2020-09-14: News Headlines

Gareth Porter (2020-09-14). Dark web voter database report casts new doubts on Russian election hack narrative. thegrayzone.com A new report showing that US state-level voter databases were publicly available calls into question the narrative that Russian intelligence "targeted" US state election-related websites in 2016. A September 1 report in the Moscow daily Kommersant on a "dark web" site offering a database of personal information on millions of registered American voters undermines one of …

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Greece resettling stranded migrants to tent camp on Lesbos. yenisafak.com Greece has resettled hundreds of migrants in a temporary new tent facility after a fire destroyed their overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos and hopes to have moved all of them this week, government officials said on Monday.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, are without shelter and are having to sleep out in the open without proper sanitation after the fire tore through the Moria migrant camp last Wednesday.Greece is now registering the migrants and testing them for the COVID-19 disease before channeling them into the temporary tent camp, government spokesman…

Eds. (2020-09-14). CBC owes the people of Palestine an apology. mronline.org Over 2,000 people have written to the CBC to condemn its deletion of the word "Palestine" and its subsequent apology for uttering it. Still, the broadcaster insists the word falls outside its standards.

WSWS (2020-09-14). Greece buys billions in French arms amid war tensions with Turkey. wsws.org The purchase of a squadron of fighter jets and four warships marks a major escalation in the military standoff between Greece, backed by France, and Turkey.

WSWS (2020-09-14). Wildcat strike over COVID-19 at Lear auto parts plant in Indiana. wsws.org Lear workers refused to work for several hours Friday night after learning of potential COVID-19 cases in the facility, halting production also at the nearby Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). 'All the Time' to go on screen at Busan Intl. FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iranian short film, 'All the Time' directed by Shadi Karamroudi, has been accepted into the competition program of the 25th edition of Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). UAE, Bahrain traitors must wait for Resistance's revenge. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Addressing traitorous rulers of UAE and Bahrain, the Head of Ideological-Political Organization of the Ministry of Defense warned all compromisers to wait for the anger and revenge of the Islamic Ummah and the Resistance Axis.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). World must boycott those who only pretend to favor peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) —The Commander of Iran Army's University of Command and Staff said that the world should move towards peace, and in this regard, those who are are making a pretense of being adherent to peace should be boycotted.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Hashd al-Sha'abi repels ISIL attack in Iraq's Samarra. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi forces repelled the ISIL's terrorist attack in southern Samarra.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). WAIA to address UAE, Bahrain normalizations with Tel Aviv. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — The World Assembly of Islamic Awakening (WAIA) will hold an extraordinary session on Wednesday to discuss the recent normalization of ties by some Arab states with the Israeli regime.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). IAEA to inspect second location in Iran later this month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said that a complementary access at the second specified location in Iran will take place later this month.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Observe diplomatic etiquette! en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Ali Bagheri, deputy of international affairs of the Judicial System of Iran, strongly condemned the interference of European embassies in Iran's internal affairs and urged them to observe the diplomatic etiquette.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Iran shining in world for achieving isotope enrichment tech. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — The head of the Atomic Energy Organization stated that despite sabotages of the arrogant powers, today, Iran is one of the few countries that have acquired the technology of the enriching the stable isotopes.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,619 cases, 156 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 2,619 on Monday, bringing the total cases to 404,648, according to the Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Iran summons German ambassador over meddlesome remarks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the German Ambassador over meddlesome tweets of the embassy.

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Israel to demolish mosque in Jerusalem. yenisafak.com Israel on Monday issued a demolition order for a mosque in the town of Silwan in east Jerusalem for "lack of a construction permit," according to local residents.Israeli authorities gave the curators of the Qaqaa Bin Amr mosque 21 days to challenge the order.Built in 2012, the two-floor mosque accommodates hundreds of worshippers.A similar demolition order was issued in 2015, but was never enforced.In recent years, Israeli settlers have seized control of dozens of Palestinian homes in Silwan, which is close to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.Israeli settlement organization Elad says it seeks to turn Silwan…

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Belarusian leader Lukashenko begins talks with Putin in Russia's Sochi. yenisafak.com Embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko began talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in the Black Sea region of Sochi, the TASS news agency cited the Kremlin as saying.Lukashenko flew to Russia earlier on Monday to try to win Putin's help to survive weeks of mass protests against his 26-year-rule.

yenisafak (2020-09-14). 'Turkey will not compromise on rights in E.Med'. yenisafak.com The Turkish defense minister said on Monday that "sacrificing our rights in the Eastern Mediterranean is out of question"."We have rights, concerns, and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean. Some countries are making counter moves and taking actions against them. We follow them with great patience," Hulusi Akar said following the Distinguished Observer Day activities of the Mediterranean Storm — a five-day military exercise.Stressing that Turkey will resolutely continue to do what is necessary to protect its rights, Akar said it is out of question to sacrifice and give up rights in the region."We are in favor…

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Turkey hails Bangladesh for hosting Rohingya refugees. yenisafak.com Turkey's top diplomat praised Bangladesh on Monday for its efforts to host Rohingya refugees.In a joint news conference following a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu thanked Dhaka for their hosting of millions of Rohingya refugees."We know that this is a huge burden and huge responsibility for Bangladesh. More than 4 million refugees are actually hosted by Bangladesh in total, so this is a huge responsibility on their shoulders. We appreciate their efforts," he told reporters in the Turkish capital Ankara.Cavusoglu pointed out that Turkey, with its all orga…

Wilfred Chan (2020-09-14). Did US Lobbying Efforts Backfire for Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement? thenation.com Did US Lobbying Efforts Backfire for Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement?

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-13). It Would be a Big Deal if Russia Promised India Not to Sell Arms to Pakistan. globalresearch.ca Indian media reported over the weekend that Russia promised Defense Minister Singh that it won't sell arms to Pakistan out of respect for New Delhi's security interests, which if true, it wouldn't matter all that much in terms of the …

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Gaza records 2 deaths, 100 infections from coronavirus. yenisafak.com Palestinian health authorities registered two fatalities and 100 infections from the coronavirus outbreak in the Gaza Strip on Sunday.In a statement, the Health Ministry said the territory's tally rose to 1,819 confirmed cases, including 15 deaths, and 216 recoveries."The number of active cases in Gaza rose to 1,588," the ministry said.Reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007, the Gaza Strip suffers a severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies, in addition to daily electric outages.The Hamas-led government imposed a lockdown in Gaza on Aug. 24 to help curb the outbreak in the blockaded enclave…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran delivers 2nd anti-coronavirus cargo to Kyrgyzstan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — The second cargo of Iranian humanitarian and medical aid to combat Covid-19 was delivered to the Kyrgyz authorities by the Iranian embassy on Saturday.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Syrian girl allegedly injured by Greek soldier at Turkish border. yenisafak.com An eight-year-old Syrian girl was injured by two rubber bullets allegedly fired by a Greek soldier at the Turkish border on Sunday.Turkish security forces were informed of nine Syrian migrants, including one who was injured, in the Meric district of the northwestern Edirne province, bordering Greece.Gazin Abdu, who had been injured by rubber bullets was referred to the hospital.Her 19-year-old brother Hazar Abdu told Anadolu Agency that they had arrived at the Greek border hoping to cross into Europe."A Greek soldier opened fire on us. My sister was injured in her foot by two rubber bullets, and then they insulte…

_____ (2020-09-13). The Historic Clash of Two Opposing Geopolitical Paradigms. strategic-culture.org Compared the great initiatives taken on behalf of freedom and anti colonialism throughout the past 260 years, today's America appears to be a strange and foolish creature running roughshod over the dignity of people and nations in a race for mass nuclear extermination. | Such is the image projected by Mike Pompeo's ranting anti-China attacks or the relentless demonization of Russia sweeping across mainstream media ever day- both nations who have repeatedly called for cooperation and friendship with the USA. If it were simply belligerent words then we could brush off these childish attacks as mere foolish rhetoric…

Anthony J. Hall (2020-09-13). Lockdowns, Coronavirus, and Banks: Following the Money. dissidentvoice.org It usually makes sense to follow the money when seeking understanding of almost any major change. The strategy of following the money in our current convergence of crises in late summer of 2020 leads us directly to the lockdowns. The lockdowns were first imposed on people in the Wuhan area of China. Then other populations …

RT (2020-09-13). Netanyahu puts Israel into 3-week lockdown, citing rapid spread of Covid-19. rt.com Israel will impose a three-week nationwide lockdown starting Friday, due to the dire situation with regard to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address. | Addressing the nation on Sunday, Netanyahu promised that the restrictions would be accompanied by a new economic aid package, which the government is to announce on Thursday. | The anti-coronavirus measures will restrict gatherings to no more than 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors. They will also prevent the Israelis for getting more than 500 meters away from their homes. | Schools will be closed,…

Newsclick (2020-09-13). To Succeed, Struggles Have to Be Connected, Not Localized: Fayrouz Sharqawi. peoplesdispatch.org Vijay Prashad talks to Fayrouz Sharqawi of Grassroots Al-Quds on the impact of Israeli occupation of the people of Palestine and the kind of resistance that exists on the ground…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-13). A Truly Poisonous Foreign Policy. The Blame Putin Narrative… globalresearch.ca If one had been reading America's leading newspapers and magazines over the past several weeks the series of featured stories suggesting that Russia's President Vladimir Putin is some kind of latter day Lucrezia Borgia would have been

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-13). The Great Novichok Poisoning Hoax 2.0. globalresearch.ca What's going on regarding Alexey Navalny repeats the great 2018 poisoning by novichok of the Skripals in Britain hoax. | Whatever caused their illness, from which they recovered, had nothing to do with exposure to a deadly nerve agent, Russia falsely …

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Afghan forces, Taliban continue to clash even as peace talks start. yenisafak.com "With the start of intra-Afghan talks we were expecting the Taliban to reduce the number of their attacks, but unfortunately their attacks are still going in high numbers," Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry, said.Representatives from a number of countries who spoke at the inauguration of the peace talks called on the Taliban to announce an immediate ceasefire before negotiators sat down to find a way to end decades of war in Afghanistan.The Taliban did not say anything about a possible ceasefire at the ceremony.Achieving a significant reduction in violence and how to get to a permanent cease…

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-09-13). The Indian economy is hurtling toward disaster. peoplesdispatch.org To avoid a total collapse of the economy, the Indian government needs to push up demand by spending more on cash transfers to the poor and on goods and services…

Editor (2020-09-13). A Veteran's View of Trump, Endless Wars, and the 2020 Election. scheerpost.com Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0] By Daniel Larison / The American Conservative In this week's episode of "The Emperor Has No Clothes," Kelley, Matt, and I spoke to Danny Sjursen, an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran-turned-antiwar activist. He talks about the most recent rift between Trump and the military and what veterans really think about the president and his policies. You may be surprised. |

teleSUR (2020-09-13). Woman Blinded by Chilean Police in 2019 Protests is Hospitalized. telesurenglish.net Fabiola Campillai, who was left blind after a Chilean Police (Carabineros) agent launched a teargas bomb to her face in 2019, was rushed to a hospital in Santiago to undergo surgery after suffering severe headaches. | RELATED: | After being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital, Campillai, 37, "spilled liquid from her nose," her husband Marco Cornejo informed as he assured that she has a history…

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-13). Senator John McCain: The 'Charlie Wilson' of Syria War. globalresearch.ca In

Elijah Magnier (2020-09-13). What does France want from Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will it achieve its goals? (2/3). thealtworld.com It would be inaccurate to say that the US has given the green light to French President Emmanuel Macron to carry his initiative to Lebanon. In fact, US policy does not coincide with the French goals in all details. In fact, following each of the two French visits an American envoy followed behind to assure his allies that the US had not relinquished the Lebanese theatre to France. The French approach differs from that of the Americans. Macron visited all the heads of parliamentary blocs, while Assistant US Secretary of State David Schenker visited lower echelon Lebanese officials and met via video "civil society…

_____ (2020-09-13). China: US Is 'Destroyer Of World Peace'. popularresistance.org A spokesman for China's defense ministry said on Sunday that the U.S. is the "destroyer of world peace" while criticizing a Pentagon report on Beijing's military goals. | The Associated Press reported that Col. Wu Qian called the Department of Defense report released earlier this month a "wanton distortion" of his nation's intentions. | "Many years of evidence shows that it is the U.S. that is the fomenter of regional unrest, the violator of the international order and the destroyer of world peace," he said, noting U.S. actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other countries, according to the news service.

_____ (2020-09-13). Multinational Companies Account For Nearly A Fifth Of Global CO2 Emissions. popularresistance.org Rome – The global supply chains of multinational companies such as BP, Coca-Cola and Walmart are responsible for nearly a fifth of climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new study. | But the businesses outsource many of these emissions to poorer parts of the world by investing in production in developing countries, said researchers from University College London and China's Tianjin University. | Dabo Guan, the study's co-author, called the work the "first quantitative evidence" on the investment flows and carbon footprints of multinational enterprises (MNEs).

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-09-13). Is Nepal Skirting, Denying or Defying the COVID Pandemic? globalresearch.ca Demonstrations in Kathmandu protesting India's territorial claim on

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Cooperation of three branches can help solve problem. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that cooperation and collaboration of Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches can help accelerate solving economic problems of the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran has largest artificial intelligence companies in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said that Iran has the largest knowledge-based companies in the field of artificial intelligence in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Rouhani hails nation's resistance against challenges. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani hailed the Iranian nation's resistance against the current challenges, stressing the need to continue the health protocols amid pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). 8.6mn tons of oil products sold at IRNEX in 6 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Managing Director of Iran Energy Exchange (IRENEX) Ali Hosseini announced on Sunday that in the past six months, 8.6 million tons of oil products have been sold at the market.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Tehran, Bishkek discuss expansion of economic ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — The ambassadors of Iran and Kyrgyzstan to Russia met in Moscow on Sunday to discuss bilateral ties between Tehran and Bishkek.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Resistance Intl. Film Festival announces entry names. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival has announced the names of the films in the event's festivals sections.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran gives Turkey 10 suggestions to ease mutual trade. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — In a video conference, the Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) gave Turkish deputy trade minister 10 suggestions for easing and expanding the mutual ties between Tehran and Istanbul.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Azerbaijani clerics condemn Charlie Hebdo's blasphemous move. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — The clergymen of the Republic of Azerbaijan have held a rally to condemn French weekly Charlie Hebdo's republication of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Mehran border terminal operational on all weekdays: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — The trade activities at Mehran border terminal, in the western Iranian borders with Iraq, have increased from four days to all weekdays.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Three Iranian animations screened at French cinemas. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Three Iranian animations were screened in the form of a feature film entitled "The Crow and the Amazing Sparrow" in French cinemas.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran freestyle league to kick off Oct. 1. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Iran's freestyle wrestling league will start on October 1 with Tehran as the host of the first round.

2020-09-13: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-13). It Would be a Big Deal if Russia Promised India Not to Sell Arms to Pakistan. globalresearch.ca Indian media reported over the weekend that Russia promised Defense Minister Singh that it won't sell arms to Pakistan out of respect for New Delhi's security interests, which if true, it wouldn't matter all that much in terms of the …

Newsclick (2020-09-13). To Succeed, Struggles Have to Be Connected, Not Localized: Fayrouz Sharqawi. peoplesdispatch.org Vijay Prashad talks to Fayrouz Sharqawi of Grassroots Al-Quds on the impact of Israeli occupation of the people of Palestine and the kind of resistance that exists on the ground…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-13). A Truly Poisonous Foreign Policy. The Blame Putin Narrative… globalresearch.ca If one had been reading America's leading newspapers and magazines over the past several weeks the series of featured stories suggesting that Russia's President Vladimir Putin is some kind of latter day Lucrezia Borgia would have been

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-13). The Great Novichok Poisoning Hoax 2.0. globalresearch.ca What's going on regarding Alexey Navalny repeats the great 2018 poisoning by novichok of the Skripals in Britain hoax. | Whatever caused their illness, from which they recovered, had nothing to do with exposure to a deadly nerve agent, Russia falsely …

teleSUR (2020-09-13). Woman Blinded by Chilean Police in 2019 Protests is Hospitalized. telesurenglish.net Fabiola Campillai, who was left blind after a Chilean Police (Carabineros) agent launched a teargas bomb to her face in 2019, was rushed to a hospital in Santiago to undergo surgery after suffering severe headaches. | RELATED: | After being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital, Campillai, 37, "spilled liquid from her nose," her husband Marco Cornejo informed as he assured that she has a history…

_____ (2020-09-13). China: US Is 'Destroyer Of World Peace'. popularresistance.org A spokesman for China's defense ministry said on Sunday that the U.S. is the "destroyer of world peace" while criticizing a Pentagon report on Beijing's military goals. | The Associated Press reported that Col. Wu Qian called the Department of Defense report released earlier this month a "wanton distortion" of his nation's intentions. | "Many years of evidence shows that it is the U.S. that is the fomenter of regional unrest, the violator of the international order and the destroyer of world peace," he said, noting U.S. actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other countries, according to the news service.

_____ (2020-09-13). Multinational Companies Account For Nearly A Fifth Of Global CO2 Emissions. popularresistance.org Rome – The global supply chains of multinational companies such as BP, Coca-Cola and Walmart are responsible for nearly a fifth of climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new study. | But the businesses outsource many of these emissions to poorer parts of the world by investing in production in developing countries, said researchers from University College London and China's Tianjin University. | Dabo Guan, the study's co-author, called the work the "first quantitative evidence" on the investment flows and carbon footprints of multinational enterprises (MNEs).

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-09-13). Is Nepal Skirting, Denying or Defying the COVID Pandemic? globalresearch.ca Demonstrations in Kathmandu protesting India's territorial claim on

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-09-13). The Indian economy is hurtling toward disaster. peoplesdispatch.org To avoid a total collapse of the economy, the Indian government needs to push up demand by spending more on cash transfers to the poor and on goods and services…

Editor (2020-09-13). A Veteran's View of Trump, Endless Wars, and the 2020 Election. scheerpost.com Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0] By Daniel Larison / The American Conservative In this week's episode of "The Emperor Has No Clothes," Kelley, Matt, and I spoke to Danny Sjursen, an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran-turned-antiwar activist. He talks about the most recent rift between Trump and the military and what veterans really think about the president and his policies. You may be surprised. |

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-13). Senator John McCain: The 'Charlie Wilson' of Syria War. globalresearch.ca In

Anthony J. Hall (2020-09-13). Lockdowns, Coronavirus, and Banks: Following the Money. dissidentvoice.org It usually makes sense to follow the money when seeking understanding of almost any major change. The strategy of following the money in our current convergence of crises in late summer of 2020 leads us directly to the lockdowns. The lockdowns were first imposed on people in the Wuhan area of China. Then other populations …

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran freestyle league to kick off Oct. 1. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Iran's freestyle wrestling league will start on October 1 with Tehran as the host of the first round.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran-China-Russia joint exercise to influence World' equation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) —Referring to an upcoming Iran, China, China, and Russia joint exercise, Iran's Navy Commander said that this 3 world powers' joint effort conveys the message that they are capable to influence the equations of the World.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Three Iranian animations screened at French cinemas. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Three Iranian animations were screened in the form of a feature film entitled "The Crow and the Amazing Sparrow" in French cinemas.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Azerbaijani clerics condemn Charlie Hebdo's blasphemous move. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — The clergymen of the Republic of Azerbaijan have held a rally to condemn French weekly Charlie Hebdo's republication of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Hashd al-Sha'abi launches anti-ISIL operation in Al Anbar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi launched an extensive anti-ISIL operation near the Syrian border in Al Anbar Governorate.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Tehran, Bishkek discuss expansion of economic ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — The ambassadors of Iran and Kyrgyzstan to Russia met in Moscow on Sunday to discuss bilateral ties between Tehran and Bishkek.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). New academic year officially kicks off across Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — New academic year officially kicked off on Sunday morning in a ceremony held in the presence of Minister of Science, Research, and Technology, Health Minister, Vice President for Science and Technology in Tehran University.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Mehran border terminal operational on all weekdays: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — The trade activities at Mehran border terminal, in the western Iranian borders with Iraq, have increased from four days to all weekdays.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran has largest artificial intelligence companies in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said that Iran has the largest knowledge-based companies in the field of artificial intelligence in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). VIDEO: People of Kermanshah deplore blasphemy against Prophet. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — People of the western Iranian city of Kermanshah held demonstrations on Sunday to condemn French weekly Charlie Hebdo's republication of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Trump 'certainly' after using Afghan peace for re-election. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — A former Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan believes that US President Donald Trump is trying to use the Afghan peace negotiations in Doha as a card in the November election.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran gives Turkey 10 suggestions to ease mutual trade. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — In a video conference, the Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) gave Turkish deputy trade minister 10 suggestions for easing and expanding the mutual ties between Tehran and Istanbul.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Resistance Intl. Film Festival announces entry names. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival has announced the names of the films in the event's festivals sections.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). 1,044 centrifuges enriching uranium in Fordow: AEOI chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Chief of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on Sunday said that 1,044 centrifuges are enriching uranium in Fordow Nuclear Facility.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Two injured in bomb blast in western Kabul. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Two people were injured in a bomb blast in the capital of Afghanistan on Sunday, said an official.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Gaza records 2 deaths, 100 infections from coronavirus. yenisafak.com Palestinian health authorities registered two fatalities and 100 infections from the coronavirus outbreak in the Gaza Strip on Sunday.In a statement, the Health Ministry said the territory's tally rose to 1,819 confirmed cases, including 15 deaths, and 216 recoveries."The number of active cases in Gaza rose to 1,588," the ministry said.Reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007, the Gaza Strip suffers a severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies, in addition to daily electric outages.The Hamas-led government imposed a lockdown in Gaza on Aug. 24 to help curb the outbreak in the blockaded enclave…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Syrian girl allegedly injured by Greek soldier at Turkish border. yenisafak.com An eight-year-old Syrian girl was injured by two rubber bullets allegedly fired by a Greek soldier at the Turkish border on Sunday.Turkish security forces were informed of nine Syrian migrants, including one who was injured, in the Meric district of the northwestern Edirne province, bordering Greece.Gazin Abdu, who had been injured by rubber bullets was referred to the hospital.Her 19-year-old brother Hazar Abdu told Anadolu Agency that they had arrived at the Greek border hoping to cross into Europe."A Greek soldier opened fire on us. My sister was injured in her foot by two rubber bullets, and then they insulte…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Afghan forces, Taliban continue to clash even as peace talks start. yenisafak.com "With the start of intra-Afghan talks we were expecting the Taliban to reduce the number of their attacks, but unfortunately their attacks are still going in high numbers," Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry, said.Representatives from a number of countries who spoke at the inauguration of the peace talks called on the Taliban to announce an immediate ceasefire before negotiators sat down to find a way to end decades of war in Afghanistan.The Taliban did not say anything about a possible ceasefire at the ceremony.Achieving a significant reduction in violence and how to get to a permanent cease…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Authority of air defense shown to enemies in military drill. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Commander of Army Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard said that the enemies of the Islamic Republic realized Iran's air defense power in the Zolfaghar-99 military exercise.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Rouhani hails nation's resistance against challenges. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani hailed the Iranian nation's resistance against the current challenges, stressing the need to continue the health protocols amid pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Muslim scholars union forbids normalization with Israel. yenisafak.com The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Sunday forbade any normalization of relations with the Israeli occupation authorities.In a statement, IUMS Secretary-General Ali al-Qaradaghi said normalization emboldens Israel to continue its decades-long occupation of the Palestinian lands."Normalization with the occupiers of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem is forbidden and is considered a treason," he said.Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international commun…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Netanyahu sees direct Israel-Bahrain flights after normalisation deal. yenisafak.com A deal establishing relations between Israel and Bahrain will result in direct flights between the countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday."There will be brisk and direct air traffic between the countries," he said in remarks to the Israeli cabinet, a transcript of which was issued by his office.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Oman welcomes Bahrain's initiative to normalise ties with Israel. yenisafak.com Oman welcomes Bahrain's decision to normalise relations with Israel, Oman state TV reported on Sunday."The Sultanate welcomes the initiative taken by the sisterly kingdom of Bahrain," the channel said on its Twitter account.Oman hopes "this new strategic path taken by some Arab countries will contribute to bringing about a peace based on an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and on establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as capital," it added.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Muslim scholars union condemns Quran burning in Sweden. yenisafak.com The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has condemned the burning of a copy of the holy Quran in Sweden.In a statement, the Doha-based union lamented violations against Muslims and their holy sites and books in a number of European and Asian countries."We did not hear any condemnation of these acts from different groups that claim defending freedoms and respect of symbols, religions and holy sites, or an action by these countries against those who carry out these heinous and aggressive acts," the union said.On Thursday, the Danish far-right group Hard Line (Stram Kurs) burned a copy of the Muslim holy…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). UAE's Bin Zayed AI university, Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science sign MOU. yenisafak.com The United Arab Emirates' Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have signed a memorandum of understanding "to work together across a range of fields," the UAE's WAM news agency reported on Sunday.The accord is the first of its kind to be signed between two higher education institutes from the UAE and Israel, it added. "The aim is to advance the development and use of artificial intelligence as a tool for progress," it said.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). China calls Hong Kong people arrested at sea 'separatists'. yenisafak.com The 12 Hong Kong people arrested at sea by mainland authorities last month were separatists, a spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry said on Sunday, in response to her U.S. counterpart's characterisation of the arrest as a deterioration of human rights.The comment came a day after relatives of the detainees held a news conference in Hong Kong demanding the urgent return of the 12 who were intercepted by the Guangdong coast guard on Aug. 23 on a boat bound for Taiwan.Donning masks and hats to shield their identities, they made their first public appeal for help and information on their relatives' plight, pleadi…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Turkey rescues 14 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea. yenisafak.com A coast guard team was dispatched off the coast of Marmaris in Mugla province after learning that the South African asylum seekers were stranded on a boat.The asylum seekers said that when they reached Rhodes Island, Greek coast guard teams damaged their boat and pushed them into Turkish territorial waters.After routine checks, the asylum seekers were sent to the provincial migration authority.Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.Turkey has repeatedly condemned Greece's illegal practice of pushing back a…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Greek PM welcomes return of Turkish vessel to base, calls it 'positive first step'. yenisafak.com Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday the return of Turkish survey vessel Oruc Reis back to its southern province of Atntalya was a positive first step to ease tensions with Turkey over offshore natural resources."The return of Oruc Reis is a positive first step, I hope there will be continuity. We want to talk with Turkey but in a climate without provocations," Mitsotakis told reporters in Thessaloniki.He said dialogue is the only way to tackle the sole problem between the two countries – the delimitation of maritime zones."The first step (by Turkey) will be the prologue of an improving situati…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Afghans see hope on horizon as peace talks commence. yenisafak.com The launch of the direct talks for peace in Afghanistan has left many in this conflict-riddled nation caught between curiosity and cautious optimism.Extraordinarily vigilant security was what many Afghans in the bustling capital of Kabul noticed as they began their work week Saturday. Thursdays and Fridays are weekends in Afghanistan.The day talks began, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired a meeting of the Security High Command with the army and intelligence chiefs and other key officials. "Serious attention should be paid for the security of highways," he said, according to a statement by his office.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). China's security stakes 'will calm border strain'. yenisafak.com China's "aggressive" posturing in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region against India in the past four months is linked to security of its borders and a "clear break from its past," experts say.Beijing has reportedly adopted a multi-pronged strategy: unleashing massive military drills along the border with India, critical reporting and editorials in state-run media against India and an aggressive diplomatic stance. Rana Mitter, director at the University of Oxford China Centre, says China is "feeling under pressure" vis-à -vis its borders."[China] is keen to secure its border areas," the British historian and pol…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Iran's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 400,000. yenisafak.com The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran rose by 2,089 to 402,029, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV on Sunday, as the country reported 128 new deaths in the past 24 hours.Sima Sadat Lari said the official death toll stood at 23,157 in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Virus cases, casualties rise in Eurasia, Central Asia. yenisafak.com Over 3,900 new cases of the novel coronavirus and more than 80 fatalities were reported across several Eurasian and Central Asian countries on Sunday.- UkraineUkraine continues to report the highest numbers in the region, with 2,476 more COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths recorded over the past 24 hours.The overall case count in the country stands at 154,335, including 3,178 fatalities and 68,893 recoveries, which increased by 547 over the past day, according to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov.- GeorgiaIn Georgia, 152 more coronavirus cases raised the total to 2,268.Recoveries increased by six to reach 1,369, while the…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Coronavirus claims over 1,200 lives in Brazil, Mexico. yenisafak.com Brazil reported 814 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, while Mexico saw 421 over the past 24 hours, health authorities said Sunday.In Brazil, the third worst-hit country in the world after India with the highest number of cases, the death toll reached 131,210, while confirmed cases to date surpassed 4.15 million with 33,523 new infections.According to the Brazilian Health Ministry, over 3.55 million people have so far recovered from the virus in the Latin American country.With a population of over 211 million, Brazil is seen as the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.Brazil's vibrant financi…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Hamas chief visits southern Lebanon after 27 years. yenisafak.com By Mahmut GeldiBEIRUT (AA) – Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh visited Nabatieh, in southern Lebanon on Saturday, where Israel placed him in exile in 1992.Haniyeh visited the town of Marj al-Zohour, where he and 400 other Hamas members and the Islamic Jihad Movement stayed in exile, Hamas said in a statement.Describing the period of exile as a stage that accomplished a strategic transformation in the history of the Hamas and the Palestinian people, Haniyeh said: "That period laid the groundwork for the basis of relations between resistance movements and some regional countries."A common history was written in…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Landslides in Nepal kill 12 people, at least 21 missing. yenisafak.com Landslides triggered by torrential rain swept through two villages in Nepal on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, a government official said.Ten people were killed and 21 are missing after a massive landslide swept away homes and people in Barahbise, 100 km (62 miles) east of Kathmandu near the border with the Tibet region of China, Nepali government official Murari Wasti said.Two others died in a landslide in Baglung in the northwest.Both landslides struck the villages before dawn and people could not escape to safety, rescuers said."Rescuers are looking for those who are missing," Wasti told Reuters.The latest…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Australia defends intelligence raids as spat with China escalates. yenisafak.com Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Sunday defended the government's right to intelligence raids to prevent foreign interference, after China condemned searches on the homes of its journalists working in Australia.Dutton declined to directly confirm that the Chinese journalists were questioned by Australia's intelligence agency in June, saying an investigation was still underway, but said there was some "activity" by the country's intelligence agency."Where (the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) has sufficient grounds for the execution of a search warrant, or for activities otherwise, t…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Saudi-led planes strike Houthi rebel positions in Sanaa. yenisafak.com The Saudi-led coalition launched 11 airstrikes on positions of Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday, the Shia group said.Five airstrikes targeted the vicinity of the Sanaa airport, while other attacks targeted northern and central Sanaa, the Houthi-run Saba news agency said, citing a security source.It remains unclear whether the attacks had resulted in any casualties.The Saudi-led coalition has yet to comment on the report.Sunday's airstrikes came as Houthi rebels have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi territories in recent days.Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, wh…

sputniknews (2020-09-12). Scientists Claim to Have Solved Mystery of Canaanite Palace Abandoned 3,700 Years Ago. sputniknews.com Canaanites is a term used to describe various indigenous populations that lived throughout the regions of the Southern Levant, in what is today known as Israel, Jordan and territories belonging to the Palestinians. From 500 BC, ancient Greeks also used the name to describe people later known as Phoenicians.