Russian helicopter shot down by foreign-backed militants


Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Iran’s Leader says the nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 proved that the US is not trustworthy. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the US has not lived up to its commitments under the deal, and has continued to sabotage economic ties between Iran and other countries.
  • Foreign-backed militants have shot down a Russian helicopter in Syria’s Idlib province, killing all five people on board. The Russian defense ministry has said the transport helicopter was returning from a humanitarian operation in Aleppo. Russia is delivering aid to people in the city. 
  • At least four people have been killed in mortar attacks by terrorists on the Syrian city of Aleppo. Government forces have cut off all supply routes into the militant-held part of Aleppo and they are preparing to fully liberate it from the foreign-backed armed groups.
  • Turkey has detained 11 fugitive commandos who were allegedly involved in a plan to seize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during last month’s failed coup. Turkish Special Forces engaged in a fire exchange with the commandos in Mugla province before capturing them. 
  • Germany has slammed Turkey’s threat to quit a refugee deal between Ankara and the EU, calling it “blackmail”. The Turkish government said it would leave the agreement if the EU doesn't lift visa requirements for Turkish nationals. Germany says Turkey will be held responsible if the deal falls apart.
  • Air France has cancelled 150 flights in and out of Paris as a strike by the flight crew continues. Air France management and unions are locked in a dispute over the renewal of contracts. The unions have warned of more disruptions at the height of the holiday travel season.
  • Two more members of the Hazara Shia community are killed in an attack in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on the victims in Quetta. Many Pakistanis criticize the government for its inability to provide security for the Hazara Shia community.
  • Thousands of Brazilians have marched in the in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to call for the ouster of acting president Michel Temer. The demonstrators have also expressed support for suspended President Dilma Rousseff. The demonstrations come ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.



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