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Senate fast-tracks bill legalizing hemp as agriculture product
Legislation that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product is getting fast-tracked through the Senate. The bill, introduced last week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was placed on the Senate calendar on Monday.
The leaders of several Local Orthodox Churches held telephone conversations on Sunday with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to discuss the serious matter of rising international tensions involving war-torn Syria. The Orthodox, Syrian, and Melkite Catholic patriarchs released a joint statement on Saturday, roundly condemning the recent attack on Syrian soil carried out by a coalition of the U.S., U.K. and France, calling it an act of “brutal aggression.”
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije (Radović) of Montenegro and Littoral called on his flock to vote “for candidates who opposed NATO” in yesterday’s presidential elections in the Balkan country. “NATO kills children and women in Syria, as it earlier killed them in Yugoslavia. NATO sows destruction and terrorism. Therefore, it is necessary to vote for those politicians who are against NATO,” the metropolitan said at a Sunday service in the village of Duklja, in the suburbs of the capital city of Podgorica, reports RIA-Novosti.
Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site
Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame. The U.S. and France say they have evidence that poison gas was used in the April 7 attack in the opposition-held town of Douma, killing dozens of people, and that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military was behind it. But they have made none of that evidence public, even after they, along with Britain, bombarded sites they said were linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
On Sunday, the United Nations Security Council rejected a Russia-drafted resolution condemning the US, British and French missile strikes against Syria. Sputnik discussed the issue with David Coburn, a British MEP with the UK Independence Party.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned of growing estrangement between the West and Russia and the dire consequences this could have for global peace.