Russia will hold a special ministerial meeting at the United Nations Security Council on Sept. 30 to discuss conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, RIA news agency cited a deputy foreign minister. Russia took over the UN Security Council presidency for a month as of the beginning of September. Source: Reuters
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Israeli media are reporting that Iran is building a factory in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets. The Times said Iran was also helping Hizballah build subterranean factories in Lebanon to make Fateh-110 medium-range missiles. Source: RadioFreeEurope
China urged the US and North Korea to urgently “put the brakes” on provocative actions and words on Tuesday after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to back away from a threat to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam. Source: CNN
Angela Merkel has refused to link refugee-sharing to the EU budget as she embarked on her campaign to secure a fourth term as Germany’s leader. He told that “to pay ransom, that won’t work in this context.” The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia are blocking the redistribution of refugees. Source: Euobserver