Russia to Continue Supporting the Syrians against Western Provocations: Zyuganov

MOSCOW, (ST)- Head of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov has stressed that NATO states are adopting provocative policies not only against Syria but also against many countries in order to destroy them.

In a statement to SANA correspondent in Moscow on Saturday, Zyuganov said "in their provocations and conspiracies, the Americans and their allies in NATO are using all possible pretexts to achieve their goal. They previously accused Iraq of possessing chemical weapons and so they did in Libya and Yugoslavia. However, they couldn't destroy Syria, as the Syrian people have showed heroic resistance and courage that deserve pride."

UN Syria Envoy Hopes for ‘Serious’ Syria Talks

 The United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has hoped for a “serious negotiation” between the Damascus government and the "opposition" as the world body expects to convene a next round of talks on the crisis in the Arab country in October or November.

De Mistura said Thursday that the time remaining to another round of UN-backed negotiations on Syria would be a “major opportunity for the opposition to take stock of the realities on the ground.”

Two in Custody Following Barcelona Van Attack, No Standoff at Bar

Two suspects are in custody following the deadly van attack in Barcelona, a regional official has confirmed, and local police have dismissed statements that there is currently a hostage situation in the city.

A van plowed into a crowd in the busy Ramblas area of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, killing 13 and sending dozens to hospital. Eighty people are reported to have been hurt in the attack, which is being called a terrorist incident.

Moscow: Russia to Continue Its Efforts to Establish De-Escalation Zone in Idleb

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia will continue its efforts in the framework of Astana process to implement the agreement to establish de-escalation zone in Idleb and to save its population from the violence of terrorists and criminals, according to SANA.

In a press conference on Thursday, Zakharova said that situation in Idleb province is a matter of concern because of the increased activity of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, adding that this organization uses the period of calm to consolidate its military capabilities.

Zakharova: US, UK Supplies of Chemicals to Terrorists in Syria 'Beyond Understanding'

MOSCOW- The fact that the United States and the United Kingdom have supplied toxic agents to terrorists in Syria is "beyond understanding," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday, according to Sputnik.

Earlier in the day, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused Washington and London of supplying toxic agents to terrorists, adding that CS and CN substances, produced by US and UK companies, were found in Aleppo and Damascus.

"To supply terrorists with toxic agents, hiding behind pictures of killed children, is beyond understanding," Zakharova said on Facebook.

Pyongyang May Put off Guam Strike If ‘Foolish Yankees’ Refrain from Provocations

President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un has vowed to wait a little longer before striking the US territory of Guam and watch “the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” urging Washington to refrain from further escalation of the Korean crisis.

The North Korean leader advised Washington “to take into full account gains and losses with clear head” as further confrontation is “unfavorable for any party.”

Trump Finally Declares ‘Racism is Evil’ after Charlottesville Firestorm

US President Donald Trump, under heavy bipartisan pressure, has finally declared that “racism is evil” and singled out white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan for a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Press T.V reported.

"Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," Trump said Monday from the White House.

Iran, Russia Presidents Discuss Crisis in Syria, JCPOA over Phone

The presidents of Iran and Russia have discussed the latest mutual, regional and international issues, particularly the developments in Syria and the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries, in a telephone conversation.

During the conversation, the Iranian president pointed to cordial relations between Tehran and Moscow and stressed the importance of further developing bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade and economic sectors.

“Tehran welcomes active presence of Russian investors and private sector in implementation of important infrastructural projects, including in such sectors as industry and energy,” Rouhani said.