One civilian and 17 security forces died and 40 were injured during fighting with illegal armed groups on July 24 in Pamir, reported country's Prosecutor General's Office. Tajikistan's security services stated that 30 militants were killed and 40 were taken prisoner. The alleged criminals were linked to former guerrilla leader-turned-border patrol commander Tolib Ayombekov and were suspects in the murder of secret services General Abdullo Nazarov.
Russia’s new submarine-launched ICBM tests over
The Russian Navy has finished trials of the Bulava intercontinental missile, which is the designated nuclear weapon for Russia’s newest Borey-class submarines. The ICBMs will soon be deployed by the military. The Bulava’s development faced a series of setbacks, prompting an overhaul of quality assurance at the producer’s plants.
China’s Yi Siling wins first gold medal of London Olympics
The first gold medal of the London Olympics went to China’s Yi Siling for women’s 10-meter air rifle shooting. Second and third place went to Poland’s Sylwia Bogacka and China’s Dan Yu respectively.
Lavrov: Syria’s Aleppo a tragedy waiting to happen
Another tragedy is heating up in Syria’s city of Allepo said Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He further stated that it is “unrealistic” to think that Syria’s government will simply ignore the fact that a well-armed opposition is trying “to organize buffer zones in cities” with the goal to overthrow the regime. Unfortunately Western allies “support” and “direct the armed fight against the regime,” only spilling more blood into the conflict, added Lavrov.
Russian Navy Chief: Evacuation of Tartus base possible
Russian military personal at the Tartus military base in Syria can be evacuated if attacked, stated Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Viktor Chirkov while on air with Echo of Moscow radio station. Tartus is a Russian logistics naval station in Syria, which provides maintenance services to the anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. Ships use the base for fuel, repair and other supplies. Its personnel currently numbers 50 servicemen.
Russia, Japan ‘share opinions’ on Kuril Islands dispute
The territorial dispute between Russia and China was discussed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba at a meeting in Moscow. Both diplomats said they had a positive talk and are prepared to work further on overcoming the conflict over the Kuril Islands. They also discussed North Korean political developments, the conflict in Syria and the tension over Iran’s nuclear program.
Eco protesters clash with police, rampage in government office in China
A 1,000-strong demonstration against government plans to construct an industrial waste pipeline clashed with police in the Chinese coastal city of Qidong, reports Reuters. Several of the protesters entered the city government’s main building, destroying computers, overturning desks and throwing documents out the windows. The rioting happened despite the government’s promise on Friday to put the project on hold. Opponents fear it would damage the region’s environment.
One in four Spaniards unemployed
The level of unemployment in Spain shows no signs of dropping with one in four people in the country out of a job, the latest report by the National Statistics Institute shows. Half of these are under the age of 25. Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone. Last month, the eurozone agreed to lend up to €100 billion to try to rescue the country’s beleaguered banking sector, with the government stressing that it is not seeking a bailout. However, severe cuts have proved difficult for people to swallow, sparking huge protests that turned violent last week.
Collapsed roof in Indian school kills six students
A collapsed roof at a school in India has left six students dead and injured 17. The incident took place on Friday in a village 300 kilometers away from the state capital, Lucknow.
Both Koreas mark 59 years since Korean War ceasefire
North and South Korea marked the 59th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire on Friday. The military conflict on the Korean peninsula erupted when the communist North, propped up by the Soviet Union, invaded the South. Although a ceasefire was signed, tensions remain high. In 2010, two South Korean soldiers and a pair of civilians were killed in an artillery attack by the North, which claimed it had been provoked by the South.