The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Russian Defense Ministry:  Russia, Syria not responsible for strike on aid column:  Responding to American allegations either Russian or Syrian aircraft attacked and destroyed a humanitarian column destined for besieged Aleppo, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced neither Russian nor Syrian aircraft are responsible for the destruction of the aid convoy.

“Russian and Syrian warplanes did not carry out any airstrikes on a UN humanitarian aid convoy in the southwest of Aleppo,” said Russian MOD spokesperson, Igor Konashenkov.

Konashenkov also stated only militants were aware of the column’s movements and location.

The International Red Cross has stated 18 of the 31 vehicles in the convoy were destroyed and 20 civilians and one aid worker were killed in the attack.

17 killed in Congo violence:  Demonstrations in Kinsasha, Congo, protesting Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s attempt to seek a third term turned violent over the weekend with 17 reported killed, among them were three police officers.

Ahead of expected November elections, protesters angry over the likely postponement of national elections set fire to cars, smashed windows and barricaded roads into the capital challenging the national election commissions announcement elections would be delayed.

Kabila is limited to two terms as president; his second term expires in December.

Sweden PM says Russia no threat:  Speaking to the press at the United Nations (UN), Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen denied the increase of Swedish troops on the Baltic island Gotland is in response to any threat from Russia.

A Swedish possession and natural barrier, Gotland Island is located in the Baltic Sea between Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast.

Although Lovfen affirmed the troop increase on Gotland Island is permanent, he emphasized it was not made in response to a threat.

“We experience no direct threat against Sweden,” Lovfen said.

France bans plastic utensils:  Part of France’s Energy Transition for Green Growth, all non-biodegradable plastic cups and utensils will be banned after 2020.

Hailed by Greens activists, the new regulation is designed to tackle climate change.

EU to freeze assets of militants, allies:  Aggressively pursuing Islamist militants and their supporters, the European Union (EU) has allowed sanctions on Islamist militants and their patrons.

Previously, the economic bloc followed UN policy of targeting individuals and companies for the freezing of assets, but in the aftermath of terror attacks in France, the EU adopted an alliance-wide policy.

Although no sanctions were levied on Tuesday, the new rule allows the EU to fix on individuals who plan and carry out attacks and those who finance terror attacks.

 

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