US Congress authorizes sanctions on Syria, Iran, Russia

The U.S. Senate has passed a $738 billion budget for the Pentagon which includes new sanctions within six months against Syria, Iran, and Russia for their "war crimes" during the Syrian civil war.

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020 was approved on Dec. 18 by an 86-6 bipartisan vote after passing the House of Representatives last week.

Jeff Bezos Is no Longer the Richest Man in the World

Bill Gates is once again the richest man in the world, data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index show. Gates occupied the second place for more than two years, His rise back to the top has been put down to Microsoft shares climbing by four percent, making Gates' net worth about US$110 billion, the Bloomberg Billionaires index reported, quoted by Newshub.

The Islamic State Named Its New Leader

The Islamic State is named its new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi, AFP and Reuters reported.

The terrorist organization needed a new leader after the assassination of the former one - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The organization also suffered a second defeat after the abolition of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, an ID spokesman who would almost certainly have taken the lead.

US Releases First Images and Video Footage of Al Baghdadi's Liquidation Operation (VIDEO)

The Pentagon has released first pictures and video footage of a commando operation in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, according to world agencies. Five more members of the group and two children were abolished during the operation.

Constants have vanished

For Syrian Kurds, the stance of the president of the United States is like a "stab in the back." Who can trust the US, they say, when Donald Trump had no qualms about giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the green light to invade Syria and occupy territory controlled by his allies in the war on the Islamic State (ISIS).