Baghdad rocket attack
A rocket attack targeted a neighborhood near the Green Zone in Baghdad. That's an important area because most government buildings, as well as foreign missions to Iraq, including the US embassy, are located there. Security sources say three Katyusha rockets fell in the Mansur district in the early morning hours. No reports of deaths or injuries, and no claim of responsibility, so far. This is the first time since July 29 when a similar attack hit the area. No casualties were reported in that attack either.
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister says no country has the right to talk about Iran’s defense capabilities. Ali Bagheri Kani has rejected US attempts to link the Vienna talks with Iran's defense program. Bagheri Kani stated that every country has the right to build a strong deterrent force and Iran is entitled to develop its own defense capabilities. He noted that Iran’s defense power is aimed at ensuring national interests and security. Bagheri Kani made the remarks in an interview with Russia Today, in response to the host’s question about certain attempts to link the talks on the 2015 nuclear deal to Iran’s missile program. He said progress in the Vienna talks depends on a strong will to accept the removal of cruel and illegal sanctions imposed on Iran.
G20 climate division
All eyes on Rome, where G20 leaders are getting together to discuss major international concerns. Top among them is the issue of climate. But so far, no tangible success. The summit comes in the lead-up to another major gathering of world leaders in Glasgow, for a UN conference on climate change. In just a few hours, delegates from about 200 countries will be attending that summit in Scotland, called COP26. The event was delayed by a year, because of the Covid pandemic. During the two-week conference, the countries will introduce their plans to cut emissions by 2030. The UN meteorology body is warning in a new report that the world countries' existing pledges to cut emissions, would see the planet's average temperature rise 2-point-7 degrees Celsius, this century. Meantime, the leaders from G20 countries are discussing climate in Rome, tying to bridge their differences on how to combat global warming. We'll continue to bring you the latest developments from that conference.