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21.09.20 Russian Jets Strike Syrian Rebel-held Bastion In Heaviest Strikes Since Ceasefire
Syrian opposition sources said Russian jets bombed rebel-held northwestern Syria on Sunday in the most extensive strikes since a Turkish-Russian deal halted major fighting with a ceasefire nearly six months ago. Witnesses said the warplanes struck the western outskirts of Idlib city and that there was heavy artillery shelling in the mountainous Jabal al Zawya region in southern Idlib from nearby Syrian army outposts. There were no immediate reports of casualties. “These 30 raids are by far the heaviest strikes so far since the ceasefire deal,” said Mohammed Rasheed, a former rebel official and a volunteer plane spotter whose network covers the Russian air base in the western coastal province of Latakia. Read more 
21.09.20 Explosive Funnel: Gigantic Permafrost Crater Forms In Siberia © Sputnik / Press-servis Governor Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area/Okrug Russia 17:48 GMT 20.09.2020G
Some scientists believe the most plausible reason for such formations, which are frequent in proximity with the Arctic Circle, is a warming climate, which affects permafrost conditions. But another suggested explanation is an explosive release of deep-lying gases. Another enormous, 165-foot (50-metre) crater has been spotted in Siberia’s Arctic tundra. The latest depression is nestled on the Gydan Peninsula, a plot of land to the east of the Yamal Peninsula. Read more 
21.09.20 Novichok Creator Apologizes To Alexei Navalny
The Moscow Times
A scientist involved in the secret Soviet program to create the Novichok nerve agent has apologized to the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who is recovering from poisoning in Berlin. Vil Mirzayanov, a chemist who was the first to reveal Novichok's development, in an interview with Russia's TV Rain on Saturday evening said he wanted to apologize to Navalny after Germany said it found "unequivocal evidence" he was poisoned with Novichok. The opposition politician on Saturday described his severe symptoms after falling ill on a plane on August 20, including inability to form words, saying he still struggled to pour a glass of water or use a phone. Read more 
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