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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday resigned to Queen Elizabeth II to launch the Conservative Party's official election campaign.

Johnson met the British queen at Buckingham Palace, where she was asked to allow parliament to be dissolved, and resigned as a necessary formality to run for the Dec. 12 election.

In a speech later Wednesday to officially launch the campaign outside Downing Street, Johnson warned voters of a "terrifying play" they would face if Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn wins the election.

Johnson pledged that the first measure he would work on if he wins the election would be to ratify the deal he reached with Brussels on "Brexit".

He said, "Join us, let's break the Brexit and push this country forward, or, this is the alternative for next year, spend all 2020 in a terrifying play for further swing and delay ... because this year Labor will hold two referendums, one in Scotland and another About Brexit. "

Source: Agencies

Tajikistan border guards have confirmed the elimination of 15 militants as a result of their forces' response to an attack on a border crossing with Uzbekistan.

The Information Office of the Border Guard Department of the Tajik National Security Committee, in an interview with the "Novosti" Russian on Wednesday, that 20 masked gunmen attacked the crossing last night, 60 km west of the capital Dushanbe, noting that a border guard soldier and a policeman were killed in an exchange Bullets with gunmen.

Border guards said his forces were able to cordon off the gunmen, eliminate 15 of them and capture the other five. A team of investigators is currently working at the scene.

For his part, a spokesman for the Uzbek border guards told the Russian agency that "Tashkent is aware of the incident and is still communicating with the Tajik colleagues about it."

It is noteworthy that the length of the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan exceeds 1.3 thousand kilometers, and has not demarcated about 20% of them so far since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Source: RIA Novosti

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 21:06

Amal Clooney comments on Lebanon protests

 

Amal Al-Din Clooney, a British lawyer of Lebanese origin, commented on the popular protests in Lebanon in an article she wrote for the Lebanese daily An-Nahar.

"What is happening today is of paramount importance," she said. "The Lebanese declare that they will no longer accept being a victim of manipulation and deception, and will not allow factional leaders to turn one group against another based on flimsy allegations."

"I watch with pride the Lebanese youth as they lead the initiative to build a better homeland, and women show their determination to push for change and work for it."

"The coming days will not be easy. I hope the forces of violence will not turn history in Lebanon. The Lebanese people deserve a better fate. I think we are living a beautiful moment in the throes of a beautiful country."

"Going back is not an option," she concluded.

Since October 17, Lebanon has been witnessing a wave of protests in all its regions, which paralyzed the country for more than 20 days, after which Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned his government.

Amal Alamuddin, the wife of American actor George Clooney, is known to be from a Lebanese family, from the Chouf in Mount Lebanon, who emigrated to Britain during the Lebanese civil war.

Source: An-Nahar Lebanese newspaper

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will continue to strengthen its defense capabilities, but is ready to do everything in its power to "advance the process of disarmament."

`` Our army and navy have proved their high readiness, and we intend to build our defense capabilities and put on alert the hyper-acoustic, laser and other modern weapons systems that other countries do not yet have, '' the Russian president said in a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors on their appointment to senior positions today.

"This statement does not mean threatening anyone. On the contrary, we are ready to do our utmost to advance the disarmament process," Putin said.

The Russian president pointed out that modern Russian weapons systems "aim to ensure our security in the face of growing threats."

President Putin announced new Russian strategic weapons in the spring of last year, including the Kingal, Avangard and Borevistnik supersonic missiles, the Peresvit laser gun, the Poseidon nuclear submarine and the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile.

Source: RIA Novosti

 

Sunday, 03 November 2019 19:33

Russian oil production falls in October

Russia cut its oil production in October to 11.23 million barrels per day (bpd) from 11.25 million bpd in September, failing to fulfill its commitment under the global production cut deal, data from the Energy Ministry revealed.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and independent producers, including Russia, have agreed since January to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day to support the market.

According to Reuters calculations, the agreement indicates that Russia should have cut production by between 11.17 and 11.18 million barrels per day.

Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil company, was the biggest contributor to production cuts last month, cutting output by about 1 percent from September.

OPEC production in October jumped from its lowest level in eight years due to a rapid recovery in Saudi oil production after attacks on two oil facilities, exceeding the impact of losses in Ecuador and voluntary production cuts under the OPEC agreement.

Natural gas production in Russia rose to 61.97 billion cubic meters last month, two centimeters a day, compared with 55.94 billion cubic meters per day in September.

Source Sky News

Fitbit has announced an agreement with Google to acquire Fitbit, the US sports wearable company, for nearly $ 2.1 billion.

Google will pay $ 7.35 per share, and the deal is expected to close next year with the approval of shareholders and government officials, the statement said.

Shares of Fitbit jumped almost 16 percent after the deal was announced, while Alpha Holding, the holding company of Google, rose 0.8 percent.

If the deal is successful, Google will be able to compete with Apple strongly in this booming field, which is linked to smart wearable sports devices.

The acquisition of Fitbit will be the largest acquisition of Google in the world of consumer electronic products since 2014, specifically after the acquisition of the company, "Nest" smart home products, which amounted to $ 3.2 billion.

Source Sky News

The US administration has expressed concern about Serbia's interest in strengthening its arsenal through the acquisition of advanced Russian air defense systems.

"Of course, we are concerned not only about the deployment of Russian military equipment in the territory of Serbia, but the possibility that Serbia will acquire sophisticated Russian military systems," said Matthew Palmer, the US State Department's special envoy to the Western Balkans, in an interview with Elsat TV in Northern Macedonia. This is in reference to the exercises of the "Slavic Shield" last week in Serbia, with the participation of "S-400" and "Panzer S" Russian air defense, for the first time.

The US diplomat expressed Washington's hope that the Belgrade government would be "cautious" about such possible deals with Moscow, claiming that the United States is a military partner more important than Russia for Serbia.

However, Agence France-Presse noted close historical ties between Moscow and Belgrade, especially in light of Russia's consistent position on the Kosovo issue and its standing over the years alongside the interests of Christians in the Balkans.

Last week, Serbian President Alexander Vucic confirmed that Belgrade had signed a deal with Russia to buy one battery from Panzer S and expects to deliver it as soon as possible.

This came after the US administration failed to dissuade Turkey from its plans to acquire Russian S-400 air defense systems.

Source: AFP

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