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Syrian rebels preventing evacuation of Aleppo: Lavrov
Moscow (AFP) - Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused Syrian rebels of preventing civilians from leaving areas of battle-scarred east Aleppo despite a humanitarian truce in Syria's second city.
In a phone call to his US counterpart John Kerry, Lavrov said the halt in fighting should give both civilians and rebels the opportunity to leave.
However he told Kerry that "the rebels are violating the ceasefire and preventing the evacuation of the population", the Russian foreign ministry quoted him as saying in a statement.
Kerry confirmed that he had spoken with Lavrov without mentioning any discussion on Syria.
The phone call, initiated by Washington, is the seventh this month and came at the end of a day when the "humanitarian pause" in rebel-held east Aleppo took effect following weeks of heavy bombardment by Russia.
So far hardly anyone in the rebel-held areas has used the corridors established for civilians and rebels to, separately, leave the city.
The duration of the truce remained unclear. The Russian side had said it would last 11 hours on Thursday but Moscow later announced a 24-hour prolongation.
The United nations said Moscow would hold the ceasefire until Saturday evening.
New chairman for VN Asset Management Company
The State Bank of Viet Nam on Tuesday announced the appointment of the new chairman of the Viet Nam Asset Management Company (VAMC). SBV Governor appointed Nguyen Tien Dong as new chairman of the Viet Nam Asset Management Company as of January 1, 2017. Under Decision 2539/QD-NHNN, SBV Governor appointed Nguyen Tien Dong as new chairman of the debt asset management company as of January 1, 2017. Dong will assume the position for five years. Prior to the appointment, Dong worked as… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Snippets from the US presidential campaign
Washington (AFP) - Liberal actress Susan Sarandon is apparently snubbing Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump makes a pitch for support with ads during the World Series finale. And a theater chain is turning red and blue on election night.Herewith some snippets from the US presidential campaign.- 'Not enough' -Hillary Clinton may be popular in Hollywood, but apparently not with Susan Sarandon.As scary as Donald Trump is, the liberal minded actress is quoted as saying, that's not reason enough to vote… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Syria to halt all military operations from midnight: army
Damascus (AFP) - Syria's army said Thursday it would halt all military operations from midnight after Russia announced rebels and the regime had signed a ceasefire agreement."The general command of the armed forces announces a complete halt to all hostilities on Syrian territory from the zero hour of December 30th," it said in a statement.It added that the halt excluded combat against the Islamic State group and the former Al-Qaeda affiliate previously known as Al-Nusra Front. chat_bubble_outline Read More...
U.S. Secret Service shoots gun-wielding man near White House
Members of the Secret Service Counter Assault Team (rear) unload their equipment from U.S. President Barack Obama's motorcade as a Uniformed Division officer closes the gate after arriving at the White House after a day of golf, in Washington, D.C., U.S.,May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Theiler A U.S. Secret Service agent shot a man who brandished a gun near the White House on Friday while President Barack Obama was out golfing, and the man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, officials… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
HCM City targets 8.7 percent growth in 2017
HCM City authorities have urged the city’s Department of Planning and Investment to propose solutions to achieve a Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of between 8.4 and 8.7 per cent this year. HCM City at night. The city has set ambitious growth targets for 2017. Su Ngoc Anh, director of the department, said the city had set ambitious targets this year, including establishing 50,000 new firms and having investment represent 35 per cent of GRDP. The city also plans to shift 25,000… chat_bubble_outline Read More...