Iran test-fires long-range ballistic missile

Iran successfully test-fires its domestically-built Emad ballistic missile on October 11, 2015.

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Iran has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers. Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi said that the missile was test-fired two weeks ago. He added that the missile has a margin of error of only 8 meters.
  • Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari says there's ongoing consultation between Tehran and Moscow over the situation in Syria . He added that armed groups fighting the Syrian government are not committed to the ceasefire deal.
  • Russia is honoring the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. Thousands of military personnel are expected to march in a military parade to mark Victory Day. The event is commemorated in several other countries as well.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says European countries have abandoned Turkey in its fight against terrorism. He also criticized the European Union over its treatment of Syrian asylum seekers, accusing the bloc of cruelty and dictatorship.
  • Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders has voiced concern over Israel’s expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied territories. Reynders started a three-day visit to the Middle East on Sunday ahead of the Paris conference due on May 30 aimed at reviving talks between Palestine and Israel.
  • Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says the delegation of deposed President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is not interested in forming a new government. Meanwhile, UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed has called on the warring factions to make concessions in order to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict.
  • The ruling Workers’ Party in North Korea has adopted a policy to enhance what it describes as a self-defensive nuclear force. The decision-making body also endorsed leader Kim Jong-un's strategy of using nuclear weapons only if national sovereignty is threatened by a nuclear power.
  • US Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says the political and financial establishments are nervous because of his campaign. Sanders beat his rival Hillary Clinton in last week’s Indiana primary but he’s still far behind in the race. He stressed that he would not quit before the final primary votes have been cast.

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