Bolivian legal authorities are investigating one case of violation of the agreements, in 2013 the entrepreneurs Néstor Terán and Ernesto Ayoroa signed with the General Army Command a contract for the construction of 9 outposts, the Empresa Accidental Integracióndel Chaco, the company of Terán and Ayoroa never completed. The Magistrate Juan Carlos Soria has signed the preventive detention orders for Terán, for the former commander of the Army Gen.Fernando Zeballos, and other military personnel involved in the deal for 18 million Bs,Ayoroa is currently not in custody of the legal authorities.
The Colombian Congress approved the Amnesty Law for the FARC yesterday, now will only be signed by the President of the Republic Manuel Santos to enter into force. The law provides not only the opportunity for FARC guerrillas who set up political crimes to benefit from the amnesty but also stipulates that the state agents and the guerrillas may submit to the judgment of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a court that judges each case of amnesty demand of those individuals who are not included into the category of political criminals. During voting for the approval of the law, in the Senate, the representatives of the opposition party, the Democratic Centre, left the room to protest against an agreement that they never supported.
The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, will visit some countries in Central America next month. His plan includes a stopover in the United States, this news immediately alerted the Chinese authorities. The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry hopes that the US authorities will not allow Tsai Ing-wen to park in the US not to give false signals to Taiwan’s inhabitants about their future independence from Beijing, whereas the Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said that the exercises that the Navy is carrying out close to Taiwan need to increase the skills of the Chinese military to oppose any attempts of secession by Taiwan.
Jalalabad City (BNA) : foodstuffs and cash have been distributed to hundreds war-torn and refugees’ families in northern Nangarhar province. The families left their houses due to presence of Taliban militants or returned from Pakistan to Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province. In-charge of refugees and repatriation department in Nangarhar told BNA, in this round more than 300 war-torn or refugees’ families have received assistances. The assistances continuing for displaced and destitute families in the province, source added.
Kandahar City (BNA): more than eight anti-government militants were killed and several others were wounded during recent conflicts with Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province. The clashes took place, while a group of Taliban militants stormed on security checkpoints in Spin Boldak district of the province yesterday. Military official in south of the country told BNA, eight armed oppositions including a Pakistan citizen were perished following the clashes. The terrorist group after giving casualties forced to flee to Pakistan, the source added.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a ceasefire agreed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime and opposition groups, as well as the upcoming Astana talks, in a phone conversation on Dec. 29. Erdoğan and Putin exchanged their views on the ceasefire agreement that is set to begin on Dec. 30, which could be brokered by the joint efforts of Ankara and Moscow as guarantor countries. The two leaders also spoke about the upcoming Astana talks expected to be held between the al-Assad regime and the opposition groups with the objective of facilitating a political transitional process to end six years of unrest in Syria. Turkey, Iran and Russia signed a joint declaration on Dec. 20 to launch a new process that would provide a nationwide cease-fire and a resolution to the conflict through political means.
A Turkish weapons factory head was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison on Dec. 29 for trying to sell Turkish weapons designs to a U.S. company. He was found guilty of trying to sell design and production plans for an MP-5 sub-machine gun for $70,000 and a MPT-76 national infantry rifle for $300,000 to an official working for a U.S. firm. The MPT-76, using the Turkish acronym for “national infantry rifle,” is designed and produced by the government-owned Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation or MKEK. The MPT-76 has also seen demand from countries including not only United States but also Chile and Azerbaijan. Its rifle passed 42 NATO tests, becoming the first rifle to pass the test without a mistake.
Iraqi government security forces declared the start of a second phase of operations to clear the eastern section of Mosul from Islamic State militants. The militants were trying to pass from the western region to the east using al-Nasr district Bridge, according to Federal Police commander, Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat, who said that artillery forces bombed an IS gathering and killed five militants.The resumption of operations comes after almost a week of recess dictated by inclement weather and the need for resupply and military reinforcements.
“We Are Coming” Nineveh Operations have announced on Thursday that the joint security forces managed to liberate two villages, north of Mosul, from the Islamic State’s control, while also pointed out to the killing of 70 members of the extremist group. “Troops of the northern axis managed to liberate the villages of al-Sadah and Tawilah, and raised Iraqi flag over their buildings after inflicting heavy losses on the enemy.” said the Major General Abdel Amir Yarallah.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) spokesman reminded the Tel Aviv regime of a certain defeat it will have to suffer in a war that may break out as a result of pressing ahead with illegal settlement construction in Palestine, saying it will result in Israel’s annihilation.
The general described the US refusal to veto a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement activity on Palestinian territory as a sign that Washington has come to realize that the course of events and continued settlement construction will result in the collapse of the Zionist regime of Israel. The UN Security Council condemned the Israeli settlements and continuing construction in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 as a “flagrant violation” of international law, saying it has “no legal validity”. The vote passed thanks to absence of US veto as it has dozens of times in the past and instead abstained from voting.