December 2, 2013 |
Syrian President Bashar Assad is implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country's ongoing civil war, the United Nations' human rights chief said Monday. A U.N. panel of experts, which has been investigating abuses in Syria, has gathered a "massive" amount of evidence indicating such crimes were committed, said Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights. "The evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level of government, including the head of state," Pillay said at a news conference in Geneva.
December 2, 2013 |
KIEV, Ukraine -- Protesters blocked access to the government's headquarters in central Kiev on Monday and declared a general strike as Ukraine's most serious political crisis since the Orange Revolution of 2005 reached the country's far-flung regions and towns. Hundreds of opposition activists surrounded the Council of Ministers building, parking several lines of cars in strategic spots around it and blocking doors and gates with lines of people waving blue-and-yellow national flags.
August 15, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Egyptian government building was attacked and set ablaze Thursday, allegedly by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, a day after security forces killed hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators while clearing two protest encampments. As a rally organized by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement passed in front of the Giza municipal building, protesters broke away from the march and tore down the gate, witnesses said. They threw Molotov cocktails into the two-story building and at government vehicles parked in the garage.
July 24, 2013 |
BEIJING - After years of building massive and lavish new government office buildings - including ones inspired by the White House, Versailles and the U.S. Capitol - China is saying enough is enough. Central authorities have issued a five-year moratorium on the construction of new government offices, training centers and hotels, the latest step in a frugality drive that also includes cutbacks on banquets, travel and other perks for bureaucrats. According to the State Council, China's cabinet, the new policy issued late Tuesday is important for “building a clean government and … maintaining the image of the Communist Party.
March 11, 2013 |
Over the last century, American public education was built on an assumption that it would be apolitical. School districts would not be dragged into the mire of city elections. School board members would remain above the partisan fight. Candidates would be drawn from respected local elites, sufficiently known so that large, expensive elections would hardly be necessary. Once elected, they would hand over operating responsibility to an appointed superintendent and forswear the sin of micromanagement.
May 6, 2012
CalSTRS lawsuit: An article in the May 4 LATExtra section about the California State Teachers' Retirement System suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives and board members erroneously referred to the retirement system in one instance as CalPERS, rather than CalSTRS. CalPERS — the California Public Employees' Retirement System — is not involved in the lawsuit. Orange County government building: An article in the May 5 LATExtra section about a potentially toxic government building in Orange County said that the employees union sought a restraining order to prevent soil from a nearby construction site from being disposed of. Those seeking the restraining order were former and current employees of the county's social services agency, not the union.