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World News: Putin criticizes foreign forces in Syria at Kremlin meeting with Assad Updated: 2021-09-15 09:23:17 KST

Let's take a look at what's going on in 'The World Now'.

We start off in Russia, where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, met Russian President Vladimir Putin during an unannounced visit to Moscow.
There Putin congratulated Assad on his re-election to a fourth term this year, while praising him for taking back 90-percent of Syrian territory and helping Russian-Syrian trade turnover to grow 3.5 times in 2021.
During the talks, the Russian leader also criticized U.S. and Turkey-backed troops that he said are preventing Assad from consolidating the country and moving along the path of reconstruction.

"The main problem in my view is that foreign military forces without the permission of the U.N. and without your sanctioning are present in some territories of the country. Which contradicts international law. This does not give you an opportunity to use maximum efforts for the consolidation of the country, and to move on the path of its restoration as fast as you could if the whole territory of the country was controlled by the legal government."

Russia's assistance allowed Assad to recapture large parts of Syria from rebels and jihadists during the country's decade-long civil war, which has killed roughly half-a-million people, while displacing millions of Syrians.
Assad thanked Russia for its military support, as well as humanitarian assistance.

Moving on over to England, where a major repair to fix cracks and holes in Stonehenge's stone circle began on Tuesday.
According to the English Heritage, the organization in charge of the operation, the repair work is one of the biggest conservation jobs at the world heritage site in decades.
The work at one of the world's most famous prehistoric monuments whose stones date back some 45-hundred years, will fix problems caused by erosion, as well as fix previous repairs which were later uncovered thanks to detailed laser scans.
Stonehenge went through two major repairs previously.
The last major job was conducted in 1958, after several fallen stones were hauled back in place, while the first restoration project was done at the start of the 20th century, after horizontal stones had fallen off the monument.

And finishing things off in New York where one of fashion's biggest nights returned.
The annual Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art returned Monday night after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The famed fashion show kicked off with the Brooklyn United Marching Band, after famous names from fashion, movies and music stepped on to the red carpet.
The event was hosted by pop star Billie Eilish and tennis sensation Naomi Osaka, who both stunned the crowd with their larger-than-life outfits.
The Met Gala marks the opening of "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion", the first part of a two-part exhibition.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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