Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Iraqi Parliament Approves Sending Troops to Zones in Dispute Baghdad, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The Iraqi Parliament today approved the deployment of troops in zones in dispute in Kurdistan, while the pro-independence referendum is still under way. Aspirant to the Presidency of the ANC Calls to Rectify Mistakes Pretoria, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) African National Congress (ANC) presidential candidate Lindiwe Sisulu expressed concern about the incorporation of people who accumulate wealth at the expense of the country and asked if it is too late to rectify. Independence Referendum Voting Begins in Iraqi Kurdistan Erbil, Iraq, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The referendum for the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan began today when the Kurds residing in other countries electronically cast their vote. The Referendum Will Not Trigger a War in Iraq, Says Kurdish President Erbil, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi Kurdistan President Masud Barzani has stated the referendum for the independence of the autonomous region will not trigger a war in Iraq, Sputnik reports. Week of Protests against President Starts in South Africa Pretoria, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) South Africa began today a week with announcements of street protests against the government of President Jacob Zuma, convened by the Congress of Trade Unions of this country (COSATU) and backed by the Communist Party. Syrian Army Captures New Settlements in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army advanced even further in the control of localities in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor, by taking the villages of Halbia, Zalbia, and al-Qasabi, military sources reported. Somali Gov't Reiterates Neutrality Over inter-Arab Conflict Mogadishu, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Somali central government criticized today the support expressed by three of the country''s states to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their conflict with Qatar. Turkey to Grant Citizenship to 50,000 Syrians Ankara, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Turkish authorities have begun a process to grant citizenship to about 50,000 Syrian citizens, said Sinan Guner, the manager of Interior Ministry General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs. Biometric Identity Card Complicates Parliamentary Election in Lebanon Beirut, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The announced use of biometric identity cards has complicate the situation prior to the parliamentary election in Lebanon in May 2018, although that technical breakthrough might not be ready on that date. Israeli Jets Bombed International Airport of Damascus Damascus, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Israeli jets have reportedly bombed Damascus International Airport last night. The Israeli missiles caused huge material damages at the facility, although no casualties have been so far reported, airport sources said today. Kenya Sets Elections for October 26th Nairobi, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya (IEBCK) set presidential elections for November 26th, instead of October 17th, as result of the annulment of August 8th elections. Kenya's Presidential Elections Moved to Oct. 26 Nairobi, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Kenya''s Electoral Commission (EC) said it has moved the date of the nation''s repeat presidential elections to October 26 Court Blames Kenyan Electoral Commission for Vote Annulment Nairobi, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The Kenyan Supreme Court today blamed the Electoral Commission (CNE) for canceling the results of the last August 8 general elections, triggering a lawsuit by opposition candidate Raila Odinga. Iraqi Troops Launch Final Attack Against DAESH Positions Baghdad, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi troops began the final attack on the positions of the Islamic State or Daesh in the city of Al-Hawija today, announced Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. Turkey, Iran and Iraq Warn of Measures Against Kurdistan Referendum Ankara, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Iraq held a meeting to take coordinated measures against the Kurdish plans to hold the referendum, the Hurriyet daily reported. Kurdistan to Approve Referendum on Independence Despite Rejection Erbil, Iraq, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The head of the independent high commission for the plebiscite, Mohamed Hendrin, confirmed that the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan will be held next Monday, despite regional and international rejection. Russia to Strike Back U.S.-Backed Attacks in Syria Moscow, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Russia has warned the US that if militias it supports in northeast Syria again attack positions of pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate. Syrian Army Controls 85 Percent of Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army and allied forces, which are now controlling the 85 percent of Deir ez-Zor''s territory, continue fighting IS terrorists, military sources said. Togo to Hold Referendum to Decide on Constitutional Change Lome, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Togo is to hold a referendum on a bill to limit presidential terms to two after it failed to win approval in parliament due to a boycott by opposition lawmakers, a regional publication reported today. Kenya's Supreme Court Considers Presidential Elections as Fraudulent Nairobi, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Kenya''s Supreme Court revealed today that the Electoral Commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta as the president of Kenya, without counting more than 10,000 polling stations. International Exhibition for Syria Reconstruction Begins in Damascus Damascus, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) More than 160 companies from 23 countries are taking part in the international exhibition ''Reconstruction of Syria,'' which will take place until September 23rd in Damascus, the organizers said. Syrian Army Sets Up Humanitarian Corridors for Civilians in Deir Ezzo Damascus, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) In order to protect civilians fleeing from Daesh-controlled regions in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor, Syrian Army has today set up humanitarian corridors in such a de-escalation zone. Namibia Celebrates World Solidarity Day with Venezuela Windhoek, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Embassy in Namibia organized a solidarity forum in this capital coinciding with the international conference that will end today in Caracas, under the motto We are all Venezuela. Kenyan Community Calls Secessionist Referendum Nairobi, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) A Kenyan community submitted a request to the Supreme Court to hold a separatist referendum in one of the communities in the region, including a lawsuit for damages from the United Kingdom, it was reported here today. Iran Warns of Consequences of Nuclear Deal Breach Tehran, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hasan Rohani warned of the consequences of a breach of the nuclear pact sealed between Iran and the Group 5+1, in statements to US television station CNN released today in this capital. Syrian Army Fights Back Terrorist Offensive in Hama Province Damascus, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army has fought back against a major terror attack in the north of the central province of Hama, seizing equipment and several heavy weapons, according to military sources. Militia Takes Control of Somali Central Site Mogadishu, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The Somali militia Al Shabab currently controls the central city of Kalabeir after an attack on the military base that left six soldiers killed. Peace in Syria will Lead to Refugees' Return, Says Russian Minister Moscow, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) ''The creation of peace areas and the boost for the political process in Syria set up conditions for the safe return of refugees from Lebanon,'' said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. Syria and Russia Create Conditions for Return of Displaced People Damascus, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Center for Coordination in Hmeimim is working in conjunction with the Syrian government to create the appropriate conditions for the return of displaced people to the zones that have been freed of terrorists, a military source said today. Venezuela Condemns Double Terrorist Attack in Iraq Caracas, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has strongly condemned the double terrorist attack south of the city of Nasiriyah, Iraq, killing over 70 people and injuring 80. Syria: More than 1,000 Members of Irregular Armed Groups Join Army Damascus, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Syrian government troops have strengthened further after at least seven leaders and more than 1,000 members of illegal armed groups joined their ranks, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said on Friday. Turkish Army to Deploy Troops in Idlib, Syria Ankara, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Following the agreement signed today in the capital of Kazakhstan on the so-called détente zones in Syria, Turkey''s diplomatic sources have announced the deployment of troops along Idlib, in the northeast of the country. Iran Calls for Banning Nuclear Cooperation with Israel Tehran, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Iran called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ban all cooperation and transfer of nuclear materials and equipment with and to Israel, a report by Hispantv said today. Syrian President Warns against Danger of Terrorism in the World Damascus, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Asad highlighted the important role of popular organizations and social forces in raising awareness and warning against the dangers of terrorism which is spreading across the world. Syrian Government Aid Distributed to Villages of Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Syria''s Deir Ezzor authorities has said today that government humanitarian aid program for needy populations in the demarcation line is positively progressing. Lebanese PM Plans to Establish Military Cooperation with Russia Beirut, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) During an official visit to Russia, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has raised the immediate needs of his nation, including military cooperation with Moscow. Deir Ezzor City Slowly Returning to Normalcy after Terror Siege Damascus, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) Residents in the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor are returning today to some kind of normal life after two and half years of terror siege by the Islamic State, local media report. Russia Rejects Illegal Presence of Foreign Forces in Syria Damascus, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) Media reports echoed here today statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who denounced in Amman that the presence of foreign troops in Syria, without the consent of the government, is a violation of international law. Syrian Army Secures Strategic Oil Field near Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) After heavy fighting against ISIS terrorists, Syrian troops liberated today the Al Taim key oil field in Deir Ezzor, one of the most important in this Arab nation. Uganda Joins Trial on Injectable HIV Preventive Drug Kampala, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) Uganda will soon test an injectable version of a proven HIV-negative preventative oral drug that reduces the risk of HIV infection today. Syrian Army Strikes Back at Terrorists in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied troops have today carried out a major military operation to break ISIS-imposed siege around Deir Ezzor military airport, military sources reported. Russia Says USA Helped ISIS Leaders in Syria Moscow, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) A Russian senator said on Friday that the United States was likely involved in evacuating at least 20 ISIS leaders in Syria. Nigeria: 593 million Dollars in Armaments, Aircraft Against Boko Har Abuja, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) The government of Nigeria bought to the United States weapons, fighter jets and other resources to destroy the Boko Haram terrorist group, worth more than $ 593 million, the Vanguard newspaper reported today. Iranian Leader Pardons More Than 1,000 Prisoners Tehran, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has pardoned about 1,166 prisoners on occasion of the Islamic festive celebrations of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Qadir. US Created Daesh, But Now They Fear It, Hezbollah Says Beirut, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) A leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Lebanon, Hezbollah, claimed that the United States created the Islamic State or Daesh, but now they fear that the terrorists turned against them. ANC Summons National Conference next December 16 to 20 Pretoria, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) The African National Congress (ANC) summoned to celebrate next December its National Conference, a crucial event where its new leadership will be elected, its policy, program and constitution of the veteran antiapartheid updated. Syrian Gov't Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) When the Syrian army still fights in the streets of the city of Deir Ezzor against the terrorists of the Daesh, the government of this country decided to open an airlift to deliver humanitarian aid to the inhabitants of that enclave, official sources informed today. Syrian Army Breaks Siege of Terrorists in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army troops and their allies were able to break today the siege of Islamic State terrorists in the northern city of Deir Ezzor, Syrian state television reported. Syria Allies Accuse USA of Supporting Terrorist Groups Damascus, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) Syrian government troops would move quickly forward to the northern province of Deir Ezzor if US-led international coalition stopped supporting terrorist groups, Syria´s allied forces warned today. Elite Syrian Army Forces Closer to Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) Special troops of the Syrian Army, the so-called Tiger Forces, are located about 10 kilometers from the northern city of Deir Ezzor, a stronghold of Islamic State terrorists or Daesh (IS). China Promises more Cooperation with Africa during Brics Summit Xiamen, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) Chinese president, Xi Jinping, promised here today to firmly support the peace and development of Africa during a parallel meeting to the 9th Summit of Brics with his peer of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. After Crushing ISIS in Central Syria, Army Moves to Deir Ezzor City Damascus, Sept 4 (Prensa Latina) After crushing ISIS last stronghold in central Syria, the Army with Russian air support, is reportedly making rapid advances in several flanks towards Deir Ezzor city. Commission Sets Post-electoral Calendar in Angola Luanda, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Commission of Angola (CNE) maintains the final vote counts of the August 23 general elections, while it has already set the calendar until the presidential inauguration. Syrian Army Advances in Operations against Extremists in Homs Damascus, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) Units from the Syrian Army are carrying out military operations against terrorist groups east of the central province of Homs, military sources said today. Syria: Rocket Kills Child in Aleppo Damascus, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) A rocket launched by terrorists in a town in the Syrian province of Aleppo killed a child and injured a dozen people today, civilian sources said. Former South Sudanese Army Chief Confined to His Home Juba, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Former South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong is currently confined to his home in this capital for security reasons, reported the Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk. Court Annuls Kenyatta's Win, Orders New Elections Within 60 Days Nairobi, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Kenya''s Supreme Court has annulled today the results of the August 8 general elections and ordered the organization of a new one. IS Gathers Forces in Syrian City of Deir Ezzor Damascus, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) A large number of terrorists from the Islamic State (IS) or Daesh have withdrawn from several areas to the northern city of Deir Ezzor, where forces gathered to resist the attacks of the Syrian army, military commands warned today. Millions of Muslims Observe the Hajj in Mecca Riyadh, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Millions of Muslims performed one of their most important religious rituals in their current pilgrimage to Mecca, where they gathered in Mount Arafat to pray for God''s pardon or thank Him for the opportunity to observe the Hajj. Religious Groups Demand Respect for Election Results in Angola Luanda, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Joined today to the calm requests from the Angolan civil society, four Angolan religious groups have exhorted to respect the results to the decisive political parties during the August 23 general elections. Syrian Army Frees 9 Villages in Central Hama Province Damascus, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Army units with allied forces have freed nine settlements east of Al-Salamiyah in the country''s central province of Hama from Islamic State terrorists, military source told the media. Tehran ready to broaden ties with Qatar, President Says Tehran, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s President Hassan Rouhani in a telephone talk with Qatari emir underlined Tehran welcomes further deepening of ties with Qatar as a friendly country. Iran's Foreign Minister Discredits US Ambassador to the UN Tehran, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif has discredited US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, for considering that she did not know the key issues of the nuclear agreement between the country and the Group of 5+1. Universal Health Coverage Is a Political Challenge Addis Abeda, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has reportedly affirmed that universal health coverage is today more a political challenge than an economic one. Russia Praises Lebanese Victory Over Terrorists Beirut, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Russian ambassador in Lebanon Alexander Saspkin praised today the victory of Lebanese forces on their campaign against terrorism. Iran Rejects Accusation by UAE Foreign Minister Tehran, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Iran has rejected some accusations by Emirates Foreign Ministry, Sheikh Abdollah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, referring to the alleged interference of the Iranian country in Syria, Hispantv website posted today. FAO: Food Security Situation in Ethiopia is Serious Addis Ababa, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) The situation of food and nutritional security is serious in Ethiopia, where more than 8.5 million people need help during the second half of 2017, FAO said today. Former Rwandan Presidential Candidate Accused of Forgery Kigali, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Former Rwandan presidential candidate Diane Shima Rwigara is under investigation for forgery and tax evasion, police said today. Residents From 24 Syrian Villages Join Peace Agreement Damascus, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Residents from 24 villages and towns in west eastern Homs governorate, in central Syria, have joined the ceasefire agreement proposed by the Executive, government, sources reported today. Syrian President Meets Iranian Deputy FM Damascus, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar AL-Assad held a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Gabri Ansari for Arabian and African Matters to talk about the current state of bilateral relations. Electoral Commission Has Final Data of 11 of Angola's 18 Provinces Luanda, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) The spokeswoman for the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Julia Ferreira, announced today that the body has the final results of 11 of the 18 Angolan provinces. Rebel Group to Step Up Attacks Against Burundi's Government Bujumbura, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) A Burundi Popular Forces (FPB) rebel group has vowed to step up attacks against President Pierre Nkurunziza´s government, potentially deepening the East African nation´s over two-year political crisis. Palestinians Condemn Israeli MP's Presence Near al-Aqsa Mosque Ramallah, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) The Palestinian National Authority (ANP) has condemned today the entry of Israeli MPs into the Mosque Esplanade (Temple Mount for Jews), where al-Aqsa Mosque is located, the third holiest site in the Islam. Kenya's Ban on Plastic Bag Comes into Force Nairobi, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) The ban on the use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags has come into force today in Kenya, a regulation that was passed in March this year, and environment defenders are currently celebrating. Saudi Officials Expect Two Million Pilgrims for Hajj Riyadh, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) Saudi authorities are getting ready for up to two million pilgrims from abroad who will come to the Meka for the Hajj this year, according to the Gulf news website. French Ministers in Iraq Speak of Rebuilding and Reconciliation Baghdad, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) French Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Parly said Paris would help rebuild Iraq as well as support the fight against the Islamic state. Iraqi Forces Fully Free Tal Afar from ISIS Baghdad, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi security forces fully freed Tal Afar after an eight-day offensive to drive out the Islamic State (ISIS) militants from the city and its surrounding areas, the Iraqi military reported Sunday. Aspirant to ANC Presidency Asks to Respect Conference Results Pretoria, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African National Congress (ANC) presidential candidate, said that many of the current problems of this South African government organization stem from the bitterness of the defeated in their aspirations to lead it, say press reports today. At least 100 Terrorists Surrender on Syrian-Lebanese Border Damascus, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) At least 100 terrorists from the Islamic State or Daesh surrendered today to the Syrian army and the Lebanese resistance Hizbolah at the border, military sources said. Calls in Iran to Broaden Relations with whole World Tehran, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Iran should open its diplomatic umbrella to the whole world, avoiding to strike ties with just a limited number of countries, the supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on Saturday. Iraqi Forces Retake from ISIS Historic District in Tal Afar Baghdad, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi counter terrorism forces on Saturday recaptured the center of the city of Tal Afar, in the country''s north west, the operation command reported. UN Secretary General Starts Mid East Tour United Nations, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is embarking Saturday on his Middle East tour, starting in Kuwait and then moving on with visits to Israel and Palestine. Syrian Army and Hezbollah Advance against ISIS Damascus, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah went further in their offensive in the Syrian-Lebanese border against the Islamic State (ISIS or DAESH) forcing the terrorist movement even more to an area of the Al-Qalamoun Mountains. MINUSCA Accused of Complicity in Central African Republic Attack Bangui, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) A parliamentarian from the Central African Republic has accused the UN Mission (MINUSCA) of complicity in an attack that killed dozens of people in the eastern city of Gambo, media reported today. South Africa Highlights Upgraded Relations with Mozambique Pretoria, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) President Jacob Zuma has highlighted progress at the second session of the South Africa-Mozambique Binational Commission (BNC) held in Maputo where political, economic and social relations have been taken to a higher level. Yemen Air Strike Kills 12 People, Including 6 Children Sanaa, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) An air raid struck a building in Yemen''s capital on Friday, killing at least 12 people, including six children, when an adjacent apartment block collapsed, residents said. Joao Lourenzo and MPLA Win Election in Angola Luanda, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) The presidential candidate for the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Joao Lourenzo, will be the new Angolan president, after his party won 61.1 percent of votes in the Wednesday elections. Terrorist Attack Causes 16 Deaths in Kabul Kabul, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The death toll rose to 16, mostly civilians, after the terrorist attack today on a Shi''ite Muslim mosque in a residential zone of this capital, the Interior Ministry reported. Record Number of Muslims to Participate in Hajj Riyadh, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) Over 1.4 million pilgrims have started arriving in Saudi Arabian City of Mecca ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which every able-bodied and well off Muslim is expected to perform at least once in his or her lifetime. MPLA, Lourenzo Win Angola Elections Luanda, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) The presidential candidate of the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Joao Lourenzo, will be Angola's new president as his party, People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA in Portuguese), won the general elections, according to the latest preliminary results of the vote count. Syrian People's Resistance Increases against Islamic State Damascus, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) People's resistance against the Islamic State (IS) has increased in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor, with coordinated actions aimed at driving extremists out of such territory, the media reports said today. Kenyan President Chastises Lawmakers for Fighting Pay Cuts Nairobi, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The opposition of the newly elected lawmakers to modest salary cuts and the advantages of their position was criticized today by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. South Africa Sends Aid to Sierra Leone Pretoria, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) South Africa has sent a 606,000 dollar package aid to Sierra Leone to help that country cope with the deadly mudslides that killed over 400 in the outskirts of its capital, Freetown. UN Allocates $2.5 Million to Alleviate Crisis in the Gaza Strip United Nations, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The UN has today released USD$2.5m from the occupied Palestinian territories Humanitarian Fund (oPt Hf). Tanzania to Use Drones to Deliver Medicines Dar es Salaam, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Tanzania will use drones to deliver medicines to health facilities across the country, which is a feasible trend to follow and it is taking force in Africa. Iraq and Syria Anti-Terrorism Victories Value Iran's Peace Message Tehran, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Gen. Seyed Masud Yazayeri has said today that Iraq and Syria anti-terrorism victories valued Iranian peace message. Governor Returns To Embattled Mali City Following Truce Bamako, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The decision approved today between rival Malian military consisted of allowing Sidi Mohamed Ag Ichrach''s return to his position as the Kidal''s governor which fulfils one of the main issues of an agreement signed between them. South Africa Striving to Enhance Quality of State Companies Pretoria, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) South Africa''s government is pushing ahead the implementation of State Owned Enterprises (SOE) reform to enhance the quality of these companies and improve confidence on them, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Palestinian Issue Top Priority of Islamic World, Says Iran Beirut, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari said that the Palestinian issue and the fight against Zionists hold the top priority of the Islamic world, report several digital sites today. Angolan Ruling Party Assures Having Won Majority of Votes Luanda, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The spokesman for the ruling People''s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Joao Martins, assured today that the party has guaranteed the qualified majority of votes for the next parliament. Syria Condemns US-Led Coalition Crimes Damascus, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned US-led coalition''s strikes targeting Syrian civilians, media reports said today. Iran and Saudi Arabia Rushing to Normalize Bilateral Relations Tehran, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The Muslim antipodes, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have started off by rushing to normalize their bilateral relations, as reported today by Sputnik News, quoting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif. Islamic States Attack Kills 14 in Lybia Tripoli, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) An attack in southern Libya attributed to the Islamic State (IS) killed 14 people today, including 12 soldiers and two civilians, military sources reported. Deficit of Fuel in South Sudan Gets Worse Juba, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The population of South Sudan is suffering a growing fuel deficit because of the war and the rainy season, especially in the interior of the country. 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Iraq (Photos) Baghdad, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook some cities in northern Iraq Wednesday, causing damage to some infrastructure, local media reported. Australia to Assess Increase of Military Deployment in Afghanistan Camberra, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday he would be willing to evaluate possible requests from the United States to increase his country''s military support in Afghanistan, although he denied speculating on the decision. Calm Election, Says Angolan Government Presidential Candidate Luanda, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The presidential candidate from the ruling People''s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Joao Lourenzo, said today that the right to vote has been exercised calmly. 177 Armed Men Surrender in the Syrian Province of Homs Damascus, May 23 (Prensa Latina) A total of 177 armed men have surrendered to the Army in the central Syrian province of Homs, according to military sources. COSATU Calls on its Executive Committee to Debate on Different Issues Pretoria, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has called on today its Central Executive Committee to debate on political and socioeconomic issues in the country, as well as on internal affairs related to COSATU. A Provincial Candidate to Be Angola's President Luanda, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Angolans will elect today their president for the third time in the independent history of the country, and he will be a non-native to Luanda for the first time. Nigerian President Meets Security Chiefs Abuja, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari commanded today the chiefs of national security bodies to watch and act immediately in the protection of national unity. Uganda Police: Arrests Over Ritual Serial Killings Kampala, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) One of the suspects of several murders of women carry out animist rites confessed that they were ordered by a wealthy businessman, official spokesmen here said today. At Least Seven Dead When Somali Forces Seize Key Town From Al Shabaab Mogadishu, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) At least seven civilians have been killed and four others wounded in a Somali Army operation along with Pan-African troops to recapture Bariire, regional media reported today. The Cost Will Be High if Nuclear Deal is Violated, Iran Warns Tehran, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Iran warned today that it has the ability to restart the uranium enrichment process by 20 percent in five days in response to violations of the nuclear agreement by the United States. Sierra Leone Mudslide Death Toll Could Reach 1000 Freetown, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The 600 people missing in the mudslides two weeks ago here, along with about 500 dead confirmed, would raise the number of fatalities to 1000, according to unofficial sources. Over 1,400 Observers to Monitor Election in Angola Luanda, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) President of the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Andre da Silva Neto, has announced today that 1,440 observers will be monitoring tomorrow''s general elections in Angola. Iraqi Army Expels Terrorists From the Center of Tal Afar City Baghdad, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi Army has expelled IS terrorists from the center of the city of Tal Afar, even though shootings are still reported in the urban locality, perhaps the last stronghold of terrorists in Iraq. Over 330,000 Syrians Require Psychological Care for War Damascus, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) More than 330,000 Syrians are currently requiring psychological treatment to get over mental illness as a result of the armed conflict that Syria has been experiencing since March 2011, as said by a Health Ministry official. Syrian Army and Hizbollah Go for ISIS Damascus, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and the Lebanese resistance have retaken control of the bordering town of Shebet Ako, in the region of Qalamoun, after expelling members of the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) from the area. About 30 Percent of Uganda's Population Will Be Urban by 2035 Kampala, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) 30 percent of the Ugandan population will be urban by 2035 and made up mostly of children and young people, a social segment that is currently accounting for 57 percent of the country''s inhabitants, a report said. Sierra Leone Mudslide Death Toll Continues to Rise Freetown, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) At noon, rescue workers in the suburbs of Regent had found 499 corpses from the mudslides carried out a week ago. Rwandan Government Builds a New International Airport Kigali, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Rwandan government will build in this capital a new international airport at a cost of $700 million, reported today the local press. Special Forces Cause the Taliban Many Casualties in Afghan Province Kabul, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Five Talibans died after an air strike carried out by Afghan special forces in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, the Army reported today. South Sudan Promises to Protect Aid Workers From Attacks Juba, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) South Sudanese authorities reaffirmed their commitment to protect humanitarian workers, after the UN reported an increase in attacks against those aid workers. 27 People Killed in Syria by US-Led Coalition Air Strikes Damascus, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) At least 27 civilians were killed in northern Syria by indiscriminate air strikes by the US-led international coalition, media reports said today. President Buhari Defends Nigeria's Unity in Speech to the Nation Abuja, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Nigeria''s President Muhammadu Buhari has defended today the country''s unity during his first speech to the nation following a medical vacation in London that kept him out of power for 103 days. South African Court Grants Rhino Rancher Permission to Auction Horns Pretoria, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) The world''s largest rhino breeder, South African John Hume, was authorized today by a South African Court to hold an online sale of 264 rhino horns. Iran's Missile Program to Continue, Says Minister Tehran, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Iran will keep its military defensive program untouched, despite pressures and sanctions by Western nations interested in decreasing the Persian nation's weapons capacity, according to a HispanTV report. Syrian, Lebanese Armies and Hizbulah Force Daesh to Fall Back Beirut, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese and Syrian Armies, as well as soldiers from the Islamic Resistance Movement in Lebanon, Hizbulah, have forced Islamic State (IS) or Daesh to fall back owing to military operations conducted this weekend, as reported by news sources today. Angolan CNE Shields itself to Prevent other Incidents Luanda, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Commission (CNE) today assures its structures in anticipation of other incidents related to the loss of sensitive material for the 23rd elections in Angola. Presidential Candidate Dlamini-Zuma Urges ANC to Reflect on Division Pretoria, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) ANC NEC member and presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma urged members of this party, COSATU alliance and the Communist Party to reflect on how they became so divided and work toward restoring unity. Grenade Attacks on Bars in Burundi Capital Kill 3, Injured 27 Bujumbura, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Grenade attacks on two bars killed at least three people and wounded 27 others in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, police and hospital sources said on Friday. Syrian Army Retakes Seven Villages in Hama Province Damascus, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units have advanced about 15 kms east of central Hama province, allowing the liberation of seven villages hitherto occupied by the Islamic State (IS) or DAESH, military sources said. Rwuanda President Criticizes the West for Impossing Political Pattern Kigali, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Rwandan President Paul Kagame today criticized western countries for the attempts to impose on African patterns of democracy considered obsolete and increasingly less credible among citizens. Iran Ready to Help Reconstruction in Syria Damascus, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Iran has reportedly conveyed to Damascus it can help Syria with promoting and accelerating its reconstruction and also pushing ahead its development projects. Iran Warns of Other Daesh Terrorist Attacks Tehran, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The Iranian government has warned today of other terrorist attacks the Islamic State or Daesh, by its acronym in Arabic, is preparing for the successive defeats on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. Iran Calls on EU to Support Nuclear Deal Tehran, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Iranian president, Hasan Rouhani, has called on the European Union (EU) to support to implementation of the Persian nation's nuclear deal with the G5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France and China, plus Germany), according to HispanTV. US-Led Coalition Air Strike in Syria Killed 17 Civilians Damascus, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) US-led International Coalition air strike killed 17 civilians and injured dozens in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa, military sources said. Former President of Germany Appointed as UN Rep for Western Sahara United Nations, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced today that former German President Horst Kohler was appointed as his personal envoy for Western Sahara, a territory occupied by Morocco since 1975. Angolan Women Give Birth an Average of 5.2 Children Luanda, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The Multiple Health Indicators Survey 2015-2016 places the fertility rate at 5.2 children per woman in Angola, according to a presentation today of statistics in the city of Benguela. Some 55 Corpses Found in Graves in Northern Afghanistan Kabul, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Afghan security forces found four common graves with 55 corpses of the Shi - Hazara minority, reported today a spokesman of that community Zabihullah Amami. UN Condemns Boko Haram Terrorist Attacks in Northern Nigeria United Nations, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned today in strong terms terrorist attacks executed yesterday by Boko Haram in the northern Nigerian state of Borno where dozens of victims were reported. Female Suicide Bomber Kills Almost 30 People in Nigerian Village Abuja, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The female suicide bomber who detonated an explosive charge last night in a northeastern Nigerian village has blown her up and killed 27 people, official media said here today. Angola Is One Week Away from 4th Elections in History Luanda, (Prensa Latina) Angola is today one week away from the fourth elections in its independent history. Six political organizations are competing for parliamentary control on August 23, whichever wins more seats will elect the president. South African Gov't Looks into Allegations of Abuse of Religion Pretoria, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) South African President Jacob Zuma he will study the report on the abuse of religion by certain churches. ANC Rules Out Sanctioning Its Lawmakers Who Voted against Zuma Pretoria, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The general secretary of the African National Congress (ANC), Gwede Mantashe, said that he does not know which parliamentarians from his party voted against President Jacob Zuma, and ruled out stories about an alleged ''witch hunt'' against them, it was reported today. Ex-Shabab Leader Mukhtar Robow to Work with the Army Mogadishu, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Mukhtar Robow, one of Al-Shabab founding fathers and ex-leader, has confirmed today that he will work together with the Army to fight that Islamist Group. Iraq Bombing Islamic State Held Tal Afar Ahead of Assault Bagdad,Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi forces are carrying out air strikes today on Tal Afar, a town held by Islamic State west of Mosul, in preparation for a ground assault, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Tuesday. Al Arabiya Video Causes Negative Impact on Twitter Doha, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) A video aired by Saudi TV network has caused a totally negative impact on Twitter, showing how a Qatar airliner was shot down by Saudi warships. Saudi Arabia Threatens to Shoot Down Commercial Qatari Airliners Riyadh, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia is nowadays threatening to shoot down commercial Qatari airliners in mid-flight, if any of them enter its airspace, according to information released today by the Al-Arabiya television network. SADC Ministers Meet Today in Pretoria before Summit Pretoria, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The ministerial meeting of the South African Development Community (SADC) started here today with the debate on issues linked with regional integration, agricultural growth and early warning system of disasters. Iran to Take Action Against Those Who Violate Nuclear Deal Tehran, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hasan Rohani has today warned that his Persian nation will take precise some actions against those who violate the nuclear program sealed by Tehran and the G5+1 (USA, UK, France, Russia and China, plus Germany). UN Peacekeeper Killed in Mali Bamako, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) A soldier died in an attack carried out today by an armed group against a UN mission checkpoint in Mali (MINUSMA), in the northern town of Duentza. Angolan Parliament Swears-in Social Communication Council Luanda, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The Angolan National Assembly in the last meeting of the third legislature swore-in today eight of the 11 members of the Executive Council of the Angolan Social Communication Regulatory Entity (ERCA). Kenya Between Warnings and Tensions Over Election Results Nairobi, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) Street tensions are overcoming here today a relative calm following August 8 elections, won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who warned that he would not tolerate eruptions of violence. Qatar Unsatisfied with Recent UN Decision Doha, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) Qatar has today expressed its dissatisfaction with the distancing by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concerning the blockade of four Arab nations imposed on Qatari Airlines. ANC Women's League Presents Candidate for South African Presidency Pretoria, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Women''s League of the African National Congress (ANC), Bahabile Dlamini, called on its members to support the candidacy of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to the top leadership of the ruling party, it was reported today. Over 300,000 Civilians Aided by Syrian Arab Red Crescent Damascus, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) leadership has reported today that it provides primary health care and medical services in general to 350,000 individuals in the cities of Deraa and Ezra, about 100 kilometers south of Damascus. Iran and Saudi Arabia Take Steps to Goodwill Baghdad, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji has said today that Iran and Saudi Arabia are currently taking steps of goodwill to resume their bilateral relations, as reported by Alsumaria Iraqi TV-News on Friday. Angola's Electoral Campaign Kicks off its Last Election Week Luanda, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The campaign for the August 23's general election in Angola begins today for last week. It can be decisive in the search of the vote for next parliament. IS Claims Responsibility for Attack on US Troops Baghdad, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) has claimed today responsibility for an attack on US occupying troops in Iraq that killed two soldiers. US Fighter Jet Crash Lands at Bahrain International Airport Manama, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) A U.S. F-18 fighter jet suffering an engine problem crash landed at Bahrain International Airport and its pilot ejected from the aircraft after it ran off the runway, authorities said. The pilot escaped unharmed. Israeli Barrier against Gaza Described as Declaration of War Gaza, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which rules in the Gaza Strip, describes the underground barrier with which Israel attempts to block the tunnels as a declaration of war. Syrian Army Faces Fight on Five Fronts Damascus, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army and allied militias have gained ground on five fronts against terrorist groups in the north-east, central and southern parts of the nation, where clashes broke out in vast desert and urban areas, said military sources. US-Led Coalition Air Force Killed 19 in Syria Damascus, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) US-led coalition air force killed 19 people and injured dozens in airstrikes on Al Mayadeen and Al Tabni regions in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. Iranian President Appoints Three Women for Government Tehran, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hasan Rohani has appointed two women vice presidents of the government and a third to the position of adviser, the website Hispantv highlights today. SADC Officials Ready 37th Summit of that Organization Pretoria, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Officials of the Permanent Committee of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) began today the first sessions of a week of meetings of this regional organization leading next weekend to its 347th summit. South African Opposition to Submit Motion to Dissolve Parliament Pretoria, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party said today that it would submit a motion to dissolve the Parliament, a few hours after failing a voting of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma promoted by that organization. European Union Says Kenyan Scrutiny Was Transparent Nairobi, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) European Union (EU) observer mission chief Marietje Schaake said today that ballot counting and ballot counts in Kenya were transparent. Syrian Army Spurns Terror Attack in Homs Province Damascus, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army has spurned today a terror attack by IS, Daesh, in the eastern province of Homs after severe combats causing at least 80 terrorists dead and 20 soldiers, as reported by military sources. Concern at UN about Famine Threat in Several Countries United Nations, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations (UN) Security Council expressed concern today about the risk of famine that are facing at least 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and the Nigerian northeastern region. Combats Continue in Neighborhoods Near Syrian Capital Damascus, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Intense combats continued in Jobar and Ain Tarma neighborhoods, eastern of Damascus, between Syrian Army and Fatah al Sham elements, former Al Nusra, military sources reported today. President Zuma Assures that Attempts against ANC will Never Succeed Pretoria, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) South African President Jacob Zuma has just survived another motion of no confidence in parliament, but for the first time, the African National Congress (ANC) is affected by disagreement by more than 20 of its lawmakers, analysts said today. General Election in Kenya Raises World Expectations Nairobi, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of governments, international organizations and media have gathered in this capital today to witness what many describe as the tensest general election now and over the past few years in Africa. Iran Will not Allow Foreign Inspection of Its Military Sites Tehran, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The Iranian Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has affirmed that this Persian nation will not allow any foreign country to inspect its military sites under any circumstances, the Iranian Hispantv website reported today. EU Pleased with Nuclear Deal with Iran Tehran, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) The current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, was pleased with the progress of the nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the G5 + 1, as highlighted by the Hispantv digital site. Israeli Settlers' Violence Rises on Palestinian Territories, UN Says United Nations, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) Violence against Palestinians by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank escalated in the first half of 2017, a United Nations agency reported. Mauritania: One million and Half Voters Called for Referendum Nouakchott, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) The people of Mauritania will hold on Saturday a referendum to vote amendments to the Constitution suggested by the Government which include the elimination of the Senate. Massive Presence at Presidential Ceremony in Iran Tehran, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 85 countries and eight international organizations are expected tomorrow at the investiture ceremony for a second mandate of Iranian president, Hasan Rohani, reelected last May with 57 percent of the votes. ANC Warns of Consequences if South African President is Removed Pretoria, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) African National Congress (ANC) chief Whip Jackson Mthembu, has said today that a vote in favor of ousting present South African President Jacob Zuma would make the government collapse and plunge the nation into a crisis and political tourmoil. Third Man from Islamic State Dies during Iraqi Artillery Attack Baghdad, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Abu Suhaib, the third man in importance of the self-denominated Islamic State (EI), was killed during an artillery attack of the Iraqi aviation, Iraqi News website posted today. New De-Escalation Zone Declared in Syria Damascus, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) A ceasefire, from midday, has reportedly entered into force in the third de-escalation zone to curtail terrorist, armed actions and secure peace covering 84 localities with about 150,000 inhabitants in the north of the central Syrian province of Homs. Russian Embassy in Syria Attacked with Mortar Damascus, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) At least four mortar shells were launched today against the Russian embassy in Damascus, Syria, without any casualties or material damages, official sources confirmed here. Syrian Army Controls Half of the Northern Province of Raqqa Damascus, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Military sources have confirmed today that Syrian Army and allied militias are currently controlling 50 percent of the northern province of Raqqa, where the Islamic State, Daesh, had claimed its capital. Angolan NGO will Observe Elections in Kenya Luanda, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) The Angolan Institute for Electoral Systems and Democracy (IASED) will supervise the elections in Kenya on August 8, as part of a mission by the African Union, the non-governmental organization announced. US-Led Coalition Attacks Killed 60 Syrian Civilians Damascus, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) For the third time in less than a week, United States-led coalition air force raided parts of the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor and killed at least 60 civilians, according to military sources. Syrian President to Address for Army's 72nd Anniversary Damascus, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said today that the ''Army baptized with its own blood the land of Syria and protected it from the terror and Zionist enemies'', on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of that Armed Force. New Evidence Shows South African Activist Was Murdered Pretoria, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) New evidence presented to the Court about the death 45 years ago of the anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, today indicate that the suspicions of relatives could corroborate and demonstrate that the young man was killed. Syrian Army Keeps Advancing over ISIS Terrorists Damascus, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units have been maintaining since early today intense fighting against the Islamic State, Daesh, near Al Sukhnah, in the eastern province of Homs, according to military sources. Iran Successfully Launched into Low Orbit Satellite Carrier Rocket Tehran, July 28 (Prensa Latina) Iran has confirmed the successful launch into low earth orbit of satellite carrier rocket, designed and developed by Iranian space specialists. Coalition Led by US Causes 18 Dead in Syria Damascus, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The air force of the coalition led by the United States caused the death of 18 people and more than 20 injured in Tajaneh, northern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor Thursday, military sources reported here. Arab governments deem terrorists to those linked with Qatar Ryadh, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrein and Egypt listed as terrorists another nine individuals and equal number of entities for supposedly receiving support from Qatar. Nigeria: Highest Number of Children Not Attending School Abuja, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Nigeria lamented today the increased number of children not attending school in this country, (10.5 million), the highest number in the 20 millions reported in the world. Arab Foreign Ministers Urgent Meeting to Discuss Jerusalem Postponed Cairo, July 24 (Prensa Latina) The Arab League (AL) has decided today to postpone till Thursday the urgent meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Jerusalem increasingly acute crisis, which Muslims call Al Quds. Israel Is Playing with Fire in Holy Site, Arab League Says Cairo, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) The Arab League (AL) accused Israel today of playing with fire by imposing new security measures in an Islamic holy site in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount. Qatar Emir Ready for Gulf Crisis Talks, but with Conditions Doha, July 22 (Prensa Latina) Qatar has reaffirmed today the premises raised by its Emir, Sheikh bin Hamad al-Thani, to the four Arab States that broke off diplomatic relations to solve the political crisis in the Persian Gulf region. Forthcoming African Sub Regional Meeting to Address South Sudan Issue Juba, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) South Sudan will hold on the 24 a meeting of the Inter-gobermental Authority for Development IGAD member countries to re-establish the 2015 peace agreement, reported today an official source. Three Palestinians Killed as Protests Rage in Jerusalem Beirut, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Three Palestinians have been shot dead in Jerusalem amid mass protests in which over 140 people have been reportedly injured after the Israeli police charged against demonstrators. Islamic Academy Condemns Israeli Incitements in Jerusalem Cairo, July 21 (Prensa Latina) Israeli incitements at the Al Aqsa mosque, one of Islam''s three holiest sites, were condemned today by Al Azhar, the most important center for Sunni Muslims. Lebanon's Hezbollah Bombs Terrorist Bases on Syrian Border Beirut, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Militias of the resistance movement Hezbollah bombed positions of the terrorist group Fateh Al-Sham Front (formerly Al-Nusra) in the mountains of Anti-Lebanon, near the Lebanese town of Arsal and the Syrian border. Syrian Army Offensives in Three Combat Zones Damascus, July 21 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army troops and allied militias are carrying out heavy offensives south of Raqqa, east of Homs and in areas near the Qalamun region, close to the Lebanese border, according to military sources. Burundi President Travels to Tanzania to Step Up Cooperation Bujumbura, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza traveled to Tanzania today, his first trip out of the country since May 2015, when he was the target of a failed coup, reported an official source. More Armed Militants Lay Down Weapons; Join Amnisty in Syria Damascus, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Gunmen in seven villages and towns in the Syrian central province of Homs have laid down their weapons and joined the nationwide reconciliation plan. Hundreds have done in the past 24 hours, military sources confirmed. Sudan to Relocate Refugees in Bordering Countries Khartoum, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Sudanese Government announced today that it would relocate the Sudanese refugees that live in this capital in bordering countries, because they are supposedly ''a threat to security.'' UN: Africa Presents Demands for Regional Peace United Nations, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The African Union (AU) presented its vision of the needs for the continent to play a more active role in preventing and finding the solution for its conflicts, in the United Nations Security Council Wednesday. Afghanistan Army Kills 55 Rebels in the Last 24 Hours Kabul, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Afghan Army has killed nearly 55 insurgents in the last 24 hours in an offensive launched in 15 provinces of the country, reported the Defense Ministry in a statement. Iran Promises a Respond to US Sanctions by Missile Program Tehran, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Iran has condemned today the new US sanctions for its ballistic missile program and promised to carry out reciprocal actions against US natural and legal people who have taken action against this nation and other Muslim countries. Palestinians Call for a Day of Rage in Jerusalem Ramallah, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Al-Fatah Movement has called all Palestinians for a Day of Rage tomorrow to protest against the growing repression of Israeli occupying forces in East Jerusalem, particularly around the Al Aqsa mosque. Civilian Casualties Rise in Syria and Iraq During Trump's Government Washington, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The number of civilian casualties in the Coalition air raid against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq has significantly increased since US President Donald Trump´s Inauguration, according to a report released today. Several Women Aspire to the ANC Presidency in South Africa Pretoria, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Several South African women have begun promoting political campaigns as presidential candidates for the African National Congress (ANC), ahead of the conference that the organization will hold in December to elect its new leaders, it was reported today. Syrian Army Faces Attacks in Southern Part of Country Damascus, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Terrorist elements have attacked Syrian army units in the southern region of the country, according to some images and information released by military sources in Damascus. As reported by several media, including the Al Masdar News website, these terror troops belong to the Jaysh Osoud al Sharquiyah group, linked to the so-called US-backed Syrian Free Army (ELS). Russia Strengthens Truce and Humanitarian Aid in Syria Moscow, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) has reported today on the strengthening of the detente areas and humanitarian aid in Syria, while continuing to fight terrorist groups. ANC President Calls on Alliance Members to Achieve Unity Pretoria, July 15 (Prensa Latina) African National Congress (ANC) President, Baleka Mbete, called on members of the South African government''s tripartite alliance to resolve their differences and join forces to successfully face the 2019 general elections, here. Islamist Organization and Leaders Condemn Israeli Action in Al-Aqsa Riyadh, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and various Arab and Muslim institutions and countries condemned today Israel''s decision to close the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and ban Palestinians from praying. Syria Describes Seventh Round of Dialogue in Geneva as Useful United Nations, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Syrian governmental delegation at the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Bashar al-Jaafari, described today as useful the seventh round of talks, in which the fight against terrorism was discussed by the parts. Man Stabs Six Tourists in Egypt in Deadly Spree; Two Died Cairo, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) An unidentified man attacked six foreign tourists, two of whom died in the luxurious spa town of Hurghada, south of the Sinai peninsula facing the Red Sea, reported the Interior Ministry. Drugs and Weapons Occupied in South African Airport Pretoria, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The strengthening or reinforcment of security measures at Johannesburg''s or Tambo International Airport began to show results with the capture of about 200 kilograms of cocaine and a shipment of automatic rifles, it was reported today. Russia Denounces Smear Anti-Syrian Campaign by White Helmet Moscow, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia''s Foreign Ministry has denounced Friday the so-called White Helmets NGO is involved in a defamation campaign targeting the Syrian government. Armed Groups in Southern Syria Reject US-Russia Ceasefire Deal Damascus, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The largest coalition of armed militant groups in Southern Syria refused to participate in a US-Russia brokered ceasefire stretching across Quneitra, Dara''a and Western Sweida. Angola, SA, DRC Reaffirmed Commitment to Regional Peace Pretoria, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa have reaffirmed their commitment to the Tripartite Mechanism, which is a crucial vehicle to regional peace efforts SA News highlights here Friday. Iran Urges US to Reconsider Negative Approach towards Nuclear Deal New York, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the US to reconsider its negative approach towards the nuclear deal as it is an international agreement. Cameroon: Death Toll From Terror Attack Rises to 19 Yaunde, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The death toll from the double bombing in northern Cameroon rose to 19 today, after accounts from authorized sources. Oman Wants to Expand Economic Ties with Iran, Despite Gulf Crisis Muscat, Jul 13 (prensa Latina) Oman reaffirmed today its willingness to expand relations with Iran, particularly economic and trade cooperation, regardless of political ups and downs, such as that affecting the Persian Gulf region due to the crisis with Qatar. FAO: 17 Million People are Food Insecure in Yemen Geneva, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Some 17 million people in Yemen, two thirds of the population, are today severely food insecure, said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva here. Zambian Parliament Approve Emergency State Pretoria, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Zambian parliament approved the establishment of the State of Emergency for three months in a debate that lasted for hours due to the confrontation of opposition deputies, considering the measure an abuse of power by President Edgar Lungu. Syrian Army Recaptures Important Oil Field in Homs Damascus, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army was able to recaptured control over the oil field of Al Heil, in the province of Homs, about 200 kilometers from the capital, reported military sources today. South Africa-Cuba Academic Committee Meets in Durban Pretoria, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The South African-Cuba Academic Committee is meeting today and tomorrow in Durban, a South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, prior the graduation on Friday of a group of young people from that country who studied medicine in that Caribbean nation. First Woman Appointed Manager of Iran Air Hits Headlines Tehrán, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Government, social and news circles of Iran highlighted today as a sign of progress of the Islamic Revolution the appointment of Farzaneh Sharafbafi as the first woman to manage the national airline Iran Air. Nigeria and Cameroon Hold Talks on Battle against Boko Haram Abuja, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian and Cameroonian armies are holding talks about how to eliminate the remaining members of the terrorist sect Boko Haram from the border regions. UN Condemns Israel's Plans to Colonize East Jerusalem United Nations, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations condemned today the plans of Israel to increase the colonization of East Jerusalem by building new settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. Egypt Imposes Curfew in Sinai Towns Cairo, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail decreed a curfew in the cities of El Arish and Rafah, north of the Sinai peninsula near the Gaza Strip. Iran Assures It Is Ready to Address US inappropriate measures Tehran, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Iran is well prepared to deal with any inappropriate measure taken by Washington, specially directed to hinder the nuclear deal with the world major powers, Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed. Russian Missile-Launcher Frigate Steaming towards Syria Tehran, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Russian''s Admiral Essen frigate, a sophisticated missile launching vessel, is on her way to Syria''s waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, a military source affiliated to the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by FARS news agency. Syrian Aviation Bombs Front of Al-Nusra Bases in Lebanon Beirut, July 10 (Prensa Latina) Syrian fighter planes bombed positions of the Fateh Al-Sham Front (formerly Al-Nusra) on the outskirts of the town of Arsal, northeast of Lebanon, military sources said on Monday. Extremists Are Trying to Destroy Egypt, President Says Cairo, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The extremists are trying to destroy Egypt''s stability, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said here after a violent Friday, when the Army reported 26 casualties. Europe Will Allocate 60 Million Euros to Help Africa Brussels, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) will allocate 60 million euros for humanitarian aid to help ease food insecurity caused by intense drought hitting African countries like Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, said the European Commission Friday. Arab Countries Announce New Sanctions Against Qatar Cairo, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Qatar will be subject to further sanctions for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, a joint statement says here today, some few hours after a meeting of foreign ministers from those states. Russian Military Police Will Patrol De-escalation Zones in Syria Moscow, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Russia has reportedly decided to send special units of its Armed Forces military police, equipped with light arms, to Syria to patrol the four de-escalation zones with the mission to provide safety and security. African Union, One more Call for Continental Cooperation Pretoria, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Continental Cooperation as a way to tackle regional and global issues was the main call of the recently concluded 29th African Union (AU) that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, SA News highlights today. Arab Countries that Severed Ties with Qatar Promise Timely Response Riyadh, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia confirmed having received Qatar''s response to the demands submitted by Riyadh and three other Arab countries that, although they refused to reveal its content, promised to debate the ''timely'' response to Doha in Cairo today. Lavrov Expects Concrete Achievements in Talks on Syria in Astana Moscow, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday expressed his hopes about the possibility of making concrete achievements at the fifth round of talks between armed groups and the Syrian government in Astana. President of Gabon to visit Cuba Havana, July 4 (Prensa Latina) The President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba will pay an official visit to Cuba from Thursday, July 6, according to the Cuban Foreign Ministry´s website. Syria Denounces Threats by the United States Damascus, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Feisal al-Miqdad has denounced that governments in the Persian Gulf and the West are currently rearming terrorist organizations in Syria to follow orders by Israel and the United States. Qatar to Maintain Military Relations With Turkey Ankara, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Qatari Ambassador to Turkey Salem bin Mubarak announced today that his country had ruled out to break off its military relations with Turkey, even if this decision caused an embargo by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Syria Declares 5-day Ceasefire in Southern Provinces Damascus, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) On the eve of the start of the fifth peace talks in Astana, the General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces announced the cessation of all hostilities in the southern provinces of Daraa, Sweida and Quneitra for five days. Bahrein Summons Qatar to Accept Conditions Manama, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Bahrein summoned the government of Qatar to accept the list of demands Bahrein presented Qatar, together with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt, while a meeting is being prepared in Cairo, Egypt, to define possible sanctions against Doha. Somalia After the Black Hawk Was Downed Mogadishu, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The war in Somalia has today the same sign of destruction and death as before the 1993 defeat of the troops from the United States, a country that is still responsible for that situation, although without a considerable presence after leaving that country resoundingly at the time. Death Toll Rises to 20 in Damascus Damascus, July 3 (Prensa Latina) The death toll for last Saturday''s terrorist attacks in Damascus rose to 20, leaving 22 injured, according to a report today from the Interior Ministry. New Multinational Anti-Terrorist Force Emerges in Africa Bamako, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The new African multinational force designed to fight terrorist groups in the Sahel will have 5,000 troops and the support of France and the UN, it was reported here today. Sahel Member Countries Hold Summit in Mali Bamako, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) A French-African summit is held today in this capital city to tackle the integration of a joint force against terrorism made up of 5,000 soldiers, an initiative supported by France. Qatar Ready to Handle Consequences of Rejecting Ultimatum Doha, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Qatar said today that is ready to handle the negative consequences of rejecting the 13 demands of the ultimatum tabled by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, while saying that they were ''made to be rejected''. Deadline for Angolan Political Forces to Prepare Lists of Observers Luanda, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) The political forces involved in the Angolan general elections on August 23 will met on Monday the deadline to present their lists of international observers. Iraqi Gov't Plans to Free Towns West of Mosul Baghdad, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The Counter Terrorist Service (CTS) of Iraq whose soldiers have been a key in the struggle against the Islamic State (ISIS) plans to free the towns of Hawijah and Tal Afar, which are located next to the border with Syria. Fire in Gauteng's Premier's Office contained Pretoria, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Firefighters managed to contain the fire that engulfed the Premier''s office of the important South African province of Gauteng, and there''s no human casualty. UN Concerned with Thousands of Children Trapped in Mosul United Nations, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) expressed its concern for the luck of thousands of children trapped in the old part of the Iraqi city of Mosul, a place where the offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS) is being intensified. Ethiopians Returning Home After Saudi Amnesty Expired Addis Abeba,Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia after a 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants expired on Tuesday without all of them leaving, the Ethiopian government has said. Syrian Army Advances East of the Country Damascus, June 29 (Prensa Latina) Units of the Al Taha regiment of the Syrian special forces seized control of the major oil well Dreihem from the Islamic State or Daesh in Arabic, military sources reported. Alert on Imminent Death of Tens of Thousands of Somali Children Mogadishu, 29 Jun (Prensa Latina) Tens of thousands of children are in imminent danger of death in this country because of malnutrition, a humanitarian organization said in a statement today. Lavrov Warns about U.S. Pretexts to Attack Syria Moscow, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States about the need to prevent pretexts like the use of chemical weapons to justify an attack on Syrian troops, sources from the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. AU Defends Political Solutions to Continental Security Issues Addis Ababa, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) African Union (AU) Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat demanded in this capital a more political solution to the security problems that Africa is currently facing. UN Supports Efforts in Yemen to Fight Cholera United Nations, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations confirmed Wednesday that three planes with 36 tons of medical supplies have arrived in Yemen, to fight the epidemic of cholera affecting already more than 200,000 cases, of which 1,300 have already died. Syrian Army Rejects Terrorist Attacks in Quneitra Damascus, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army rejected four continuous attacks by terrorists of the Board for the Salvation of the Levant, led by former Al Nusra near Al Baath in the Golan Heights region, reported military sources today. Iran Criticizes Double Standards of US By Showing Causes of Terror Tehran, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Iran stated today that the United States is turning a blind eye to terrorism by ignoring that in its own territory is the main cause of acts of that nature, even though it criminalizes Muslim-majority countries. Villagers Flee US-led Coalition Air Strike in Syria; 42 Killed Damascus, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Residents began fleeing the Syrian small town al-Dablan, in the northern province of Deir Ezzor, in the wake of repeated bombings by US-led coalition warplanes that left 42 people dead. South Africa Readying for African Union Summit Pretoria, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a South African delegation to the 29th African Union summit to take place in Addis Ababa July 3 - 4, SA News reported. Iranian Parliament Prepares Document to Respond to US Measures Tehran, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The national security and foreign affairs commission of the Majlis (Parliament) of Iran stated today that a motion was concluded to respond to what the Government describes as adventurous and terrorist actions of the United States. UN Willing to Facilitate Direct Talks to End Syrian Conflict United Nations, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura expressed his willingness to facilitate direct talks between the Government and the opposition to reach a political solution for the conflict in this country. Syrian President Visits Russian Base in Latakia Damascus, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly visited the Russian base in Hmeymim, Latakia, about 300 kilometers northwest of Damascus. Parties Intensify Angola Elections Campaigns Luanda, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The six forces that qualified for August 23 general elections are now intensifying their campaigns 57 days before the vote, the fourth in Angola''s independent history. Syrian Refugees in Turkey Exceed 3 Million Ankara, June 27 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish authorities presented their latest report on the number of refugees in the country, published today by the daily Birgün, and in the case of Syrian nationals, it exceeded 3 million. Israel Attacks Localities Inside the Gaza Strip Gaza, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Israel bombed today two positions of the Hamas movement inside the Gaza Strip in response of a previous attack with rockets which were allegedly originated inside the besieged coastal Palestinian enclave. Syrian President Strengthens Contacts with the People Por Pedro Garcia HernandezDamascus, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Just at the end of the sacred Muslim month of Ramadan, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad is intensifying his contacts with the people, meeting with the injured and relatives amid the antiterrorist fight and favoring a harmony that he himself practices. Syrian Army Further Advances on Deir Ezzor; Damascus' challenges Damascus, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army with support from allies continued its solid advance against ISIS (or Daesh in Arabic) in Deir Ezzor, reportedly establishing control in the past hours over al-Doleiyat, a key bordering area between the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor. Angola Allocates Resources to Take Care of Congolese Refugees Luanda, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Angola spent almost US $ 10 million to care for the refugees from the Cassai region who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), confirmed an official source today. Syrian Army Strengthens Positions in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and the allied militias have consolidated their positions against the Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic) less than 120 kilometers south of the city of Deir Ezzor, the capital of the province of the same name, according to military reports. Syrian President Attends Prayers on End of Ramadan Damascus, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday attended the prayers on Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of the sacred Muslim month of Ramadan, in the Al-Nouri Mosque in Hama, 160 kilometers north of Damascus. Ghana-Agreement With US on Prisoners in Guantánamo is Null Accra, June 23 (Prensa Latina) The agreement reached with the United States to receive prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison by the government of former President John Dramani Mahama was unconstitutional, the Supreme Court of Justice ruled today. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain Demand Qatar to Cut Ties with Iran Riyadh, June 23 (Prensa Latina) Qatar has to curb its diplomatic relations with Iran and cut off all ties with terrorist organizations, four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia demanded today as a condition to resume ties with the emirate. Russian Navy Fires Caliber Missiles against Terrorists in Syria Moscow, June 23 (Prensa Latina) At least three units of the Russian Naval Fleet fired six Caliber missiles today against positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist movement in the Syrian province of Hama, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement. UNICEF Warns about Impact of Violence on Iraqi Children United Nations, June 22 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) has warned on Thursday about the impact on Iraqi children of conflict-related violence. Iran Supports Iraq's Antiterrorist Struggle, Palestinian Resistance Tehran, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Iran on Wednesday guaranteed its support for the struggle against the Islamic State (ISIS), but underlined that the fight against terrorism cannot relegate the resistance against Israel''s Zionism and the liberation of Jerusalem. Bahrain to Revoke Passports of Nationals Who Visit Qatar Manama,Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Bahrain''s Interior Ministry has issued an order according to which the passport of any Bahraini citizen who travels to Qatar, resides there, or even crosses Qatari soil en route to other countries, would be revoked. Syria Tries to Restore Harmony Amid Brutal War Por Pedro Garcia HernandezDamascus, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Amid a war aimed at destroying the nation, Syria expects to achieve harmony among all citizens, something that used to characterize the region, rather than tolerance and reconciliation. Egyptian Forces Halt Terrorist Attack in Sinai Cairo, June 20 (Prensa Latina) Police forces in the eastern city of El-Arish, the capital of the Egyptian province of Sinai, repelled in the last hours a ''big'' attack by Islamic armed extremists. Syrian Army Moves Forward Despite Terrorist Opposition Damascus, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units and Allied militias move forward in Raqqa province in front of terrorist groups and the recent bombing of the coalition led by the United States, military sources reported today. Russia Confirms New Inter-Syrian Round in Astana for July Moscow, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Russia confirmed today the decision to hold a new negotiation round on July 4-5 in Astana, among leaders of armed groups from the so-called moderate opposition and Syrian Government representatives. Qatar will not Negotiate under Boycott, UAE Suggests Long Blockade Doha, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Qatar ruled out the negotiation with countries that broke off ties two weeks ago as the diplomatic and economic boycott prevails, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) suggested today that the isolation of Qatar might last years. Syria, Cuba Ratify Interest in Parliamentary Exchanges Damascus, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Ayman Malandi, President of the Syrian parliamentary friendship group with Cuba, reaffirmed today the interest in exchanges between the two countries during a meeting with the island''s ambassador, Rogerio Santana. Lower Income South Africans Benefited by New Social Program Pretoria, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Lower income South Africans can now benefit from the Social Housing Program after the Jacob Zuma Government made adjustment to the plan to accommodate them. Chinese President Predicts a Golden Decade for BRICS Beijing, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping said today that cooperation between the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries will be more productive and will mark the begining of a new golden decade. Iran Brands as Crushing and Successful Attack on IS in Syria Tehran, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Iran described today the missile attack against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zour as crushing and successful, destroying command centers and weapons depots. Iran Warns ISIS with Powerful Strikes Teheran, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) After striking ISIS positions earlier this month in retaliation for Tehran twin attacks, Iran has warned the terrorist organization it will launch powerful blows against its militants. Burkina Faso Court of Justice Suspends Trial of Former President Ouagadougou,Jun 18 (Prensa Latina)The High Court of Justice of Burkina Faso has suspended its trial of thirty four ex-ministers of former President Blaise Compaore's government, pending the correction of its prosecution texts. US Intensifies Support to Armed Groups in Syria Damascus, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) The United States intensifies military and operational support to armed groups of the Kurdish Popular Protection Units of Syria and other opposition groups, press media denounced in the Syrian capital Sunday. Djibouti On Alert as Eritrea Occupies Territory Abandoned by Qatar Djibuti,Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Djibouti accused neighbouring Eritrea on Friday of occupying a disputed territory along their border after Qatar withdrew its peacekeepers. S. African President Tells Youth to Embrace Education to Build Future Pretoria, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) South African President Jacob Zuma has called on the country''s youth to place education at the forefront of their lives so that they build their future. US Warships in Qatar for Naval Maneuvers Doha, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Two US warships are in Qatar now to conduct joint training with that Arab Emirate at the brink of a diplomatic and political crisis with its neighbors of the Persian Gulf and other Islamic States. Iraqi Troops Corner Islamic State in Mosul Baghdad, Jun16 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi government forces plan today to complete the siege of the Islamic State (IS) in the Old City of Mosul, after reconquering the neighborhood of Bab Sinjar and stationing in the surroundings of Farouq district. Russia Warns over USA Deploying Multiple Rocket Launchers in Syria Moscow, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The United States has redeployed multiple launchers of the series High Mobility Advanced Rocket System, better known for its acronym HIMARS, from Jordan to Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry publicly confirmed on Thursday. USA Handling of Ghanian Deportees is Innhuman Accra, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The Member of Parliament for South Tongo constituency in the Volta region Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has condemned the inhumane treatment of Ghanaian deportees from the USA. 31 Killed in Al-Shabab Attack on Restaurant in Somali Capital Mogadiscio, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina)The death toll in an overnight attack by al-Shabab terrorists on a popular restaurant in Somalia''s capital has risen to 31, according to local media. Niger: Ninety-Two Illegal Migrants Saved from Secure Death Niamey, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Almost 100 African illegal migrants -92 exactly- were saved from a secure death in the desert of Sahara by soldiers of the Army of Niger, alerted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), reported here sources from IOM Wednesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Travels to Qatar to Mediate in Conflict Ankara, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Turkey''s Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, has traveled to Doha today in an attempt to find a way out of the conflict Qatar is facing with neighboring countries and the region. Intl. Navy Mustering Forces Offshore Somalia to Fight Piracy Mogadishu, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The international naval coalition Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) will reportedly increase its presence in the Bab Al Mandeb Strait, in response to attacks against ships offshore Somalia. Russia Estimates Qatar Crisis Affects Syrian Process Moscow, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The diplomatic crisis on Qatar has adverse effects for strengthening peace efforts in Syria and for fighting terrorism, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Egyptian Parliament Passes the Cession of Islands to Riyadh Cairo, June 13 (Prensa Latina) After three days of debates, the Egyptian Parliament''s Committee on Legislative and Constitutional Affairs spoke today in favor of the government''s decision to cede Saudi Arabia two strategic Red Sea islands. Iran Calls for Solving Rift over Qatar Tehran, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Tuesday the need of settling tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia through talks. Terrorist Group Asks for Money to Join Syrian Opposition Coalition Damascus, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The so-called Army of Islam is asking for one million dollars a month to join the so-called ''Coalition of the Opposition'' in Syria, military sources said today in Damascus. Increased Violence in Central African Republic, Says UN United Nations, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, UN Special Representative for the Central African Republic (CAR) said today at the Security Council that violence increased in the recent weeks in that country. Syrian Army Rejects Terrorist Attacks in Deraa Damascus, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army rejected attacks from terrorist groups in Deraa, 103 kilometers south of the capital and recuperated sveral points in the suburbs, reported military sources here Monday. Syrian Forces Keeps Successful Offensive in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Air Force successfully attacked Monday positions of ISIS in Deir Ezzor, northern Syria, in Panorama district, al-Iman oil station, al-Tharda, al-Tharda roundabout, Alloush Hill, al-Erfi neighborhood and al-Jneina village. A military source told the Syrian Arab News Agency that many terrorists were killed or injured and their vehicles destroyed during the strikes. Syrian Denounces Attacks by U.S.-led Coalition Damascus, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Syria denounced the deaths of at least 31 civilians in Raqqa, due to air raids by the international coalition led by the United States, local media reported today. President al-Assad, Situation in Syria Improving Damascus, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) President Bashar al-Assad affirmed that the situation in Syria has improved dramatically because the terrorist groups, mainly ISIS, al-Nusra and like-minded groups who are Wahhabi terrorist extremist groups, are retreating. Syrian Army Consolidates Positions East of Aleppo Damascus, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units and allied militias consolidated positions east of Aleppo province and west of Raqqa, after retaking 37 villages and towns, military sources confirmed today. Astana Syria Peace Talks Postponed Damascus, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The new round of Astana, Kazakhstan, talks on Syrian crisis that was scheduled for June 12-13 have been postponed to a date yet to be slated, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Anuar Zhainakov on Thursday. Victims of Attack in Iran Raise to 17, Terrorists Identified Tehran, June 8 (Prensa Latina) Iran raised to 17 the death toll in Wednesday''s attacks in the capital that also left 52 wounded, while the Intelligence Ministry identified the terrorists involved in the attacks. Tehran Attack Suspects Involved in ISIS Terrorist Actions in Syria Tehran, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Five of Tehran attack suspects participated in terrorist attacks in ISIS strongholds in Syria''s Raqqa and Iraqi Mosul, according to the Iranian Security Ministry. Russia Says Humanitarian Situation in Syria Improving Moscow, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Humanitarian situation in Syria is improving and the Government continues to deliver aid and rehabilitate infrastructure destroyed by ISIS and other terrorist organizations to help displaced citizens return to their homes, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed Thursday. Syrian Forces Strike ISIS and Al-Nusra Terrorist Groups Hard Damascus, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Army units with support of the Syrian Air Force have kept their offensive against formations of ISIS and former Al-Nusra Front in several parts of the country killing dozens of terrorists, destroying their weaponry. Oman and Qatar Condemn Terrorist Attacks against Iran Muscat, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Oman and Qatar strongly condemned today the terrorist attacks against Iran, an act of solidarity that the rest of its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council did not show, but Iraq, Lebanon and Syria did. Egypt and Ethiopia Still in Dispute for Dam on the Nile Cairo, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Egypt and Ethiopia''s governments are still analyzing the preliminary report on the environmental and economic impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam-hydroelectric station over the Nile, an issue that has caused a dispute between the two countries. Kuwaiti Emir Arrives in UAE to Mediate in Dispute with Qatar Abu Dhabi, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, arrived today in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seeking a solñution to the regional crisis with Qatar, a day after making the same effort in Saudi Arabia. Kenyans Might Buy Weapons to Face Somali Guerrilla Nairobi, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Seven Kenyan parliamentarians threatened today to mobilize their populations to buy weapons from Somalia to protect themselves against attacks by Al Shabab commandos. 12 Dead as IS Group Claims First Attack in Iran Tehran, June 7 (Prensa Latina) A group of between three and seven men, according to discordant versions, attacked today the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) and an unknown person detonated an explosive in the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic. Syria Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attack in Tehran, Iran Damascus, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Syria has strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks which took place in Iran earlier today, stressing that such bloody actions that are backed by well-known countries will not discourage Syria and Iran from continuing to fight terrorism. Iran: Parliament and Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini Attacked Tehran, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Three men attacked Iran''s Majlis (Parliament) and injured three security guards, while a suicide attacker killed himself at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic. Nigerian Army Investigates Abuse by Nigerian Soldiers Abuja, May 6 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian Army announced today that investigates alleged acts of abuse or wrongdoing of its soldiers in refugee camps, in a country where the war against Islamists has already displaced 2 million people. Mali Seeks European Aid for African Sahel-G5 Joint Task Force Bamako, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Malian Government asked today the European Union (EU) to supply $50 million euros for the deployment of the Sahel G5''s Joint Task Force (SG-5) in the action targets of this regional organization. Strong Iranian Diplomatic Contacts over Gulf Crisis Tehran, June 6 (Prensa Latina) Iran held close diplomatic contacts with nine nations and the European Union (EU) to analyze possible solutions to the present crisis between Arab countries in the Persian Gulf following some disputes with Qatar, according to official sources. Regional Organization Approves Entry of Morocco Monrovia, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Morocco entered today the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as it was announced in the final statement of the organization''s summit that was held in this city, the capital of Liberia. African Countries to Strengthen Solidarity with Cuba Windhoek, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Close to 200 delegates from 26 African countries committed today to strengthen the solidarity movements with Cuba in this continent, in a struggle for unity and truth. Lebanese Police Arrested IS Suicide Attack Plotter Beirut, June 6 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese police have arrested today a Lebanese man accused of planning a suicide attack on behalf of the Islamic State (IS), while President Michel Aoun discussed the anti-terrorist strategy with a high-ranking US military official. UN: Israeli Occupation of Palestine Generates Humanitarian Crisis United Nations, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Israeli occupation of Palestine is half a century old today, a situation that generates chronic needs, warned UN humanitarian coordinator Robert Piper. Persian Gulf: Qatar Is Isolated and Its Neighbors Are Shackled Por Ulises CanalesBeirut, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have bet on isolating Qatar totally in an action whose leitmotiv was terrorism but which neither takes anyone by surprise nor reveals the real reasons for the breaking-off of relations. South Africa's Economy Tumbles Pretoria, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) South Africa''s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted to -0.7% in the first quarter of 2017, down from 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016, Statistics South Africa announced on Tuesday. Qatar Claims to Be Open to Mediation Efforts in Gulf Crisis Doha, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Qatar''s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said today that his country is open to Kuwait''s mediation efforts to reduce tension with its Arab neighbors from the Persian Gulf who broke diplomatic relations. Angola Burns a Ton of Ivory while Ratifying Environmental Committment Luanda, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Angola has ratified its committmnet to protecting biodiversity as part of the actions on the occasion of the World Environment Day, when the authorities burnt a ton of ivory seized topoachers and traffickers. ICAP President Calls in Namibia to Increase Solidarity Windhoek, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Cuban Institute of Solidarity with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando Gonzalez, has said today that the complicated international scenario requires increasing the political and solidarity operations to prevent the achievements attained by our peoples being taken away. Turkey Appeals to Dialogue to Solve Crisis with Qatar Ankara, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Turkey was sorry for the decision adopted by seven countries to break diplomatic relations with Qatar and appealed to the dialogue and cooperation as formulas to overcome the crisis. Paramedics Responsible for Child Deaths to be Tried in South Sudan Juba, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Members of a paramedical team responsible for the death of 15 children vaccinated with contaminated syringes will be tried, official sources announced here today. Storm Destroys 1,000 Refugee Homes in Nigeria Abuja,Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Torrential rains and wind destroyed 1,000 makeshift homes in northeast Nigeria over the weekend, aggravating conditions for the thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram violence, the United Nations said. Togo to Head African Body Amid Controversy Monrovia, June 5 (Prensa Latina) Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe began today his term in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a controversy over the presence of an Israeli delegation at the summit. Syrian Army Fights Terrorists in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) For the third day in a raw, strong fighting by the Syrian Army continued against groups of the Islamic State, Daesh in Arabic, near the city of Deir Ezzor, military sources confirmed today. About 100,000 Children Live at Risk in Mosul, UNICEF Says United Nations, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that the 100,000 Iraqi children who remain in the Old City, considered the last stronghold of the Islamic State (EI) in western Mosul, are living under extremely dangerous conditions. Syrian Army Expels Terrorists from Aleppo Province Damascus, June 4 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Army and allied forces today expelled the Islamic State, Daesh in Arabic, from the town of Maskanah, the last one they kept to the east of Aleppo province, military sources confirmed in this capital. Syria: Hideaways and Warehouses of Terrorists Found in Homs Damascus, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Groups of Syrian technicians and sappers from the Army found hideways and a home made bomb factory in the neighborhood of Al Waer, city of Homs, from where the last armed terrorists recently came from. Air Strike by the Coalition Kills More Than 40 in Syria Damascus, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) More than 40 dead and dozens injured in the Syrian city of Raqqa by an aviation bombing of the international coalition led by the United States, reported the media in Damascus today. US-led Coalition Admits Having Killed 484 Civilians in Syria, Iraq Damascus, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) US-led coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq have killed at least 484 civilians, growing by more than a third, according to a new report by Operation Inherent Resolve known here. South Africa Regrets Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Pretoria, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) South Africa profoundly regrets President Donald Trump''s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, a multilateral accord designed to keep the global temperature increase to well below two degrees Celsius. Dozens of African Immigrants Killed by Thirst in Sahara Niamey, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Only six immigrants from Ghana and Nigeria, out of 50, survived death by thirst in the Sahara desert, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported. Cuban Revolutionary Urges to Preserve Agostinho Neto's Legacy Luanda, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) President of the Cuba-Africa Friendship Association, Victor Dreke, urged today to preserve the legacy of the first Angolan president, Antonio Agostinho Neto, and what has been done during the 41 years of independence. Aides of Ivory Coast Parliament Speaker Questioned Over Arms Cache Abidjan, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in Ivory Coast have questioned two senior military officers close to parliamentary speaker Guillaume Soro, one of his spokesmen said today, after an arms cache was found recently in the home of an aide. Angolan PMs to Prepare Fourth Legislature Agenda Luanda, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The heads of the five parliamentary Caucasus in the Angolan National Assembly have agreed today to devote the next plenary session to the preparation of the fourth legislature, which will come up from the August 23´s general elections. Chadian President Fires Two Ministers for Corruption N'djadema, May 31 (Prensa Latina)Chadian president Idriss Deby on Tuesday fired two of his ministers in a decree read on national radio. Nigeria,Niger: Fighting the Worst Meningitis C Outbreak Since 2008 Gineva,May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Meningitis C outbreak in Nigeria and Niger since the end of 2016 has infested 17 thousand persons and kileed 1,300 according to Doctors Without borders. South Africa Clamping Down on Corruption Pretoria, May 31 (Prensa Latina) South Africa''s Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed the arrest of eight allegedly corrupt police officers, who were arrested at the Golela Port of Entry on Tuesday. Cholera Victims Reach 532 in Yemen Sanaa, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The death toll of the cholera epidemic in Yemen rose to 532 today. Russia Fires Missiles to Blast Terrorists in Syria Moscow, May 31 (Prensa Latina) A Russian frigate and a submarine reportedly fired today four missiles from eastern Mediterranean against ISIS terrorist targets in Syria, destroying their war equipment and causing heavy casualties. About 137,000 South Sudanese Have Fled to Sudan Since January Juba, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 137,000 South Sudanese have fled to Sudan since last January, mostly women and children, due to the violence and the threat of famine, reported the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). FAO and WFP Executive Directors Visit South Sudan Havana, May 30 (Prensa Latina) FAO and WFP leaders have visited South Sudan, an African country where there are 5.5 million famine-stricken people. Group The Elders Demands to Stop Violence in South Sudan Juba, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Elders, a NGO formed by world personalities founded by Nelson Mandela, has demanded the authorities of South Sudan to stop the violence and make security of civil population a top priority. Attacks on African Union Mission in Somalia Continue Mogadishu, May 30 (Prensa Latina) A convoy of armored vehicles from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was reportedly bombed near the southern town of Marka, Shabelle radio reported. Iraqi Govt. Vows to Crush Terrorism after Deadly Bomb Attacks Baghdad, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed today the deaths of 31 Iraqi people with bomb attacks in Shi''ite-majority districts while its members suffered serious setbacks in the Government''s offensive in Mosul. Putin, Saudi Prince Meeting Addresses Syria Issue Moscow, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian issue was present today in talks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the second Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister, Muhamed Ben Salman Al Sauda, who is ​​visiting Moscow. Mummy DNA Unravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry Berlín, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Scientists have captured sweeping genomic information from Egyptian mummies. It reveals that mummies were closely related to ancient Middle Easterners, hinting that northern Africans might have different genetic roots from people south of the Sahara desert according to a study, published in Nature Communications. Mosul: Iraqi Forces Press Ahead in Old City Push Baghdad, May 30 (Prensa Latina) At least 14 terrorists were killed in the Old City of Mosul during clashes with Iraqi government forces, which intensified street fighting and missile launching today while urging the residents to evacuate the area. Army Affirms Islamists in Nigeria are Defeated Abuja, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian army said today that its sworn enemy, the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, is defeated and unable to launch the deadly military actions of years ago. South African Comunists Call for National Unity Pretoria, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The South African Communist Party of (SACP) has reportedly called today for active and disinterested community work for the African National Congress (ANC) government alliance to rebuild unity and restore a connection with grassroots bases. SADR Rebuffs EU Proposal on Association with Morocco Algiers, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) has rebuffed the European Commission''s proposal to review a European Union-Morocco association agreement to include Western Sahara, according to the Sahara Press Service website. Syrian Army Frees Villages and Advances in Eastern Aleppo Aleppo, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army and allied militias continued military anti-terrorist operations east of the province of Aleppo, where they expelled the Islamic State from 22 villages, military sources confirmed today. China to Build Railroad to Revive Kenyan Economy Nairobi, May 29 (Prensa Latina) A Kenyan top official described today as enormous the benefits of the railroad that China will build between this capital and the port of Mombasa, worth 13 billion dollars. Syrian Property Damage Exceeds $80 Billion USD Damascus, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Damage to public and private property in Syria has exceeded $88 billion USD, according to Deputy Minister of Municipal Administrations Loay Kharitah. Syrian Prisoner in Israel Ratifies Struggle against Occupation Damascus, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Sudqi al-Maqt, the most veteran Arab prisoner in Israel, ratified his loyalty to Syria and noted that he will continue to struggle against the occupiers, local media reported in Damascus on Sunday. UN Concerns over Civilians in IS-Controlled Mosul Areas United Nations, May 27 (Prensa Latina) UN Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O''Brien, has today expressed his concern over the lives of tens of thousands of civilians remaining in IS-controlled Mosul areas. Cuban President Welcomes his Counterpart from SADR Havana, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President, Raul Castro, has welcomed his counterpart from the Sahrawi Democratic Arab Republic (SADR), Brahim Ghali, on an official visit to the Caribbean nation. UN Concern About Civilian Casualties of Anti-terror Bombings in Syria United Nations, May 26 (Prensa Latina) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra''ad Al Hussein today expressed concern over the impact on the Syrian civilian population of the bombings against positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. Syria and the Holy Month of Ramadan Por Pedro Garcia HernandezDamascus, May 26 (Prensa Latina) In the next 24 hours, Syria will enter the sixth year of celebrations of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan as a clear demonstration that confessional foundations are a pretext to destroy a country. Congolese Ambassador in Cuba Calls for Boosting Development in Africa Havana, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Ambassador from the Republic of Congo in Cuba Pascal Onguemby called here for boosting development in Africa to overcome the structural damage caused by centuries of colonialism, on occasion of the Africa Day. Syria Sent $ 90 Million in Aid to Palestinian Refugees Damascus, May 25 (Prensa Latina) During the year 2016, Syria sent $ 90 million in humanitarian aid and social support to Palestinian refugees, media reports said today in Damascus. War on Syria Conference Begins in Damascus Damascus, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The conference ''War on Syria, its repercussions and prospects'' reportedly began in Damascus, organized by national leaders of the UK Friendship Association with this nation of the Levant. ICGLR Defense Ministers Renew Peace Commitment Luanda, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Defense ministers from the member countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) renewed their commitment to peace in the sub-region, Angolan press informed today. Egypt Blocks Media Websites Considered Hostiles Cairo, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian authorities announced today that they had blocked 21 websites from national and foreign media because they believed that they spread hostile information to the country. Syria: Disputes among Extremist Groups Continue Damascus, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Agreements to create détente zones in Syria are a cause of contradictions among terrorist groups, 27 of whose representatives have signed them following peace talks in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. UN Warns Against Yemen's Unprecedented Cholera Outbreak United Nations, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The UN warned today an unprecedented cholera outbreak in Yemen, where 35,000 affected people have been reported in the last three weeks. IPC against Violence in CentAf Republic Le Hague, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Penal Court (IPC) stated Wednesday that she will present every individual or group from the Central African Republic committing serious crimes against civilians, peace forces or humanitarian workers. UN Concerned about Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike United Nations, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra''ad Zeid al-Hussein, has been seriously concerned about the present situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have been on hunger strike for 38 days. Syria, Iran to Step Up Economic Relations Damascus, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Syria and Iran expressed themselves in favor of intensifying relations between the two countries during a meeting between Prime Minister Imad Kahmis and Iranian economic development adviser Said Ouhadi. Africans in Santiago de Cuba Celebrate Creation of African Unity Santiago de Cuba, May 24 (Prensa Latina) African students at universities in this city celebrate today the 54th anniversary of the creation of African Unity (UA) with a wide and diverse program of cultural, sports and scientific activities along with Cuban classmates. Western Cape, SA, declared a disaster area due to drought Pretoria, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Hit by the worst drought in over a century, the South African province of Western Cape was declared a disaster area Premier Helen Zille, reports SA News. Nigerian Troops Kill 13 Boko Haram Terrorists Abuja, May 22 (Prensa Latina)Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram said today that they killed 13 terrorists. Saudi Kingdom Stronger against Terrorism after Summits with Trump Riyadh, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia said that President Donald Trump''s speech at the Arab-Islamic summit held here contained key indicators of the U.S. policy on the Middle East and the horizon of cooperation that exists today with those communities. South Africa Pinning Hopes on Eco-Tourism Pretoria, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Eco-tourism is growing in popularity and making a greater contribution towards South Africa''s economic growth, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, was quoted as saying. Syrian Army Knocks Down Three US Drones Damascus, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Army units knocked down three American drones on the airspace of the mountainous region of Latakia province, bordering Turkey, military sources in Damascus today reported. Iranian Foreign Minister Denies Trump Accusations from Saudi Kingdom Tehran, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has bluntly denied accusations of US President Donald Trump from Saudi Arabia and ironically with the scenario and the circumstances where he made them. Nigierian Army Continues Offensive Against Boko Haram Abuja, May 21 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian Army claim to have killed 9 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno,and of also destroying several weapon depots,and captured explosives and other military means. Saudi King Discusses Trade and Military Cooperation with Donald Trump Riyadh, May 20 (Prensa Latina) King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia discussed today with US President Donald Trump the state of bilateral relations, particularly cooperation in the commercial and military sectors. Syria Denounces US-Led Coalition Attack Damascus, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The General Command of the Armed Forces has denounced today that the attack on Syrian Army positions at the Al Tanf region is an evidence of the falsehood with which the U.S.-led International Coalition is acting. Iranian President and Supreme Leader Vote in Presidential Election Tehran, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Iranian head of State, Hassan Rouhani, and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast their votes on Friday in the presidential election, in which the former is running for reelection. Ethiopia: Supreme Court Sentences 23 People Linked to Al Shabab Addis Abeba, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The Ethiopian Federal Supreme Court sentenced 23 people with up to 15 years of prison because of their possible participation in a complot for terrorist attacks, after contacting organizations Al Qaeda and Al Shabab. Syrian President Receives Iraqi Special Envoy Damascus, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke with National Security adviser Faleh al-Fayad and special envoy of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, according to media reports in Damascus. Demonstration of Support for Venezuela in South Africa Pretoria, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Affiliates of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) as well as the Communist Party, have called for a demonstration of support for Venezuela in Pretoria. Terrorists Massacre 30 People in Syrian Region of Hama Damascus, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Terrorists of the Islamic State, Daesh by its acronym in Arabic, have massacred about 30 people, mostly children and women, in Akareb, in Hama province, military sources confirmed today. Syria Committed to Humanitarian Principles, Says Deputy FM Damascus, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Syria is committed to humanitarian principles, said deputy foreign minister, Faisal Al Miqdad during a specialized course of the Diplomatic Insitute held here in Damascus. Fights in the Central African Republic; Mass Grave Found Bangui, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The confessional violence last weekend killed 115 people in the Central African Republic, where humanitarian sources said here today that they have found a mass grave with 34 corpses. Angola to Create State's Strategic Food Reserve Luanda, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Angola will create by late June the Strategic Food Reserve of the State, to guarantee the supply of basic foodstuffs before possible eventualities, the media reported today. Dozens of Civilians Leave Area Near Syrian Capital Damascus, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Dozens of civilians have left Arbin, in East Goutta, where terrorist groups are fighting each other, according to information released today in news media and social networks. Syrian Gov't Approves Projects and Development in Several Sectors Damascus, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian government has approved a budget of four million 600 thousand dollars to support service and development projects in various sectors in the provinces of Sweida, Latakia, and Damascus. UN WFP Receives Chinese Help for Refugees Nairobi, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Representatives in Kenya for the UN World Food Program (WFP) received 5 million dollars from the government of China to help 420,000 African refugees in camps at the north of Kenya. Syria Denies US Accusations on Crematorium Damascus, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Syria called the United States'' recent accusations of a crematorium in Sednaya prison as unfounded and untruthful, according to the foreign ministry statements released today. Syria Categorically Denies US Allegations over Prison Crematory Damascus, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Syria''s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has categorically denied US administration''s allegations that the Syrian government is using a crematory to hide mass murders at Seidnaya prison. Iraqi Forces Break into the Last Terrorist Stronghold in Mosul Baghdad, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi government forces stormed today Al-Najjar district, the last connecting with the besieged Old City of Mosul, where they claim to have reconquered almost 90 percent of the west of that town. Angolan Defense Minister Visits USA, Cuba Luanda, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Angola''s Defense Minister, Joao Lourenzo, is beginning today a visit to the United States, as part of a tour that also includes Cuba, an official statement said. UN Expects an In-Depth Inter-Syrian Meeting in Geneva United Nations, May 16 (Prensa Latina) UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan Mistura said he expected that the new round of indirect talks between the Government and the opposition, the beginning of which was scheduled for today in Geneva, was more in-depth. Iran Praises Construction of Bordering Wall with Turkey Ankara, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Behram Qasimi, spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry, praised the construction of a bordering wall Turkey is carrying out, alleging security reasons. Syrian Army Advances over ISIS in Deir Ezzor; Thwarts Attack in Hama Damascus, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Syria''s Armed Forces have reportedly advanced over ISIS in the northern city of Deir Ezzor, killing and wounding dozens of terrorists and destroying their fortifications and weaponry, while thwarting attacks in central Hama. Angola's Reinforcing Defense Links with the USA Luanda, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Angola''s Defense Minister, Joao Lourenzo, starts Tuesday a three-day visit to the United States with the aim of broadening cooperation on this field, according to a Government''s press release. South African Taking Precautions after Cyber Attack Pretoria, May 15 (Prensa Latina) South African authorities have warned Internet users not to open any unknown emails and to urgently update their security software as a global cyber ransom attack spread on Friday. Terrorists Destroy Syrian Archaeological Site in Deir Ezzor Damascus, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Members of the terrorist organization Islamic State, Daesh by its acronym in Arabic, have reportedly destroyed historical archaeological sites near the city of Abukamar in the northern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. Terrorists Admit Lies on Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria Damascus, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Syrian television broadcasted two terrorists´ confessions accepting their participation in media set-ups on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as reported by the local today. Syrian Army Liberates Qabum Suburb near Damascus Damascus, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army totally liberated the district of Qabum and the neighborhood of Tishreen, east of Damascus, on Saturday, after 90 days of heavy combats, military sources confirmed. Syrian Army Occupies Major Airport East of Aleppo Damascus, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Units from the Syrian Army and the allied militias occupied the major military airport of Yarrah, east of the city of Aleppo, more than 350 kilometers north of Damascus, military sources confirmed today. Angola Calls on Congolese Political Forces to End All Violence Luanda, May 12 (Prensa Latina) Angola has called all forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to cease today all violence, acts of extremism and political intolerance that have caused that thousands of it citizens have fled to this country. Bach in Angola Dreams of Africa Organizing Olympics Some Day Luanda, 12 May (Prensa Latina) President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), German Thomas Bach, is begining his official one-day agenda in Angola with the dream of seeing an African country as an organizer of the Olympics. Palestinian Leader Warns of US Interference in the Middle East Damascus, May 12 (Prensa Latina) Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Nayef Hawatmeh, warned today of US interference in the Middle East in an interview with Prensa Latina. Hezbollah Announces Military Withdrawal from Lebanese-Syrian Border Beirut, May 12 (Prensa Latina) Hezbollah movement has announced that as of today the Lebanese State is responsible for security along its border with Syria after the Shiite movement considered its mission there fulfilled and began withdrawing from its military positions in that important area. UN Confirms Resumption of Syrian Talks for May 16th United Nations, May 12 (Prensa Latina) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, confirmed that the Syrian Government and the opposition representatives will return to Geneva for peace talks on May 16th. Only 10 Percent of Western Mosul Controlled by IS Extremists Baghdad, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Islamic State (IS) is barely controlling 10 percent of western Mosul due to the advance of governmental forces, said Iraqi military sources today that also reported a terrorist attack in the capital city. Syrian President Says Terrorism is a West´s New Instrument Damascus, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Terrorism is an instrument at the service of Western powers, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Belarusian television broadcasted today in Damascus. Iran Refutes Accusation by Saudi Arabia of Sending Weapons to Yemen Tehran, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Iran refuted today assertions by Saudi Arabia about supposed transference of weapons to Yemen for the Houthi rebels in Ansar and Allah, and accused the Arab kingdom of contributing to uncontrolled increase of regional terrorism. Somali President Requests Help in Arms and Funds London, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed demanded today the lifting of the arms embargo on his country, which he described as vital to defeat his nemesis, the Al Shabab Islamist movement. Another 5,500 Nigerians To Be Deported From Libya, Mali Abuja, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Director General the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli, today disclosed that over 5,500 Nigerians were expected to be deported from Libya and Mali. Grand Mufti of Syria Calls for Joining Efforts Against Terrorism Damascus, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Grand Mufti of the Syrian Republic, Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun, called for joining efforts to confront the terrorist threat and its sponsors, during a meeting with a Tunisian delegation, media reports said today in Damascus. China-Africa Trade Grew in the First Quarter of 2017 Beijing, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Trade volume between China and African countries reportedly rose by 16.8 percent from year to year in the first quarter of this year reaching the 38.88 billion dollars. UN Secretary General Calls to Avoid Humanitarian Tragedy in Somalia London, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres called on today here to avoid humanitarian tragedy in Somalia, where million of people need urgent assistance. Tension on Syria's South Border Por Pedro Garcia HernandezDamascus, May 11 (Prensa Latina) While common sense gains ground today in the search for peace in Syria, tension escalates, particularly along the 442 kilometers of the nearly desert border with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Uruguay and Palestine Hold First Political Consultation Meeting Montevideo, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay and Palestine held in this capital the first meeting of the mechanism of Political Consultation mechanism between both States, the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry reported today. Saudi Kingdom, Cuba Give New Boost to Ties with Million Credit Riyadh, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia has granted Cuba a loan of 26.6 million dollars, decision that gives new impetus to their relationship, the Cuban Embassy reported today. Lebanon, Cuba Sign Visa Exemption Agreement Beirut, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Lebanon and Cuba today signed a visa exemption agreement for diplomatic, official and service passports as part of their respective governments'' purpose of consolidating their relations and multi-sectoral cooperation. Angolan MPLA Presents Government Plan 2022 Luanda, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) will publicly present its 2017-2022 government plan as part of its strategy to win the August 23 elections and remain in power. Police Minister Condemns Violence Outbreaks in South Africa Pretoria, May 10 (Prensa Latina) South African Minister of Police, Fikilwe Mbalula, condemned the violence outbreaks that keep today a tense situation in zones of the North West and Gauteng provinces. Egypt Closes Bordering Corridor in Gaza after Four-Day Opening Gaza, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian authorities have closed again today the Rafah border crossing between the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip after a four-day opening. Clashes Between Terrorist Groups in Damascus Damascus, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Islamic State, Daesh in Arabic, and the Organization for the Liberation of the Levant, led by former Al-Nusra Front, are having confrontations in areas of Yarmouk camp in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital, according to military sources. Cuba Reiterates Solidarity with SADR President Algiers, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s solidarity with the self-determination of the Western Sahara people has been reiterated by Deputy Foreign Minister, Marcelino Medina, to the president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Brahim Ghali, according to reports today. Iran Denounces Western Plans to Revive Disputes in Middle East Tehran, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani today denounced the persistence of the West powers'' plans to revive the problems among Middle East countries, to which the Islamic republic responds by strengthening its military power. Uncertain Situation in Libyan City of Benghazi Tripoli, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Amid conflicting reports of recent fightings between General Khalifa Hatar''s troops and Islamic extremist forces in the Sabri neighborhood, the situation in the Libyan city of Benghazi is now less uncertain. Palestinian President Resumes Peace Talks Ramallah, May 9 (Prensa Latina) President Mahmoud Abbas has stated today that he is ready to resume peace talks with Israel, this time under the auspices of U.S. President, Donald Trump. Syria Supports the Creation of Peace Zones, FM Reaffirms Damascus, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al Moallem reaffirmed today his country''s support for the creation of peace zones to ''stop the bloodshed of the Syrian people.'' Damascus Opens International Services Fair Damascus, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Syrian media has given broad coverage to the opening in Damascus of the International Fair, Servex 2017, dedicated to business services, a further sign that despite the heinous terrorist war imposed on this country, there''s life and a strong will to move ahead. Egypt Opens Bordering Corridor in Gaza for Three Days Cairo, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Egypt has opened its border crossing with Palestinian Gaza Strip for three days, starting Saturday. Chinese Navy Hands Over Three Pirates to Somali Authorities Mogadiscio,May 6 (Prensa Latina) A Chinese navy ship handed over three suspected pirates to Somali authorities today, police said, underscoring the determination of international naval forces to stamp out a resurgence of piracy this year. Somalia to Investigate Minister Assassination Mogadishu, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Somali authorities announced today that a survey is underway on circumstances in which the Minister of Public Works, Abbas Abdullahi Cheij was shot to death. Nigerian Terror Leader Denies He Was Injured Abuja, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Nigerian Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, denied on a filming circulated here today that he is injured, as unofficial sources said here earlier this week. Another Provocation on Suspected Chemical Attacks in Syria Denounced Damascus, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian press has widely reported information published in several media about the manipulation the Al Jazeera channel did on alleged chemical attacks in this country. Saudi Arabia Says Trump Visit Is a Step to Halt Iran Riyadh, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Government and diplomatic circles in Saudi Arabia welcomed today the announcement of the first official visit by US President Donald Trump as a significant step towards ''combating terrorism and countering Iran.'' Lebanon Calls on Expatriates to Preserve Identity and Invest Beirut, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The signature on the first decree to restore nationality put the symbolic note on the fourth conference Lebanese Diaspora Energy, which called expatriates to preserve identity and promote investments in the country. Angola: More than 9.3 Million Voters Registered Luanda, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The electoral padron for the general elections for August 23 in Angola, is formed by 9,317,294 Angolan citizens over 18 years of age, announced local Ministry for Territory Administration (MAT) Thursday. Two Somali Soldiers Arrested after Minister Death Mogadishu, May 4 (Prensa Latina) Somali government arrested today two soldiers in connection with the assassination of Public Works Minister Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, who was killed because of an alleged misidentification. Number of Congolese Refugees in Angola Exceeds 13,000 Luanda, May 4 (Prensa Latina) The number of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the Angolan province of Lunda Norte surpassed today 13,100 people, most of them underage. 22 Corpses from Iranian Coal Mine Recovered, 13 more Dead Expected Tehran, May 4 (Prensa Latina) Rescue teams recovered 22 corpses from a coal mine that exploded in northwestern Iran and continue working to rescue other 13 trapped miners, though they do not expect to find them alive, officials said. NATO Will Not Fight Directly against IS, says Stoltenberg Brussels, May 4 (Prensa Latina) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has ruled out that this alliance will actively involve into the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). Trump Offers Himself as Mediator Between Palestine-Israel Washington, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The President of the United States, Donald Trump, offered today to mediate in the search for a peace agreement between Palestine and Israel. Syria Supports Russian Proposal on Creation of Safe Zones Damascus, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Syria supports Russia''s proposal to create national safe zones and reiterated the commitment to a cease-fire agreement signed last December, according to an official statement issued today. Syria- One Killed in Terrorist Attacks in Damascus,Hama and Homs Damascus, May 3 (Prensa Latina) One person was killed and another one was wounded by terrorist attacks with mortar shells against the Harasta suburb, east of Damascus, police sources reported. Lebanese Army Arrests Fugitives; Charges Suspected Terrorists 03 de mayo de 2017, 12:06Beirut, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Lebanese army arrested several fugitives during raids in the northeast of the country, while a military judge charged 10 people, Syrian and national, for alleged membership in the Islamic State terrorist group. Clashes Between Terrorists Continue Northeast of Damascus Damascus, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Clashes between terrorist groups in the region of Gutta, east of this capital, continue and even prevent the arrival of humanitarian aid, local media and military sources reported. Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Says Dialogue with Iran Is Unlikely Riyadh, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz said that a conciliatory dialogue with Iran is unlikely, and demanded to punish corruption in the kingdom strongly because ''no one is above the law''. Executive Director of the World Food Programme Visits Syria Damascus, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley reportedly visits Syria and held talks with Prime Minister Imad Khamis and other senior Syrian officials. Extremist Clashes Continue in Northeastern Damascus Damascus, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Clashes between terrorist groups in the Gutta region, east of the Syrian capital, continue and prevent even humanitarian aid, according to media reports and military sources. Vietnam Debuts as Official Member in Asian-African Legal Forum Hanoi, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The presence of Vietnam in the 56th Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) as an official member of the forum has been well received during the meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, it was reported here today. Increase in Malaria Cases in South African Province Pretoria, May 3 (Prensa Latina) At least 624 cases of malaria (malaria) have been diagnosed in the South African province of Limpopo this year, the highest figure in recent years, local authorities said. Hizbullah Movement Leader Warns Lebanon Reaching Abyss Edge Beirut, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Secretary-General of the Hizbullah Shiite movement (Party of God), Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, has today warned that Lebanon was ''reaching the edge of the abyss'' and urged all political forces to take on their full responsibility. 20 Taliban Allegedly Killed in Air Strike in Afghan North Kabul, May 2 (Prensa Latina) At least alleged 20 Taliban were killed during the attack by Afghan war planes to insurgent shelters in the northern province of Badakhshan, police said. UN Demands More Help for Central African Republic United Nations, May 2 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program (WFP) demanded Tuesday more funds to help the Central African Republic, a nation receiving each time less financial support and resources, and at the same time, facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the planet. 38 Children at 37 Years Old Kampala, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Miriam Nabatanzi, a 37-year-old Ugandan woman, has had perhaps unintentionally a seat on Olympus of fertility by giving birth to 38 children. Health of Palestinians on Hunger Strike Deteriorates Ramallah, May 2 (Prensa Latina) After 16 days of hunger strike, the health of more than 20 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons has seriously deteriorated, reason why today they were transferred to hospitals. More than 20,000 People Return to Free Cities near Damascus Damascus, May 2 (Prensa Latina) More than 20,000 people returned to their homes in the cities of Madaya, Zabadani, and Buquein after they were announced free of armed groups, authorities confirmed today in the Syrian capital. UNICEF: Severe Child Malnutrition Rises in Somalia United Nations, May 2 (Prensa Latrina) The United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that severe malnutrition in Somali children has increased by 50 percent this year, making a total of 1.4 million affected children. Iraqi Troops Confident to Crush Islamic State Forces in Mosul Baghdad, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi forces have given fresh impetus to their armed offensive against the Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul, encouraged by forecasts that this month will be final to defeat extremists there. Terrorist Attacks Claim Victims in Syria's Hasaka Province Damascus, May 2 (Prensa Latina) One person was reportedly killed and 15 others injured in attacks by terrorists in the town of Rajn al-Slaibi in the Syrian province of Hasaka, 710 kilometers northeast of Damascus. France Attacks Islamic Army Base in Burkina Faso Bamako, May 1 (Prensa Latina) French army forces stationed in Mali attacked an Islamic group that began operations in Burkina Faso a few weeks ago, according to a statement by public media. ACNUR Delivers Donation to Angola for Congolese Refugees Luanda, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (ACNUR) on Sunday delivered to Angolan authorities a donation of nine tons of products for Congolese refugees. Syrian Civilians Killed in Air Raid by U.S.-Led Coalition Damascus, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) Syrian television reported on Sunday that at least eight civilians were killed in an air raid by the international coalition led by the United States in Raqqa province, 542 kilometers northeast of Damascus. Pope Francis Visits Egypt With Peace Message Cairo, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) With a message of peace and tolerance, Pope Francis arrives in Egypt today, where he will meet with the highest world authority of Sunni Islam, among other religious and political dignitaries. USA Tries to Impose World Hegemony, Says Syrian President Damascus, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) What is happening in Syria, Korea, Iran, Russia and now in Venezuela is the United States'' open attempt to establish world hegemony, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Telesur. Israel, Turkey Strike Syria Damascus, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) For the third time since 2013, Israeli missiles hit warehouses at Damascus International Airport, the Syrian capital, military sources said. Syria Rejects French Government's Accusations on Chemical Attack Damascus, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Syria has described the recent statements by French Foreign Minister, Jean Marc Ayrault, about the alleged chemical attack in the town of Kahn Sheikun, Idleb province, as a ''rabid campaign of misinformation and lies''. Iraq Angers Turkey, Qatar for Denouncing Attack, Payment to jihadists Baghdad, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Iraq has rejected angry reactions from Turkey and Qatar after Baghdad condemned an attack by the former that killed six Kurds and denounced that the emirate tried to pay terrorists a multimillion ransom for 26 hostages. Seychelles President Opens His Country's Embassy in Cuba Havana, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Seychelles President, Danny Faure, opens his country''s embassy in Cuba today, as part of his official visit to the Caribbean nation. Nearly 3,000 Deaths from Malaria in Angola Luanda, April 25 (Prensa Latina) The Senior Coordinator for the National Malaria Control Directorate in Angola, Rafael Dimbo, announced that 2,974 people have died during the first quarter of 2017. Iranian Supreme Leader Condemns USA and Israel Tehran, April 25 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has today accused the United States and Israel of promoting belligerent policy against Iran, and also urged the world to understand why both governments are currently taking hostile stands to Islam. Syrian Army Achieves Important Advances in Eastern Damascus Damascus, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army made important progress in the last 72 hours in the Qaboum district, east of the country''s capital, according to military reports today. UN Demands End of Fighting, Blockade on Yemen United Nations, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations human rights independent experts today demanded the end of the fighting in Yemen and the naval blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, as urgent actions to help millions of people at risk of famine. UNICEF Seeks to Immunize Somali Children Against Measles Mogadishu,Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners today kicked off an emergency campaign to immunize 30,000 children against measles in Baidoa, one of the hardest-hit areas in southern Somalia. President of Seychelles to Visit Cuba Havana, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Seychelles President Danny Faure will officially make an official visit to Cuba from tomorrow, the island''s Foreign Ministry informed today. Palestinian Prisoners: Hunger Strike Enters Its Second Week Tel Aviv, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) With the addition of some 35 new prisoners, the massive hunger strike held by more than 1,500 Palestinians locked in Israeli prisons begins today its second week. Syrian Army Wards Off Terrorist Offensive in Hama Damascus, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) After more than 40 days of intense fighting, the Syrian army, and allied militias warded off and defeated an offensive of some 12,000 terrorist troops in Hama province, 210 kilometers north of Damascus, military sources confirmed today. South Africa, China Cementing Cultural Ties Pretoria, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) South Africa and China, nations that belong to the BRICS Group, are opening talks in Pretoria Monday to discuss ways to broaden cooperation on culture, education, communications, health, science and technology, sports, tourism, women affairs and youth. Palestinians in Lebanon Recall Cuban Bay of Pigs Victory Beirut, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian refugees in Lebanon assessed the Cuban Revolution''s victory, repelling the mercenary attack against Playa Giron in 1961, as a heroic deed with great validity and an inspiration in their struggle against Israel. Evo Morales Condemns US Policy towards Syria and Venezuela La Paz, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s President Evo Morales reiterated his condemnation of the United States'' attacks on Syria and the threats against Venezuela, and insisted that the policy is aimed at seizing oil. Syrian Army Makes Progress in Eastern Damascus Damascus, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) After intense air force and artillery bombing, Syrian army units have dismantled shelters and tunnels of terrorist groups in the Qabun region in eastern Damascus, according to military sources. Iraqi Troops Recapture Several Neighborhoods West of Mosul Baghdad, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi government forces have recaptured other neighborhoods in western Mosul, including Tanek, where they released a girl from the Yazidi ethnic group who was kidnapped and sold as a slave by the Islamic State (IS). USA Blocks Investigation on Attack, Syrian President Says Damascus, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The United States has blocked the requested inquiries on an alleged chemical attack on a town in Idleb province, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russia''s Sputnik News. Syria and Cuba Sign Agreement for Visa Exemption Damascus, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Syria and Cuba signed today an agreement for reciprocal visa exemption for diplomatic, official, special and service passports. Cuba Calls at UN to Stop Israeli Abuses against Palestines United Nations, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has advocated Tuesday at the UN Security Council for concrete actions to put an end to Israel''s abuses against the people of Palestine. UN Dismayed by Toll of Terrorist Attack in Syria United Nations, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura expressed dismay at the growing number of civilian casualties as a result of the terrorist attack on a refugee convoy in Syria on April 15. Cameroon Returns 30,000 Displaced People from Nigeria Abuja, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) A total of 30,000 displaced people by the violence of terrorist group Boko Haram, returned to their native country, Nigeria, from Cameroon, reported the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in the state of Borno, the local press said Thursday. US Defense Secretary Meets with Egyptian President Cairo, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in the capital today, where he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. Kuwait : Biggest Threat in Persian Gulf is Extremist Ideology Manama, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) The biggest threat communities in Arab countries in the Persian Gulf are facing is the extremist ideology, said a Kuwaiti minister attending n a regional meeting on fighting this phenomenon, which ends here today. The Chemical Incident Was Made Up, Syrian Presidential Adviser Says Damascus, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) The incident with chemical weapons in Idleb was ''made up,'' Syria''s presidential advisor Bouzeina Shabaan said in an interview with Al Mayadeen channel published today in Damascus. South African Minister of Finance Begins Tour of the U.S. Pretoria, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) South African Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, starts today a tour of U.S. cities, where he will attend meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), reported the local media. Clashes in West of Mosul Cause 336,000 Displaced People in Iraq United Nations, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) At least 336,000 people left the western part of Mosul since February 19, when the Iraqi Government resumed its attacks to expel the Islamic State (ISIS) from the city, the United Nations reported Wednesday. UN Alerts on Growing Power of Armed Groups In Libya United Nations, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Martin Kobler, special representative of the United Nations for Libya, warned in the UN Security Council Wednesday that the growing power of armed groups in Libya, is curbing the aspirations for peace in that country. Iranian Supreme Leader Calls for High Turnout in Presidential Electio Tehran, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged authorities today to make every effort possible to hold a ''healthy and secure'' presidential election, and encouraged the nation to turn out and vote. Nigeria: Massive Displacement Continues in the Northeast Abuja, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Violence and insecurity in Nigeria''s Borno state are continuing it was known today. Evacuation of Syrian Villagers From Fua and Kefraya Continues Damascus, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of evacuated people from the villages of Fua and Kefraya arrived in the city of Aleppo as around 500 extremists and relatives left the town of Zabadani on their way to Idleb, authorities said today. South African Gov't Invest Millions to Upgrade Universities Pretoria, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) The South African government has allotted 527 million dollars to upgrade university infrastructure countrywide, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced Wednesday. Syrian Army Command Rescues Soldiers Kidnapped by Terrorists Damascus, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Commands of the Syrian Army reportedly rescued 34 soldiers who were in the hands of formerly called Al Nusra Front in the neighbourhood of Qaboun, 6 kilometers east of Damascus. Nigeria: Army Operation Frees 1,600 From Boko Haram Abuja,Apr 18 (Prensa Latina)The Nigerian army has freed over 1,600 persons from Boko Haram hideouts in the northeast region, killing at least 21 militants in the operation, the military announced. 56th Anniversary of the Playa Girón Victory Celebrated in Seychelles Victoria, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Seychelles personalities, as well as Cuban collaborators and residents celebrated in this capital the 56th anniversary of the Playa Girón Victory, the acid test of the rising socialist revolution in Cuba. Israeli Cancels Family Visits to Palestinian Prisoners on Strike Tel Aviv, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Israeli authorities have canceled family visits to the approximately 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in protest of their prison conditions in Israel jails since yesterday. Syrian Army Free New Areas of Terrorists Damascus, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) In sweeping operations on Independence Day, Syrian Army units targeted terrorists from ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terror groups affiliated to them in several areas across the country, inflicting heavy losses on them and freeing areas. Saudi Energy Minister Praises OPEC Oil Price Boost Riyadh, April 17 (Prensa Latina) The Saudi Energy Minister, Khalid al-Falih, has estimated that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreement to boost oil prices has a high-level of implementation, but unfortunately it is still too early to talk about an extension of such an agreement. Nearly Half Million Iraqis Flee Mosul Fighting United Nations, April 17 (Prensa Latina) Nearly half a million people have fled Mosul, Iraq, in the past few months as a result of fighting between the Iraqi army and Islamic State (IS), the UN reported. Syria Calls on UN to Condemn Attack on Evacuated Persons in Aleppo Damascus, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates called on the United Nations to condemn the attack that left a toll of more than 120 dead and 200 wounded persons, including 68 children, in the vicinity of Aleppo, press media published today in Damascus. Turkey Will Not Be the Same, following Historic Referendum Ankara, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) The winning ''Yes'' in the historic constitutional referendum on Sunday paves the way for Turkey changing its political system from Parliamentary to a Presidential Republic, thus dramatically expanding President Recep Tayyid Erdogan''s powers. Iran Labels Illegal Use of US Super-bomb in Afghanistan Tehran, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani, today considered illegal the launching by Washington of its most lethal non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan, an action that he assured would not improve U.S. National security. Western Coalition Is Urged to Fight IE alongside Russia Moscow, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich has called today the US-led Western coalition to join Moscow in a real struggle in Syria against the Islamic State (ISIS). Russia Rejects USA Manipulations to Justify Attack on Syria Moscow, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) Russian Defense Ministry (MINDEF) rejected today US intelligence manipulation to justify attacks on sovereign countries such as the recent attack on Syria''s air base Al Shairat, in Homs. Cholera Spreading in Somalia, 50,000 Cases Foreseen: WHO Geneva, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) More than 25,000 people in famine-threatened Somalia have been struck by cholera or acute watery diarrhoea and the deadly epidemic should double by this summer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today. The Doubts About Syria's Dismemberment Are Dispelled Damascus, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The doubts about Syria''s dismemberment are being dispelled by precise details from Turkish and U.S. troops in the north of its territory and the blockade of its borders with Iraq and Jordan in the east and the south, respectively. Lebanon to Stop Palestinians Clashes Outside Camps Beirut, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese army commander General Joseph Aoun warned today that the Lebanese army will forcefully prevent any attempt to extend the fighting between Palestinian militias in the Ain El-Hilweh camp to the city of Saida. Chemical Fumes of US-Led Coalition Attack Killed Hundreds in Syiria Damascus, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) An air strike by the U.S.-led coalition in Deir Ezzor, Syria, hit a weapon depot with chemical substances stockpiled by ISIS terrorists, and the explosions left hundreds of dead, civilians among them, the General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces reported. Syria, Russia Strengthen Positions in Air Base near Damascus Damascus, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Syria, supported by Russia, reinforced the anti-aircraft defense of Al Dumar, about 40 kilometers east of Damascus, and in anticipation of any attack, military sources said. Lebanese Parliament Disqualified for Disagreement in Electoral Law Beirut, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese President Michel Aoun suspended today the parliamentary activities for a month, due to the inability of parliamentarians to agree on an electoral law which temporarily blocks proposed plans to extend parliament''s term for the third time in a row since 2013. South Africa, Qatar Talking Business Pretoria, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) South Africa''s renewable energy policy was lauded by Qatar at a bilateral business forum in Pretoria on Wednesday, organized to promote economic and investment relations. ''South Africa''s renewable power policy is impressive and ambitious. I commend the policy for not only the ambition but the credibility that lies behind it,'' I admire South Africans and the mention of natural gas in the renewable energy policy even though natural gas is not a renewable energy source,'' Fahd Al Kuwari was quoted as saying by SA News on the sidelines of the meeting. Turkey Calls for Use of Force to Overthrow Syrian President Assad Ankara, April 12 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Foreign Minister Omer Celik called on the southern city of Adana today to use force against Damascus government to prevent atrocities against the civilian population. New Details on Alleged Chemical Attack in Syria By Pedro García Hernández South African Gov't Calls on Opposition to Protest Peacefully Pretoria, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) South Africa''s Government of Jacob Zuma has reiterated its call for peaceful protests as some opposition parties planned demonstrations Wednesday against the recent Cabinet''s reshuffle. South African Deputy Foreign Minister in India for BRICS Meeting Pretoria, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Nomaindia Mfeketo, travelled to the port city of Visakhapatnam, India, to attend the meeting of the BRICS on the Middle East and North Africa today. South African Authorities Call for Orderly Wednesday Protest Pretoria, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The South African Police Service (SAPS) as well Lake Chad Basin:A Crisis Rooted in Hunger, Poverty and Climate Change Rome,Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The crisis afflicting the strife-torn Lake Chad Basin is rooted in decades of neglect, lack of rural development and the impact of climate change, and the only way to ensure a lasting solution is to address these including through investments in sustainable agriculture, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said today. Turkey Finishes Half of the Border Wall With Syria Ankara, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Defense of Turkey has offered information on the construction of the border wall with Syria, of which more than half of it has been already finished,according to the plan. Special Meeting on Syria Favors Political Solution to Conflict Rome, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Participants in the special meeting on Syria, held today in the city of Lucca, agreed on the need for a political solution to the conflict in that country, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said. Pakistan Criticizes US Attacks on Syrian Air Base Islamabad, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Pakistani officials and former diplomats today criticized the United States'' recent attacks on a Syrian air base by highlighting the danger posed by Washington''s unilateral actions in order to change governments. USA to Sell War Planes to Nigeria to Fight Boko Haram Washington, April 10 (Prensa Latina) The United States Government will continue with the intention of selling high-tech aircraft to Nigeria to fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group, officials reported today. Indian PM Condemns Attacks in Egypt New Delhi, April 10 (Prensa Latina) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condemned attacks on two Coptic churches in Egypt in which 47 people were killed and over 100 were injured. Iran Reiterates Support for Syria in View of US Attack Damascus, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The US attack sought to strengthen terrorists, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rohani, who reiterated his country´s support, said today the media. International Probe Must Be Launched in Syrian Attack: Iran Teherán,Apr 8 (Prensa Latina)Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for the formation of an impartial international fact-finding committee to look into a purported chemical attack in Syria''s Idlib Province. USA Allies Support Attack on Syria, other Nations Condemn It Washington, April 7 (Prensa Latina) The main international allies of the United States expressed today support for the launching of missiles against an air base in Syria, while other nations considered it a violation of international law. Syria Condemns US Missile Attack on Air Base as Aggression Damascus, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Syrian authorities have condemned as an aggression the Tomahawk missile attack on an air base in the province of Homs in the early hours of this Friday, the local television reports. Syrian President Describes as Remarkable Progress in Reconciliation Damascus, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) President Bashar al-Assad has said today that the hope of ending the war could become a reality through the fight against terrorism and the implementation of national reconciliation. Pakistan Denies Problems with Iran Islamabad, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan is trying to convince Iran that the appointment of Raheel Sharif, former Army Chief, as the highest representative of a Muslim military alliance led by Saudi Arabia is not aimed against Tehran. Syria Denounces Manipulation of Alleged Chemical Attack Damascus, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Armed groups, the United Kingdom, France, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are behind the crime of chemical attack in the city of Khan Sheikhun, Idleb province, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said today. Five Killed in Terrorist Mortar Attacks on Damascus, Hama and Aleppo Damascus, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Mortars shelled today by terrorist groups against residential areas of the Syrian cities Damascus, Mahardeh and Aleppo have reportedly left a toll of five dead and at least a dozen wounded. Terrorists Attack Damascus Neighborhoods with Mortars Damascus, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) At least six people injured and several material damages was the result of 28 mortar shells launched by terrorist groups against neighborhoods in eastern Damascus, police sources reported in the capital. Iran Distrusts Pakistani Stance on Saudi Antiterrorist Alliance Islamabad, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Iran expressed reservations about the appointment of Raheel Sharif, former head of the Pakistani army, as the highest representative of a Saudi-sponsored Islamic alliance against terrorism, today revealed The News. Israel Cuts Again Contributions to UN Agencies Tel Aviv, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Israel will again cut its contribution to the United Nations in 2017 in retaliation for recent resolutions adopted by the Human Rights Council, which Tel Aviv calls ''anti-Israelis''. Namibia Hosts 5th Continental Conference on Solidarity with Cuba Windhoek, March 29 (Prensa Latina) Namibia will host the 5th Continental Conference on Solidarity with Cuba from June 5th to 7th, in Windhoek. Rohani: Russia-Iran Cooperation without Threats to Others Moscow, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Cooperation between Russia and Iran is in no way directed against other countries, stated the president of the Persian nation, Hasan Rohani, in a meeting here with Vladimir Putin. South Africa Bids Farewell to a Giant of its Democracy Pretoria, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) South Africans mourns today for the loss of yet another giant of its democracy and freedom, Ahmed Kathdrada who passed away today this morning at the age of 87. African Regional Bloc Concerned about Crisis in South Sudan Nairobi, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The Inter-Governmental Authority for the Development (IGAD) of Eastern Africa called for opening humanitarian paths in South Sudan to settle the crisis in this country, said today sources of the bloc. More than 300 Armed Extremists Leave the Syrian city of Homs Damascus, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) More than 300 armed extremists left the neighbourhood Al Waer, their last bastion in the Syrian city of Homs, 162 kilometers north of Damascus, military sources confirmed. Kuwait Believes on Viable Talks between Arab Gulf Countries and Iran Kuwait, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Kuwait has expressed optimism about the possibility of launching a dialogue between Iran and its Persian Gulf neighbors, as Arab countries are defining today positions for tomorrow''s summit in Jordan. In Sweeping Offensive, Syrian Army Free New Regions of Terrorists Damascus, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Army units have made inroads in the north and south of the country, establishing control over mountains in Palmyra, killing scores of terrorists in Deir Ezzor and Hama, while launching successful operations in southern regions of Daraa, Sweida, Quneitra and Damascus. Egyptian Army Hinders Extremists Operation in Sinai Cairo, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Armed Forces of Egypt hindered in the last hours an operation of armed extremists in the north of the Sinai where they wanted to establish road patrols. Russia Sends Wheat to Syria as Aid Damascus, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) A shipment of 31,500 tons of wheat from Russia has reportedly arrived Sunday in Tartous, Syria''s southern port city, as aid to the Syrian people that have being facing terrorism and harsh sanctions imposed by Western countries. Syrian Army Strikes ISIS in Damascus Countryside Damascus, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Army units reportedly carried out a successful special operation against an ISIS concentration in south east Damascus Countryside wiping out terrorists from that area, while engaging anti-Syrian groups in other parts of the country. Lebanon Adopts Summer Time to Encourage Energy Saving Beirut, March 26 (Prensa Latina) Lebanon adopted Daylight Saving Time (DST) today as part of a government practice to encourage energy saving, it was officially announced here. African Union Plans to Open Office in West Sahara Addis Ababa, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) The African Union (AU) plans to open an office in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), said the regional bloc. Africa: 13 Countries to Launch Vaccination Campaign Geneva, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Representatives from 13 African countries said today that next week a vaccination campaign will be launched against poliomyelitis. More than 100 Iraqis Killed in Mosul Blast Baghdad, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) At least 108 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed as a result of a powerful explosion that occurred late Wednesday, in the al-Jadida neighborhood of Mosul, an Iraqi military source reported today. UN Confirms Restart of Dialogue on Syria United Nations, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations confirmed that the negotiations in Geneva between the Syrian government and its oppoents in the nation, would be restarted today, with the guidance of UN Special Envoy Steffan de Mistura. Bishops Praise Peaceful Transition in Angola Luanda, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) The Episcopal Conference of Angola and Sao Tome (Ceast) praised the way in which President José Eduardo dos Santos leads the transition to the succession of political power in the country, highlighted the press today. Red Cross Demands Urgent World Action to Stop Famine Geneva, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today warned that famine in Somalia and Yemen could be avoided if the international community acts urgently and determinedly in the next three months. Syrian Refugee Camp Fully Functional Damascus, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) More than 600 displaced families from Daraa province are currently sheltered, under safe conditions of food and health care, at a refugee camp located outside the village of Heryaleh, about 20 kilometers south of Damascus. South Africa Empowering Women Pretoria, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) In its endeavor to tackle and raise social standards, the South African government has been also making strives in empowering women, and today the country is on course to achieving 50% women representation before 2030. Syrian Army Hits Terrorists Hard near Damascus Damascus, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Damascus'' eastern neighbourhood of Jobar is reportedly the stage today of fierce fighting between Syrian Army troops and well-armed terrorists of the so-called Jabhat al-Nusra that had infiltrated in that area. South Africa Honors Human Rights Beacons Pretoria, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) President Jacob Zuma headed on Tuesday the national commemoration of Human Rights Day in which South Africa honored those who sacrificed immensely for the achievement of liberation and democracy. Terrorists Try to Break Siege Near Damascus Damascus, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) For 24 hours Terrorist groups try to break the army siege in Jobar area, a suburb close to the Syrian capital, and clashes which remain very strong today, according to military sources. Islamic Regret UN report withdrawal on Israel Apartheid Riyadh, March 19 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) deeply regretted that the UN decided to withdraw a report which - objectively - accounted for the reality of Israeli-taken policies of occupation, oppression, settlements and apartheid against Palestine-born people. Four other Israeli Spy Planes Fly over Lebanon Beirut, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The Lebanese Army complained that four Israeli military aircrafts overflew the Abbasieh region at low altitude on Friday, in the most recent episode of violation of national sovereignty by the Zionist state. Syria Shoots Down Israeli War Plane that Violated Airspace Damascus, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The General Command of Syria''s Army and Armed Forces announced today that one of four Israeli fighter planes that violated this country''s airspace over the central province of Homs was shot down. Swaziland to Host Southern Africa Summit Pretoria, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) South Africa''s - President Jacob Zuma will on Friday undertake a working visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government. South Africa's Gov't Implementing Sex Workers' HIV Plan Pretoria, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) South Africa''s Government is pushing ahead a National Sex Workers Plan aimed at winning the fight against new HIV infections, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told MPs who sit at the Council of Provinces. Iraqi Prime Minister Considers Imminent End of Battle for Mosul Baghdad, March 15 (Prensa Latina) i said that the operation to free Mosul was in ''its last stage,'' while government troops tighten today the siege of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in that city. Conflict in Syria, the Worst Human Tragedy in Decades United Nations, March 14 (Prensa Latina) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra''ad al-Hussein described today the conflict in Syria as the worst man-made disaster since World War II (1939-1945). At an event at United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the official accused the warring parties of serious human rights violations and called for an end to them. President al-Assad's Top-Priority is Fighting Terrorism in Syria Damascus, March 13 (Prensa Latina) The priority is to eliminate terrorism and, therefore, it is a luxury now to speak about politics, the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad stressed in an interview to the western European media. Fights Against Terrorists Near the Syrian Capital Continues Damascus, March 13 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army has fought violent clashes against the terrorist groups of the former Al-Nousra Front in the Qaboun area, less than five kilometers east of Damascus, military sources said today. Syria Denounces US-led Coalition Attack Against Civilians Damascus, March 13 (Prensa Latina) Syria denounced the deaths of 19 civilians in areas of the province of Raqqa by bombings of the International Coalition that the United States leads, according to information published today in Damascus. UNICEF ​​Denounces Impact of Conflict on Syrian Children United Nations, March 13 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian conflict left an unprecedented impact on children, in the sixth year of hostilities, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) said today. UN Warns of Humanitarian Impact of Israeli Colonization in Palestine United Nations,Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The establishment and expansion of Israeli settlements are a source of vulnerability in the Palestinian population, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today. The Latest Attack in Damascus Kills 44 Damascus, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The final balance of the victims of a recent bombing in Damascus reached 44 dead and 127 wounded, according to the authorities reports in this capital. Unesco Highlights Qatar's Effort to Preserve World Heritage Doha, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) UNESCO Director-General Irina Bukova today highlighted Qatar''s efforts to preserve the world heritage by supporting the organization''s initiatives in areas exposed to natural disasters or wars. Turkish Artillery Attacks Kill Eight Syrian Soldiers Damascus, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) At least eight Syrian soldiers were killed by the Turkish Artillery against the city of Manbij and the Kurdish-Arab units had handed over to government forces just 24 hours ago, military sources reported today. Islamic Organization Concerned about Drought in Somalia Mogadishu, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called its country members and the rest of the international community to increase aid to people currently affected by drought in Somalia. South Africa, Russia for Stronger Communication Links Pretoria, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) South Africa and Russia has committed to forging stronger communication relations through identifying areas of meaningful cooperation while looking into new opportunities for collaboration, especially in the context of the BRICS community. Hunger Threatens 185,000 Children´s Life in Somalia Geneva, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations said that some 185,000 children might be killed in Somalia by hunger if they are not given urgent health aid to avoid serious malnutrition. Indian Summit a Success, Asserts South Africa's President Pretoria, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders'' Summit in Indonesia, celebrating the organization''s 20th anniversary, has been a success, South Africa''s President Jacob Zuma asserted. More Than 2.1 Million Mozambicans Threatened by Hunger Maputo, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) A combination of climate adversities, reduction of reserves and armed conflicts today have 2.1 million Mozambicans threatened by hunger. Syrian Gov't Delivers Humanitarian Aid in Deir Ezzor Damascus, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian government, in coordination with the Arab Red Crescent, delivered 21 tons of humanitarian aid by plane in the city of Deir Ezzor, besieged by the Islamic State (IS), local media reported on Sunday. UN Secretary-General will Travel to Kenya United Nations, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel on Sunday to Kenya to pay a two-day visit, his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric announced today. Islamic Countries Described as Violation Israeli Ruling on Jerusalem Riyadh, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has described today as flagrant violation of the international law the ruling of an Israeli court that pleads that the Israelis can pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Islamic State Abandons Syrian City of Palmyra Damascus, 2 Mar (Prensa Latina) The terrorists in the Islamic State, Daesh, an Arabic language acronym, have abandoned historic city of Palmyra after fierce fighting with the Syrian army and allied militias, military sources confirmed today. New Round of Talks between Syrian Rival Parties in Astana Moscow, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) A third round of talks amid leaders of armed groups and representatives of the Syrian Government will be held in Astana on March 14th and 15th , said the television in this capital city. Turkey Uses Incirlik Air Base to Put Pressure on Washington Ankara, March 1 (Prensa Latina) Turkey could deny the use of Incirlik Air Base to the United States if Kurdish militias in northern Syria participate in the offensive against Raqqa in the hands of the Islamic State (IS), according to Yeni Safak. Violence against Foreigners Despicable, Says South Africa Minister Pretoria, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) In condemning the recent spate of violence that erupted in Tshwane and in Johannesburg directed at foreign nationals, South Africa''s Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom branded such behavior as despicable. Iran Successfully Test Cruise Missile Teheran, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s Nave has successfully tested today the latest versions of the Nasr and Dehlaviyeh cruise missiles during defensive naval maneuvers Velayat 95, Defense Minister, Brigade General Hossein Dehqan, told the local media. Iran Supports Diplomatic Efforts to Solve Syrian Crisis Teheran, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Iran has reiterated its willingness to continue diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis in Syria and put an end to the armed siege on the towns of Al-Fuah and Kafriya, while it condemned the double terrorist attack in Homs. Russia Condemned Bloody Terror Attacks in Homs,Syria Moscow, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Russia condemned the terrorist attacks in the Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 34 people and dozens of wounded, and also called for a halt to the negotiations in Geneva. Saudi King Visits Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, began an official visit to Malaysia during which several documents for economy, science, education and human resources development cooperation will be signed. Syrian Radio Station for Live Broadcast Record Damascus, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Fuse FM Syria has started an 81-hour live program since the morning of today and try to set a record in the Guinness Book for the longest radio program in the world. Angolan Delegation Pays Tribute to Cuban War Veterans Havana, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The Angolan minister and head of the Presidential Civil House, Manuel da Cruz, and the delegation accompanying him during his official visit to Cuba paid tribute to Cuban war veterans and internationalists here today. USA Prepares New Plan to Send Ground Troops to Syria Washington, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) US military command is preparing today a new plan to increase the military presence on Syrian territory, without the consent of Damascus authorities, to strengthen operations against the Islamic State (IS). Iran Encourages Palestinians Resistance against Israel Tehran, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Presidents and members of parliaments from Arab and Islamic countries showed a strong solidarity with the Palestinian people that resists the occupation of Israel, after two days of debates in a conference that concludes today. Syrian Army Continues Offensive Against Terrorists Damascus, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army and allied militia have continued offensive operations in five provinces of the country against Islamic States groups, Daesh in Arab, and the once Al Nusra Front, reported military sources today. Syrian Army Keeps On Operating in Five Local Regions Damascus, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and allied militias kept on operating in five local provinces against the Front for Muslim Conquest of the Levant, formerly Al Nusra and the Islamic State, Daesh in Arabic, according to last-minute military reports. Syria: Russia's Humanitarian Aid Distributed in Aleppo Damascus, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) More than 18 tons of humanitarian aid, including toys, were distributed on Saturday in Aleppo by Russian representatives, in coordination with local authorities, Syrian media reported. Palestine Calls for Global Efforts to End Israeli Occupation United Nations, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, today called for a global mobilization at all levels of society to end the Israeli occupation this year. Iran Calls Israel 'Biggest Threat' to World Peace Tehran, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi stated today that Israel''s atomic program poses a threat to regional and world peace. Turkish Troops Bomb Al Bad City Damascus, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Turkish troops attacked the town of Al Bab in northern Aleppo province, killing at least 24 people, including 11 children and eight women, according to media reports in Damascus. Syrian President Denounces Western Support for Terrorist Groups Paris, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denounced the support given by Western nations, including France, to terrorist groups operating in his country in an interview with Gallic media published today. Iranian President Ends Official Visit to Oman Tehran, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hasan Rohani, today concluded his one-day official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, where he discussed issues of interest between the two states, reported the Iranian news agency IRNA. Syrian President: 'The Future is Decided by the People Themselves' Damasco, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said today in a meeting with religious groups that any step linked to the future of the country is decided only by its own people. Syrian Opposition and Government Hold New Talks on Conflict Solution Astana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Delegates from the Syrian government and the armed opposition have confirmed today their presence in the second round of talks in this capital to finding negotiated solution to the conflict. Syria Issues Documents on Armed Extremists Crimes Damascus, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Justice Minister, Najem Hamad Al-Ahmad announced today the creation of a commission to provide evidence for the crimes committed by armed terror groups, especially in the Aleppo province. Cuba-Iran Intergovernmental Commission Held in Havana Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The Cuba-Iran Intergovernmental Commission will be holding from today to February 15th, with the presence of about 30 Iranian officials and businessmen, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said. António Guterres Defends a Multipolar World at Dubai Summit Abu Dhabi, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General António Guterres defended the existence of a multipolar planet today in Dubai at the Fifth World Summit of Governments. Terrorists Attack Oil Refinery in Homs, Syria Damascus, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) The refinery of the Syrian central city of Homs was the target today of a rocket attack by terrorist groups, operating from al-Hula region in that province, military sources reported. Syrian President Highlights US Role on Terrorism Damascus, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, stressed that the spread of terrorism has begun to decline due to the role played by Russia and never by the international coalition led by the United States, in an interview with Yahoo News, released today in Damascus. Russia and the USA Discuss Cooperation to Prevent Incidents in Syria Moscow, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The Russian-American high-level task force to comply with the memorandum on how to avoid air incidents on Syrian soil held today a video conference on cooperation in that area. About 52,000 Sudanese Flee From the War to Uganda Juba, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) About 52,000 Sudanese fled to Uganda last January for fear of the armed conflict that this African nation has been suffering for four years, the Sudan Tribune newspaper reported today. Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Israeli Colonization in Palestinian Territories Paris, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has reaffirmed in France today the rejection of Israel''s colonization process, which he considered a threat for the bilateral understanding. Nigeria Security Forces Thwart Terrorist Group Attack Abuja, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) An alleged attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group was frustrated today following the intervention of the Security and Civil Defense agents of Nigeria (NSCDC) in the northeastern state of Borno. UN Role in Syria is Partial, Bashar al-Assad Says Damascus, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) UN role in Syria is no longer neutral and is now partial due to the influence of the United States, France and the United Kingdom, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Belgian media released in Damascus today. Russia, Iran and Turkey Return to the Issue of Syria in Astana Astana, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Russia, Turkey and Iran, meeting in this capital in the joint working group for Syria, along with UN and Jordan delegates, returned to negotiations on a solution to the conflict in the Levantine country today. Three Soldiers Killed in Attacks in Western Iraq Bagdad, Feb 5 (Prensa Latina) Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and ten members of the security forces were injured today in three attacks perpetrated in the western province of Diyala, security sources said. China to Deliver 16 Million Dollars in Aid to Syria Damascus, Feb 5 (Prensa Latina) Syria and China signed two cooperation agreements worth 16 million dollars to provide humanitarian aid and reactivate other ties in economic sectors, official sources confirmed in Damascus today. Somali Children Severely Affected by Drought Mogadishu, Feb 5 (Prensa Latina) Somalia's current food plight is extremely serious, as reported by special sources stressing the poor nutritional status of Somali children and the possibility that a famine is coming. Negotiations Close to Damascus Prevent Output of Rebels Damascus, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) The armed groups and civilians from the region of East Gutta, close to the capital, will be able to get out by habilitated humanitarian corridors, starting today, for 10 consecutive days, military sources revealed Friday. Erdogan and Putin to Meet to Strengthen Bilateral Ties Ankara, 4 Feb (PL) Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey) and Vladimir Putin (Russia), are to be met in forthcoming weeks to state new cooperation agreements, according to the public announcement today. Joao Lourenzo to Be Presidential Candidate of the Angolan MPLA Luanda, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Joao Lourenzo, today became the presidential candidate for the general elections this year. Cuban Vice-President Salvador Valdés Mesa Arrives in Mozambique Maputo, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Vice President of the Cuban Council of State Salvador Valdés Mesa arrived in Mozambique this afternoon from South Africa on a tour that also included Ethiopia. Cuba, South Africa Ratify Excellent Level of Relations By Deisy Francis Mexidor Israel to Build 3 000 New Homes on Palestinian Land Tel Aviv, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Israel will build three thousand new homes on occupied Palestinian land, surpassing the 5 700 approved since US President Donald Trump took office on January 20. Cuban Vice President in South Africa to Strengthen Relations Johannesburg, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa is in South Africa on an official two-day visit aimed at strengthening relations, in his current Africa tour that began in Ethiopia and will wind up in Mozambique. Syria Plans Strategy Against Crisis, says PM Damascus, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian government has adopted a strategy to overcome the difficulties and ensure the production process and guarantee the electricity and oil products, said Prime Minister Imad Khamis. African Union Approves Resolution Condemning Blockade on Cuba By Roberto Garcia Hernandez Addis Ababa, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The 28th African Union (AU) Summit has approved a resolution today calling for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba more than 50 years. 28th African Union Summit Inaugurated in Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The President of the African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, officially opened the sessions of the 28th African Union (AU) Summit at the organization''s headquarters in this capital today. War Exercises in Angola for No Army to Reach Launda Luanda, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) Angolan Defense Minister Joao Lourenzo assured Sunday that the Angolan Armed Forces are training, preparing an intense operation, as for no foreign army, to reach the doors of their capital, Luanda, just as it occurred in 1975, when the Angolan independence had been just declared. Russia Develops Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid Program in Syria Damascus, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Coordination Center for the cease-fire at the Russian base in Hemymin, Syrian province of Latakia, continued their humanitarian aid program, press media said in Damascus today. Foreign Ministers' Meeting on African Union Summit Ends in Ethiopia By Roberto Garcia Hernandez, special correspondent Addis Ababa, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The Executive Council of the 28th African Union (AU) Summit has concluded today here its preparatory sessions of that highest-level meeting after two days of intense work at the organization's headquarters. Terrorist Gunmen Storm Hotel in Somali Capital, 32 Killed Mogadishu, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) At least 32 persons were killed in a terror attack with a car bomb against a hotel in this capital today. African Union Calls for Consolidation of Regional and Global Peace Pretoria, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Outgoing chairwoman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, called for the consolidation of peace, because the use of weapons today is a threat to regional and global stability. Foreign Ministers Meet at African Union Summit in Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) The African Union (AU) pre- 28th summit stage continues today at the organization''s headquarters in the capital, with sessions of the organization''s Executive Council. Concrete Results Made at Syrian Meeting in Astana Astana, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) ''The armed formations and the government of Syria achieved today concrete results for a solution to the conflict in the talks in this capital,'' said the ambassador of Syria to the UN, Bashar Al Jaafari. Peaceful Solution in Declaration on Syria in Astana Astana, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) The peaceful solution of the conflict in Syria and the reinforcement of the truce are today in the draft of a final declaration of the meeting in this capital between armed groups and the government of Damascus. Russia Attacks Syrian Terrorists with Strategic Bombers Moscow, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Russia attacked with six TU-22M3 strategic bombers camps, weapons and ammunition stores, as well as troops from the Islamic State (EI) terrorist movement in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor. Syrian Army Retains Positions; Thwarts Terrorist Attacks Damascus, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army has retained positions and countered attacks by the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) in Deir Ezzor, 460 kilometers northeast of Damascus, military sources reported. Reconciliation Established in Western Zone near Damascus Damascus, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The efforts for reconciliation in Syria have borne fruit in southwestern Damascus, where hundreds of armed fundamentalists abandoned the towns of Bet Yen and Mugher al Mir, official sources said on Saturday. FM Stresses Cuba's Role in Training Doctors for S Africa Pretoria, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) South Africa has many hospitals that would be without a doctor today if Cuba had not been present, Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, stated, after acknowledging the impact of the cooperation program with the Caribbean nation. UN to Attend Astana Meeting on Syria United Nations, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations will be represented on January 23 at the Astana peace talks between actors in the Syrian conflict, the organization confirmed today. UN: Near 150 000 Displaced Persons Due to Combats in Mosul United Nations, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Over 148 000 persons abandoned their houses in Mosul as a result of the fightings to expel The Islamic State terrorist group from the northern territory, United Nations pointed out today. Cholera in another Angolan Province, Capital Intends to Shield Itself Luanda, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Cholera has arrived in the coastal town of Cubal in the central Angolan province of Benguela, while health authorities in this capital today are trying to shield the city to avoid the disease. Meeting in Paris Focuses on Peace between Israel and Palestine Paris, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) When the world focuses on issues such as the wars in Syria and Iraq, an international conference in Paris emphasized that there will be no peace in the Middle East without solving the old conflict between Israel and Palestine. Paris Supports Two States as a Way for Peace in the Middle East Paris, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirmed today that the establishment of the two states is the way to end the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Turkey Receives Largest Number of Refugees Worldwide Ankara, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, said today in this capital that Turkey is the first country in the world in terms of the number of refugees in its territory. UN Reaffirms its Support to Dialogues on Syria in Astana United Nations, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The special UN envoy in Syria, Staffan de Mistura, reaffirmed today the UN support to dialogues taking place in Astana on January 23 between the government and the opposition seeking to cease fire and to start a political process in that country. UN Readies to Help Civilians in Mosul, Iraq United Nations, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The UN is creating conditions to help the civilian population in the western section of the sieged city of Mosul, which is still occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS), the organization''s humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Lise Grande said. Weapons and Chemicals Seized to Terrorists in Syria Damascus, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army units seized weapons and chemical substances in parts of the provinces of Hama and Aleppo, military sources said in Damascus today. Syrian President: Ready to Negotiate End of Conflict Paris, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today expressed his willingness to negotiate to end the conflict in his country, but it must be with the real opposition, he told to the French media in statements released today. Terrorists Violate Truce Near Damascus Damascus, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Front for the Conquest of the Levant, formerly known as Al Nusra, shot a brigade of technicians who attempted, covered by the previously agreed truce, to restore the drinking water facilities in Wadi Barada, 35 kilometers north of Damascus. Angola Reduces Oil Production to Meet OPEC Cut Luanda, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) Angola will produce 1.673 million barrels of crude oil a day to meet the cut approved by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase prices. Despite Ceasefire, Terrorists Launch Further Deadly Attack Damascus, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The death toll in the city of Jableh in the Syrian province of Latakia has risen to 15, the authorities confirmed today. Palestine Calls for End to Israeli Occupation in 2017 United Nations, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The Israeli occupation of Palestine has reached the half-century mark this year, leading to calls by the Arab ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, to redouble efforts to end it. Terrorists Break Ceasefire 21 Times in a Day in Syria Damascus, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) In less than 24 hours, terrorist groups have broken 21 times the ceasefire declared on December 30 in the Syrian provinces of Homs,Hama, Latakkia and Damascus Countryside, the military have reported today. More Than 1,000 People Leave Spring Area Near Damascus Damascus, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) More than 1,200 people left the Barada area, where the Ein Fijeh drinking water source is located 30 kilometers northwest of Damascus, due to the strong clashes with terrorist groups, said Syrian officials today. Catoca Assumes Challenge of Doubling Diamond Extraction in Angola Luanda, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) The Mining Company of Catoca (SMC), the fourth largest diamond company in the world, expects today a smart and rigorous management to double this year''s production in Angola. Syrian President Interview with Italian TV Channel Released Damascus, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) President Bashar al-Assad in an interview released today said, ''We cannot yet speak of the end of the war; it will end when all the terrorists are eliminated, and unfortunately they are still receive support from several countries.'' Syria's President Rejects Foreign Meddling Damascus, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) Syria''s President Bashar al-Assad reiterated today his rejection to foreign meddling at a meeting in Damascus with European and Russian Parliament members. Putin Announces Ceasefire and Reduction of Russian Troops in Syria Moscow, Dec 29(Prensa Latina) The Russian President, Vladimar Putin, has today announced an agreement between the government and the opposition in Syria to cease hostilities. The number of Russian troops in Syria will also be reduced. First Angolan President Neto is Awarded the Nelson Mandela Prize Luanda, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) Angola''s first president, Agosthino Neto, has been posthumously awarded a Mandela Prize for Audacity 2016, according to local media. US Judge Orders Preservation of CIA Torture Report Washington, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina)U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued the order Wednesday, of the report that describes the abuses and tortures that the CIA gave to those suspected of being terrorrists. Palestine and Israel, 2016 ends without significant changes By Manuel Vázquez El Cairo, (Prensa Latina) The year 2016 ends for Israel and Palestine the same as it started, with regular incursions by Israel in Palestinean territories, towns and cities, frequently ending adding civil victims to a long list that started counting over 50 years ago. Russian Sappers Clear Aleppo of Explosives Devices Moscow, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Sappers of the International Demining Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense have cleared 966 hectares of explosives in the eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo, reported the agency today. USA: Donald Trump Strongly Criticizes UN Washington, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) US President-elect Donald Trump said that the UN is today a simple club of people who come together to have a good time; he also reiterated his threats against that international organization. Bangladesh Criticizes Media Manipulation Against Syria and Russia Dacca, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Powerful sectors in the United States have maintain their objective of presenting Russia as an adversary while seeking a change of government and the fragmentation of Syria, according to the Bangladeshi news website Bdnews24. Angola Closes 2016 Leading Oil Production in Africa Luanda, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Angola will close 2016 as the lead oil producer in Africa, having surpassed Nigeria by reaching a daily average of 1.7 million barrels. Mass Graves in Aleppo Moscow, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Ministry of Defense denounced the finding of seven storehouses of ammunition and mass graves with dead bodies of Syrian citizens tortured and killed by terrorists in the city of Aleppo, that was recently freed by Syrian Army troops. Georgian Pantsulaia Defeats Carlsen in Rapid Chess Match Doha, (Prensa Latina) Classic chess Grand Master and World Champion Magnus Carlsen, from Norway, was today beaten, with black pieces, against Georgian Levan Pantsulaia during the start of the Rapid and Lightining World Championships. Egyptian Government to Solve Shortage of Medicines Cairo, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) The Egyptian government plans to end the current shortage of medicines that is affecting the country through a plan already agreed with international suppliers. Syria: 21 Civilians Killed by Terrorists in Aleppo Damascus, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Syrian authorities are currently trying to identify 21 bodies of civilians killed by terrorists before the city of Aleppo was evacuated. Syrians celebrated Christmas with renewed hope Damascus, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) As hundreds of families keep returning to terrorist freed Aleppo, Syrians celebrated Christmas with renewed hope on peace particularly Christians in that city, while the Army strike further blows on terrorists in other provinces. Angolan Military Removed Mines in One Million Square Meters in 2016 Luanda, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) More than one million 413 thousand square meters of land have been demined by the Angolan units from the North Military Region during the year 2016, the press reported. Mali Confirms French Citizen Kidnap Paris, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) Frenchwoman Sophie Pétronin, director of a humanitarian organization, was kidnapped in Mali, the Foreign Ministry confirmed today. WHO Congratulates Angola for ending Yellow Fever Epidemic Luanda, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated Angola for the end of the Yellow Fever epidemic, which was considered the biggest of the continent in 30 years, highlighted the media today. Syria: Christmas Mass from Aleppo Damascus, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) With a call to peace and in recognition of the triumph in Aleppo, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, John X Yazigi, led the mass for the Syrian Christmas celebrations. Palestinians Celebrate UN Condemnation of Israeli Setlements Ramallah, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) The Palestinian leadership on Saturday welcomed Resolution 2334, recently adopted by the United Nations Security Council to call for an end to Israel''s illegal settlements on the occupied Palestinian territories. Malaysia Describes UN Voting as Victory for Palestinian People Kuala Lumpur, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak described the voting of a resolution at the United Nations Security Council that demands that Israel stop building settlements in the West Bank as a victory for the Palestinian people, local media reported on Saturday. Some 50,000 Police Officers will Guarantee Security in Angola Luanda, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) Angolan Interior Minister Angelo Tavares, said that 50,000 police officers will guarantee security throughout the country starting today until early 2017. Two-Time Olympic Champion Miruts Yifter Dies Addis Abeba, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopian long distance racer and two-time Olympic Champion in Moscow-1980, a real king of African track and field, died Thursday, at the age of 72, his familiy annouced. Three Migrants Injured in France During Police Chase Paris, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Three migrants were injured in France, one of them seriously, when they jumped from a truck that was being chased by the police, local press reports. Oil Prices Tumble As Dollar Goes Up London, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The strengthening of the dollar hurt today oil prices as the rise makes commodities traded in that currency more expensive. Italy Confirms Death in Milan of Berlin Truck Attack Terrorist Rome, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The Italian Interior Minister, Marco Minitti confirmed that Anis Amri, the Tunisian citizen wanted for the terrorist truck attack in Berlin was shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with police in Milan. Angola to Announce End of Yellow Fever Epidemic Today Luanda, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The Angolan government will today announce the end of the yellow fever epidemic in the country, which had put the health system on a state of high alert and threatened to become a global problem when it spread to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Libyan Airliner Is Hijacked and Diverted to Malta Rome, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat,confirmed today the arrival of a plane with 82 men, 28 women and one infant for a total of 111 on board. Russia Fulfilled Its Mission in Syria with Blows to Terrorism Moscow, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Armed Forces fulfilled their mission in Syrian, giving harsh blows to terrorism, Defense Minister Serguei Shoigu stated today in an extended Military Council, with participation by President Vladimir Putin. Angolan TV Highlights Cuba's Role in Ending Apartheid Luanda, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Angola''s public television company TPA has highlighted the role of Cuba in the 1988 New York agreements that ended the South African apartheid regime. D. R. Congo: Government and Church Seek Solutions Kinshasa, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, remains silent after calls for him to step down. Japan Cuts Budget for 2020 Olympic Games Tokyo, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The organizing committee of the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games has announced today that the total cost of the event will be between 13 and 15 billion dollars. Lizt Alfonso Company to Perform in Central Cuban Province Ciego de Avila, Cuba Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The dancing company of Lizt Alfonso, Dance Cuba, will present its show Cuba Vibra! from today until Friday Dec 23rd at the Teatro Principal in Ciego de Avila During her stay in Ciego de Avila, about 430 kilometers east of Havana, Alfonso will give a didactic class to students on artistic education, to recall the summer workshops offered at the beginning of the last decade to children and young people. Oil Prices Rise 10 Percent This Month London, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices accumulate a 10 percent rise so far this month and are still progressing due to predictions of a drop in crude oil inventories in the United States. Angola: 80 Percent of Collected Weapons Were Delivered Voluntarily Luanda, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The Deputy Director of Interior Order of the Angolan National Police, Francisco Cardoso, today assured that almost 104,000 weapons were collected, and that the 80 percent were voluntarily delivered by the population. Extremists Hinder Again Evacuation in Aleppo, Syria Damascus, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Disagreements and clashes between terrorist groups have again put an end to the evacuation process of the eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, military sources reported. Ospaaal Decorates Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika Havana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL), decorated today the President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for his revolutionary trajectory, political integrity and his contribution to peace. Cuba Rewards its Best Athletes in 2016 Havana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The three-time Olympian Greco-Roman wrestler Mijaín López and world judo and sub-judo champion Idalis Ortiz will receive their prize today for the best Cuban athletes in 2016. Erdogan: Assassination of Russian Ambassador is a Provocation Ankara, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, his condolences for the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Arrest Made for Shots Fired at US Embassy in Turkey Ankara, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Turkish police have arrested today a man who is suspected of firing several times at the US embassy in the capital just a few hours after the Russian ambassador was killed. Terror, Syria Issue Bring Together, Russia, Turkey and Iran in Moscow Moscow, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) A few hours after the shocking assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran are meeting here to discuss the fight against terrorism and the Syrian conflict. UN General Assembly Honors Fidel Castro United Nations, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations General Assembly has paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who died on November 25th. Russia Taking Attack on its Ambassador to U.N. Security Council Moscow, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Russia will take to the U.N. Security Council the assassination of its Ambassador in Turkey, Andrei Karlov, that has received worldwide condemnation and President Vladimir Putin called it a provocation. New Gambian President Ready to Take Office Banjul, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Gambia''s president-elect Adama Barrow said he is ready to take office in January, despite salient president Yahya Jammeh said he rejects the electoral results. Killed Russian Ambassador to Turkey Ankara, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov died today after being shot by lone gunman during the opening of the major art exhibition hall Cagdas Sanatlar Merkezi in this capital. UN Requests Urgent Financial Help for 1.6 Million Palestinians Jerusalem, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations requested the international community for financial contribution, to help 1.6 million Palestinians in a situation of high vulnerability, something that will require at least 547 million dollars. UN Celebrates National Consensus Government Formed in Lebanon United Nations Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, celebrated today the formation in Lebanon of a national consensus government and urged its political leaders to advance to the nation''s unity. Syrian journalists denounce detention of reporter in Turkey Damascus, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The Federation of Syrian Journalists has denounced the arrest in Turkey of Husnu Mahali, a reporter and writer for the Syrian Arab News Agency, whose whereabouts is unknown. In a press hangout, the Federation holds the Turkish regime responsible for the Mahali''s professional and personal safety and calls on all Arab and international journalists'' organizations to denounce his arbitrary detention. Last Group of Extremists Leaves Aleppo, Syria Damascus, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) Military sources said today that 25 buses began the evacuation of the last extremists in the city of Aleppo in operations led by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Red Cross. UN Calls to Save Two-State Solution in Palestinian Issue United Nations, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Countries of the five continents urged at the UN Security Council today to save through concrete actions the two-state solution, one Palestinian and another one Israeli, living peacefully under internationally recognized borders. Turkey to Cooperate with Iran in Evacuating Aleppo Ankara, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Turkish prime minister, Binali Yildrim has talked by telephone today with the first deputy president of Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri to offer his help in search of a solution for the evacuation of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Oil Prices At 17-Month High London, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices rose today to near 17-month high on expectations of a reduction in global supply if producing nations abide by the OPEC agreement. Iran Reiterates Need to Stop Arms Supply to Syrian Opposition Tehran, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Iran reiterated today that the Syrian crisis will end when the West and Arab countries of the Persian Gulf stop supporting and supplying weapons to opponents whose setbacks in Aleppo have now triggered nervousness in their sponsors. UN Security Council Discusses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict United Nations, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The UN Security Council is celebrating today its monthly analysis of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in a scenario marked by the existence of two draft resolutions aimed at resolving the dispute. First Armed Terrorists Start Leaving Aleppo Aleppo, Syria, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The first groups of armed terrorists started leaving Ramuseh, Aleppo, today morning, after the last negotiations come to fruition. Qatari Prime Minister Advocates New Impulse to Links with Cuba Doha, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has advocated giving new impulse to links with Cuba. Lebanon, US Talk About Terrorism, Refugees and Aleppo Beirut, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) US Undersecretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, Anne Patterson analyzed today the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon at times of systematic terrorist activity and worsening of the situation in Aleppo. China Offers Guarantees to Support the Economic Development of Angola Luanda, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) President José Eduardo dos Santos received guarantees from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Xinping, that he will maintain support for the Angolan economic development process, the Angolan Public Television stressed today. Cuba Rejects Double Standards of Some Arms Producing Nations Geneva, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Rodolfo Benitez, head of the Cuban delegation to the Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons has released a statement, which says that Cuba rejects the double standard of some weapon-producing countries, who produce weapons that have devastating effects, but at the same time try to limit the purchase of less sophisticated weapons for self-defense purposes. Russia Announces Rescue of 100,000 Syrians in Aleppo Moscow, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria has announced the rescue of around 100,000 people, including 40,484 children, from eastern Aleppo, which is controlled by armed groups. Israel to Receive Its First Stealth Fighter-Bombers Tel Aviv, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Israeli air force will receive its first US-made F-35 Lighting II stealth fighters as part of a order of 50 aircraft. Three Angolan Candidates Run for Presidency of Electoral Arbitrator Luanda, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) Three candidates, including the outgoing president, are running for the presidency of the Electoral National Commission (CNE) of Angola, which will have next year''s elections as an immediate challenge. Syrian Army Occupies New Zones in Eastern Aleppo 11 de diciembre de 2016, 09:21Damascus, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) Units of the Syrian Army and the allied militias totally occupied the neighborhoods of Al Assila and Karm al Da on Sunday, so they are tightening the net around the terrorist groups, military sources confirmed. Russia Liberates Civilians in Syria Moscow, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 18,000 civilians were able to escape from areas under the control of armed groups in the eastern part of Aleppo, with the help of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria. Russia and Venezuela Condemn UN Resolution against Syria United Nations, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Venezuela criticized here a resolution passed to allegedly end the humanitarian conflict in Syria, while pointing out the lack of assessment and the double standards on the issue. IOM : Turkey Relocates More Than 20,000 Refugees in 2016 Ankara, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The Mission in Turkey of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has facilitated the relocation of more than 20 thousand refugees in 2016, according to data provided today. Russia Criticizes Arms Supplies From US to Terrorists in Syria Moscow, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Russia has criticized the lifting of the ban on the supply of weapons to extremist formations in Syria by the United States. South Africa to Benefit Greatly with Cuban Technicians, Minister Says Pretoria, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) South African Public Works Minister, Thulas Nxesi, has said that his country will benefit greatly from the program of the Cuban Technical Advisers. Red Cross Asks Tel Aviv to Lift the Blockade Strip of Gaza, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Mamadou Sow, delegate of the International Red Cross in the Strip of Gaza, asked the authorities of Tel Aviv Thursday to lift all the restrictions imposed since 2007 to the Palestinian population in this enclave. Russia Exhibits Cuban Pharmaceutical Products Moscow, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban medicine displayed its best progress and competitive qualities during a special exhibition in the framework of Health Week in Russia, an event held at the Expocenter exhibition center. Russia to Reinforce Security in Its Military Bases in Syria Moscow, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Russia will reinforce security in its military facilities in Syria by sending two special battalions, East and West, local media reported on Thursday. Thousands of People Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro in Namibia Pretoria, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of people have gathered in Windhoek for a solemn evening of remembrance for Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, led by Namibian President, Hage Geingob. Syrian Troops Advance in Aleppo, Says Russia Moscow, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Syrian rival parties said today that 47 communities in the eastern area of Aleppo have been recovered. Geingob: Cuba and Fidel Defended Namibia When No One Did It Windhoek, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Namibia''s President, Hage Geingob, stated that Cuba and Fidel Castro are very dear in the country because they defended the people and ''educated other 3,000 when no one else was willing to support us.'' Iraqi Forces Go on in Southwest of City of Mosul Baghdad, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) The Iraqi governmental military forces are making progress in their offensive towards the center of the city of Mosul, after they crossed one of the bridges over the Tigris River, in the southwest of Mosul, despite they found a great resistance by the members of the Islamic State (DAESH in Arabic). Lebanese Municipality Pays Tribute to Fidel Castro By Ulises Canales Nabatieh, Lebanon, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) A mural with an image of Fidel Castro and a greeting to Cuba has until today dominated the central square of Nabatieh, a Lebanese municipality. UN Warns on Complex Global Humanitarian Situation United Nations, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Wars, political unstability and the actions by terrorist groups incerase human suffering to unprecedented levels in the last 7 decades, United Nations stated Monday. UN Unable to Access Occupied Eastern Areas in Syrian Aleppo United Nations, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) The United nations (UN) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent continue unable to access, with humanitarian aid, the eastern areas in Aleppo, which continue occupied by armed groups, a spokesperson said here today. Zuma: Mandela raised South Africa Over Apartheid's Ashes Pretoria, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) President Jacob Zuma said today that Nelson Mandela, the first president of a free and democratic South Africa, laid the foundations for raising a young nation over the ashes of apartheid. Russia Denounces Attacks Against its Doctors in Syria Moscow, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Russia has denounced the West''s indirect participation in an attack against its doctors in the eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which left one dead and two wounded. Syrian Army Retakes New Areas in Aleppo Damascus, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army retook control of the Aleppo international airport today, consolidating its positions in the Taril al Bab and Al Helwaniyah neighborhoods, military sources informed. Angolan Youth Decorates Fidel Castro Luanda, Dec 2nd (Prensa Latina) The National Youth Committee of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (JMPLA) have posthumously decorated the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, whose ashes will arrive in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba tomorrow. Lebanese Army Chief Labels Fidel Castro a World Symbol Beirut, Dec 1st (Prensa Latina) Lebanese army commander, General Jean Kahwagi asserted today that Fidel Castro was a great leader and a symbol of contemporary history, while Druze politician, Walid Jumblatt, praised his solidarity with the Arab people. Namibia Declares Three Days of Mourning After Fidel Castro's Death Windhoek, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) The Namibian government has declared three days of mourning, as of today, for the death of Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. OPEC Accepts Reduction of Oil Production Vienna, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed to cut daily crude production by 1.2 million barrels, as President Mohammed Al-Sada reported. Qatar Gives Tribute to Fidel Castro Doha, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Qatari news media highlighted the speech pronounced by senior Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, father of the Head of State of Qatar, in a tribute to Cuban Revolution historical leader Fidel Castro after his death in Havana. Jacob Zuma: Fidel Castro Has Fought a Huge Battle Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) South African President Jacob Zuma stated during the cultural-political ceremony in a posthumous tribute to the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, that his death is a painful loss for all Africans. Al-Mayadeen Channel Broadcasts Mourning for Fidel Castro's Death Beirut, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The death of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, continues to grab media, radio and TV broadcasters in the Middle East today. Zimbabwe's President Thanks Fidel Castro for His Contributions Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has thanked the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, for the contributions he made to his country and the African people. Fidel Castro Is Unforgettable to Angola, Says Vice President Luanda, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente asserted today that the recently deceased historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro was unforgettable to Angola, because he helped maintain independence and territorial integrity. Fidel Castro Unites Palestinians and Lebanese of Different Factions Lebanon, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Palestinians and Lebanese who graduated from Cuban universities have demonstrate their gratitude to the Revolution and its historic leader, Fidel Castro, whom they described as inspiring and a defender of Arab causes. Palestinian President Expresses Condolences over Fidel's Death 0Ramallah, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmud Abbas, on Saturday expressed ''his deepest condolences'' over the death of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Iranian Foreign Minister Offers Condolences for Death of Fidel Castro Tehran, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) The office of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conveyed its condolences to Cuban Ambassador in Tehran Vladimir Gonzalez for the death of the historic leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro. Fidel, Father of Cuban Revolution, Algerian Newspaper Says Algiers, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) El Moudjahid, the main Algerian newspaper, has described today Fidel Castro as the father of the Cuban Revolution. Syrian Media Highlight Fidel's Transcendence Damascus, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Syrian media and major figures have highlighted the transcendence of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who died on Friday at the age of 90. Cuban Minister Confirms that Cuban Doctors are Appreciated in Qatar Doha, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez said today that he confirmed that the Cuban doctors are appreciated in Qatar during a meeting with more than 460 health professionals serving in Dukhan. Cold Weather Kills 20 Refugges in North Afghanistan Kabul, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Cold weather and freezing temperatures that engulfed a remote northern province in Afghanistan this week killed at least 20 people, all of them internally displaced including several children, Afghan officials said today. Vietnamese President Concludes Tour in Madagascar Hanoi, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam''s President, Tran Dai Quang, will attend as of tomorrow the 16th Summit of French Speaking Countries in Madagascar, according to today''s press reports. Angola Dismantles Network of False National Bank Officials Luanda, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The National Bank of Angola (NBA) announced today that it has dismantled a network of criminals who posed as officials of the financial institution and were extorting citizens and companies. Hungary Approves Free Visas for Ukrainians Budapest, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The Hungarian government today approved a resolution granting Ukrainian citizens free long-term visas that will be valid in Hungary but not in the rest of the European Union. The Sahara Desert Was Turned to Humid, says Study Washington, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) As recently as 5,000 years ago, the Sahara â€'' today a vast desert in northern Africa, spanning more than 3.5 million square miles â€'' was a verdant landscape, with sprawling vegetation and numerous lakes. Angola Reaffirms Commitment to Peace and Stability in CAR Luanda, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoty reaffirmed that Angola will continue to support the process of consolidation of peace and stability taking place in the Central African Republic (CAR). Forum in Chad on Vertical HIV Transmission in Africa Luanda, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Some 100 specialists and health professionals of 21 countries of West and Central Africa will meet as of today in N''Djamena, Chad to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV, informed Angolan Public Television (TPA). Possible Targets of Terrorist Attacks in France Revealed Paris, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The group of terrorist suspects dismantled in France recently planned to attack various public sites in and around the capital city, including police and judicial offices, according to the investigation results published today by the media. Russia Urges Assurances for Syrians as Condition for Ceasefire Moscow, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Ministry of Defense said today that assurance of real aid for civilians in the eastern region of the Syrian city of Aleppo is necessary as a condition for a new pause in the fighting for humanitarian purposes. Norway Court Approves Extraditing Cleric Mullah Krekar to Italy Oslo, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Norwegian judges confirmed on Friday that all conditions had been met to extradite Krekar to Italy, where he would face terror-related charges. Africa-Arab Countries Summit in Session in Ecuatorial Guinea Malabo, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The VIIV Africa-Arab Countries Summit begins today at the Conference Hall of the city of Sipopo with a welcome address by Equatorial Guinea''s President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, to 66 leaders from the two regions. Qatar's Emir Reiterates Willingness to Expand Cooperation with Cuba Doha, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Qatari Emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, has reaffirmed today the willingness to strengthen and expand cooperation relations with Cuba, after welcoming here Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. More than 6 million people Live with HIV in S.A. Pretoria, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) About 6.75 million people are now living with HIV in South Africa and from those who have undergone a viral load, more than 80 percent are suppressed. Cuban Vice-President Meets UAE Minister of Economy Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Council of Ministers'' Vice President, Ricardo Cabrisas, met with the Economy Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, who is visiting the country with a large business delegation. Life Sentence for Former Egyptian President Morsi Overturned Cairo, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Egypt''s appeals court annulled a life sentence imposed on ex-president Mohamed Morsi and 18 others accused of a suspected espionage case in favor of the Palestinian movement Hamas and Iran''s Revolutionary Guard. Syria Denounces Turkish Attack on Civilians North of Aleppo Damascus, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Turkish planes bombed the village of Al Shiej Nasser, north of the Syrian province of Aleppo, killing seven people and injuring 10 others, military sources reported in Damascus. United Arab Emirates and Cuba Strengthen Trade Ties Havana, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Cuba have strengthened today their economic relations with a business forum at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, to discuss opportunities and new ties. UN Urges Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa United Nations, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Africa Industrialization Day economic growth that will enable all people on the continent to realize their potential. South Sudan Rejects Sanctions Planned by the US Juba, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) The authorities of South Sudan rejected Saturday the snactions against several South Sudanese political chiefs, and the embargo that the United States want to propose to the United Nations Security Council. Humanism in Work of Cuban Hisotrian Eusebio Leal Highlighted Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The huge work of Eusebio Leal in order to investigate and restore all possible things about the Cuban capital, Havana, is centered on human beings, assured here Adolfo Rubio, president of the Mexican Congress for World Patrimony Friday. FIFA Gianni Infantino Suggests 32 Team Club World Cup in 2019 Barn, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) FIFA President Gianni Infantino says the Club World Cup could expand to a 32-team tournament played in June. Cuba Reduces Water Losses with Support from Arab Countries Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has implemented nine projects to reduce water losses with the financial support of Arab nations, amounting to $221 million USD, a sector source said today. Unesco Immaterial Heritage Committee to Meet in Ethiopia París, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The Intergovernment Committee for the Safeguard of the Immaterial Heritage will hold in Ethiopia its annual meeting in Ethiopia from November 28 to December 2, informed Unesco. Russia Denounces Delicate Situation in Mosul, Iraq Moscow, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia said today that the situation in Mosul is delicate a month after the beginning of operations by Iraqi troops, supported by the air forces of the United States led coalition. One in 5 Children Displaced in Central African Republic, Says UNICEF United Nations,Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Nearly one in five children in the Central African Republic remain displaced or is a refugee following the violence that has killed thousands of people, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) said today. Climate Change Summit, a Questioned Reality Marrakech, Morocco, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Summit on Climate Change (COP22) is a reality with participation of more than 60 heads of State and Government and the general will to boost the Paris Agreement, but with many questions. UN Body Warns of Growing Food Shortage in Syria Rome, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) About 9.4 million Syrians need help in the face of a reduction in food production caused by war and unfavorable weather conditions, warned the United Nations agencies: FAO and WFP. Germany Opposes Interference in Turkey's Accession to the EU Ankara, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) European governments should not intervene in the debate on the advisability of ending the accession negotiations with Turkey, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declared today in Ankara. Ban Ki-moon Calls on Trump to Recognize Climate Change Urgency The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he hopes that Donald Trump understands the urgency and severity of climate change and the fight against it. Russia started attacks on terrorists in Aleppo, Syria Damascus, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich, from the naval group led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, started an attack with Kalibr missiles against terrorist positions in Aleppo, Syria, as confirmed on Tuesday by military sources. 53rd Edition of the Prensa Latina Sports Poll Starts Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The 53rd edition of the sports poll of Cuban news agency Prensa Latina Starts Monday, to at the end, award the perfor5mances by the best athletes of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016. Syria Condemns Toxic Gas Terrorist Attack in Aleppo Damascus, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army General Command today condemned terrorist groups who attacked areas of Naryab, in Aleppo with toxic gases, injuring dozens. Syria: 24-hour Deadline for Terrorists to Surrender in Aleppo Damascus, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army sent text messages and launched flyers on the eastern districts of Aleppo, offering terrorists 24 hours to surrender or leave the village. Women Do Have Better Memories Than Men, Says Study Washington, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Women have better memories than men. In a study published in the journal Menopause, women aged 45-55 years performed better in all memory measures, despite experiencing a decline around the menopause. Russia is Ready to Extend Humanitarian Pause in Aleppo Moscow, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Defense Ministry (MinDef) announced today its willingness to extend a humanitarian pause in the Syrian city of Aleppo, if the UN supplies food and evacuates wounded and sick from the city''s eastern part. Iraqi Elite Forces Resume Offensive and Enter Mosul Baghdad, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi Counter-Terrorist Service (CTS) troops resumed today the military operations in Mosul and entered several neighborhoods in that city, supported by the international air forces , while terrorist executed dozens of civilians. Russia Confirms Use of Chemicals by Terrorists in Syria Moscow, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Ministry of Defense (MinDef) has confirmed the use of chemical substances by terrorist groups in the Syrian city of Aleppo, after conducting laboratory tests on launched projectiles. Russia Denounces Catastrophic Humanitarian Situation in Mosul, Iraq Moscow, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Russia denounced the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Iraqi city of Mosul, described by UN agencies as more serious than the one in the Syrian city of Aleppo, said today the Foreign Ministry. Russia Against Humanitarian Pause to Arm Terrorists in Syria Moscow, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Defense Minister rejected the idea to prolong with humanitarian pauses in the Syrian city of Alepo to allow the rearm of terrorists, instead of using the pauses, to supply help for the civilians. Trump Win Raises Fears for the Future of US/Africa Trade Pretoria, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The victory of Republican Donald Trump in Tuesday''s US elections throws the United States today on a new and uncertain path, warn some observers here who are fearful of the future of trade relations with Africa. Iran Reacts Positively to IAEA Report on Nuclear Pact Tehran, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Iran has welcomed a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear activities, and has reaffirmed its commitment to the agreement signed last year. Lavrov Denounces Double Standards of the West in Syrian Conflict Moscow, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced the double standards of the West when facing actions by terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. WHO Worried about Consequences of the Battle for Mosul United Nations, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed its concern about the impact on the population of the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul. UN Recognizes Progress in Liberation of Mosul From the Islamic State United Nations, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) The UN Special Representative for Iraq Jan Kubis today congratulated the authorities in Iraq for their progress in the offensive to free Mosul from the Islamic State (IS). Terrorist Attacks Cause 9 Dead and 30 Injured in Syria Damascus, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Media reports today that nine people were killed and 30 wounded in a terrorist attacks in Aleppo, a village in Idleb, in the Harasta suburb of the Syrian capital. Russian Naval Group Ready to take action in Syria Damascus, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Press reports in the Syrian capital have stressed that the Russian naval battle group, headed by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, is ready to take action against the terrorists in Aleppo. Syria: The Drama of a Six-Year Imposed War By Pedro García Hernández Damascus, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Syria is about to enter the sixth year of a war imposed from abroad andwhich encourages terrorists to destroy a nation that resists the drama of seeing vanish what has been built for centuries. Iran Foreign Minister Calls for Stopping Bloodshed in Syria and Yemen Beirut, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Iran''s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called here today for stopping the bloodshed in Syria and Yemen, while saying that these conflicts have only political solutions and reiterated his country''s support for Lebanon. Iran Signs Gas Deal with French Total Worth 4.8 Billion USD Tehran, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The Iranian National Oil Company (INOC) has signed an agreement with the French Transnational Totalto to develop the first phase of the Pars Sur natural gas deposit at a cost of 4.8 billion dollars, it was announced today. Southern Countries Demand Security Council Reform at UN United Nations, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Saint Lucia defended today on behalf of more than 40 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia for an immediate reform of the United nations (UN) Security Council, to adjust it to the current international situation. Gebrselassie, New President of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation Addis Ababa, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The legendary Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie was elected to a four-year term as president of the Athletics Federation of his country, reported the national media today. Climate Change Conference, COP22, Starts in Morocco Marrakesh, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP22, has begun today in Morocco focused on concrete action included in the Paris Agreement. Humanitarian Aid Reaches Several Syrian Provinces Damascus, Nov 6 (Prensa Latina) Distribution of humanitarian aid in regions of the Syrian provinces Deir ez-Zor, Homs, al-Suwayda, Tartus and Aleppo continued in recent hours, according to information circulated today in this capital. Iraq: Eighteen People Die becauase of Bomb Attacks Baghdad, Nov 6 (Prensa Latina) At least 18 persons died and more than 30 were wounded today due to bomb attacks in Tikrit and Samarra, two cities north of this capital, reported Iraqi security sources. Russia Defends Need to Make Humanitarian Pauses in Syria Moscow, Nov 6 (Prensa L) Russia defended today the need to realize humanitarian breaks in the Syrian city of Alepo, on having answered to comments of the US Department of State, on the supposed uselessness of this practice. Memorandum Signed with Cuba Highlighted in Syria Damascus, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian media highlights today the signing of a memorandum of understanding to strengthen economic and trade relations with Cuba. New Evacuation of Migrant Camp in Paris Begins Paris, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) French authorities have begun dismantling a migrant camp in the vicinity of the metro station of Stalingrad, in Paris, where more than 2500 migrants are concentrated. Iraqi Troops Advance in Mosul, Islamic State Leader Asks to Resist Baghdad, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Shiite Units of the People''s Mobilization (MP) cut today the route between Mosul ans the Syrian city of Raqqa, while the Islamic State Leader (IS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged to resist until the end. Elephant Poaching Affects Africa's Economy Luanda, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Elephant poaching impacts the economies of African countries, losing them 25 million dollars in annual tourism revenue, according to results of a new scientific study, cited in Luanda today. Hariri: Named New Prime Minister Beirut, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday named Saad Hariri as new prime minister. New Terrorist Attacks in Aleppo, Syria, Despite Truce Damascus, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Terrorist groups in Aleppo today continue their attacks in the western part of the city and caused wounds to eight people, including two children, despite another truce decreed a few hours ago, military sources indicated. Russia Denounces Attacks of Western Coalition Against Iraqi Civilians Moscow, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) The Russian military command denounced on Thursday the massive bombings carried out by the United States-led international coalition against residential areas outside the Iraqi city of Mosul and in the Nainav province. Bashar Al-Assad: United States Makes Truces Fail Damascus, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) The United States and the West are totally responsible for the failure of the truce in Aleppo, said the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in an interview with the Serbian newspaper Politika. Greece to Transfer 2,000 Refugees to Crete Athens, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The Greek Migration Minister, Yannis Muzalas, said today that at the beginning of 2017, Greece will transfer about two thousand refugees heading for the island of Crete, in order to avoid the overflow of other camps. Shoigu: NATO Forcing Russia to Take Reciprocal Defensive Measures Minsk, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The US and NATO are building up their offensive capabilities on the Western borders of Russia and its ally Belarus, prompting Moscow to take reciprocal measures, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. Russia Announces New Ceasefire in Aleppo Moscow, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Ministry of Defense announced a new 48-hour ceasefire to lend humanitarian aid in the Syrian city of Aleppo, while terrorist groups continue their aggression against the civilian population. Al-Assad: Syria Will Defeat Terrorism Damascus, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army will get rid Syria of terrorists, said President Bashar al-Assad, who denounced the support from the United States to these groups, according to the national media. Cuba Starts International Convention on Science and Technology Havana, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) With the opening ceremony of the 1st International Congress, CIDERS 2016, begins today the working sessions of the First International Convention on Science, Technology and Innovation, at the Conference Center in Havana. Western Sanctions Aggravate Suffering of Syrians Havana, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Western sanctions imposed to the Syrian society have aggravated the suffering of the people, amid a war worsened from abroad, Deputy Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Samer Al Khalil, said here today. Syria: Terrorists Attack UN Headquarters in Aleppo Damascus, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Today terrorists attacked the headquarters of the United Nations and the newspaper reporters in the building that occupies the Shebaa hotel in the city of Aleppo, military sources confirmed. Russian Naval Group Arrives in Mediterranean Sea Moscow, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu announced on Tuesday the arrival in the Mediterranean Sea of a Russian naval group led by the battlecruiser Peter the Great, and denounced abuses committed by armed groups in Syria. Sudan, Kenya Sign Deal on Oil and Mining Jartum, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) Sudan and Kenya on Sunday evening held bilateral talks and signed a number of agreements to strengthen the two country''s cooperation in oil and mining sector. Cuba Holds First International Convention on Science and Technology Havana, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The First International Convention on Science and Technology has begun today here with more than 1,000 delegates from several countries and a comprehensive scientific program that includes 10 events, with 750 papers and an exhibition fair. Zimbabwe's Water Reservoirs in a Critical Situation Harare, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina ) The reservoir levels in Zimbabwe are today at minimum historic levels after the severe drought that hit the country, the worst in 25 years. South Africa: 831 People Arrested for Violence in University Protests Pretoria, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) Charges including violence, intimidation and malicious damage to property are pressed today against at least 831 people arrested by the South African police during the wave of protests in universities. Angola to Attend Summit of Portuguese Speaking Countries Luanda, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) A delegation from Angola will participate in the 21st ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPSC), scheduled to begin on Monday in Brasilia, local media reported, quoting diplomatic sources. UN Condemns Attack on Russian Embassy in Syria Moscow, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Security Council condemned a mortar attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus from zones controlled by the Syrian armed opposition, local television reported on Saturday. Saudi Kingdom Offers to Fight Terrorists in Raqqa Riyadh, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia is ready to fight the terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa, said a military spokesman, in what was interpreted as a response to the meeting in Moscow on the Syrian crisis. Lavrov Calls UN to Reject 'Hysteria of Lies' Against Russia Moscow, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the UN to reject the hysteria of lies unleashed against his country as a result of the counter-terrorist operation in Syria, especially in the cities of Aleppo and Idlib. Foreign Ministers of Russia, Syria and Iran Discuss Ending Conflict Moscow, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The foreign ministers of Russia, Syria and Iran are in discussion on the political-military and humanitarian situation in Syria, in particular with regards to the city of Aleppo. The deputy head of government and foreign minister of Syria, Valid Muallem, is conducting a visit to Moscow, which has coincided with the arrival of his Iranian counterpart, Zarif Chabad. UN Condemns Lethal Attack against school in Syrian Idlib Province United Nations, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the recently reported attack against a school in the town of Haas, in the Syrian province of Idlib, causing the death of almost 30 civilians, mostly children. France: Dismantling of Migrant Camp in Calais Is Almost Over Paris, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) Some groups of migrants are wandering today on the grounds of the irregular camp in the French city of Calais, while the works to dismantle the improvised facility definitely using heavy machinery are almost over. More Than 500 Children Abducted After Attack on Sudanese City Khartoum, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) South Sudanese rebel commands have attacked a village in Sudan near the border with South Sudan and kidnapped around 500 children there, official sources report today. Argentina's Position on Palestine Issue is Considered Cowardice Buenos Aires, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) Argentina prominent writer and intellectual Stella Calloni said today that his country''s decision to abstain from voting in favor of Palestine at the Unesco is an act of cowardice. Iran Stresses Importance of Tripartite Meeting with Russia and Syria Tehran, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) The meeting to be held by the Foreign Ministers of Iran, Russia and Syria in Moscow is ''very important'', and is an initiative of the ''Axis of Resistance against anti-Syrian terrorism'', according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Saudi King Affirms his Country Lives a Historic Transformation Riyadh, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The assertion of Saudi King lman bin Abdulaziz that his country lives a ''historic transformation'' with the Vision 2030 reinforced today the perception that the country exhibits a strong position at financial and liquidity levels. USA to Abstain in UN Resolution Of Blockade on Cuba United Nations, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The United States will abstain today in its vote of the draft resolution presented by Cuba on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade on the island, American ambassador at UN, Samantha Power, announced today. Namibia Implements Measures to Face Water Crisis Windhoek, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Namibia began implementing the first phase of a three-phase project to address the water crisis currently affecting the center of the country. Kenya Terror Attack Leaves 12 Dead Nairobi,Oct 25 (Prensa Latina)Twelve people have been killed in an overnight attack at Bishaaro Hotel in Mandera Town, northeast Kenya, by suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen, police confirmed today. Iran Demands Respect for Iraqi Sovereignty Tehran, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Iran has repeated its call to respect Iraq''s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and criticized Turkey''s military presence there against Baghdad''s will under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Syria and Lebanon Assess Strengthening of Relations Damascus, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Prime Minister, Imad Khamis and the Lebanese Industry Minister, Hussein Hajj Hassan, have discussed ways to develop and promote economic and trade relations, according to reports from Damascus. Iraqi Forces Sweep Down 770 Terrorists in Mosul Baghdad, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Around 770 terrorists members of the Islamic State (ISIS) died, and another 23 were arrested, since the start of the operations to reconquer the city of Mosul by the Iraqi governmental forces. Terrorist Attacks in Cameroon Kill Three People and Wound Six Yaounde, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Two terrorist suicidal bomb attacks today in the north of Cameroon caused the death of three people and wounds to six, the Government reported today. Angola, Most Important Supplier of Crude Oil to China in September Luanda, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Angola appears today as the most important supplier of crude oil to China in September, recording 46 percent, compared to the same period in the previous year, displacing Saudi Arabia and Russia, which were its traditional suppliers. CO2 Levels in Atmosphere Increase Again in 2016 Washington, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere rose again this year and are expected to remain above the limit of 440 parts per million (ppm) throughout 2016. France: Dismantling of Migrant Camp in Calais Begins Paris, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The dismantling of the migrant camp in the French city of Calais started today with a major operation, involving 1,250 policemen, according to information released by the prefecture of the department. Terrorists Sabotage Evacuation of Civilians in Aleppo, Syria Damascus, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Terrorist groups continue sabotaging humanitarian corridors and the truce decreed for the departure of civilians from the eastern neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria, said today military sources today. Iraq Continues Offensive against EI, After Rejecting Turkish Aid Baghdad, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi troops today continued the armed operations against the Islamic State (EI) to release Mosul with air support from the international coalition, after the government rejected Turkey''s participation in the anti-terrorist crusade. Efforts of Angola to Reduce Poverty Recognized Luanda, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) Angola received a Mention of Honor from the United Nations, because of the improvements in the country, thasnks to the efforts of the government against hunger and poverty reduction. President of Syrian Parliament Condemns Turkish Interference Damascus, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Assembly of the People of Syria, Hadiya Abbas, denounced today that the Turkish government opened its mutual border with Syria to the mercenaries, and provided money and weapons to those terrorists from the beginning of the crisis. Russian-Egyptian Military Exercises Continue Until Late October Cairo, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) Military maneuvers between Russia and Egypt troops on the Mediterranean coast near the city of Alexandria, will take place until October 26th. Terrorist Group Accepts Deal to Leave Aleppo Damascus, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Elements of the terrorist group Ahrar al-Sham have accepted a deal allowing them to leave Eastern Aleppo in the coming hours, Syrian military forces confirmed today. Europol Detains 314 People in Crackdowns on Organized Crime Amsterdam, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The European Police Office (Europol) reported on Wednesday it has arrested 314 people and seized 2.4 tons of cocaine in an operation against organized crime. Syrian Armed Forces Denounce Plan for Terrorists´ Escape from Iraq Damascus, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian military reported an event promoted by the US and Saudi Arabia plan to facilitate the escape of terrorist groups from Iraq amid crackdown Mosul, according to media outlined today. Russia Announces Suspension of Air Raids Against Aleppo, in Syria 18 de octubre de 2016, 11:37 Moscow, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced today the suspension of combat operations by the Russian and Syrian air force in the city of Aleppo - a break which is intended to allow the supply of humanitarian aid to enter the city. France Confirms High-level Mosul Meeting Paris, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed today that a ministerial meeting will be held on Thursday 19th in Paris on the subject of the retake of Mosul. Turkey Bans Public Meetings and Demonstrations in the Capital Ankara, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Turkish authorities have banned public meetings and demonstrations in the capital until the end of November, as a result of the decreed state of emergency and the possibility of attacks by terrorist groups. Iraqi Forces Retake Villages to Facilitate Advance on Mosul Baghdad, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Kurdish troops and Iraq''s national army continue their offensive to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS) from the vicinity of the Christian villages of Qaraqosh and Bartalla, while surveillance has intensified in the capital against possible attacks. Ministers of Coalition vs. IS to Hold Meeting in Paris Paris, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Various defense ministers from the countries of the international coalition led by the United States against the terrorist Islamic State (IS) will hold a meeting on October 25 in this capital city, said today the French Government. Russia Asks London for the Location of Its Commandos in Syria Moscow, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia has requested that the United Kingdom provide the location of its commandos in Syria, in order to prevent armed incidents. Copppal Claims Definitive Solution to Saharan Situation Asuncion, Oct 15 (Prensa Latina) Copppal demanded here the UN Security Council the breaking of the deadlock in the negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco. The Main Problem in Syria Is Terrorism, Says President Damascus, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The main problem in Syria is terrorism and its supporters, if that gets a solution all that complicated image can be resolved, said President Bashar al Assad in an interview published in the country''s media. Russia Denounces New Attack Against its Embassy in Syria Moscow, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Foreign Ministry today denounced a new mortar attack against its embassy in Damascus, which lasted two hours. Syrian Ambassador Denounces US Support to Terrorists New Delhi, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Syrian ambassador in India, Riad Kamel Abbas, accused US today of supporting terrorism and denounced the Western powers for their interference in the internal affairs of various countries on behalf of democracy. Cuban Unionist Pays Tribute to Agostinho Neto in Angola Luanda, 11 Oct (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the Workers'' Central Union of Cuba (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, paid homage today to the first President of Angola, Agostinho Neto when visiting the memorial located in this capital. Africa Recognizes and Thanks Cuba for Cooperation Pretoria, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) Africa has showed a lot of gratitude and recognition for the collaboration Cuba has provided to this continent, Vice President of the Cuban Council of State, Salvador Valdes Mesa, said before continuing his regional trip. Syrian Army Rejects Terrorist Attacks in Two Southern Provinces Damascus, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army rejected two attempts of terrorist attacks in Daraa and Sweida, located nearly at a hundred kilometers from Damascus, according to military sources. Tensions in South African University Following Student Protests Pretoria, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The academic program at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa, resumed today amid tension and a heavy police presence as a result of the protests of the past two weeks. South African Universities Resume Classes after Protests Pretoria, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) Classes in some South African universities where violent students protests occurred could be resumed today although tension and insecurity continue in various campus. South Sudan Accepts Deployment of More Peacekeeping Forces Juba, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) The authorities of South Sudan accepted today, after weeks of negotiations and discussions, the resolution of the UN Security Council on the deployment of other 4,000 peacekeeping forces here. Iranian President to Visit Vietnam Next Week Hanoi, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will pay an official visit to Vietnam starting on Wednesday to further strengthen bilateral diplomatic relations, which were established in 1973, official sources said. Car Bomb Explodes in front of Restaurant in Somali Capital Mogadishu, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) A car bomb driven by a suicide attacker was detonated in front of a restaurant in this capital on Saturday, killing four people, the police and witnesses said. Cuban President Mets Prime Minister of Lesotho Havana, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz, received the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, who is on an official visit to Cuba. Angola to Host Summit to Examine Situation in Congo DR Luanda, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) As President of the International Conference on the Region of the Great Lakes (Cirgl), Angola will examine here in October the situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as it was announced in this capital. Israeli Former President Shimon Peres Died Tel Aviv, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Israeli former president Shimon Peres died today here at 93 years old after being admitted several days after a sudden deterioration in his health. Lesotho's Prime Minister Praises Relations with Cuba Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, said his visit to Cuba which started on September 25th aims to bring about new levels of cooperation with Cuba. Nigeria: Humanitarian Disaster underway, Says NGO Abuja, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Several areas of northeastern Nigeria suffer extreme poverty after being recovered by the army from the control of the terrorist group Boko Haram, said the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Violent Protests in South Africa Universities Continue Pretoria, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Violent student protests in South African universities continue today, amid calls to restore order and end the destruction of facilities. Warning about Protests in South African University Pretoria, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, warned about the attempts by some people to use the student protests to cause damage. Prime Minister of Lesotho Begins Visit to Cuba Havana, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, today began an official visit to Cuba, which will strengthen relations between the two nations. Angola President Asks for Africa's Right to Permanent Seat at UN SC United Nations, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina)Angolan Vice President, Manuel Vicente has demanded the right for Africa to have a permanent seat at the Security Council. ISIS 'Emir' Detained After Battles in Southern Lebanon Beirut, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Lebanese army today arrested a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), identified as Imad Yasseen, in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Hilweh, where intense and sporadic firefights have been taking place since last night. Five Million People Suffer from Hunger in Somalia Mogadishu, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Due to a drought, five million Somalis barely have enough to eat, a figure that represents 4 out of 10 people in the country, according to the United Nations. Largest World Deposit of Black Granite Found in Angola Luanda, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Angolan geologists discovered in the provinces of Huila and Cunene an area of 45 thousand square kilometers of black granite, the largest one covered by that natural Stone in the world, it was known today. Syria: Residents of Aleppo Leave Besieged Neighborhoods Damascus, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Fifty people, mostly women and children, have managed to escape eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, which are besieged by terrorist groups, it was reported today. Rebels Kill 20 People in Central African Republic Bangui, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The police in the Central African Republic reported on Sunday that 20 people were killed and several were injured in an attack by rebels in the central region of Kaga Bandoro. Somali Community near Kenyan Border Attacked Mogadishu, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The Somali anti-government organization Al Shabab killed seven soldiers in an attack on El Wak community, near the border with Kenya, said today sources from the armed group and also government officials. Saudi Arabia Praises Arab Support against U.S. Counter-Terrorism Act Riyadh, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Arabia praised today the solidarity of several Arab-Islamic countries and organizations after the U.S. Congress unanimously passed the legislation that allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Iran: Saudi Arabia Seeks to Wash Front Al-Nusra's Image Tehran, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Iran has said that by renaming the Front Al-Nusra, Saudi leaders intend to sell the ''fanaticism from the Dark Ages as a bright vision for the 21st century'', a way of making up their failed regional policies. Lavrov Demands Immediate Negotiated Solution to Syrian Crisis Moscow, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today demanded the immediate search for a negotiated solution to the Syrian crisis, killing more than 200 people dead in five years, according to UN data. Boko Haram: Two Nigerian Soldiers Killed as Army Fight Terror Group Abuja,Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) Two Nigerian soldiers have died in a battle between Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and Boko Haram fighters, six other soldiers were reportedly injured in the confrontation, according to 592 Syrian Communities Accepted the Offer of Ceasefire 10 de septiembre de 2016, 12:26Damascus, Sep 10 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian authorities confirmed that the number of localities covered by the ceasefire agreement reached today to 592 across the country, even though terrorist groups violated it in four times. 400 Additional U.S. Troops Deploy to Iraq Washington,Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of additional U.S. troops have flowed into Iraq during the past week as American and Iraqi forces there begin final preparations to launch an invasion of Mosul this fall,according to Military Times. Angolan Minister to Participate in Gulf of Guinea Commission's Forum 05 de septiembre de 2016, 00:15 Luanda, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Angolan foreign minister Georges Chikoty travels to Equatorial Guinea to participate today in the second extraordinary session of the Gulf of Guinea Commission''s Conference of Heads of State or Government. Syrian President Says Terrorism Knows No Borders Damascus, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) In order to eliminate terrorism, one needs not only fighting it on the ground, but also confronting the ideology underlying it, which knows no borders, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting with a visiting British delegation. Debate on Racism Opened following Incidents in South African School 31 de agosto de 2016, 10:22 Pretoria, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) The debate on racism underlying in South African schools was livened up here after the incidents of discrimination in a school for girls in this capital city, which today continues to attract the attention from many sectors. Many Dead in Shabaab Suicide Car Bomb at Somalia SYL Hotel 30 de agosto de 2016, 13:19 Mogadiscio,Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) At least 21 people were killed and 30 injured when jihadists exploded a suicide car bomb outside SYL hotel close to the presidential palace in Somalia''s capital Mogadishu today. Thousands of Refugee Children to Receive Education in Greece 30 de agosto de 2016, 00:15 Athens, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of refugee children in Greece will join the public education system from September, said today the local media. Iran Praised as Link Between Middle East and Latin America Tehran, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) ''Iran might be the link between the Middle East, Central Asia and Latin America'', said official sources praising Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif´s tour across the latter region. First Shipment of Cuban Vaccines Arrives in Syria Damascus, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) As part of a comprehensive agreement underway, a first two- ton shipment of Cuban pentavalent vaccines for the Syrian people, subjected to a strict trade blockade, arrived at the Damascus airport today. African Leaders Support World Fight against Terrorism Pretoria, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) More than thirty African leaders meeting today in Nairobi, Kenya, agreed on the need to join forces in the global fight against terrorism. Angolan Government Signs Cooperation Agreement with European Union Luanda, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) The Angolan government and the European Union (EU) signed here the financial convention of technical cooperation and of support to the so-called national code of the European Development Fund (EDF), it was known today. 476 Syrian Towns Have Signed Reconciliation Agreements 27 de agosto de 2016, 10:58 Damascus, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) The number of Syrian towns that have signed reconciliation agreements since February 27 has reached 476, according to the authorities and the Russian Centre for reconciliation at the Russian Khmeimim airbase. West Wants Rapid Approval of Libyan Government Team 26 de agosto de 2016, 09:56 Tripoli, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) The Government of National Accord (GNA) of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, said that five Western powers have urged him to bring before a cabinet before the Parliament for its rapid approval. Syrian Foreign Minister in Bagdad to Plan Antiterrorist Strategy 25 de agosto de 2016, 10:38 Bagdad, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Al-Moallem arrived in Iraq today to strengthen political coordination and the anti-terrorist fight. UNHCR Says 18,000 Refugees leaves Dadaab Camp for Somalia in 2016 24 de agosto de 2016, 13:14 Nairobi, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina)At least 24,000 refugees from the expansive Dadaab camp in northeastern Kenya have so far been assisted to voluntarily return to Somalia since a tripartite agreement was signed in 2014, a senior UN official has said. Angolan Party MPLA Announces Politic Bureau Composition 23 de agosto de 2016, 09:38 Luanda, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The ruling Angola''s Popular Liberation Movement (MPLA) will today announce the composition of its politic bureau and secretariat in keeping with the country''s statutes, after holding its Seventh Ordinary Congress last week. Iranian Foreign Minister Starts Official Visit to Cuba 21 de agosto de 2016, 09:06 Havana, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will arrive in Cuba on Sunday to pay an official visit, as part of a Latin American tour aimed at strengthening relations between his country and the region. Cuban Delegation invited to MPLA Congress Pays tribute to Neto Luanda, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban delegation invited to the VII ordinary Congress of the ruling MPLA, which closes its curtains today, paid tribute to the First president of Angola, Agostinho Neto, by visiting his memorial, in this capital. Dos Santos Re-elected as President of the Ruling MPLA in Angola Luanda, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The ruling Angola Popular Liberation Movement (MPLA), which today closes its VII Ordinary Congress, reelected Jose Eduardo dos Santos as president of the largest political organization of this nation. Strategy of MPLA Leader Defends Aspirations of Angolan People 19 de agosto de 2016, 11:27 Luanda, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The project called Motion of Strategy of the Leader was approved here today by the 7th Congress of the governing Popular Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA) defends a reform to carry out the aspirations of this African people. African Students Condemn Blockade Against Cuba 18 de agosto de 2016, 11:33 Havana, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) African students pursuing higher studies in Cuba have condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade applied by the United States against the island for more than 50 years and which continues today. Expectations in Lebanon for Egyptian Ideas for a Political Agreement 16 de agosto de 2016, 13:04 Beirut, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese political circles showed themselves in expectation today regarding the results of the official visit to this capital started by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, allegedly carrier of ''new ideas'' to unlock the political paralysis. Syrian Army Repels Attacks in Aleppo and Holds Positions 15 de agosto de 2016, 11:09Damascus, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army and allied forces, with support from their own aviation and Russia''s, repelled terrorist attacks in the south and west of the city of Aleppo, 350 kilometers north of Damascus, military sources said. Iranian Foreign Minister to Visit Bolivia on a Tour across Lat Am 10 de agosto de 2016, 00:10 La Paz, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamad Yavad Zarif will visit this month Bolivia, included in a tour across various Latin American countries that will start on coming August 21st. Edgar Lungu Could Continue as President of Zambia 09 de agosto de 2016, 11:40Lusaka, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) About 48 hours before the presidential election in Zambia, Edgar Lungu, one of nine candidates for the office and current president of the African nation, is emerging as the favorite to win in the August 11th elections. Idriss Deby Re-elected as Chad President 08 de agosto de 2016, 10:27N''Djamena, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Chad president, Idriss Deby, who has ruled the country since 1990, has again assumed the presidency today after been elected to his fifth term of office, gaining 61.56 percent of votes in April''s election. Angola Receives Funding to Fight AIDS and Malaria 05 de agosto de 2016, 11:47Luanda, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Angola will receive $60 million USD from the international institution The Global Fund to implement and strengthen programs for fighting HIV/AIDS and malaria in the country.