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Russian air defenses have intercepted and destroyed several aerial targets heading towards the countrys Khmeimim airbase in Syria late on Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

“After the fall of dark, the means of airspace control at the Russian Khmeimim base detected small-sized aerial targets of unknown origin in the distance from the airfield,” the airbase spokesman said. “All of the targets were destroyed by the antiaircraft fire means of the Russian airbase.”

There were no casualties as result of the incident, with the base returning to routine operations, he added.

According to an unconfirmed report by the South Front“analytics and intelligence” website, the Russian airbase was attacked by two drones armed with projectiles, which were launched by one of the militant groups from northern Latakia or the southern Idlib province of Syria. The website also shared footage, which it said showed the Russian air defenses at Khmeimim airbase in action.

In mid-January, Russian air defenses thwarted a drone attack targeting both the Khmeimim airbase and a port site in Tartus. The terrorists launched 13 crude-looking unmanned aircraft, which the Russian military said contained arms and technologies beyond those the militants could come up with on their own. All the aircraft were intercepted and captured by Russian troops by means of radio control.

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Russian air defenses have intercepted and destroyed several aerial targets heading towards the countrys Khmeimim airbase in Syria late on Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

“After the fall of dark, the means of airspace control at the Russian Khmeimim base detected small-sized aerial targets of unknown origin in the distance from the airfield,” the airbase spokesman said. “All of the targets were destroyed by the antiaircraft fire means of the Russian airbase.”

There were no casualties as result of the incident, with the base returning to routine operations, he added.

According to an unconfirmed report by the South Front“analytics and intelligence” website, the Russian airbase was attacked by two drones armed with projectiles, which were launched by one of the militant groups from northern Latakia or the southern Idlib province of Syria. The website also shared footage, which it said showed the Russian air defenses at Khmeimim airbase in action.

In mid-January, Russian air defenses thwarted a drone attack targeting both the Khmeimim airbase and a port site in Tartus. The terrorists launched 13 crude-looking unmanned aircraft, which the Russian military said contained arms and technologies beyond those the militants could come up with on their own. All the aircraft were intercepted and captured by Russian troops by means of radio control.

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TV presenter Dale Winton has died aged 62.

Here are a selection of the many tributes being paid to the great man along with some of favourite clips beginning with, well, what else?

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Dale Winton gave me the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got – Dont quit the hit! Thank you Dale. X

— graham norton (@grahnort) April 18, 2018

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Shocked to hear of the death of Dale Winton, 62 is no age, how very sad. Thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Dale

— Paul Chuckle (@PaulChuckle2) April 18, 2018

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So sad and shocked to hear that Dale Winton has died. He was a lovely,warm man who posed charm. RIP

— Les Dennis (@LesDennis) April 18, 2018

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What a shame about Dale Winton! I sang a Bert Jansch song while sitting next to him on a radio show once. He struck me as being a really lovely man. Bye, Dale and thank you for your encouraging words. X

— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) April 18, 2018

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What a lovely, generous, funny man. Had the best time making Inbetweener video. RIP #Dalewintonpic.twitter.com/GhfEMT4LEx

— Sleeperbandtweets (@Sleepertweeting) April 18, 2018

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TV presenter Dale Winton has died aged 62.

Here are a selection of the many tributes being paid to the great man along with some of favourite clips beginning with, well, what else?

1.

2.

Dale Winton gave me the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got – Dont quit the hit! Thank you Dale. X

— graham norton (@grahnort) April 18, 2018

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4.

Shocked to hear of the death of Dale Winton, 62 is no age, how very sad. Thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Dale

— Paul Chuckle (@PaulChuckle2) April 18, 2018

5.

6.

So sad and shocked to hear that Dale Winton has died. He was a lovely,warm man who posed charm. RIP

— Les Dennis (@LesDennis) April 18, 2018

7.

8.

What a shame about Dale Winton! I sang a Bert Jansch song while sitting next to him on a radio show once. He struck me as being a really lovely man. Bye, Dale and thank you for your encouraging words. X

— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) April 18, 2018

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What a lovely, generous, funny man. Had the best time making Inbetweener video. RIP #Dalewintonpic.twitter.com/GhfEMT4LEx

— Sleeperbandtweets (@Sleepertweeting) April 18, 2018

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The French and US presidents have jointly planted an oak sapling, which Emmanuel Macron brought from a historic battlefield in Europe. The Twittersphere was full of jokes about the ceremony.

French President Emmanuel Macron brought a green present – a symbolic oak seedling – for his American counterpart Donald Trump on his visit to the US. The tree sapling reportedly comes from a place in the Champagne region, where US marines repelled a German offensive in the final year of World War I.

READ MORE: French connection: Macron & Trumps political bromance blossoming after Syrian strikes

The gift was planted during a ceremony attended by the two leaders and their spouses drew plenty of sharp comments on Twitter, where users offered remarks ranging from light-hearted jokes to stinging sarcasm.

Some said the ceremony looked like the two leaders were “burying a body,” while others suggested that the body they were burying was actually the corpse of American democracy.

I mean, I assume they are digging the tree UP or else burying a body under it. The idea of this family planting trees beggars the imagination. https://t.co/2kvWjMKdqd

— emjb (@emjb) April 24, 2018

Apparently Trump felt personally offended by this tree Obama planted, so he's murdering it. Macron is joining in for the honour of France pic.twitter.com/T4kKfIFVup

— John Shafthauer (@hourlyterrier) April 24, 2018

Despite Macron being very supportive of Trumps recent foreign policy moves and the decision to bomb Syria on April 14, some users suggested that the gift was just to troll Trump over his stance on Paris Climate Agreement. The accord has been one of the sore points in US-French relations since the US leader decided to pull out from the agreement in summer 2017.

Planting trees is a time-honored symbolic gesture in which many politicians participate during their career. Some of these events draw more attention than others, and some become tongue-in-cheek jokes involving the participants. For instance, Dmitry Rogozin, a senior government official involved in military procurement, planted two poplar trees near NATO headquarters in Brussels to mark his resignation from the position of Moscows ambassador to the organization. Poplar in Russian is called “Topol” – the name of a family of mobile nuclear ICBMs – so Rogozin called the trees “Topol” and “Topol-M,” just like the missiles.

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The French and US presidents have jointly planted an oak sapling, which Emmanuel Macron brought from a historic battlefield in Europe. The Twittersphere was full of jokes about the ceremony.

French President Emmanuel Macron brought a green present – a symbolic oak seedling – for his American counterpart Donald Trump on his visit to the US. The tree sapling reportedly comes from a place in the Champagne region, where US marines repelled a German offensive in the final year of World War I.

READ MORE: French connection: Macron & Trumps political bromance blossoming after Syrian strikes

The gift was planted during a ceremony attended by the two leaders and their spouses drew plenty of sharp comments on Twitter, where users offered remarks ranging from light-hearted jokes to stinging sarcasm.

Some said the ceremony looked like the two leaders were “burying a body,” while others suggested that the body they were burying was actually the corpse of American democracy.

I mean, I assume they are digging the tree UP or else burying a body under it. The idea of this family planting trees beggars the imagination. https://t.co/2kvWjMKdqd

— emjb (@emjb) April 24, 2018

Apparently Trump felt personally offended by this tree Obama planted, so he's murdering it. Macron is joining in for the honour of France pic.twitter.com/T4kKfIFVup

— John Shafthauer (@hourlyterrier) April 24, 2018

Despite Macron being very supportive of Trumps recent foreign policy moves and the decision to bomb Syria on April 14, some users suggested that the gift was just to troll Trump over his stance on Paris Climate Agreement. The accord has been one of the sore points in US-French relations since the US leader decided to pull out from the agreement in summer 2017.

Planting trees is a time-honored symbolic gesture in which many politicians participate during their career. Some of these events draw more attention than others, and some become tongue-in-cheek jokes involving the participants. For instance, Dmitry Rogozin, a senior government official involved in military procurement, planted two poplar trees near NATO headquarters in Brussels to mark his resignation from the position of Moscows ambassador to the organization. Poplar in Russian is called “Topol” – the name of a family of mobile nuclear ICBMs – so Rogozin called the trees “Topol” and “Topol-M,” just like the missiles.

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If Angela Merkel or Donald Trump ever visit the Russian Republic of Chechnya, they will be arrested and all their accounts on Chechen territory frozen, local leader Ramzan Kadyrov has mocked.

Kadyrov, known for his controversial statements, made the apparent joke during an in-depth interview he gave to the Rossiya 24 news channel. When asked about the possibility of being put on an additional sanctions list by the US, he answered he “must be there [on the list]” and taunted Western leaders, saying “we have put sanctions [in place] against Trump [and] Merkel, and all a long time ago.”

“If they come to our republic [of Chechnya], we will instantly arrest them and put in jail,” he said. The Chechen leader added he feared no Western sanctions, since he had no assets where Western nations could seize them and didnt visit these nations.

READ MORE: Kadyrov can punish Russia's enemies under the law, not 'cowboy justice,' Chechen minister claims

In the interview, which is to be aired on Tuesday evening, Kadyrov spoke on a range of domestic and international issues, from the role played in Syria by ethnic Chechens serving in the Russian military to his attitude to Islam-approved polygamous marriages.

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If Angela Merkel or Donald Trump ever visit the Russian Republic of Chechnya, they will be arrested and all their accounts on Chechen territory frozen, local leader Ramzan Kadyrov has mocked.

Kadyrov, known for his controversial statements, made the apparent joke during an in-depth interview he gave to the Rossiya 24 news channel. When asked about the possibility of being put on an additional sanctions list by the US, he answered he “must be there [on the list]” and taunted Western leaders, saying “we have put sanctions [in place] against Trump [and] Merkel, and all a long time ago.”

“If they come to our republic [of Chechnya], we will instantly arrest them and put in jail,” he said. The Chechen leader added he feared no Western sanctions, since he had no assets where Western nations could seize them and didnt visit these nations.

READ MORE: Kadyrov can punish Russia's enemies under the law, not 'cowboy justice,' Chechen minister claims

In the interview, which is to be aired on Tuesday evening, Kadyrov spoke on a range of domestic and international issues, from the role played in Syria by ethnic Chechens serving in the Russian military to his attitude to Islam-approved polygamous marriages.

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A 26-year-old leukemia patient, wearing a prescribed medical mask, was stopped by police in Vienna under a ban on the full Islamic veil and other “coverings,” law enforcement officials confirmed on Monday.

Doctors told the man, identified only by his first name, Valentin, to wear his mask at all times to protect his weakened immune system, the Austria Press Agency (APA) reported. Valentin said he was stopped on April 17.

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"The first thing they asked me was whether I spoke German or whether I was foreign," he told the Vice News Austrian website, as cited by AFP. "When I explained that I was from Vienna, things calmed down a bit. But then they went after my face mask."

During a “pretty grueling procedure,” the man was forced to show the police his medication and blood test results on his mobile phone. He was warned that next time he would need a doctor's certificate or would face an €80 (US$98) fine.

Valentin said he told his doctor about the incident involving the medical mask. “He just laughed and said it would be obvious to anyone why I was wearing it," he said. Valentin added: "The whole thing was quite a stressful experience, but in the end, they believed me.”

Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer confirmed to APA that the man was stopped last week.

"Covering your face for medical reasons is an exception, and in such cases law enforcement officials must be given credible proof that the surgical mask is being worn for medical reasons," Maierhofer said.

“This could be done with a certificate, but also by other means. Police can decide on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the matter was sorted out after a short discussion," he added.

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Austria joined France and Belgium in banning the burqa last year. The controversial ban on the wearing of Islamic face veils in public places came into effect in October, with other forms of face covering also prohibited. The measure received the go-ahead from both ruling parties, the Social Democratic Party (the SPO) and center-right Austrian People's Party (the OVP). Under the controversial law, Muslim women found wearing a burqa and face veil could be subject to a €150 (US$177) on-the-spot fine.

The law is supposed to exempt people who cover their faces for medical or safety reasons, including hazardous weather conditions such as smog. Participants of street carnivals and other “artistic, cultural or traditional events” are also exempt, along with athletes requiring face-covering gear.

Critics said the law, which was only expected to impact the 150 Austrian Muslim women that wear burqas, in other words, around 0.002 percent of the entire population, proved to be a complete failure.

"If this law was intended as a contribution in the fight against conservative Islam, I can only say: That didnt work out well," police commander Hermann Greylinger, who reportedly considers the law to be “crap,”told the Austrian Profil magazine.

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A 26-year-old leukemia patient, wearing a prescribed medical mask, was stopped by police in Vienna under a ban on the full Islamic veil and other “coverings,” law enforcement officials confirmed on Monday.

Doctors told the man, identified only by his first name, Valentin, to wear his mask at all times to protect his weakened immune system, the Austria Press Agency (APA) reported. Valentin said he was stopped on April 17.

Read more

"The first thing they asked me was whether I spoke German or whether I was foreign," he told the Vice News Austrian website, as cited by AFP. "When I explained that I was from Vienna, things calmed down a bit. But then they went after my face mask."

During a “pretty grueling procedure,” the man was forced to show the police his medication and blood test results on his mobile phone. He was warned that next time he would need a doctor's certificate or would face an €80 (US$98) fine.

Valentin said he told his doctor about the incident involving the medical mask. “He just laughed and said it would be obvious to anyone why I was wearing it," he said. Valentin added: "The whole thing was quite a stressful experience, but in the end, they believed me.”

Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer confirmed to APA that the man was stopped last week.

"Covering your face for medical reasons is an exception, and in such cases law enforcement officials must be given credible proof that the surgical mask is being worn for medical reasons," Maierhofer said.

“This could be done with a certificate, but also by other means. Police can decide on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the matter was sorted out after a short discussion," he added.

Read more

© WARDA NETWORK

Austria joined France and Belgium in banning the burqa last year. The controversial ban on the wearing of Islamic face veils in public places came into effect in October, with other forms of face covering also prohibited. The measure received the go-ahead from both ruling parties, the Social Democratic Party (the SPO) and center-right Austrian People's Party (the OVP). Under the controversial law, Muslim women found wearing a burqa and face veil could be subject to a €150 (US$177) on-the-spot fine.

The law is supposed to exempt people who cover their faces for medical or safety reasons, including hazardous weather conditions such as smog. Participants of street carnivals and other “artistic, cultural or traditional events” are also exempt, along with athletes requiring face-covering gear.

Critics said the law, which was only expected to impact the 150 Austrian Muslim women that wear burqas, in other words, around 0.002 percent of the entire population, proved to be a complete failure.

"If this law was intended as a contribution in the fight against conservative Islam, I can only say: That didnt work out well," police commander Hermann Greylinger, who reportedly considers the law to be “crap,”told the Austrian Profil magazine.

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