The safe zones which are being created in Syria will be closed for warplanes of the United States and those of the U.S.-led coalition, Russian news agencies quoted Russian envoy at Syria peace talks Alexander Lavrentyev as saying on Friday. Turkey and Iran agreed on Thursday to Russia’s proposal for “de-escalation zones” in Syria, a move welcomed by the United Nations but met with scepticism from the United States. Source Reuters
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France is to nationalise its biggest shipyard at St-Nazaire rather than allow it to pass into Italian ownership, its economy minister has announced. The nationalisation, which was confirmed on Thursday afternoon, will mark President Emmanuel Macron’s first major industrial policy intervention, and appears a far cry from the former banker’s usual philosophy. Source The Guardian
Russia ordered the U.S. to slash hundreds of embassy and other personnel in the country in a dramatic and sweeping retaliation to the passage of a new sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress. Source: Bloomberg
Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programs, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday, just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for new sanctions on the secretive state. Source: Yahoo!News