The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Syria airstrike hits hospital, kills 10:  A Saturday airstrike on a hospital in northern Syria has killed 10, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The rights group is also reporting children are among the casualties.

It is unknown if the aircraft were operated by the Syrian government or the Russian Air Force.

Humanitarian group, Syrian American Medical Society, has stated 43 attacks on medical facilities by aircraft operated by Russia, Syria or the American-led coalition occurred in July.

Colombian government, FARC advance peace plan:  The Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) concluded an agreement Friday to allow the UN to oversee the disarming of FARC rebels.

The second step toward a final peace ending decades of bloodshed in the South American country took place in Havana, Cuba.

Under the agreement, FARC rebels will have 180 days to turn in weapons when the final peace agreement is concluded, but FARC will participate in monitoring the activity. Similarly, the UN will determine final judgement in any disputes.

Iran executes scientist:  A nuclear scientist found guilty in a Tehran court of willfully giving the United States information on Iran’s nuclear program was hanged in Tehran late last week.

Shahram Amiri left Iran in 2009, appeared in the U.S. a year later and cooperated with American intelligence officials.  The U.S. says Amiri gave “useful information” when debriefed.

Returning to Iran, he was arrested on suspicion for treason and convicted.  Although no official statement was offered by Tehran, Amiri’s body was returned to his family on Saturday revealing markings indicating he had been executed by hanging.

China conducts air patrol over South China Sea:  A small air fleet of Chinese heavy bombers and fighter aircraft performed a routine combat patrol training flight over several contested islands in the South China Sea.

The overflights occurred near the Spratly Islands and the Scarborough Shoal, both of which China asserts territorial rights.

In a similar incident, Chinese Coast Guard ships accompanied by hundreds of Chinese fishing junks were spotted near the Japanese island of Senkaku.  Tokyo demanded the ships leave and lodged an official protest saying the intrusion was an “unilateral escalation of tensions.”

Japan prepares to shoot down further North Korean missiles:  Japan has placed its military on alert for the next three months over threats from North Korean missile tests.

North Korea launched two missiles last week, one of which landed in the sea approximately 200 miles from the Japanese mainland.

The alert says Japanese air defense should be prepared to shoot down any North Korean missile threatening Japan.


[Reuters] [RT News] [BBC]