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September 6, 2013 |
Desirae Macias and her sister were seated in the back of a car earlier this week when gunfire erupted from a passing vehicle. The 7-year-old attempted to shield herself from the bullets. But one of them struck her in the back of the head. Next to her, Mary, 8, was covered in her blood, alive but traumatized. Desirae's mother desperately performed CPR. Desirae is now on life support at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and is not expected to survive. Meanwhile, outrage about the violence is growing.
September 5, 2013 |
There is a certain freedom in knowing that, no matter what you do, you will make someone mad. That is the situation in which President Obama finds himself regarding Syria: He has no good options, so he is free to simply choose the one he believes is right. He believes the government of Syrian strongman Bashar Assad must pay a price for using chemical weapons on his own people. He believes that price should be a missile strike delivered from U.S. warships because no one else is willing to stand up for the mandates of international law that have long said the use of chemical weapons is abhorrent.
September 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The United States now has evidence that sarin gas was used in the chemical weapons attack against innocent Syrian civilians, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Sunday. The new evidence adds to the case that the Obama administration will make to Congress for taking military action against Bashar Assad's regime, one that they are confident lawmakers will heed, Kerry said. "I don't believe that my former colleagues in the United States Senate and the House will turn their backs on all of our interests, on the credibility of our country, on the norm with respect to the enforcement of the prohibition against the use of chemical weapons," Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press," one of several interviews he was to sit for less than 24 hours after President Obama's surprise decision to seek a congressional vote on a military strike against the Syrian government.
August 30, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES - When the Argentine oil company YPF announced two years ago that it had discovered some of the world's largest reserves of shale gas and oil on a barren plain in Patagonia, many began looking to the energy industry as the answer to Argentina's financial woes. The country's growing dependence on foreign fuel has been a main driver of economic instability. Oil and gas imports have drained currency reserves, and large energy subsidies have contributed to a soaring inflation rate.
August 28, 2013 |
The threat of a U.S. strike on Syria is roiling global oil markets and could cause temporary price increases at the pump. The price of October U.S. crude oil continued to rally Wednesday, rising to $110.34 a barrel -- a 1% increase. Brent crude oil was up $1.95 at one point, reaching nearly $116 a barrel. Oil prices have been rising since July, when tensions in Egypt escalated into a crackdown on supporters of now-ousted president Mohamed Morsi. But prices jumped this week as the Obama administration weighed taking military action against the Syrian military for apparently launching a chemical attack against civilians. Photos: Gas stations with flair Though Syria is not a large oil producer, the fear is that the conflict could spread across the region. "The entire Middle East could become involved in this," said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com.
August 28, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- As panicked Israelis broke into fistfights at one gas mask distribution center, Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday deployed extra missile-interception systems to the north and approved a limited mobilization of reservists. The country is bracing for the blowback of a possible U.S. airstrike against Syria over the Syrian military's alleged use of chemical weapons. Damascus has threatened to retaliate against Israel if the Americans attack. But Israeli officials said they continue to believe that the chances of a strike by Syrian President Bashar Assad or his allies remain low. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged citizens to remain calm, saying the military is prepared to respond to any threat.
August 27, 2013 |
BEIJING -- North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria this spring, presumably for use in the Middle East nation's chemical weapons program, but the shipment was intercepted by Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese newspaper reported Tuesday. The Libya-flagged ship El Entisar (“Victory”) was stopped April 3 by Turkish authorities as it passed through the Dardanelles, the Sankei Shimbun reported. Acting on the tip from the United States, authorities searched the ship and seized 1,400 rifles and pistols and about 30,000 rounds of ammunition as well as the gas masks.
August 27, 2013 |
With Western leaders claiming to have irrefutable evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, support for punitive military action is mounting among nations horrified by what they say was a war crime. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Turkey and Syria's concerned Arab neighbors have vowed to act forcefully to deter Syria or any other nation from resorting to use of banned weapons. What remained undecided, analysts said Monday, was the nature, scope and timing of the action to punish Assad for the apparent Aug. 21 gas attacks that may have killed more than 1,000 people.
August 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Moving closer to possible U.S. military action, Secretary of State John F. Kerry condemned last week's apparent poison gas attack in Syria as a "moral obscenity" and declared that President Obama believed those responsible must be held accountable. Kerry, saying he was horrified by the images of the victims, made a case for a forceful response against President Bashar Assad's government. He said evidence of a chemical attack that caused "the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians" in the suburbs of Damascus early on Aug. 21 was undeniable.
August 21, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- Syrian opposition activists Wednesday accused the government of killing scores of civilians, including women and children, in a poison-gas assault on rebel strongholds outside Damascus. The official Syrian news agency called the reports “untrue” and designed to derail a United Nations inquiry into charges of chemical weapons in the conflict. Opposition activists say the number of dead may be in the hundreds. There was no independent confirmation of the allegations.