Madrid Sacks Catalan Government, Snap Elections Scheduled for December 21

MADRID- Spain's central government has announced the dissolution of the regional parliament in Catalonia, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declaring that new elections will be held in the region on December 21.

Following the Catalan parliament's earlier vote on Friday, in which it made the decision to announce the region's independence from Spain, the government in Madrid fired the cabinet, RT reported.

Trump's Claims Sign of Hostility to Iran

 Tehran – The anti-Iran claims by the US President Donald Trump is an indication to his hostility and spite towards Iranian people, leader of Tehran's Friday Prayer said.

'Iran is shining in today's world, and the claims by the unwise and impolite president of the US on Iran and the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) is the sign of his jealousy, spite and hostility,' Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said on Friday.

In his anti-Iran speech on October 13, Trump called Iranians, including the nation and the IRGC 'terrorists'.

Iran Urges Nuclear Disarmament

New York - Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) urged disarming the nuclear-armed states.

Gholamali Khoshroo, addressing a meeting of the UN General Assembly to consider annual report of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday, said that the ICJ is playing a crucial role in peaceful alleviation and resolution of the disputes.

NAM is calling the UN institutions to consult the Court in their legal issues, said the Iranian envoy.

Referring to the ICJ consultative vote on the illegitimacy of any threat or use of nuclear weapons, he urged disarming the states that possess nuclear weapons.

Russia Decries ‘Inconsistencies’ in UN - OPCW Syria Report

Russia has criticized a recent United Nations report blaming Syria for an April "gas attack" inside the Arab country, saying it is full of “inconsistencies.”

“Even the first cursory read shows that many inconsistencies, logical discrepancies, using doubtful witness accounts and unverified evidence...all of this is still (in the report)," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the country’s Interfax news agency on Friday.

Ryabkov said other countries were seeking to use the report to “resolve their own strategic geopolitical issues in Syria,” adding that Moscow would analyze the findings and publish a response soon.

Putin: "More Than 90% of Syria's Territory Is Free from Terrorists'

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that "more than 90% of the Syrian territory has been free from terrorists."

"I would like once again to thank our military servicemen who take part in the counterterrorism operation in Syria. It was possible to radically reverse the situation thanks to their courage, precise and professional actions and valor. More than 90% of Syria’s territory is already free from terrorists," the president said at a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors on the occasion of appointing them to higher ranks, conferring higher military and civil service ranks upon them, Itar Tass reported.

US Forces, Armed Groups Impede Humanitarian Aid Access to Displaced Syrians in al-Rukban Camp - Russian MoD

The Russian Defense Ministry has commented on the humanitarian situation around al-Rukban camp for displaced Syrians near the Syrian-Jordanian borders.

"The American side and the illegal armed groups operating in the same zone are preventing the Syrian government from organizing a safe corridor and delivering humanitarian supplies to people in the camp from the territory of Syria," the Russian Defense Ministry said, according to Itar Tass.

Russia and Germany Unanimous Terrorists in Syria Should be Eliminated: Putin

MOSCOW- Moscow and Berlin are unanimous in understanding the importance of a full elimination of terrorists in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday after talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"We discussed the situation in Syria in detail," he said, according to Itar Tass.

"We are unanimous in the opinion that it's important to press forward with a full and conclusive elimination of terrorists on the Syrian territory and to build up efforts in the field of assistance to political settlement."

5,600 Daesh Terrorists Return to Their Countries, Including US, UK: Report

A new report has found out that at least 5,600 Daesh terrorists have returned to their countries, including the US and UK, as the terror group loses ground in Syria and Iraq.

The US-based think tank Soufan Center published a report on Tuesday saying that those returning home will be a security challenge for years to come. They include half of the estimated 850 people that left the UK to join ISIL and also 400 of the 3,417 fighters from Russia; 760 of the 3,244 from Saudi Arabia; 800 of the 2,926 from Tunisia; and 271 of the 1,910 from France, according to Press TV.