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Israel Syria strike

Israel has launched two missiles targeting an empty building in the south of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Call for UNSC reform

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations slams the disproportionate representation and power of Western nations in the Security Council. Addressing a plenary session of the General Assembly, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said the Security Council is facing a credibility crisis amid increasing deficiencies. He said the council must be reformed to ensure equitable rather than geographical representation. The Iranian diplomat also censured the use of sanctions as a collective punishment of entire nations, without furthering peace and security. He described the restrictions as blunt and blind instruments that have raised fundamental ethical questions. Earlier on Tuesday, Takht-Ravanchi said the Security Council must only exercise its power to impose sanctions as a last resort, if at all necessary.

Daesh Uganda attack

The Daesh terrorist group claims responsibility for coordinated suicide bombings that rocked the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The three attackers are said to have been Ugandan. Six people lost their lives in the blasts, including the bombers. Two police officers are among the victims. Several dozen were also injured, five of them critically. The explosions, which took place minutes apart close to the Ugandan parliament building, sent the lawmakers running for cover. The incident comes less than a month after a similar bomb attack claimed by Daesh killed one and injured three others in Kampala.

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