Here is a brief look at Press TV newsroom's headlines from 09:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT, June 19, 2017.
Iran missile attack
Iran’s foreign minister has hailed the country’s retaliatory missile attack on terrorists’ positions in Syria. Mohammad Javad Zarif said on his Twitter page that Iran’s missile capability protects its citizens in lawful self-defense. He also said the Islamic Republic’s missile power contributes to the global campaign against terrorism and extremism. On Sunday, the 18th of June, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, the IRGC, conducted a missile attack against Daesh’s hideouts in Syria in retaliation for the recent terror attacks in Tehran.
Muslims targeted in London van attack
British counter-terrorism police say the deadly attack on Muslims in London has all the hallmarks of a terrorism incident. Basu added that all victims of the attack were Muslim and two of them are in a critical condition. He also said that it was too early to say whether the death in the incident was related to the attack since the victim was already receiving first aid at the scene. On Monday, a van rammed into Muslim worshippers outside a mosque in north of the city, injuring ten people. The Muslim Council of Britain described the incident as a violent manifestation of Islamophobia. The van driver, who was detained by people at the scene, is now in police custody. Witnesses say he shouted he wanted to kill all Muslims as he attacked the pedestrians.
Children fall victim to US gun culture
A new survey shows gunfire kills or injures at least 19 US children each day. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that boys, teenagers and blacks are most at risk. Researchers looked at data from death certificates and hospitals from 2002 through 2014. Their findings show gun violence should be regarded as a public health crisis. The yearly toll from shootings involving children is nearly 1,300 deaths and almost 6,000 non-fatal injuries. Most deaths result from homicides and suicides, while assaults caused most of the injuries.
Moscow warns Washington
Russia has once again warned the United States against any further unilateral action in Syria. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US must respect Syria’s territorial integrity. Lavrov also said that the next round of Syria peace talks will be held in Astana on July 10. He made the comments hours after the US military downed a Syrian fighter jet in the northern province of Raqqah. The attack came amid Syrian troops' advance toward Daesh positions. Damascus has condemned the move as a flagrant attack which happened while the plane was on a combat mission against Daesh terrorists. The US military confirmed the attack, accusing the Syrian side of bombing Washington-backed militants.
London mosque attack
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemns Monday's terror attack near a Mosque in London, vowing to effectively root out extremism. May described the incident as a sickening attack on British Muslims. She said the country has been far too tolerant of all forms of extremism including Islamophobia. The premier pledged to deploy extra police resources to provide security to the Muslim community especially in the final week of the holy month of Ramadan. A man was killed and 10 people were injured after a van plowed through a group of Muslim worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque on Monday morning. Police believe the attacker acted alone. The suspect is now in police custody. Meanwhile, new data shows hate crimes targeting Muslims have increased nearly five-fold across Britain in the wake of the recent acts of terrorism in the UK.
London fire toll
The death toll from a blaze that torched a London tower last week has climbed to 79. Cundy said five of the dead have been formally identified. But authorities are suggesting that they may never be able to identify some of the victims due to the intensity of the fire. The fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday in a 24-story social housing block in west London trapping residents inside. The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May says it’s working to get a public inquiry into the disaster up and running promptly. The prime minister has been facing public anger over her administration's slow and inadequate response to the incident.