A mass protest in the center of Baghdad
The »Al-Sumaria» TV channel reported about a demonstration in the Iraqi capital, aimed against the US presence. According to the ‘Al-Sumaria’ — a big demonstration began on Friday morning, in the Al-Jadriah area, in central Baghdad. The demonstrators carried Iraqi flags and shouted patriotic slogans. The ‘Al-Sumaria’ reports that earlier an influential Shia politician and religious leader, Muktada al-Sadr, who is one of the leaders of the ‘Sairun’ political bloc in the Iraqi parliament, called on people to go on a peaceful demonstration and demand an end to the presence of the US forces in the country.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi commented on the words of the US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, who said that the new commander of the special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Esmail Kaani, will face the fate of General Kassem Suleimani, if he starts killing the Americans. Abbas Mousavi called these words «a confirmation and a disclosure of the targeted state terrorism done by the US». Abbas Mousavi underlined that the US thus confirmed that their state and their armed forces have committed terrorist acts, and they will continue to act in such way in the future. Abbas Mousavi called on the international community to condemn the US actions.
The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, threatened to cancel the agreement with the US on the deployment of the American troops and military equipment in the country due to the cancellation of the American visa of the Philippine Senator Ronald de la Rosa — the ABS-CBN reports. The »Visiting Forces Agreement» entered into force back in 1999. According to the Reuters — it granted legal status to thousands of the American soldiers who are sent to the Philippines to conduct military exercises and humanitarian operations.
A spokesman for the Palestinian leadership, Nabil Abu Rudeyna, announced that the Palestinian authorities will reject the US plan for the settlement of the Middle East »The deal of the century» if the plan violates the international law — the »VAFA» News Agency quoted the spokesman for the Palestinian leadership. Earlier on Thursday, the US president Donald Trump announced his intention to publish the US plan for the settlement of the Middle East before the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington, on 28th of January.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees on the appointment of the former head of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, Maxim Oreshkin, and the former head of the Ministry of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky, as the advisors to the President. The Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak was appointed as the Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration. The documents were published on Friday, on the Russian website for official legal information. All the decrees come into force on the date of signing.
The Chinese province of Hubei has announced the highest level of a response to the public health emergencies due to a major outbreak of a new type of corona-virus — the provincial government announced. The highest level of emergency response, related to public health, was also announced in Beijing. At the moment, according to the Wangyi news website, the number of confirmed cases of pneumonia in China, caused by the new type of corona-virus, has increased to 876 people. 26 people died from the disease. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.