August 3, 2012 |
The U.N. General Assembly condemned the Syrian government's latest attacks on rebellious citizens Friday in a symbolic vote that also criticized infighting on the Security Council that has thwarted intervention to halt an escalating civil war. The resolution deplored the violence engulfing Syria's biggest city, Aleppo, and included a call by Arab neighbors for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. As violence surged, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that a flotilla of its warships was heading for the eastern Mediterranean Sea. It issued conflicting accounts of whether the vessels would dock at Tartus, a Syrian port where Russia maintains a naval base.
August 1, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday exhorted his military to maintain "continued preparedness," as human rights groups condemned an apparent rebel execution of Assad loyalists in the embattled northern city of Aleppo. Assad lauded his troops' role in "confronting the criminal terrorist gangs," a reference to the rebels fighting across a wide swath of the country, in a statement marking the anniversary of the founding of the army, state media reported. Meanwhile, video surfaced online appearing to show the execution of members of a loyalist clan in an Aleppo neighborhood.
July 23, 2012 |
BEIRUT - With mounting international alarm about Syria's cache of chemical and biological weapons, the embattled government in Damascus said Monday that its "unconventional" arms stockpiles were secure and vowed not to use them - unless provoked by an outside attack. Syria publicly ruled out using such weapons against domestic rebels, but also seemed to explicitly threaten their use if foreign powers were to attack, sparking a new international outcry. "No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said during a news conference broadcast from Damascus.
July 12, 2012 |
Penn State University's top officials, including head football coach Joe Paterno, failed to protect the children who were sexually abused by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, according to an investigation of the scandal that has roiled the school since last fall. In a letter accompanying the release of the report Thursday morning, former FBI Director Louis Freeh had harsh words for the university's top officials for failing to act on reports that Sandusky, once the football team's top defensive coach, had molested children on the school's grounds.
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June 25, 2012 |
A judge sentenced Earl Ellis Green to death Monday for the execution-style shooting of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean Pfeiffer Leonard declined to overturn the jury's verdict earlier this month that Green, 46, should face capital punishment for the November 2010 slaying of the Iraq War veteran, who had been on the department for four years at the time of the killing. Jurors convicted Green of first-degree murder with special circumstances and weeks later determined that he should receive the death penalty.
May 27, 2012 |
The blood-spattered children lie on a patterned rug, their wounds graphic proof that youth offers no protection from the dark forces unleashed in Syria. An unidentified man picks up the limp corpse of one boy, displaying the battered remains for the camera. He puts the child down and hoists another lifeless young body aloft. "Massacre in Houla -- all children!" someone is heard shouting amid groans of agony and disbelief. The grisly scenes posted online Saturday from Houla, a township in Homs province, drew international condemnation and in the view of some, have the potential to become a turning point in the 14-month rebellion against the government of President Bashar Assad.
May 27, 2012 |
BEIRUT - The U.N. Security Council on Sunday condemned Syrian army artillery and tank barrages on a civilian neighborhood where 108 people, most of them women and children, were killed, suggesting in a carefully worded statement that government forces were largely responsible. As international outrage escalated, some viewed the carnage as a possible turning point in the conflict. The government and opposition groups exchanged blame for the massacre Friday in the township of Houla in western Homs province.
April 18, 2012 |
From the White House to the American Embassy in Kabul, American officials rushed to distance themselves from the actions of U.S. soldiers who posed for photographs next to corpses and body parts of Afghan insurgents. Two photos of incidents from a 2010 deployment were published Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times. In one, the hand of a corpse is propped on the shoulder of a paratrooper. In another, the disembodied legs of a suicide bomber are displayed by grinning soldiers and Afghan police.
April 18, 2012 |
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - President Obama has been briefed on a series of photos published in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, and finds the conduct of troops who posed with the bodies of dead Afghans "reprehensible," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "The conduct depicted in those photographs is reprehensible and does not in any way represent the high standards of the U.S. military," Carney said Wednesday, as the president flew to Ohio for speech on job training.
April 14, 2012 |
BEIRUT - As the cease-fire in Syria appeared to be unraveling, the U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved sending as many as 30 unarmed monitors to try to help maintain the fragile truce. Activists reported almost 30 deaths across Syria on a day when the international community sent a rare message of unity that the violence must come to an end. The bloodshed has been intensifying as rebels have increasingly taken up arms in the face of a yearlong crackdown by the government of President Bashar Assad.