Speaking in Geneva on October 6, UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, warned that that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could undergo “total” destruction by the end of the year.

A new study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that the economic impact of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa is “massive and persistent” and is responsible for soaring inflation, which hurts the value of currencies, and has resulted in a flood of refugees to neighboring nations.

Yet another top military leader for the Islamic State, or ISIS, was exposed as having been trained by the U.S. government — this one as recently as 2014 and on American soil, according to media reports confirmed as accurate by the U.S. State Department. The new ISIS military also said in a video that he was secretly trained in Russia.

As a U.S.-Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement between the opposing forces in the Syrian civil war is about to take effect on September 12, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a statement broadcast by state media, in which he said: “The Syrian state is determined to recover every area from the terrorists.”

North Korea announced on state-sponsored Korean Central Television (KCTV) on September 9 that the communist nation had conducted a “higher level” “nuclear explosion test” that “confirmed” certain features needed to mount such weapons on ballistic missiles.

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