Russian Parliament Approves Use of Military Force in Syria
Russia's upper house of parliament has approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to deploy military forces abroad in Syria to aid the government of Bashar al-Assad in the fight against Islamic State militants.
A government spokesman said on state television that the vote regarded use of the Russian air force in Syria.
Russia has been building up its forces in Syria, with bombers, jets and troops arriving in northwest Syria in recent weeks, according to Pentagon officials.
On Monday, President Putin addressed the growing role of Russia in Syria, telling the United Nations General Assembly that the forces of Syrian President Assad are "valiantly fighting terrorism face to face" and that refusing to cooperate with them is "a huge mistake." He criticized the West for arming "moderate" rebels in Syria, who, he said, joined forces with the Islamic State group.
Trump Vows to Cut Taxes, Fiorina Escapes Falling Curtain
The Republican presidential campaign entered a new week with some memorable moments. Frontrunner Donald Trump revealed his tax plan on Monday in New York while rival Carly Fiorina barely escaped a falling curtain wall at an event in San Antonio.
Trump promised to cut income taxes for middle-class as well as wealthy Americans, while eliminating them altogether for people making less than $25,000 a year. He also said he would slash corporate taxes by half and reduce taxes for businesses, both to help create new jobs. He said he would eliminate exemptions and close tax loopholes for the rich.
Trump said: "We are lowering taxes very substantially, we are simplifying and we are getting rid of deductions that are actually obsolete."
Trump's Republican rivals did not have comments. Senator Marco Rubio was quite emphatic about it during a radio interview. He said: "I am not interested in the back and forth to be a member or part of his freak show."
Democratic Party presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton slammed Trump's proposal, saying the rich would benefit most from it. But both she and Trump have criticized the loopholes that help speculators, such as hedge funders, avoid taxes.
Trump was well received at a meeting with Christian and Jewish clergy Monday in his Trump Tower offices.
Vox Pop, Pastor, said: "He wasn't trying to pander to us to gain our support. He was speaking to us as one of us."
But the polls show the billionaire's Republican rivals catching up to him, with former surgeon Ben Carson only one point behind in opinion surveys.
Republican Presidential Candidate, Ben Carson said: "It kind of reflects what we've been seeing out on the road - just tremendous crowds but enormous enthusiasm."
Former business executive Carly Fiorina had a memorable moment during her campaign Monday when she barely escaped a heavy curtain wall crashing onto the stage where she spoke.
Carly Fiorina said: "Is everybody all right? Was anybody hurt?" Fiorina even joked that the fall could have been arranged by Trump or Clinton.