Russia Vetoes UNSC Resolution on Extending UN-OPCW Mandate in Syria

UNITED NATIONS-  Moscow vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to renew the mandate for a UN mission investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Ahead of the vote, Russia suggested postponing the discussion, but its proposal was rejected, RT reported.

The current mandate for UN and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) representatives to work in Syria expires on November 17. Washington has prepared a document to prolong the mandate, which was supported by 11 votes on Tuesday. Two UNSC members – Russia and Bolivia – voted against the document, while China and Kazakhstan abstained.

Process of Restoring Peaceful Life in Syria Started: Shoigu

CLARK/Philippines- The so-called “Islamic State” terror group has been driven out of many Syrian towns and areas and the ISIS-controlled area has become very small after the military operation carried out by the Syrian army in cooperation with the Russian Aerospace Forces against this terrorist organization.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday, as quoted by Itar Tass that "Some 998 towns and areas in Syria have been liberated, and the liberated territory reaches 503,223 square kilometers. Many militants have been killed. The process of restoring peaceful life in the country has started".

Moscow Notes Extension of OPCW-UN Mandate in Syria Should Depend on Quality of Its Work

MOSCOW- The extension of the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) looking into the use of chemical weapons in Syria should depend on the quality of its work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday commenting on the next JIM’s report due to be circulated at the UN Security Council on October 26 and the expiration of JIM’s mandate on November 16, Itar Tass reported.

 "The US insists on passing a resolution on extending the JIM mandate at an early date. It grossly distorts Russia’s stance alleging that Moscow will block the extension, if the Mechanism’s conclusions turn out to be anti-Syrian," the diplomats noted. "Such statements have nothing to do with reality."

Russia Expects US to Clarify Its New Policy on Syria

MOSCOW- Washington’s new approach towards Syria triggers numerous questions, and Moscow hopes to receive an honest answer to them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday, Itar Tass reported.

"We maintain contacts with our US counterparts on the Syrian problem, including the so-called deconfliction, between both military officials and diplomats," the Russian minister said at a news conference following meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. "When we hear about the United States’ new line, which implies the creation of some local councils in sovereign Syria, of course, this fact cannot fail to raise eyebrows."

British Daesh Members in Syria Should be Killed to Prevent Attack on UK: Minister

British citizens who have headed to Syria to join the Daesh terrorist group should be killed before getting a chance to return home, says a UK government minister.

“These are people who have essentially moved away from any kind of allegiance towards the British government,” Rory Stewart, international development minister, told BBC on Sunday, noting that converts to the terror group believed in an “extremely hateful doctrine.”

“So I’m afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them,” he said, according to Press TV.

West Wants to Cover Tracks of 'Barbaric' Bombings in Raqqa: Russian MoD

The Russian Defense Ministry "has questions" about the sudden move of the so-called anti-Daesh coalition to help civilians in Raqqa.

["The only explanation of this] is an aspiration to quickly cover up the tracks of the barbaric bombings of the United States and the coalition's aircraft that have buried thousands of civilians liberated from the Islamic State [Daesh] under the ruins of Raqqa," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said, according to Sputnik.

Spain to Dismiss Catalan government, Hold New Elections: Prime Minister

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced Madrid’s decision to dismiss Catalonia's separatist government and hold fresh elections in the region in a bid to prevent Catalan leaders from declaring independence, Press TV reported.

Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Rajoy said his government had no choice after the administration of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont acted in a way that was "unilateral, contrary to the law and seeking confrontation" by holding a banned independence referendum in the northeastern region.

Bombings Hit Two Mosques in Afghanistan, 72 Killed

At least 72 people, including women and children, have been killed and scores of others injured in two bomb attacks that targeted two mosques in Afghanistan.

The first explosion rocked Imam Zaman mosque in the western district of Dasht-e-Barchi in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday as worshipers had gathered for prayers.

A top security official said security forces at the scene had removed at least 39 bodies, but the exact number of casualties was still unknown.