Students and activists packed the UN building on Monday to demand a global ban on nuclear weapons. They are expected to make their demands at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on October 25.
In Syria, the Russian and Syrian forces reportedly established a demarcation line in the Ghab Plain in the Deir ez-Zor countryside on Sunday. However, the Syrian Democratic Forces said that the Russian-led forces made only progress around the town of Khanasser and on the left bank of the Muhamah River. The SDF said that the remaining fighters and civilians in the town are facing starvation.
It is the first time the two countries have clashed militarily since 2009. In September 2015, Russian planes carried out airstrikes on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, in what was seen as a display of Russia’s military muscle in the region, a reminder of its military power. The United States also carried out airstrikes that same month.
Russia also announced it would suspend an agreement that allowed a U.N.-monitored local truce to take effect in Syria. UN peacekeeping troops were expected to leave the "de-escalation zone" on Friday, state news agency TASS said. Syria's army and allied Russian and Iranian forces have made recent territorial gains into the southern province of Daraa.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was elected to a fourth term on Sunday, said that his country wasn't seeking to expand its military capabilities in Europe. He also said that his country has no offensive plans for its strategic nuclear arsenal. d2c66b5586