Israel responds to Gaza attacks: Responding to a rocket attack which struck the Israeli town of Sderot, Israeli aircraft and armored units responded with a series volleys from ground vehicles and sorties from Israeli aircraft.
Hamas is suspected of firing the rocket from Gaza.
No injuries were reported among either Israelis or Palestinian citizens.
Iran: Russian use of Hamadan base indefinite: Although Russia suspended its operations against Syria from Hamadan airbase in Iran, Tehran announced Sunday the facility is available for Russia’s use indefinitely.
Iranian Minister of Defense Brigade General Hossein Dehghan stated “(Russia) can stay for as long as they need.”
Russia conducted air sorties against Syrian opposition groups in Aleppo from Hamadan as late as last week in the first military action from Iran by a foreign power since the end of World War II.
Iraq executes 36 for massacre: A death sentence carried out against 36 Islamist militants for the 2014 massacre of Shia troops was confirmed by Iraq on Sunday.
The massacre was perpetrated by the extremist Islamic State (ISIS).
Calls intensified for further executions of Islamist militants when ISIS targeted a popular shopping district in Baghdad in July, killing over 300. The Iraqi government promised more executions for terror acts committed by extremists.
Sarkozy announces bid for French presidency: In a widely-expected move, former French president Nicholas Sarkozy announced his intent to seek to oust French president Francois Hollande in the 2017 elections.
Sarkozy was defeated by Hollande in France’s 2012 elections.
Announcing he intends to give “everything for France,” Sarkozy stated he has the “strength” to lead during a troubled time.
French elections take place in April and May of 2017.
Putin invites Palestinians, Israel to Russia for peace talks: Seeking to advance stalled peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials, Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly extended an invitation to representatives from both parties to Moscow for fresh talks.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accepted, saying he is prepared “anywhere, any time, for direct talks with no preconditions.”
Mr. Putin offered to host talks in 2005, but his proposal was rejected by the U.S. and Israel.
Mr. Putin’s apparent vision is “creating an independent, viable and integral Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem peacefully coexisting with its neighbours.”
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