Trump, el-Sisi Promise ‘Strong Support’ for Battling Terrorism

US President Donald Trump praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a meeting in the White House, saying that el-Sisi is doing “a fantastic job.” He also promoted the United States’ military buildup as “probably more than ever before.”

“We agree on so many things,” Trump said of el-Sisi during a photo-op in the Oval Office. “I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President el-Sisi,” RT reported.

“He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation,” Trump continued. “We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt, and the United States has, believe me, backing and we have strong backing.”

Explosion Targets St. Petersburg Metro, Putin Says Terrorism among Causes for Blast

MOSCOW-A twin blast has hit the Saint Petersburg metro on Monday, Sputnik reported.

The reported blasts occurred at the "Sennaya Ploschad [square]" and "Tekhnologichesky Institute" stations. At least 10 people were killed. Sennaya Ploschad is engulfed by smoke. Emergency services have been sent to the scene, Sputnik reported.

Evacuation of people from St. Petersburg’s metro after an explosion is now over, Andrei Przhezdomsky, a spokesman for the National Anti-terrorist Committee (NAC), told the Rossiya-24 television channel.

Putin: Terrorism among causes considered for St. Petersburg Metro blast

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that all possible causes for the explosion in the St. Petersburg Metro are being considered, including those linked to terrorism.

Ecuador’s Moreno Claims Victory in Presidential Election

Lenin Moreno, the candidate of the ruling Alianza País Party in Ecuador appears to have secured a win in the second round of presidential elections, barely beating his rival, the conservative Guillermo Lasso who thus far has refused to concede, RT reported.

With 95 percent of the votes counted, Moreno is in the lead with 51.11 percent compared to 48.89 percent gained by his opponent Lasso, the country’s election commission reported. While the winner has not yet been officially announced, the government says preliminary results are 99% accurate and “irreversible” according to outgoing President Rafael Correa, who already congratulated Moreno.

Iran Has Concrete Agreement with Russia for Purchase of 12 Planes -RussianMinister

Moscow - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said there is already a concrete agreement between Russia and Iran for purchase of 12 planes.

Iran has shown interest in purchasing 100 Russia’s medium-haul SukhoiSuperjet 100 (SSJ100) passenger planes, but the agreement has only been reached regarding 12 aircraft as of the moment, the Sputnik News Agency quoted Novak on Saturday.

'We are working out with our Iranian partners’ supply of our SukhoiSuperjet 100 aircraft. Our colleagues have confirmed that there is a concrete agreement for 12 planes already. In the short term, we are considering 30 aircraft. This is just the beginning because overall, the Iranians are interested in purchasing 100 SukhoiSuperjet aircraft,' Novak said.

US to Keep ‘Beating up on Russia’

The administration of US President Donald Trump will continue "beating up on Russia" in the wake of Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential vote.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley appeared in television interviews broadcast Sunday to say that the commander in chief is OK with pressuring Russia over its alleged role in the election, which yielded President Trump.

“He is not stopping me from beating up on Russia,” she stated, further explaining that, “He's not stopping me from talking about the pressure that China needs to be putting on North Korea. He's not stopping me on how we're working together to defeat ISIL (Daesh).”

US Congress Report: 4,000 Jordanians Joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq

AMMAN, (ST)- A recent report by the US Congress Department of Studies has revealed that nearly 4,000 Jordanians have joined ISIS terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq since 2011, which makes Jordan the second largest contributor to the terror group, in terms of recruits and manpower, right after Tunisia.

Russia Bashes Tillerson for Anti-Moscow Stance during NATO Meeting

The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for pursing the policy of his predecessors to demonize Russia as a “threat” during a NATO meeting, expressing disappointment that the military alliance has decided to perform the traditional anti-Moscow “ritual dance”, Press T.V reported.

The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Tillerson’s anti-Russia rhetoric during a speech a day earlier at the NATO headquarters in Brussels showed that the new US administration’s policy on Russia was no different compared to that of previous administrations.

US-Led Coalition Acknowledges Killing of 400 Civilians in Syria, Iraq in 2014-2017

WASHINGTON- A US-led coalition allegedly against the Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) said on Saturday that at least 396 civilians in Syria and Iraq were killed as a result of its airstrikes conducted in 2014-2017, the coalition said in a statement, Sputnik reported.

According to the statement, between August 2014 and February 2017, the coalition conducted a total of 18,600 airstrikes, with the total number of possible civilian deaths reaching 396 people.