For the first time in history, the two nations will conduct a four day naval exercise off the coast of Iran, as announced by Iranian state television and Chinese state news.
“The naval visit indicates that China fears that a deal over Iran’s nuclear program could lead to an improvement in relations between Iran and the West, said Saeed Laylaz, an Iranian economist who is close to the government.
“It shows most of all that the Chinese want to keep their lucrative business relations with Iran,” he said. “Not that they are ready to defend us.””
“Thousands also demonstrated in St. Petersburg and other Russian cities on September 21 against what they say is a covert Russian war in eastern Ukraine.
Putin and his government have repeatedly denied sending Russian troops or weapons into eastern Ukraine to support pro-Russian separatists.”
“The Health Ministry in Israel announced plans to expand who can prescribe medical marijuana and will temporarily allow family doctors to provide their patients with prescriptions for medical marijuana.
The ministry is trying to deal with the heavy load on pain clinics, the medical units that are allowed today to grant the prescriptions. The new regulations will allow family doctors to write the medical cannabis prescriptions under two conditions: when it is an extension of an existing treatment, and only keeping to an existing dosage.”
“Turkish security forces have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse Kurds who had gathered in support of Kurdish refugees fleeing attacks in Syria, and those battling ISIL fighters on Syrian soil.
Hundreds of young demonstrators fought back on Sunday by hurling rocks and setting up barricades on the road leading to a nearby border crossing, the AFP news agency said. At one point the border was sealed.”
“Poland’s defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries.
Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula earlier this year.”
“The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.”
The UN Secretary General announced this week in advance of the UN General Assembly in NYC.
“The UN is grappling with crises on every level and Ukraine is poisoning the organisation from the head down,” said Richard Gowan, at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. “It does feel like a particularly dreadful year.”
“An Indian television news station has recruited the country’s first transgender news anchor, five months after a court ruled that transgender people be recognised as a legal third gender, a newspaper reported on Friday.
Padmini Prakash, 31, who works at Lotus News in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, told the Times of India that she had faced a lot of discrimination throughout her life, including being disowned by her family.”
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government will not reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group.
The hostages — 46 Turks and three Iraqis — were seized in Mosul, Iraq when militants overran the city in June. They were released and returned to Turkey on Saturday.
Turkey says no ransom was paid and no promises were made but it remains unclear why the IS agreed to let them go.”
“Two people have been killed and others hurt in a series of blasts in China’s Xinjiang region, Chinese media say.
Xinjiang has suffered unrest in recent months amid tensions between the local Uighurs, a Muslim Turkic people, and Han Chinese settlers.”