Palestinian Envoy to UN Urges US to Withdraw its Illegal al-Quds Decision

UNITED NATIONS- Members of the international Security Council expressed their deep concern over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize al-Quds as the capital of the Israeli occupation entity and to move the US embassy to al-Quds.

Palestine urged the United States to roll back its illegal decision to recognize al-Quds as the capital of Israel, Palestine's Envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour told members of the Security Council on Friday, Sputnik reported.

Lavrov, Tillerson Say Geneva Talks on Syria Should be Held without Preconditions

VIENNA- Moscow and Washington are confident that both the government of Syria and "opposition" should take part in the talks in Geneva without any preliminary conditions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, commenting on results of his talks with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Itar Tass reported.

"[We] also discussed the political process under the UN auspices, which restarted some time ago, revived after the beginning of the Astana process and which has intensified recently thanks to the initiatives voiced at the summit of the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey in Sochi," Lavrov said. "We welcomed the resumption of the Geneva talks, but expressed confidence that both the Syrian government and opposition should take part in the talks without any preconditions."

Global Condemnation of Trump’s Recognition of Al-Quds as Capital of Zionist Entity

US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize al-Quds as the capital of Israel continued on Friday to be met with global condemnations with warnings of more tension in the occupied territories.

EU: Trump's decision on al-Quds to take Mideast to 'even darker times'

According Press TV, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says US President Donald Trump's recognition of al-Quds as the Israeli "capital" could take the region "backwards to even darker times."

Speaking at a press conference in the Belgian capital, Brussels, Mogherini warned that Trump's decision "has a very worrying potential impact."

"It is a very fragile context and the announcement has the potential to send us backwards to even darker times than the ones we're already living in," she added.

‘Yes, I will’: Vladimir Putin announces run for re-election in 2018

 “Yes, I will run as a candidate for the Russian presidency,” Putin said. He was meeting with workers at the country’s historic manufacturer, GAZ (Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod), in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday.

"Our country is its people, people like you," the Russian leader said, addressing workers and veterans of the plant. "It's workers, scientists, engineers, designers, teachers and doctors," Putin said, adding that with the "active involvement" of its people, Russia "can deal with any, even the most complex challenges it faces."

"Russia will go only forward and no one will ever stop it," he added.

Trump Declares Al-Quds as Zionist Entity’s Capital

US President Donald Trump has officially declared the Palestinian city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel's capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.

In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his administration would also begin a process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city, which is expected to take years.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said. "While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering."

Putin: ISIS Terrorists Fully Defeated on both Banks of Euphrates in Syria

NIZHNY NOVGOROD- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the ISIS terrorist organization had been fully defeated on both banks of the Euphrates in Syria.

"Two hours ago, Defense Minister [Sergey Shoigu] reported that the operations on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates have ended with terrorists’ complete defeat," the head of state told reporters.

"Naturally, there can still be some isolated pockets of resistance. However, by and large, combat operations at this stage and on this territory are over. I repeat that they ended with the terrorists’ complete defeat," the president stressed, according to Itar Tass.

Putin noted that it is necessary to go over to the next stage, together with all parties to the Syrian settlement, the Syrian government, regional countries and the UN.

Pentagon Declares ‘Conditions-Based’ Presence in Syria

The US military forces are poised to stay in war-ravaged Syria for “as long as we need to,” says a Pentagon official.

"We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told AFP on Tuesday.

The Department of Defense spokesman on Iraq and Syria also repeated Washington’s claims that the US and its allies are fighting the Daesh Takfiri group there, Press TV reported.

Pahon further announced that there would be no timeline to determine if and when they may leave as their presence is "conditions-based."

EU Governments ‘Deeply Embarrassed’ by Daesh Fall in Syria: German Political Analyst

TEHRAN – A German political analyst said European governments are ‘deeply embarrassed’ by the eradication of Daesh (ISIL) from Syria as they previously threw their weight behind the terror group in the Arab country.

 “The European governments are already now deeply embarrassed by the events in Syria. They and their mainstream media outlets were wrong in literally every little detail about the war. At the same time they didn´t just support terrorist forces in Syria, they also ‘fetched the war to Europe’,’’ Manuel Ochsenreiter, the director of German Center for Eurasian Studies, told Tasnim.