Sanctions to have no considerable effect on Customs Union — EC minister Sanctions will cause no major effect on the Customs Union’s foothold in the world trade scene, Eurasian Economic Commission Trade Minister Andrey Slepnyov told the conference "Competitiveness of Russian Businesses" in Moscow on Tuesday.
Air strikes on positions of the "Islamic state" militants on the territory of Iraq and Syria no longer satisfy the United States. Pentagon now insists on ground operations. A number of countries have expressed their willingness to support this initiative of Washington. Meanwhile, many believe that military action of the West in the region without a mandate from the UN Security Council may trigger the beginning of World War III.
A social messaging app that allows users to contact each other even if a mobile phone network is overloaded or switched off has become a hit among tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters. San Francisco-based company Open Garden, which owns the app, has regularly posted messages on its Facebook account aimed at Hong Kong protesters.
Russia has submitted a list of recommendations to the United Nations concerning the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in Ukraine. The recommendations given in a letter signed by Russian representative at the United Nations Vitaly Churkin have been released on the UN website on Monday.
The Tamil Nadu film industry has shut down today to express solidarity with J Jayalalithaa, the chief of ruling party AIADMK and former state Chief Minister who was convicted in a corruption case. Actor and legislator Sarath Kumar says, "We are proud of Ms Jayalalithaa as she is originally an actor from our fraternity. We are not threatening the court. But clearly there is a case for political vendetta and the 100 crore fine is unprecedented".
Afghanistan's new government led by President Ashraf Ghani was on Tuesday due to sign a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the United States that will allow US troops to stay beyond the end of this year when their combat mission ends. Two world wars of the last century together lasted less than a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban.