Assad Army Bombings Displace Thousands in Aleppo Countryside

About six thousand families from the western countryside of Aleppo have been displaced, amid intense Russian and Syrian bombing of the area during the past three days, since the ceasefire collapsed within the de-escalation zone. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in a report, stated that the wave of displacement from the towns and villages of the west of Aleppo escalated against the backdrop of the intense bombing. The area is mainly exposed to Russian planes since the ceasefire collapsed in the region subject to Russian-Turkish misunderstandings.

Volkswagen Pushes Seven-Figure Sum to Integrate Refugees

Chief financial officer of the German automobile group Volkswagen, Frank Witter, called on the economic and labor circles not to be complacent in the process of integrating refugees. “We have a lot of people fleeing their homeland, and the integration process is long,” Witter, who is sponsoring refugee assistance projects in Volkswagen, said. “The situation today is calm. There are still a large number of people fleeing their countries all over the world, and it would be naive to think that this will not happen again.

Trump Lawyers Say Impeachment Process “Illegal”

Attorneys for US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the impeachment case opened against him by the Democratic opposition is a “brazen and unlawful” attempt to try to overturn the 2016 election and interfere in this year’s November elections. The president’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone issued the warning in a seven-page document to respond to the Senate notification that the trial of Trump’s impeachment process will begin on Tuesday.

Iranian Clubs to Boycott AFC Champions League

The main Iranian football clubs decided not to participate in the AFC Champions League for 2020, in response to an alleged ban on home matches in the country. The move is ostensibly related to the security atmosphere, and comes following the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner by missiles from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps that killed 176 people near the capital, Tehran, local media reported on Saturday.

Libyan Prime Minister Calls for Deployment of UN Peacekeepers

On the eve of the Libyan conference in Berlin, Libyan Prime Minister Faiz al-Saraj called for international support for the government. Meanwhile, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is seizing on Libya’s important oil ports to step up his pressure on the government. The Libyan Prime Minister has formally called on the United Nations to support the country’s official government by calling for peacekeepers.

Egypt Finalizes Renaissance Dam Agreement, Sets Conditions

Egypt has identified the basic points and conditions that must be included in the final agreement for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is to be reached in the Washington meetings on January 28 and 29. Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly chaired the Supreme Committee for the Nile Water Saturday, to review the results of the Washington meeting on the Renaissance Dam. He valued the constructive and positive role played by the administration of the US President, Donald Trump, in facilitating negotiations and converging views between the three countries.

Greece Urges Haftar to Take Constructive Stance at Berlin Conference

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said today that, after his meeting with the leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, Athens expects European countries to reject the two memoranda that Turkey signed with the Libyan Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al-Sarraj. Dendias added that Athens encouraged Haftar to “constructively act” at the Berlin conference on Sunday, which aims to try to end the fighting in Libya.

UN and European Union Calls to Stop Military Operations in Syria

On Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Idlib, saying that the latest ceasefire in Syria “failed again to protect civilians.” This came the day after 10 people, including 3 Turkish soldiers, were killed in an explosion that rocked Raqqa. “It is deeply distressing that civilians are still being killed on a daily basis in missile strikes from both the air and ground,” Bachelet said in a statement about the Russian-Turkish ceasefire, which was supposed to be implemented about a week ago in Idlib.

Aid Workers Held Hostage Released in Nigeria

Three aid workers and other civilians who had been held hostage by an armed group have been released, a United Nations official has said. They had been held hostage in northeast Nigeria since late December. The hostages were kidnapped on December 22 by fighters posing as soldiers who stopped a convoy of commercial vehicles travelling towards the city of Maiduguri, state capital of the northeast state of Borno.

Pakistan: Taliban Forces Ready to Reduce Violence in Afghanistan

According to the Pakistani foreign minister, Afghan Taliban insurgents are ready to reduce violence in Afghanistan. Shah Mehmood Qureshi called the Taliban’s acceptance of curtailment of violent operations a positive step toward peace in the region. The issue has not yet been formally endorsed by the Taliban, and the Pakistani foreign minister has not released further details.

Canadian Foreign Minister: The World Waits for Iran’s Proper Response

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne promised that Iran would be “pressured” to respond to the “exact cause” of the downing of the Ukrainian aircraft. “The world is waiting for the answer and will not calm down until the right answer is received,” he said in London today. Foreign ministers of five countries whose citizens were killed by two Iranian Revolutionary Guards missiles fired on Ukrainian planes met on Tuesday to pressure Tehran into conducting “full and transparent” investigations into the tragedy.

UN: Five Million Syrian Children Have Been Displaced

A new report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria shows that armed militant groups in Syria are abusing children on a wide scale. Approximately 1.5 million children have been displaced inside Syria, and 3.7 million have fled the country. The United Nations Commission announced in its new report Thursday that there have been several violations against Syrian children since last year. The Commission’s report referred to cases of children being used in suicide bombings, using child soldiers for war and raping them.

Rheinmetall – German Champion Facing Disruptions in the Defense World

Rheinmetall, a top-performer in arms exports

Post-war Germany isn’t the best place to manufacture and sell guns, let’s face it. Despite the difficult domestic market, Rheinmetall has succeeded in developing, through an aggressive and effective internationalization strategy.

GlobalNet analyst Otfried Nassauer writes: “For more than ten years, Rheinmetall AG has been pursuing a strategy of internationalization. Its argument is that, since Germany orders too little military equipment, and at the same time is very restrictive with arms-export licenses, the firm is forced to internationalize its business and produce increasingly abroad, and without making use of German intellectual-property rights that would give the German government the right of approval. Only in this way can Rheinmetall maintain its military competence and capacities, and utilize the production capacity.

Lebanon: Dozens Detained After Protesters Hit Banks

Dozens of Lebanese demonstrators were released by security forces after two nights of angry movements in Beirut. A number of them targeted banks, and were arrested, according to attorneys accompanying them to their files. The Lawyers Committee to defend the demonstrators, through its Facebook account, announced that “all detainees were released during the demonstrations in Hamra and Mazraa on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the exception of seven foreigners who will be referred to General Security.”

Putin Nominates Head of Tax Service to Succeed Medvedev

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed that the head of the Federal Tax Service, Mikhail Mishustin, should take over as Prime Minister on Wednesday. The Kremlin made the announcement after the sudden resignation of the Russian government’s top officials. In a statement issued by the President’s office, Putin submitted the nomination of Mishustin to the Duma, the Russian parliament, which must ratify the appointment.

Here Comes Czar Putin – Changes to Russian Constitution and Goodbye Democracy

On January 15, 2020 Vladimir Putin gave a key speech that is about to change Russia’s trajectory forever. It is clear Putin will follow the steps of Chinese President Xi to be pretty much a forever leader.

In the opening statement, Putin said that Russian constitution is constant and it does not need changing. Of course, there was an immediate round of applause. However, he then immediately said the constitution needs to be amended. Putin’s supporters immediately joined in the ovation and ecstasy. Such reaction reminds one of the old Soviet Era and the reactions to the Czar.

China and US Sign First Phase of Trade Agreement

US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the “first phase” of a trade agreement with China Wednesday at the White House. Trump described the signing of the agreement as “a momentous step . . . toward a future of fair and reciprocal trade with China.” The world’s two largest economies reached a partial trade agreement last December, a move that is expected to ease a long-running trade war that has hurt US farmers and created an obstacle to global growth.

Breakthrough Research: Sestrins Can Supplement Exercise and Deliver Results

A new study has been published claiming that Sestrins are evolutionarily conserved mediators of exercise benefits. It could be possible to enjoy the benefits of exercise without actually doing it. However, exercise is important for cardiovascular health and even from a psychological prospective.

A lot of times people get injured during exercise, or due to aging, many types of sports activities become not possible. The researchers from Michigan university believe it may be possible to achieve the benefits of exercise without doing so. Is it far fetched? No, according to the researchers, while studying sestrins. The Sestrins constitute a family of evolutionarily-conserved stress-inducible proteins that suppress oxidative stress and regulate adenosine monophosphate-dependent protein kinase (AMPK)-mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling.

Haftar Rejects Ceasefire, Perplexing Adversaries, Allies

In a new step, the Libyan National Army commander, Khalifa Haftar, decided to postpone the signing of a ceasefire agreement, leaving Russia and his delegation. Russia hosted international talks in cooperation with the Prime Minister of the Libyan government, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Turkish side. This opened speculation about the factors that may have prompted Haftar to take this position, despite allegations raised about the imminent signing of a binding ceasefire agreement in Libya once the negotiations in Moscow ended.

Elizabeth II Okays Harry & Meghan’s Decision to Leave Monarchy

Queen Elizabeth II gave her blessing to the decision of Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, to step aside from their duties as high representatives of the monarchy and to lead an independent life. That’s according to a statement issued on Monday, after a family reunion convened to solve the crisis caused after the couple announced that they wished to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

Twenty-One Ethiopian Students Released from Captivity

At least 21 Ethiopian students have been released from captivity after being abducted early December, the government has said. However, six others are still in captivity. These students are said to be from Amhara region. The Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, told the state television that thirteen female students and eight male students had “been released in a peaceful manner.”

World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi Attracts 800 Exhibitors

The 2020 session of the World Future Energy Summit opened today at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, amid wide participation of hundreds of exhibitors and the presence of tens of thousands from across the region and the world. Business leaders, experts, suppliers and buyers were there, seeking to conclude commercial deals and exchange knowledge and experiences on the latest innovations and technologies. It is the largest event in the field of sustainability and future energy in the Middle East and Africa.

Trump Open to Negotiations With Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday night that he was open to negotiating a new nuclear deal with Iran, but the first step depends on the Iranian regime. His only conditions, as he made clear, are “no nuclear weapons and don’t kill protesters.” Trump tweeted, “National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran ‘choked off,’ will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and ‘don’t kill your protesters.”

Merkel and Putin Call for Solution to Conflict in Libya

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, called for a solution to the crisis in Libya Saturday. After a meeting in Moscow, which also discussed the escalation of tensions in the Middle East, both leaders urged the parties to negotiate. Earlier this week, Russia and Turkey— which support opposing sides— called for a cease fire.

Chief Rabbi’s Comments Illustrate Secular, Religious Tensions in Israel

Israel is faced with external and internal tensions. External tensions are the confrontations with its neighbors— Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. America is assisting Israel in self-defense of its nation. Israel will not accept the presence of Iran in Syria. In the news on Friday, after a tense week between Iran and America, Israel again attacked storehouses of weapons located at the border of Syria and Iraq.

Emirates Space Launches “New Space” Innovation Program

The Emirates Space Agency announced its cooperation with Krypto Labs, the Abu Dhabi-based Global Innovation Center, to launch a “New Space” innovation program nationwide. The initiative aims to boost the growth of companies operating in the private space flight sector in line with the Agency’s efforts to accelerate the growth of emerging technology companies in the field of space science.

Sharjah Welcomes Companies and Brands to Steel Fab 2020

At least 300 companies and 700 brands from 35 countries will showcase advanced technology and participate in the 16th metal industry and steel exhibition, Steel Fab 2020, from January 13-16 at the Expo Centre Sharjah. The most recent innovations in the forefront in the steel industry, metal forming, surface preparation, finishing and cutting, welding tools and techniques, and machinery manufacturing reflect the importance of the exhibition. It is the most prominent trade event specialized in the field of steel industry at the level of the UAE and the region.

Iran Admits “Unintentionally” Shooting Down Ukrainian Plane

Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff admitted on Saturday that, by “human error,” a missile launched by its army shot down the Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 plane with 176 people aboard. In a statement, the Iranian government said the aircraft was wrongly identified as a “hostile aircraft,” and hit it at the time the enemy threat was “at the highest level.” Tehran has apologized for the incident.

Beijing Improving Legal Services, Fraud Protection, for Elderly

Beijing is launching the first comprehensive home-based elderly care service platform in the community, combined with elderly care stations. Elderly people can use WeChat mini-programs or, with the help of the station staff, can operate selected services. In 2019, contract disputes accounted for the highest proportion of elderly cases in Beijing, and inheritance disputes remain the core of family conflicts.

Alibaba Cloud Wins National Technology Invention Award

On the morning of January 10, the National Science and Technology Awards Conference was held in Beijing. Alibaba Cloud has won two national awards, the National Technology Invention Award and the National Science and Technology Progress Award. The award-winning technology is derived from a decade of technology and strategic investment, and has served hundreds of millions of people.

CES 2020: New Blueprints for Future Mobility

The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opened on the 7th in Las Vegas. The latest artificial intelligence and 5G technology are increasingly integrated with car companies, and many new products, and cutting-edge travel solutions, have appeared on the show. Many companies, including traditional car companies and well-known electronics manufacturers, have released eye-catching new products at this exhibition, depicting the increasingly intelligent, safe and clean industrial development direction.

LSU (-6.0) and Clemson Decide College Football Championship Monday

The 150th season of college football comes to its exciting conclusion Monday night in New Orleans.  In this battle between 14-0 teams of Tigers (who play their home games in Death Valley), #1 LSU (-6.0) takes on defending national champion, #3 Clemson in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship.  The winner will be crowned the sixth college football national champion of the Playoff era.  Monday’s game should see offensive fireworks, NFL-level talent, and plenty of renditions of Tiger Rag.

Chinese Housing Companies’ Overseas Financing Volume Increased by More Than 50% in 2019

Since January 2020, real estate companies have continued to issue intensive financing plans. On January 8, Longhu Group announced the issuance of a total of $650 million with a maximum interest rate of 3.85%. As of the 7th, eight companies including Country Garden, Longhu, and Hejing Taifu have successively released more than the $2 billion in financing plans.