Poland’s ruling party declares victory in divided nation

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative governing Law and Justice party won the most votes in Sunday’s election in the deeply divided nation and appeared, according to an exit poll, to have secured a comfortable majority in parliament to govern for four more years.

The exit poll, conducted by the research firm Ipsos, projected that Law and Justice won 43.6% of the votes. That would translate into 239 seats, a majority in the 460-seat lower house of parliament.

Putin says Iran should be committed to nuclear deal

MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/: Tehran should honor its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with RT Arabic, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia TV channels on Sunday ahead of his visit to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

"My opinion is that Iran should better be committed to the letter and spirit of this deal," the Russian president said.

Iran and Saudi Arabia don’t need any mediation for dialogue - Putin

MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/: Tehran and Riyadh don’t need any mediation in the issues concerning bilateral relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his interview with RT Arabic, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia TV channels on Sunday.

"The role of mediator is not a rewarding one. I believe that our partners in Iran and Saudi Arabia do not need any mediation," Putin said in the interview answering a question whether Moscow could become a mediator at talks between Tehran and Riyadh.

It’s time to bring Syria back to Arab League, Putin says

MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/: Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that it’s time to return Syria to the Arab family, the League of Arab States, he said in his interview with RT Arabic, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia TV channels on Sunday.

"It is time to get Syria back into the Arab family, to re-instate it in the Arab League," the Russian leader said. Putin recalled that Syria was Russia’s friendly state in the Arab world. He also stressed that the Middle East was not in a state of stability.

US using financial levers to undermine UN’s work, Russian foreign ministry says

MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/: Washington is trying to stonewall the United Nations’ work not only by creating visa hurdles for delegations’ members but also by ignoring its commitments on contributions to the organization’s budget, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Germany, France halt arms exports to Turkey

13 Oct 2019; MEMO: Germany and France announced Saturday they halted arms export to Turkey, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Against the backdrop of the Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria, the Federal Government will not grant new permits for any military equipment that could be used in Syria by Turkey,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told local newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Brexit hangs in the balance as talks between EU and Britain intensify

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit talks with the European Union aimed at striking a last-minute divorce deal are getting serious, Britain said on Sunday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepared to update his cabinet on the state of negotiations.

In a pivotal week that could decide the future of Brexit and the fate of the world’s fifth largest economy, Johnson is trying to strike an exit deal with the EU to allow an orderly departure on Oct. 31.

Pope Francis to declare Indian nun a saint on Oct 13

Kochi, Oct 12 (PTI) Pope Francis will declare Indian nun Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan a saint on October 13 at the Vatican City, the Church said.

Mariam Thresia, the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family (CHF), will be raised to the glory of the altar during a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in Rome's St Peter's Square on Sunday, Vatican News said.

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