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BRICS summit

The 15th annual summit of BRICS, a bloc of five major emerging economies, has kicked off in the South African city of Johannesburg. BRICS leaders have called for accelerating the expansion of the bloc. Xi also called for deeper cooperation to advance economic growth and promote peace. South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said his country's stance on bloc’s expansion is similar to China's. Also, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he fully supports the group of nation's expansion. BRICS is expected to consider granting new memberships during its three-day summit. Some 40 countries including Iran have expressed interest in joining the economic bloc. The leaders of BRICS member states also called for the use of local currencies to facilitate trade and investment. 

Condemning Israeli aggression 

Iran’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations has strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s repeated acts of aggression against Syria. Iravani was addressing a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria. He added that Iran backs the Syrian government’s demand for the complete withdrawal of all illegal foreign military forces from the country. Syria’s UN envoy also addressed the meeting. Bassam Sabbagh denounced Israel’s acts of aggression against his country as criminal practices. He also touched upon the significance of the Astana process, which was launched in 2017 by Iran, Russia and Turkey to find ways for reducing tensions in Syria.

Russia plane crash

Russian officials have confirmed that the commander of the Wagner group and his deputy were on board a plane that crashed north of Moscow with no survivors. Russia’s civil aviation authority, Rosaviatsia, said Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin were among ten people involved in the crash, including three crew members. The agency said an investigation has been launched into the crash. According to Russian emergency services, the aircraft was traveling from Moscow to Saint Petersburg when it crashed. Prigozhin, 62, led an armed mutiny against Russia's military top brass in June.

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