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Five countries that are signatories to the Iran nuclear deal announced Monday night that they will create a financial mechanism to allow them to continue trade with Iran, including importing oil, as U.S. sanctions kick in this November. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made the announcement to reporters at the United Nations in New York on the sidelines of the General Assembly. She said "the initiative" to create the special mechanism will "facilitate payments related to Iran's exports, including oil," to "assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.”

Russia said Monday it would equip  Syria with sophisticated air defense systems, a move that could worsen a  rift with Israel by limiting its ability to bomb across its northern  border. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said  Moscow would send Russia’s powerful S-300 ground-to-air missile systems  to Syria, a longtime ally, in the next two weeks. Israel, which has  repeatedly bombed Iranian targets in Syria, has long opposed such  deliveries, and Russia up to now has refrained from supplying the  weapons. But the downing last week of a Russian  reconnaissance plane with 15 service members aboard changed the dynamic.  The plane was shot down by a Syrian missile, but Russia faulted  Israel for the crash because an Israeli fighter jet allegedly had used  the Russian plane as a screen against Syria’s air defenses. Israel,  by contrast, said its air force had not violated any agreements with  Russia and that Israeli jets had already returned to Israeli airspace  when the missiles were launched. The crash was one of the deadliest  incidents for regular Russian service members in the Syrian war.

A decision to lift the suspension of Russia's anti-doping agency (Rusada) has been labelled "the greatest treachery" of clean athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has ended a three-year suspension which followed a major doping scandal. Leading athletes and anti-doping bodies had opposed the move. A lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov called it "the greatest treachery against clean athletes in Olympic history.". "The United States is wasting its money by continuing to fund Wada, which is obviously impotent to address Russia's state-sponsored doping," said Jim Walden.

When Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov went on Kremlin-backed channel RT this week to defend themselves from British allegations that they attacked a former Russian double agent and his daughter with a nerve agent on British soil, the interview wasn’t only about whether they poisoned anyone.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is expected to fly to Pyongyang for the first time next week in the hopes of accelerating international efforts to denuclearize North Korea. "At this stage, I believe it is most important to put a complete end to military tensions between North and South, or possibility of military conflict, or war threat," Moon told reporters.

About 400 prisoners have escaped from a jail in Libya’s capital amid  clashes between rival factions vying for control of the city,  authorities said Sunday. The inmates at Tripoli's Ain Zara prison  reportedly stormed their way out after riots erupted. Many of the  prisoners were supporters of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who  was accused of war crimes against the Libyan people and killed by rebel  forces in a 2011 uprising.

Archaeologists believe they have unearthed one of Egypt's oldest-known settlements in the Nile Delta, dating back some 7,000 years to the Neolithic era.

A former German ambassador to the United States is warning that President Trump's policies could push Germany away from the U.S. and closer toward Russia and China. “The longer Trump remains in office, the harder it will be to stand up to those in this country and elsewhere in Europe who have been arguing since the Vietnam war that we need to cut the cord with America the bully,” Wolfgang Ischinger told Reuters for an interview published Monday. “It would become much harder for the German government to stay the course and defend this relationship,” he added. “And the forces calling for a closer relationship with countries like Russia or China might be emboldened.”

“It would be appropriate also to say at this time to Mr. Obama that you are now a civilian and I am sorry for uttering those words," Duterte added. "If it is [in] your heart to forgive, you forgive. I have forgiven you.”

One US service member was killed and another was wounded in what the military described as "an apparent insider attack" in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. The service member, whose identity has not yet been released, is the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year, according to a statement from the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, Resolute Support. The wounded service member is in stable condition, according to the statement.

A massive fire that engulfed Brazil's National Museum Sunday night has left staff and officials fearful that many of the nation's most precious artifacts have been lost forever. The museum housed 20 million items, including objects that tell the story of Brazil's past: the first fossil discovered there, the oldest female skull found in the Americas and the nation's largest meteorite.

Russian  state-owned television on Sunday night reportedly aired the first  episode of a new weekly program dedicated to Russian President Vladimir  Putin. The program, titled "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin." focuses on  Putin's work to address issues facing the country, as well as his  outreach efforts to ordinary citizens, The Associated Press reported.

(CNN) Wa Lone, one of the two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years prison in Myanmar on Monday for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, knew what it was like to be poor. He grew up in a small village of around 100 households north of Mandalay, one of a family of five children. His parents were rice farmers and there was little money to go around, according to Reuters. His mother died of cancer when he was a child.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly only weeks ago told the Trump administration that it supported a complete halt to U.S. funding for the United Nations (U.N.) Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Axios, citing Israeli officials, reported on Sunday that Netanyahu told the U.S. about its shift in thinking only weeks ago and that the prime minister did not consult Israel's security chiefs before discussing the topic. The news comes only days after the U.S. announced that it would stop funding the U.N. agency that offers aid to Palestinian refugees.

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