Middle East & North Africa

Mass media must make special contribution to struggle against extremism — Lavrov

LIMASSOL /Cyprus/, October 22. /TASS/: Mass media bear special responsibility for success in the struggle against the proliferation of extremist ideologies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a message to the 15th international conference on the role of mass media in resistance to terrorism, which opened in Limassol on Tuesday.

"Media resources bear special responsibility for preventing the proliferation of extremist ideologies, calls for hatred and violence, and fake news, which undermine the stability and information security of countries," the message reads.

For Syrian Kurds, a leader's killing deepens sense of U.S. betrayal

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf spent the final months of her life building a political party that she hoped would help shape Syria’s future, drawing the attention of U.S. officials who said it would have a say in what happened once the war ended.

To her colleagues in the Future Syria Party and Kurdish communities in Syria’s northeast more broadly, her killing became a symbol of betrayal by the United States.

Iran Ready To Settle Tensions With Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, Oct 22 (NNN-IRNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said, he is ready to travel to Saudi Arabia to discuss resolution of tensions.

“If condition is provided, I would be ready to travel to Riyadh, to settle differences” between the two countries, Zarif was quoted as saying by Press TV.

“Tehran welcomes any initiative seeking to ease tensions in the region, and it will cooperate (with other states) to end Yemen’s war,” he noted.

Iran believes end of the war in Yemen will primarily help the Yemeni people, the Iranian minister said.

Morocco Hosts Second International Conference On Justice

RABAT, Morocco, Oct 22 (NNN-MAP) – The 2nd International Conference on Justice, kicked off on Monday, in Morocco’s central city of Marrakech, with the presence of more than 800 representatives from nearly 70 countries.

Held under the theme “Justice and Investment,” the two-day event is bringing together over 40 justice ministers and several senior officials of high judicial councils and prosecutors.

Norway’s PM Visits Baghdad To Boost Ties

BAGHDAD, Oct 22 (NNN-NINA) – The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, to meet with top Iraqi officials over boosting bilateral ties and regional issues.

Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi received Solberg in his office, and the two discussed means of enhancing bilateral ties in various fields, and continuing cooperation in fighting against terrorism, as well as regional issues.

U.S. Forces Move 1,500 Daesh Women From Syria To Iraq

DAMASCUS, Oct 22 (NNN-SANA) – The U.S. forces in Syria have moved more than 1,500 Daesh women from Syria to Iraq, since Turkey launched an assault in northern Syria on Oct 9.

As the U.S. forces are withdrawing from northern Syria, in tandem with the Turkish assault on the Kurdish militia, the U.S. troops have so far taken with them 1,500 Daesh women from the al-Hol camp, in the northeastern province of Hasakah to Iraq.

Erdogan says Syria operation will resume if terrorists remain in safe zone

ISTANBUL, Oct 22 (ANSAMed-NNN) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said 700-800 Kurdish ”terrorists” with the YPG have left the Turkish safe zone in northern Syria since the start of the truce.

Speaking before he left for Sochi, where he will be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, just a few hours before the end of the ceasefire, Erdogan said that another ”1,200-1,300 are quickly leaving the area”.

The truce is scheduled to expire at 10 pm local time on Tuesday/

U.S aim is for troops pulling out of Syria to leave Iraq eventually: Pentagon chief

PRINCE SULTAN AIR BASE (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that Washington aimed to bring U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria back to the United States, and not for them to stay in Iraq “interminably”.

“The aim isn’t to stay in Iraq interminably, the aim is to pull our soldiers out and eventually get them back home,” Esper said in front of a Patriot missile battery at the Prince Sultan Air Base near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Turkey will resume Syria assault if U.S. promises not met: Erdogan

ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hundreds of Kurdish forces remain near to Syria’s northeast border despite a U.S.-brokered truce demanding their withdrawal and Turkey could resume its offensive in the area when the ceasefire expires, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.

The five-day truce in Turkey’s cross-border offensive to allow the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG fighters from the border area ends at 10 pm (1900 GMT) on Tuesday.

Iraqi security forces used excessive force against protests, 157 killed: report

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi government committee investigating a wave of unrest found that 157 people, mostly civilians, were killed because security forces used excessive force and live fire to quell protests, according to a report by the panel seen by Reuters.

Protests over high unemployment, poor public services and corruption erupted on Oct. 1, prompting a violent security crackdown. Protesters blame graft and infighting among political leaders for failing to improve their lives even in peacetime, two years after Islamic State was declared defeated in Iraq.

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