Russian Bombers Successfully Deliver Strikes on Terrorists' Facilities in Syria

MOSCOW- Six long-range Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers, having taken off the Russian territory, delivered strikes on facilities of the" Islamic State" terrorist organization in Syria's Deir ez-Zor Province, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday, according to Itar Tass.

UNSC: Astana Talks Important to Return to Intra-Syrian Dialogue in Geneva

NEW YORK, (ST)-The UN Security Council on Friday expressed support for the talks on Syria  to be held in the Kazakh Capital Astana on Monday, stressing that they would be an important step to come back to the UN-led intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva.

Donald Trump Sworn in as 45th President of United States

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at Capitol Hill, pledging to embark on “a great national effort" to rebuild the country.

The 70-year-old Republican took the oath of office on the steps of the US Capitol on Friday noon during a momentous event that has been marred by massive protests against his election victory over Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Thousands of Trump supporters traveled across the country to witness the occasion from the National Mall, according to Press TV.

Russian Diplomat Believes Astana Meeting on Syria to Strengthen Cessation of Hostilities

MOSCOW- Russia expects the upcoming talks on Syria in Astana to help strengthen the "ceasefire" regime and launch a political process in that country, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"We expect the international meeting on the Syrian settlement in Astana to contribute to consolidating the ceasefire regime in Syria and create a favorable atmosphere for the launch of an inclusive inter-Syrian dialogue in Geneva under the UN aegis based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the relevant decisions by the International Syria Support Group and the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012," the spokeswoman said, according to Itar Tass.

Garnier: 700 French terrorists out of 3000 Europeans joined ISIS

Director of the Anti-Terrorist Coordination Unit [Unité de Coordination de la lutte Anti Terroriste (UCLAT)] Loïc Garnier has declared that the number of French persons, who joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq reached up to 700 out of 3000 European ISIS affiliates.

 In a recent statement to the French ‘Le Figaro’ newspaper, Garnier said that the number of foreign terrorists affiliated to ISIS was 30000 in 2015 and it reduced to 12000 at present.

“France is at the forefront of European countries that export terrorists to ISIS,” Garnier stressed, indicating that around 232 French terrorists took part in ISIS crimes in Syria and Iraq.

White House Admits Obama Failed to Close Guantanamo

Outgoing US President Barack Obama will not be able to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before the end of his second term in office, the White House has admitted.

“At this point, I don’t anticipate that we will succeed in that goal of closing the prison, but it’s not for a lack of trying,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his final media briefing on Tuesday.

Obama, who has just two full days left in his presidency, has failed to keep his 2008 presidential campaign promise to close the notorious prison.

“The only reason it didn’t happen is because of the politics that members of Congress of both parties, frankly, played with this issue,” Earnest said.

Theresa May’s Brexit Plan 'Demeans' UK, Herself, Says Corbyn

Leader of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has blasted Prime Minister Theresa May for offering a Brexit plan that “demeans herself and her office and our country's standing.”

Corbyn made the remarks during this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) at the House of Commons, as he engaged in a debate with May over her newly announced plans to take the UK of the European Union (EU).

Months after Britons voted to end the UK’s EU membership in a historic referendum in July, May finally laid out her plans for a “clean” Brexit on Tuesday and said she would ask for the Parliament’s approval before implementing any agreement with the EU.

No Military Solution to Crisis in Syria, Says Zarif

Davos - Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that there is no military solution to crisis in Syria.

Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Zarif said, ' Crisis in Syria has no military solution; rather, we should reach a solution based on which Syrian people can hold talks with each other.'

He said over the past three and half years, we have repeatedly emphasized that we should not predict the outcome of the talks and judge on that basis.'

He added, 'This is our strategy of talks in the Astana session in Kazakhstan and Russia, Iran and Turkey are striving within the same framework; We hope that all the parties to the ceasefire in Syria will come for talks in Astana and end "violence" in the country.'