Russia has begun establishing a permanent presence at its military bases in Tartus and Hemeimeem in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. During his visit to the Hemeimeem base on Dec. 11, President Vladimir Putin said Russia will keep the air base as well as a naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus.
Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is in line to receive a knighthood for his political and public service in the New Year’s honours list, according to reports. Clegg has advocated a further referendum on the UK’s EU membership, and earlier this year met the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier with other anti-Brexit politicians. Mr Clegg has been a vociferous anti-Brexit voice, urging the country to hold a second referendum when the terms of the UK’s withdrawal are known. Mr Clegg first sat as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004 before becoming the MP for Sheffield Hallam.