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Syrian army wipes out terrorists, destroys their vehicles in southeastern Idleb

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Idleb, Syrian Arab Army units on Saturday destroyed several vehicles for terrorist organizations and killed a number of its members in Idleb southeastern countryside.SANA reporter said that over the past hours, army units opened fire on the positions of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and other groups affiliated to it in Khan al-Sabil in Saraqeb countryside, southeast of Idleb, killing several terrorists and destroying many heavy machinery and positions for them.The reporter pointed out that the army's fire also targeted the terrorists' fortified positions, their points and supply centers and their dens in the vicinity of Marat al-Numan and Marshoorin in Idleb southeast countryside.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Al-Jaafari: Improving humanitarian situation in Syria requires lifting economic coercive measures imposed on its people

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New York, UN Security council on Friday adopted a resolution to extend authority of its resolution related to entering humanitarian aid to Syria for 6 extra months and allowing humanitarian convoys heading for Syria to cross borders.Syria's permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said in a statement following voting on the draft resolution that since the terrorist war on it, Syria has exerted its best efforts to guarantee the continuation of providing the basic services and offer humanitarian aid and support to all its citizens without any discrimination.He affirmed that improving the humanitarian situation in Syria requires supporting the State's efforts and lifting the economic coercive measures imposed in its people.Al-Jaafari added that the Syrian government and its m...

Zasypkin: U.S. military presence in Syria illegitimate

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Beirut, Russian Ambassador in Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said that the U.S. military presence in Syria is illegitimate by all standards, indicating that the U.S. practices are responsible for the escalation in the region.In a televised statement on Friday, Zasypkin said that Russia stands by the international legitimacy and supports the demands of the countries which call on the foreign forces to leave the region, reiterating that the aim of the presence of the Russian forces in Syria is fighting terrorism and preventing its spreading.He pointed out that Russia's future stances head to promote encouraging solutions and restoring security in the Gulf area and the Levant.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Japanese Prime Minister Arrives, in Riyadh

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Riyadh, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and accompanying delegation arrived here today.At King Khalid International Airport, he was received by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Minister of Economy and Planning and the Co-Head of the Joint Group of Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 Mohammed bin Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri; Saudi Ambassador to Japan Naif Al-Fahadi and Japanese ambassador to Saudi Arabia Tsukasa Uemura.Source: Saudi Press Agency

HRH Crown Prince Condoles Ukraine President on Civilian Passenger Airliner Crash Victims

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Riyadh, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense sent a cable of condolence to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, on the victims of the civilian passenger plane crash.HRH the Crown Prince said: "I received the news of a civilian passenger plane crash, and the resulting of deaths, and I express to you and the families of the victims my sincere condolences and candid sympathy."Source: Saudi Press Agency

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Condoles President of Ukraine, on the victims of the Passenger Plane accident

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Riyadh, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent a cable of condolences to His Excellency President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, following the accident of the Ukrainian passenger plane, and the resulting deaths.The King said: "We learned about the news of the Ukrainian passenger plane accident, and the resulting deaths, and that as We share with Your Excellency and the families of the victims this pain, We send to Your Excellency and the families of the deceased, on behalf of the people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in My own name the warmest condolences and sincere sympathy, and that you may not see any harm."Source: Saudi Press Agency

Official mourning on the passing of Sultan of Oman

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The Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Judge Mahmoud Makiya, announced Saturday that "Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri has declared official mourning in Lebanon at the loss of His Majesty, the late Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said, who passed away today."In this context, Makiya indicated that "national flags will be lowered to half mast in all official departments, institutions and municipalities for a period of three days, starting today until Monday, January 13, 2020 (inclusive), and regular programs in radio and television stations will be adjusted in accordance with the painful occasion."Source: National News Agency

Official mourning on the passing of Sultan of Oman

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The Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Judge Mahmoud Makiya, announced Saturday that "Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri has declared official mourning in Lebanon at the loss of His Majesty, the late Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said, who passed away today."In this context, Makiya indicated that "national flags will be lowered to half mast in all official departments, institutions and municipalities for a period of three days, starting today until Monday, January 13, 2020 (inclusive), and regular programs in radio and television stations will be adjusted in accordance with the painful occasion."Source: National News Agency

Iran Standoff Shines Spotlight on New Trump Security Adviser

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WASHINGTON - In a defining week for President Donald Trump on the world stage, national security adviser Robert O'Brien was a constant presence at the president's side as the U.S. edged to the brink of war with Iran and back again.The contrasts with O'Brien's predecessor along the way � in secret consultations at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, in the Oval Office and in basement deliberations in the White House Situation Room � could not have been more stark.While former national security adviser John Bolton spent decades as a conservative iconoclast in the public arena, O'Brien is far from a household name. While Bolton had strong opinions he shared loudly in the Oval Office, O'Brien has worked to establish an amiable relationship with Trump.And while Bolton's trademark mustache was

Iran Standoff Shines Spotlight on New Trump Security Adviser

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WASHINGTON - In a defining week for President Donald Trump on the world stage, national security adviser Robert O'Brien was a constant presence at the president's side as the U.S. edged to the brink of war with Iran and back again.The contrasts with O'Brien's predecessor along the way � in secret consultations at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, in the Oval Office and in basement deliberations in the White House Situation Room � could not have been more stark.While former national security adviser John Bolton spent decades as a conservative iconoclast in the public arena, O'Brien is far from a household name. While Bolton had strong opinions he shared loudly in the Oval Office, O'Brien has worked to establish an amiable relationship with Trump.And while Bolton's trademark mustache was