the White Helmets organization have arrived at populated localities of Azaz, Marea and Chobanbei carrying professional video equipment. Along with this, tanks with chlorine gas have been brought in."

Geir Pedersen Appointed as UN Special Envoy for Syria

UNITED NATIONS- Norwegian diplomat Geir Pedersen has been appointed as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria, the secretary general’s Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a briefing on Wednesday, Itar Tass reported.

"United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced today the appointment of Geir O. Pedersen of Norway as his Special Envoy for Syria. The Secretary General takes this opportunity to reiterate his deepest gratitude to Staffan de Mistura of Italy for his concerted efforts and contributions to the search for peace in Syria," he said.

Moscow Alarmed over Reports about Possible Chemical Provocations in Syria

MOSCOW- Moscow is alarmed over reports about possible chemical provocations in Syria and calls for steps not to let that happen, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday, according to Itar Tass.

"Alarming reports are coming from various sources that some terrorist and extremist groups in Syria never stop attempts at staging large-scale provocations with the use of chemical weapons and toxic agent," the ministry said, adding that the Russian military also has such information.

Europe Vital Interest Lies in Return of Security and Peace to Syria: Czech PM

PRAGUE- Europe’s vital interest lies in the return of security and stability to Syria and the return of the situation to its normal status as the displaced will be able to return to their homes and lands, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis affirme, according to SANA.

In an interview with the Czech TV, Babis noted that the European states haven’t contributed to the return of security and stability to Syria, calling upon the European states to cooperate with Russia for this purpose.

White Helmets Started Filming Fake Chemical Weapons Attack - Russian MoD

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the filming of the fake chemical weapons' attack has already begun, Sputnik reported.

The Russian Defense Ministry has stated that several dozens of 'White Helmets' members had arrived in the Syrian Aleppo province from Idlib to carry out a chemical weapons' provocation.

The White Helmets have already started the filming, involving unknown local residents, the Russian military stated.

"Militants of illegal armed groups do not abandon their attempts to destabilize the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The Russian center for reconciliation received information from residents of Aleppo that they [militants] are preparing another provocation with the use of toxic agents to accuse the government forces of using chemical weapons against the local population," Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko said as quoted by Russia's Defense Ministry.

189 Feared Dead in 1st ever Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crash in Indonesia

A plane operated by the low-cost Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed while on a domestic flight from Jakarta. It's the first crash ever for Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 model.

"It has been confirmed that it has crashed," Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the Indonesian rescue agency, said, as cited by Reuters. The plane was on its way from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang on Sumatra, a flight slightly longer than an hour, according to RT.

Latif said that the jet lost contact with air traffic control 13 minutes into the flight, and crashed into the sea.

Putin Appoints New Russian Ambassador to Syria

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Yefimov as Russian Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Syria. The president’s order was published on the official portal of legal information.

Until October 11 Yefimov had served as Russian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, according to Itar Tass.

According to information on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website, Yefimov was born in 1958. He graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He speaks Arabic and English.