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The Georgian Interior confirmed today, Thursday, that the gunman who seized a bank branch in the western city of Zugdidi yesterday, had left the building under the protection of three hostages, including the local police chief.

For its part, "Rustavi" TV reported that the gunman drove with the hostages in a police car towards the border, after receiving a sum of money.

Earlier, the Georgian Interior reported the liberation of 43 hostages held by a gunman in a branch of the Bank of Georgia in Zugdidi, where the gunman agreed to release most of the hostages in exchange for local police chief Avtantil Gadava.

The Interior Ministry added in a statement that it continues the security operation to search for and arrest the criminal.

Source: Agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded


US President Donald Trump did not donate a single dollar to his re-election efforts, but his business managed to get millions of others in it, according to Forbes magazine.

When Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2015, he promised that he would pay for his campaign, saying, "I don't need anyone's money. I use my own money. I don't use lobbyists. I don't use donors. I don't care. I'm really rich."

Five years later, things have changed. Trump is still rich, but he's no longer touting the amount of money he's putting into his campaign. The reason is simple: After spending $ 66 million on his 2016 candidacy, the President donated exactly $ 0 to his 2020 bid, according to the most recent FEC deposits. Instead, Trump has managed to extract millions of dollars from his re-election effort, by having his own companies charge the campaign fees for things like rent, food, and even information technology. In this way, the president has funneled $ 2.4 million from his political supporters into his own company.

According to the analysis, the Republican National Committee has paid another $ 2.6 million to Trump's private companies since the day he took office. Then there are two joint fundraising committees, which raise funds on behalf of both the campaign and the FNC. These two groups, Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again Committee, have channeled an additional $ 3.1 million into the president's companies. The Trump campaign, the party's National Council, and joint fundraising committees transferred $ 8.1 million in donor funds to Trump's companies.

In 2018, after profits fell at Trump National Doral, a 643-room golf resort, the Republican National Committee raised its spending from $ 3,000 to $ 603,000. The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, which does not appear to be earning enough money to cover the interest expense, also received at least $ 1.1 million from the campaign. Since mid-March, as hotels across the country have been grappling with the coronavirus, these same political groups have spent more than $ 1.6 million in the president's hotels.

Source: "Forbes"

By:Nadeemy Haded


The "Viet Defense" website, which specializes in military affairs, revealed that Vietnam is working on converting its "MI-21" aircraft, which it took out of service, into combat drones.

The source pointed out that converting this type of Soviet fighters into drones is not an easy matter, noting at the same time that research in Vietnam is already underway to achieve this goal, and Vietnamese experts have succeeded so far in the work related to the self-correct landing of the future plane.

And the site believed that converting "MiG-21" into a drone could bring great benefits to the Vietnamese Air Force, as it could be used, for example, as targets for the Vietnamese air defense systems, "S-300", or used as aircraft missiles.

It is noteworthy that the "MiG-21" is a Soviet third-generation supersonic fighter, which was developed in the second half of the fifties of the last century.

This model of fighters has been used in many conflicts, and today it is considered one of the most supersonic aircraft that was produced and spread on a large scale, as more than 11 thousand aircraft were manufactured in the Soviet Union with various modifications, not to mention the other large numbers that were produced in China.

It is noteworthy that the media reported earlier that Azerbaijan began converting the old "An-2" aircraft into combat drones.

Source: Viet Defense

By:Nadeemy Haded


The head of the Islamic "Baraka City" organization, Idris Yamu, is being questioned as part of measures to dissolve the organization, after he was arrested on suspicion of harassing a former journalist in the satirical "Charlie Hebdo" newspaper on the Internet.

And "Baraka City" is one of the associations that the French authorities consider "close to the radical Islamic trend" and have been targeting it since the assassination of a teacher last Friday.

Idriss Yamou, known as Idris C. Hamdi, also came to the Judicial Police in Paris on Wednesday morning to question him in a complaint filed by Zainab Al-Razwi, who was working for the satirical newspaper.

Si Hamdi was arrested last week as part of another investigation into Internet harassment, after a complaint filed on September 18th, by another journalist working for Radio Monte Carlo, Zahra Petan. It included "120 defamatory tweets" that Si Hamdy posted on Twitter.

"The circumstances of this procedure, its precise timing, and the five-day deadline for responding to the remarks about the Baraka Siti solution is not a coincidence," his lawyer, Sameem Pollaki, told "Agence France Presse."

In its notification regarding the administrative solution request that it sent on Tuesday evening to Si Hamdi, the Ministry of Interior indicated, “Messages posted on the Internet on the association’s accounts or the accounts of its president, which caused many anti-Western, secular, Masons, and even Muslim comments who do not participate in the concept of Islam that it promotes. Association".

Source: "AFP"

By:Nadeemy Haded


Korea Disease Control Agency President Jung Eun-kyung has confirmed going ahead with the flu vaccine program, saying that there is no confirmed causal relationship regarding deaths that occur after receiving the vaccine.

The MP for the main opposition People's Power Party indicated in a parliamentary review of the Ministry of Health and Welfare that it is necessary to suspend the flu vaccine program until the safety of the vaccine is clarified.

In response, Jung stated that the investigation team believes that there is a simple direct relationship between the deaths and the vaccine, despite the high number of deaths, noting that the health authorities were considering refraining from using the vaccines that the deceased received, but they decided not to refrain from using them. .

Jung stressed that the health authorities are closely monitoring the relationship between deaths and vaccinations, and will take quick action when they think that there is a small problem, refusing to accept the possibility of a problem with vaccines.

She explained that "the influenza vaccines that the deceased received, were produced by 5 pharmaceutical companies, and the number of the vaccination batch is different. Health authorities investigated by phone the people who received vaccinations in the same medical institution with the deceased on the same day, but no one was discovered." He suffers from unusual symptoms, and she must search for the cause of death and look at the causal relationship by reviewing medical records and an autopsy. "

The number of deaths following receiving the flu vaccine has risen to 17 nationwide so far.

Source: "Yonhap" Agency

By:Nadeemy Haded


The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the US approval of a potential $ 1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan would have a major impact on China-US relations.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a daily press briefing in Beijing that China will take appropriate response according to the development of the situation.

The US Defense Department announced that the US State Department had approved a potential arms deal with Taiwan, worth about $ 1.8 billion.

On Wednesday, Congress was formally notified of the approval of the deal, which includes the sale of 11 HIMARS missile launchers made by Lockheed Martin, worth $ 436 million, and 135 pieces of SLAM-ER air-to-surface missile systems along with the equipment. The company has made its own, "Boeing", worth more than one billion dollars, as well as electronic equipment for the "F-16" fighters to transmit data, worth 367.2 million dollars.

Reuters reported that the US administration is activating 5 deals to sell weapons to Taiwan, with a total value of about $ 5 billion.

Reuters reported that the US administration is working to activate 5 deals to sell weapons to Taiwan, with a total value of about $ 5 billion.

This comes within the framework of efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to increase pressure on China, which considers Taiwan Island part of its territory, despite the existence of an independent government there since the end of the civil war between the Communists and nationalists in China in the 1940s.

Source: Reuters

By:Nadeemy Haded


The US dollar fell to its lowest level in a month against a basket of major currencies as investors await the outcome of the fiscal stimulus talks ahead of the US presidential election.

The dollar index continued its decline for the second day in a row, recording 92.991, its lowest level since September 21.

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats may reach an agreement with the Trump administration on an additional aid package to mitigate the economic repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis, and its distribution may begin early next month.

The euro rose 0.5 percent against the green currency to $ 1.184, after it fell 0.1 percent to $ 1.17600 during early trading in the London market.

Source: Agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded

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