Lebanon's resigned PM Hariri lands in Paris on Saturday for talks with French Pres. Macron; Lebanese Pres. Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah, tweets that Hariri told him he would be in Lebanon on Wednesday to celebrate country's Independence Day; Hariri resigned as Lebanese PM while in Saudi Arabia, plunging Lebanon into crisis, accusing Hezbollah of disrupting the region.
News Agencies 12:06 , 18.11.17
As it does every year, Washington will have to vote against resolution introduced by Russia as it calls for restrictions on speech and assembly, which are protected by the First Amendment; US also reportedly pressured Israel to vote 'no' or at least abstain this year.
Associated Press 13:50 , 16.11.17
Lawmakers back legislation that would sanction any individual or country providing financial, material aid to Hamas, and suspend funding to the Palestinian Authority over their stipends to families of convicted terrorists; bill also criticizes Qatar, ‘a longtime US ally that has for many years openly financed Hamas.’
Associated Press 21:19 , 15.11.17
Number of victims continues to be counted after 7.3 magnitude quake erupts along border, sending tremors throughout the region, including to Israel; as some 50 aftershocks rip through the area, footage and photos show carnage and devastation left its tracks.
Associated Press 20:50 , 15.11.17
Zimbabwean army forces storm capital of Harare, block access roads to gov't offices, parliament, courts, take over state TV; 'This is not a coup, President Mugabe alive and well,' says army spokesman, adding move only targets 'criminals around him'; ruling party accuses army of treason.
Reuters 09:20 , 15.11.17
After changing his mind in less than a day about Russian involvement in the US elections, US President Trump is slammed by former head of CIA and former head of US intelligence, blaming his actions on 'either naiveté, ignorance or fear.'
Reuters 23:15 , 12.11.17
Appearing to backtrack on statements indicating he believes Putin is 'sincere' in his denial of Russian meddling in US elections, Trump later casts doubt over ‘whether I believe it,’ saying ‘I'm with our agencies.’
Associated Pres 09:36 , 12.11.17
After speaking several times on sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, US President Donald Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin again denied allegations Russia interfered in 2016 elections, and is 'very insulted' by insinuation.
Associated Press 18:11 , 11.11.17
Trump Organization Director of Security Schiller testifies before Congress Intelligence Committee, recounts being offered, declining to have 5 women sent to Trump's Moscow hotel room during 2013 Miss Universe pageant; 'Oh my God, that's bull****,' Schiller says in response to claims Trump entertained women in Moscow.
Ynet 22:01 , 10.11.17
Shooter, who had a documented history of domestic violence, was able to buy weapons because the Air Force did not submit his criminal history to the FBI as required by military rules; gunman sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law, a member of the church, before the attack; US Pres. Trump nevertheless defends not having extreme gun license vetting policy in the US.
Associated Press 22:00 , 07.11.17
US Def. Dept. identifies shooter as 26-year-old white veteran; Daily Mail reports shooter boasted of love for guns on Facebook, and that his mother-in-law is a member of the church he gunned down; PM Netanyahu tweets, 'Horrified by the savagery in Texas. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and the American people.'
Reuters 09:45 , 06.11.17
Carles Puigdemont and four associates turn themselves in; the former Catalan leader faces charges for rebellion, sedition, misuse of public funds, disobedience and breach of trust relating to the secessionist campaign.
Reuters 15:47 , 05.11.17
US B1-B bombers drill with Japanese, as S.Korea jets over S.Korea; US stresses drill was planned ahead of time; Drills come days before Trump arrives in Asia for 5-country tour; S.Korea may announce new N.Korea sanctions before Trump's visit.
Reuters 10:50 , 03.11.17
Terrorist Sayfullo Saipov tells investigators he was inspired by ISIS videos and began planning attack a year ago, states he 'felt good about what he had done'; second Uzbek man wanted for questioning as a person of interest in the attack.
Reuters, Associated Press 09:26 , 02.11.17
US President Trump announces plan to terminate diversity visa program affording 50,000 Green Card visas annually, which brought Uzbek terrorist who murdered 8 people in Manhattan Monday to US; 'We have to get much tougher, much smarter, and less politically correct,' Trump says; 35 Israelis, 1,700 Uzbeks, 2,700 Iranians won the Green Card lottery in 2016.
Associated Press 21:33 , 01.11.17
Argentine Min. of Foreign Affairs says 5 of 8 victims in Tuesday's NYC terror attack perpetrated by Uzbek national are Argentines; one victim is Jewish businessman Ariel Erlij, who sources say paid for schoolmates' fair to NYC, intended as a gift for the 30th anniversary of their graduation.
Ynet 18:31 , 01.11.17
According to a report in the recently declassified documents about the JFK assassination, a CIA informant supplied photos in the 50s alleging that Hitler had found refuge in Tunja, where he lived with other Nazis who referred to him as 'der Fuehrer;’ CIA dismissed it as a 'fantasy.'
Tzipi Shmilovitz 11:28 , 01.11.17
Motorist drove onto busy bicycle path near World Trade Center memorial, killing eight and wounding 11 people before alighting vehicle and firing what turned out to be fake guns; 29-year-old attacker shot in abdomen by off-duty cop while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar.’
Associated Press 08:15 , 01.11.17
IRGC Commander Jafari says Iran has no need to increase the range of its missile program, as it can already hit US assets in the Middle-East, including Israel; restriction on missile range set by Supreme Leader Khamenei; cautioning against further US sanctions, Jafari says they 'would only increase number, precision of Iranian missiles.'
Reuters 22:27 , 31.10.17
Former Trump campaign head Manafort turns himself in to FBI, which will interrogate him as part of special investigation into suspected Russian meddling in '16 US presidential elections; Trump calls FBi investigation, collusion theories 'fake,' 'witch hunt' on Twitter; Former Trump adviser Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to FBI about his Russian contacts.
Associated Press, Reuters 19:02 , 30.10.17
Iranian president announces on state TV his country will continue production of missiles for its defenses, which it does not consider a violation of international agreements; 'We will produce any weapons of any kind that we need and stockpile it and use it at anytime to defend ourselves,' he says, defying US pressure.
Reuters 16:04 , 29.10.17
Ousted Catalan president Puigdemont calls for 'democratic opposition' to central Spanish gov't takeover of autonomous region; Spanish PM Rajoy also sets new election after Catalonia's parliament unilaterally declared independence; European countries, US, others reject independence, support Spanish unity.
Reuters 20:12 , 28.10.17
In interview with Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat, former top Trump advisor Steven Bannon argues next world war would be against Qatar, asserts Turkey is the greatest threat the US faces: 'It's definitely not as dangerous as its neighbor Iran, it's far more dangerous.'
Roi Kais 17:47 , 28.10.17
Catalonian Pres. Puigdemont, regional police head Trapero among Catalan leaders removed from their positions; Spain VP de Santamaria to run Catalonia until local Dec. 21 elections; some of Catalonia's roughly 200,000 civil servants threaten to disobey orders from Madrid.
Associated Press 13:15 , 28.10.17
UN's first-ever independent expert investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation finds that despite global trend toward decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations, at least 5 countries have joined dozens of countries that still consider same-sex relations, trans identity a crime—sometimes punishable by death.
Associated Press 11:22 , 28.10.17
Federal grand jury reportedly approves first charges in investigation into alleged Russian meddling in '16 US presidential election; US intelligence agencies concluded Russia interfered in election to help President Trump defeat Democratic candidate Clinton; Special counsel Mueller still investigating whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russian efforts.
Reuters 10:29 , 28.10.17
Madrid gov't dismisses Catalonia parliament Friday, hours after region declares itself an independent nation; 'Spain is living through a sad day,' says Spain PM Rajoy in televised address; France, Germany, EU, US reject Catalan independence, as several European countries fear similar secession moves of their own.
Reuters 10:17 , 28.10.17
Security Council says Assad's regime is responsible for attack on opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens and prompted a US airstrike; report warns unabated use of chemical weapons ‘will surely encourage others to follow.’
Reuters 10:17 , 27.10.17
Despite US National Archives releasing hundreds of thousands of documents on assassination of the former president, Trump complies with CIA and FBI demands to hold back on the declassification on hundreds of records; 'I have no choice,' Trump says, citing 'potentially irreversible harm.
Associated press 09:32 , 27.10.17
House overwhelmingly approves bipartisan legislation Thursday for new sanctions on Iran for its pursuit of long-range ballistic missiles, with lawmakers voting 423-2 to pass measure; new sanctions do not cancel '15 nuclear deal that Pres. Trump has threatened to undo.
Associated Press 20:54 , 26.10.17
Following Catalan's push for independence from Spain, residents of Italy's wealthy Lombardy, Veneto regions—making up 30 percent of Italian GDP—vote in referendum for more autonomy from central gov't on matters such as economics, security, immigration—all matters Italy's constitution prevents regions from claiming; 'History is being written,' says Veneto President.
Associated Press 23:30 , 22.10.17
US president hails liberation of Raqqa, saying it represents 'a critical breakthrough'; adds the next phrase of US campaign against ISIS would 'support local security forces, de-escalate violence across Syria, and advance the conditions for lasting peace.'
Reuters 09:07 , 22.10.17
Catalan leader Puigdemont threatens to call vote in regional parliament for explicit declaration of independence from Spain; Spanish PM Rajoy earlier declared that Spanish gov't will strip Catalan gov't of its powers over secession push, a move Catalania has called a 'coup.'
Ynetnews and Associated Press 22:21 , 21.10.17
In an unprecedented step, the Spanish gov't moves Saturday to take control of Catalonia and thwart its push for independence; such a move is expected to anger both independence supporters and moderate Catalans, who will see it as an attack on their autonomy.
Associated Press 17:08 , 21.10.17
A public Hurricane Harvey relief fund in Texas city conditions receipt of funds on not boycotting Israel during agreement's term; agreement is 'egregious violation of First Amendment, reminiscent of McCarthy-era loyalty oaths,' says local ACLU chapter.
The Associated Press 13:34 , 21.10.17
Ambassador Haley circulates resolution for quick vote to extend work of inspectors seeking to identify those responsible for April chemical weapons attacks in Syria; 'Renewing the mandate for the Joint Investigative Mechanism ... is critical,' says Haley.
Associated Press 09:19 , 19.10.17
US Amb. to UN Haley tells Security Council Iran 'has repeatedly thumbed its nose' at council resolutions aimed at addressing Iranian support for terrorism, saying 'this must stop'; Israeli Amb. to UN Danon adds Iran continues to threaten the world through financing and spreading international terrorism, human rights violations, anti-Semitism, and attempts to destroy Israel.
Associated Press 20:40 , 18.10.17
Kevin Wilshaw, member of racist, neo-Nazi British National Front movement for 40 years, leaves movement; Wilshaw was arrested for vandalizing mosque and for online hate crimes in past, now says he feels 'appallingly guilty.'
Yaniv Halily, London 11:53 , 18.10.17
Hawaii District Court strikes down President Trump's third attempt at travel ban, saying it 'suffers from precisely same maladies as its predecessor'; ban aimed at blocking entrance of residents of 8 mostly Muslim-majority countries to US; ruling is 'dangerously flawed,' White House says, Department of Justice to appeal.
The Associated Press 10:19 , 18.10.17
Questioned on speaking with families of 12 American soldiers killed in Niger, Trump says he wrote them, will speak to them 'when it's appropriate'; Trump then accused Obama, other former presidents of not speaking or calling families of soldiers KIA, claim proven to be false.
Reuters 22:45 , 17.10.17
After slamming both Iran and the 2017 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, US President Donald Trump says there is a 'very real possibility' he might terminate deal completely, adding that the nuclear accord is 'a horrible deal for the United States.'
Reuters 22:17 , 16.10.17
Local ambulance service head says toll will likely climb higher, as Somalis looking for their relatives pack hospitals; 'I could not help them. I could not hear their screams and the nearby buildings were burning,' says a local man who lost 5 of his cousins.
Reuters 22:03 , 16.10.17
Philippine officals confirm that Isnilon Hapilon, among FBI's most wanted terrorists, is killed in battle on Monday; US State Department had offered up to $5 million reward for Hapilon, whom it blames for kidnappings of several Americans, one of whom was beheaded in '01; 20 hostages reported to have been rescued in Monday's battle to free Philippine city under pro-ISIS control.
Associated Press 18:46 , 16.10.17
Sebastian Kurz, 31, predicted to be Austria's next leader after his People's Party campaigned on tough anti-immigration platform; Kurz, trailed by Social Democrats, not expected to receive sufficient number of votes required for majority government, potentially necessitating a deal be struck with far-right parties.
Reuters 19:28 , 15.10.17
Citing an intelligence assessment of incident, Times newspaper reports that Iran carried out a cyber attack on British lawmakers; June's UK cyber attack was designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country’s health service; Iranian government has no immediate response.
Reuters 21:41 , 14.10.17
Trump's threat to tear up Iran deal causes backlash in and out of US; 'Everyone knew Trump's friendship was for sale to the highest bidder,' tweets Iran Foreign Min. Zarif; US House Minority Leader Pelosi states, 'Trump's refusal to recertify is a grave mistake that threatens America's security'; US Sen. McCain supports Trump, saying Iran 'literally getting away with murder.'
News Agencies 20:33 , 14.10.17
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Canadian-American family returns from five years in Pakistani captivity; couple touched down in Toronto with three surviving children, one killed in captivity; wife was repeatedly raped by Haqqani network captors, husband says.
The Associated Press 12:04 , 14.10.17
Pentagon says in order to implement President Trump's tougher policy on Iran, it will review positioning of American troops as well as military plans; 'We are identifying new areas where we will work with allies to put pressure on the Iranian regime, neutralize its destabilizing influences, and constrain its aggressive power projection, particularly its support for terrorist groups and militants,' says Defense Department spokesman.
Reuters 09:12 , 14.10.17
Jewish French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay is elected new director-general of UNESCO, criticizing the US and Israel for quitting the organization instead of investing to reform it—which she promises she will.
Associated Press 22:23 , 13.10.17
President Donald Trump accuses Iran of violating the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, blaming it for a litany of malign behavior and hitting its main military wing with anti-terrorism sanctions. But Trump, breaking with a campaign pledge to rip up the agreement, said he was not yet ready to pull the US out or re-impose nuclear sanctions.
Reuters 21:31 , 13.10.17
The US president is expected to declare nuclear deal is not in America's national security interests, but won't call for re-imposition of sanctions; he will also raise array of other troubling activities, including Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support for Syrian President Assad, Hezbollah and other groups that destabilize the Middle East.
Associated Press 13:30 , 13.10.17
US to withdraw from UN cultural organization UNESCO on December 31, 2018, citing its anti-Israeli bias, as reflected by recent decisions naming Hebron Old City 'Palestinian World Heritage Site'; decision also serves as cost-saving measure for US; Sect. of State Tillerson seeks to pay American debt to organization, then withdraw.
Ynet 16:42 , 12.10.17
'White Widow' Sally Jones, infamous convert to Islam and ISIS recruiter, reported dead along with 12 year old son in US drone strike; Jones's husband was also ISIS member, killed by drone in 2015; her son, JoJo, starred in grisly propaganda video depicting shooting of Kurdish prisoners.
Ynet 12:16 , 12.10.17
Russia's state-run news agency claims N. Korea's Foreign Min. Ri stated the US will face a 'hail of fire' over Pres. Trump's Sep. UN speech, in which he threatened to 'totally destroy' N. Korea if necessary; Ri states that N. Korea's 'final goal' is 'to achieve a balance of power with the US,' as he rejects 'any talks in which our nuclear weapons will be the subject of negotiations.'
Reuters 19:52 , 11.10.17
NBC states that US Pres. Trump said he wants to return to nuclear stockpiling similar to what the US held in the '60s; Trump’s reported comments come as tensions remained high with N. Korea and regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which he has threatened to decretify; On Monday, Trump posed for a photo before declaring the moment to be “the calm before the storm.”
Reuters 18:58 , 11.10.17
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif briefs lawmakers on steps Tehran might take if the US hardens its policy towards the Islamic Republic, going into detail over plans for reciprocal action to each anticipated US move.
Reuters 13:45 , 11.10.17
Lawmaker from South says 235GB of military documents were taken from the Defense Integrated Data Center in September last year, but adds hack not expected to have compromised the South Korean military as it was not top classified intelligence.
Reuters 09:36 , 11.10.17
Moscow says White House deliberately reduced number of airstrikes in Iraq as part of strategy designed to enable IS militants to flow into Syria and impede Russian-backed advance of Syrian army; 'The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation,' says Russian defense ministry spokesperson.
Reuters 12:03 , 10.10.17
Nobel Peace Prize recipient implores US president to uphold Iranian nuclear deal amid talks he plans to walk away in the coming days or seeks to impose changes unacceptable to Tehran; 'This is not really what the world needs right now.'
AFP 11:33 , 10.10.17
As wild fires injure at least 100, incinerate at least 1,500 homes and businesses, residents flee raging flames and hospitals are forced to evacuate; people look on helplessly as they witness their homes utterly scorched by the unforgiving flames; 'It was like Armageddon was on,' say witness.
Associated Press 08:01 , 10.10.17
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's executive board votes to elect a new head for the organization, after the term of departing director Irina Bokova was sullied by financial problems and division over the inclusion of Palestine as a member state.
Associated Press 17:43 , 09.10.17
Warning comes after White House announces President Trump plans to announce new responses to Iran's missile tests, support for 'terrorism' and cyber operations; Guards' commander says Iran will respond to American recognition of Iranian Revolutionary Guards as terror group will be responded to in kind, and US army will be considered akin to ISIS.
Reuters 13:44 , 08.10.17
North's leader claims nukes 'firmly safeguard peace and security in Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia' against 'protracted nuclear threats of the US imperialists'; hours earlier, Trump tweets 'only one thing will work' in dealing with N. Korea.
Reuters 08:57 , 08.10.17
Scores of protesters in Madrid, Barcelona rally in final effort to get Spanish, Catalan leaders to negotiate an agreement that will prevent a national crisis amid Catalonia's threat to secede; Protesters hold signs that read 'More Negotiation, Less Testosterone!' and 'Talk or Resign!'
Associated Press 23:21 , 07.10.17
ISIS supporters arrested, charged with planning attacks on Times Square, concert venues and subway in New York City; attacks planned to take place during Ramadan; ringleader tells undercover agent posing as supporter of ISIS he wanted to 'create next 9/11,' prosecutors said.
News Agencies 09:06 , 07.10.17
Iran signals to world powers that it is open to talks about its ballistic missile arsenal, seeking to reduce tension over the disputed program; Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman denies, says defensive missile program is 'not negotiable.'
Reuters 23:20 , 06.10.17
Whoever wins the race to become head of the UN’s cultural and education body next week will have to try to restore the relevance of an agency increasingly hobbled by regional rivalries and a lack of money.
Reuters 22:21 , 06.10.17
Berit Reiss-Andersen, leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, announces 1.10 million-dollar prize goes to grassroot NGO for 'its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts.'
Reuters and AP 12:25 , 06.10.17
Sect. of State Tillerson holds press conference refuting claims of impending resignation; asked whether he called Trump 'moron,' Tillerson sidesteps question, calling it 'petty nonsense'; Trump: NBC should apologize to America for fake story.
Reuters 20:39 , 04.10.17
Stephen Paddock, who transferred money to Philippines before murdering 59, installed cameras inside peephole of high-rise hotel room from where he carried out his massacre to spot anyone coming for him; investigators question girlfriend as 'person of interest.'
Associated Press 09:50 , 04.10.17
James Mattis maintains support for reviewing agreement President Trump recently described as an 'embarrassment' but insists US should not walk away unless Tehran could be proven to be in violation of terms; 'If we can confirm that Iran is living by the agreement … clearly we should stay with it,' Mattis tells Senate.
Reuters 09:06 , 04.10.17
Egyptian Foreign Ministry rebuffs claims North Korean anti-tank rockets worth $23 million were destined for Cairo; Egypt insists it complies with UN sanctions on isolated country; experts estimate incident is source of recent US-Egyptian tensions.
AFP 12:39 , 03.10.17
Neither law enforcement authorities nor family of perpetrator Stephen Paddock have yet determined what caused the wealthy 64-year-old former accountant to carry out his mass shooting, killing at least 59, wounding hundreds; Sheriff: 'I can't get into mind of a psychopath.'
Reuters and Associated Press 09:33 , 03.10.17
64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on music fans at a Las Vegas festival early Monday, killing 58 and wounding 515, was known to be a peaceful, wealthy man who loved to gamble; 'He's never drawn a gun,' says his brother, Eric, who confirms his brother owned several guns.
Reuters 23:38 , 02.10.17
Delivering statement after 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock carries out worst shooting massacre in US history in Nevada, President Trump says 'Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence.'
Associated Press 19:18 , 02.10.17
Nevada resident Stephen Paddock opens fire during outdoor country music festival on Las Vegas Strip near Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino; 58 people reported killed, more than 515 wounded; shooter committed suicide before police got to him; FBI denies ISIS connection to shooter after ISIS initially claims responsibility.
Ynetnews & News Agencies 19:01 , 02.10.17
Egyptian businessmen ordered millions of dollars' worth of weapons from Pyongyang for the Egyptian military, which the North Korean tried to smuggle on a ship flying a Cambodian flag; Washington alerted Cairo, which stopped the ship, only to later learn it was bound for Egypt.
Ynetnews 11:18 , 02.10.17
Catalan referendum concludes with 884 civilians injured in clashes with police and a 90% 'yes' vote on secession from Spain, opening the door to unilateral declaration of independence; voting turnout is only 42%; Catalan leader: 'Catalan citizens earned right to independence.'
Reuters 08:35 , 02.10.17
Assailant reportedly calls out 'Allahu Akbar' before stabbing two passersby at the main train station in the southern French city; stabber shot dead by French army; authorities say attack is likely a terrorist act; ISIS claims responsibility.
Reuters, AP 23:44 , 01.10.17
As tensions mount in Spain, Catalans go out to vote in independence referendum despite police orders, leading to clashes at polling stations and ballot boxes being seized; Civil Guard officers smash their way into polling station where Catalonia regional president Carles Puigdemont due to vote.
Associated Press 23:20 , 01.10.17
As verbal war continues between US president and N.Korean leader, latest Trump tweet signals diplomatic option rapidly being replaced by decision to use military force; 'Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!' Trump tweets.
Reuters 18:36 , 01.10.17
Al Jazeera quotes Tehran's Foreign Minister Zarif as saying 'If Washington decides to pull out of the deal, Iran has the option of withdrawal and other options,' but later deleted tweet after Iranian official says Zarif was misquoted.
Reuters 22:00 , 28.09.17
In yet another anti-Semitic controversy, the UK's Labor party is accused of harboring anti-Semites after a speaker at one of their fringe events accused Israel of genocide, compared Zionists to Nazis and said that Holocaust denial should be debated.
Lior Mor 09:32 , 28.09.17
Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford acknowledges Iran's 'malign influence' in Middle East, but says it's complying with obligations stipulated in agreement; says US walking away 'would have an impact on others willingness to sign agreements.'
Reuters 11:22 , 27.09.17
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports Pyongyang moves aircraft to east coast after US bombers flew near the peninsula in a show of force; White House rejects North FM's assertion Trump's threats amounted to a declaration of war.
Reuters 13:28 , 26.09.17
Former NY Rep. Anthony Weiner sentenced for 'sexting' 15-year-old girl; Weiner pleaded guilty, pledged not to appeal sentence of 27 months or less; discovery of emails from then-wife and Clinton aide Huma Abedin prompted FBI to reopen investigation into Clinton's email use while she was US secretary of state.
Reuters 21:44 , 25.09.17