A US Air Force helicopter made an emergency landing in Virginia after it came under fire, injuring one of its pilots, while the FBI opened an investigation.
The US Air Force said in a statement that the "UH-1N" was flying 10 miles northwest of Manassas, Virginia, on a routine training mission at an altitude of 1,000 feet when the accident occurred.
The preliminary results indicated that the helicopter was hit by a bullet that resulted in a slight injury to one of the crew members, and damage to the plane.
An Air Force official said the plane landed safely at Manassas Regional Airport, west of Washington, D.C., and the pilots were taken to hospital where they were treated and left.
CNN pointed out that the incident is now under investigation by the FBI and the Air Force. An official said the plane would be closely examined for other damage.
The Belarusian Interior Ministry said that, during the past day, security forces have arrested about 700 people for their participation in unlicensed mass events.
The ministry added, in its statement: "About 700 people have been arrested for participating in unauthorized mass events. The riots in the country have lost their momentum and public character, but the level of aggression towards security and police personnel is still high."
On Sunday, August 9, Belarus witnessed a presidential election, and the Central Election Commission announced that Alexander Lukashenko had won, by obtaining more than 80% of the vote.
And the Belarusian opposition announced that it did not recognize the results of the elections, and its supporters took to the streets on Sunday evening to protest the results. Police dispersed the protesters, but protests resumed in the following days.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressed, in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday, his country's "concern about the supply of military shipments from Russia to Armenia."
The press office of the President of Azerbaijan stated, in a statement today: “Ilham Aliyev indicated that the volume of military shipments that were delivered immediately after the armed clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border (in July) from Russia to Armenia using the airspace of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran, exceeded 400 tons, and stressed that The main purpose of his phone call is to clarify this problem. "
The press office added that Aliyev "drew the attention of the Russian president to the fact that the intensity of military shipments from Russia to Armenia after July 17 until now, after the end of the clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani borders, raises the concern of the Azerbaijani people and their serious questions."
The press office indicated that during the conversation that took place on the initiative of the Azerbaijani side, the two parties also discussed issues of bilateral cooperation, and expressed their common desire to further strengthen the Azerbaijani-Russian partnership in all fields.
The Kremlin press office said yesterday evening, Wednesday, that the two leaders exchanged views during the conversation on regional issues in the context of the escalation of the situation on the Azerbaijani-Armenian borders in July. The press office added that the Russian side stressed the importance of preventing any action that would escalate tension in the region.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Legian said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo constantly criticized and blamed China wherever he went, thus spreading misleading information and "political virus" everywhere.
"Guided by Cold War ideas and selfish interests, Pompeo has repeatedly leveled baseless criticisms at the Communist Party of China, as well as at China's domestic and foreign policy. China has repeatedly expressed its decisive stance on this issue," the Chinese diplomat added, in a press briefing on Wednesday. .
"Pompeo, wherever he goes, carries with him and spreads political viruses and misinformation," the Chinese spokesman stressed.
"I would like to take this opportunity to ask the media to inquire from Mr. Pompeo whether he feels guilty when he obsessively repeats lies and ignores and distorts facts, day after day," he said.
According to the Chinese diplomat, Pompeo and others like him are trying to "link the international community with the anti-China and communist vehicle," but the international community sees this very clearly and will not allow itself to be convinced, and therefore these attempts will not be successful.
On Monday, Mount Sinabung volcano in North Sumatra, Indonesia, erupted, and this is the third eruption since last Saturday, when it released an ash plume that reached 4,460 meters high.
The eruption of the volcano again sent a cloud of ash and smoke 7,500 meters into the air, and there were no reports so far of casualties.
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazards Mitigation in Indonesia said Monday's eruption occurred at 10:16 am local time (03:16 GMT) and continued thereafter.
Mount Sinabung volcano has been erupting periodically since September 2013, when it displaced tens of thousands of people.
European Union countries are discussing measures they can take against Belarus, but they are waiting for a full picture of what happened during the presidential elections that took place there last Sunday, amid loud protests.
The official representative of the European Commission, Piotr Stano, said in a press conference today, that "in order to make a decision, it is necessary to have a picture of everything that happened on election day."
In response to a question about possible sanctions against Minsk, Stano said: "It is necessary to fully clarify the situation, exchange views, and then agree on how to respond."
"Everyone is interested in a quick reaction, but the issue is very serious and requires deeper consultations between the member states of the European Union," Stano said.
According to him, now no one is in a hurry to talk about sanctions or other measures, but "everything is possible if there is an agreement between the member states."
The presidential elections took place in Belarus on Sunday, August 9th. According to preliminary official data, the current president of the country, Alexander Lukashenko, won by 80.08%, followed by the representative of the opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, with a score of 10.09%.
But Tikhanovskaya headquarters announced that it does not recognize the results of the Central Election Commission, noting that the data received from polling stations in all districts of the republic showed that it got 70-80%.
On Sunday and Monday, several cities in Belarus (Belarus) witnessed unauthorized mass protests. Demonstrators erected garbage bins in central Minsk. Police used tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades to disperse them. Earlier, the Belarus Interior Ministry reported that about 3 thousand people were arrested as a result of these measures.
Three Russian "MiG-31" fighters intercepted an American "Global Hawk" drone over the Chukotka Sea.
"On August 11, the Russian airspace monitoring devices over the neutral waters of the Chukotka Sea detected an air target approaching the Russian border," said a statement by the National Defense Administration in the Russian Federation today, Tuesday.
The statement added, "To intercept the target, three MiG-31 air defense fighters took off in the eastern military region."
The statement indicated that the Russian crews from a safe distance "recognized it as a" R-Q4V - Global Hawk "drone belonging to the US Air Force.
The statement concluded: “After the R-Q Global Hawk drone diverted from the Russian state’s borders, the Russian fighters returned safely to their base. All Russian MiG-31 flights were carried out in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace. The US Air Force R-Q4V-Global Hawk drone is allowed to violate the borders of the Russian state.