August 21, 2013 |
LONDON -- European nations agreed Wednesday to suspend the export of any equipment to Egypt that its security forces could use to suppress opposition to the military-backed government, but they will continue to provide economic aid to the turmoil-ridden Arab nation. “We do believe that the recent operations of the security forces have been disproportionate,” said Cathy Ashton, the top diplomat of the European Union. But she called Egypt “a crucial partner” whose people deserved continued economic assistance, especially the “most vulnerable” residents and those trying to build civil society.
March 14, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- Any government considering arming Syrian rebels should conduct a “rigorous human-rights risk assessment” before proceeding with weapons transfers, Amnesty International said Thursday. The group released a pair of studies detailing abuses by both sides in the Syrian conflict. Amnesty's caveat about arms transfers comes as at least two Western governments, Britain and France, are said to be contemplating providing weapons to rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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April 10, 2013 |
A man cut through his arms with saws at a Home Depot in West Covina, shocking employees and customers who saw the grisly scene play out at the busy store, police Wednesday night. The man calmly walked into the store on Azusa Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday and grabbed the handsaws, the West Covina Police Department said. "He just began sawing away," Cpl. Rudy Lopez told The Times. "He was pretty much intent on doing what he did. " The man cut both arms down to the bone as panicked people called 911 for help.
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April 11, 2013 |
A man who walked into a West Covina Home Depot and sawed his arms to the bone remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon. West Covina police have spoken with the man's family but have not talked to him because he lost a lot of blood and has not recovered enough to talk, said Cpl. Rudy Lopez. Surgeons managed to save the arms of the man. No further details were available about his condition. West Covina police say the man calmly and quietly walked into Home Depot before 1 p.m. Wednesday and headed to the hardware section where the saws were.
November 6, 2013 |
For scientists building devices that would allow the paralyzed to interact with their environment (as well as those wishing to understand the workings of the brain), it's important to understand that using two virtual arms is a more complex proposition than using each arm separately and multiplying by two. But with a little help and a lot of technology, a new study shows, even a monkey can be taught to do it. The latest account of a brain-machine interface that could give a quadriplegic two good hands was published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine . The article describes a process by which two monkeys were taught to move two arms on a computer terminal in front of them, using only their thoughts.
November 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. ambassador to Syria on Thursday confirmed reports that the Obama administration is considering whether to provide arms to the rebels in that country, but suggested that no decision has been made. "We believe a military solution is not the best way" to solve Syria's problems, Robert Ford told a conference on humanitarian aid. "Syria needs a political solution. … Do arms help achieve that political solution, or will they make it harder? That is the question that we are considering.
December 15, 2009 |
An Iranian arms trafficker was sentenced in Delaware on Monday to five years in prison after being snared in a global undercover investigation. Amir Hossein Ardebili, 36, pleaded guilty last year to violating U.S. arms control laws by trying to purchase components for Iranian fighter planes and missile guidance systems. His case offers a rare look into the faceoff between Washington and Tehran that is increasingly reminiscent of the Cold War. Ardebili does not fit the profile of high-rolling arms merchants who have been arrested in similar stings around the world.
January 26, 2011 |
Why are Americans such wusses? Threaten the Greeks with job losses and benefit cuts and they tie up Athens, but take away Americans' jobs, 401(k)s, even their homes, and they pretty much roll over. Tell British students that their tuition is about to go up and they take to the streets; American students just amp up their doses of Prozac. The question has been raised many times in the last few years, by a variety of scholars and commentators -- this one included -- but when the eminent social scientist Frances Fox Piven brought it up at the end of December in an essay titled "Mobilizing the Jobless," all hell broke loose.