September 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Syrian government submitted an "initial disclosure" of its chemical weapons to international inspectors, officials said Friday, the first step under an ambitious deal that aims to eliminate President Bashar Assad's illicit poison gas arsenal. Experts at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague began translating the document from Arabic and reviewing its contents, but organization officials released few details. It thus wasn't clear whether Syria's disclosure met the terms of last week's U.S.-Russian agreement, which called for Assad to submit by Saturday "a comprehensive listing, including names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions and location and form of storage, production and research and development facilities.
September 20, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian commandos armed with assault rifles and handguns seized a Greenpeace ship and detained 30 activists who were protesting oil drilling in the Arctic, Greenpeace and Russian officials said Friday. Activists aboard the the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker ship told Greenpeace officials that about 15 troops rappelled down ropes from a combat helicopter in a surprise raid Thursday night in international waters, said Maria Favorskaya, a spokeswoman for the environmental group. “At gunpoint, they rounded up all the people on board and also broke the door of the radio room, where some activists tried to barricade themselves in, ” Favorskaya said.
September 19, 2013 |
Looking to classic novels to learn about the spirit of love is one thing, but what can “The Idiot” teach young people about sexual responsibility? Instead of a curriculum covering condoms and sexually transmitted diseases, Pavel Astakhov, Russia's children's ombudsman, is advising that children look to literary fiction. “The best sex education that exists is Russian literature ," Astakhov told Rossiya-24 news channel. "In fact, literature in general. Everything is there, about love and about relationships between sexes.
September 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The ambitious U.S.-Russian deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough just days ago, hit its first delay Wednesday with indications that the Syrian government will not submit an inventory of its toxic stockpiles and facilities to international inspectors by this weekend's deadline. The State Department signaled that it would not insist that Syrian President Bashar Assad produce the list Saturday, the end of a seven-day period spelled out in the framework deal that Washington and Moscow announced last weekend in Geneva.
September 18, 2013 |
More Americans have negative views of Russian President Vladimir Putin than at any time since he came to power in 2000, and a majority now see Russia as no friend of the United States, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicated. The survey conducted this week reflected a sharp downturn in U.S.-Russia relations over the last few months, as most respondents in a poll three months ago still held a favorable impression of the former superpower and its leader. Putin's granting of political asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in August, and his government's targeting of gays and lesbians with fines and imprisonment for homosexual "propaganda," were cited by poll analysts as likely contributors to the changed attitudes toward Moscow.
September 17, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that a report by United Nations weapons inspectors provided no proof that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces were responsible for a chemical attack last month. Lavrov's comments, after a meeting Tuesday with his French counterpart, underscored the differences that remain between world leaders after the United States and Russia agreed Saturday on a plan for Syria to give up its chemical weapons by the middle of next year.
September 17, 2013 |
Tim Tebow has options. A football team in Russia has offered him $1 million to play in just two games. The Arena Football League team LA Kiss wants to sign him to a three-year contract. An unnamed NFL team reportedly talked about giving him a shot at a position other than quarterback . Problem is, the popular yet unemployed Heisman Trophy winner wants to play in the NFL but doesn't want to switch positions in order to do so. The one team that would kinda, sorta make sense in that scenario might be the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, they still are an NFL team)
September 16, 2013 |
Here's a scorecard on how the U.S.-Russia deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons may play out for some of the key players: • A relief for the Obama administration and even more for the American public, which opposes the potential slippery slope of even a limited intervention. • A setback for interventionists who favor greater U.S. involvement on Syria, where 99% of the deaths have been from conventional weapons. • A boon for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who's struggled to rebuild Moscow's status on the world stage since the Soviet Union's demise.
September 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defending his handling of the biggest international crisis of his second term, President Obama said a deal to seize Syria's chemical arsenal could be the foundation for a political settlement to resolve that country's civil war without U.S. military intervention. In an interview taped Friday , the day before the United States and Russia reached a deal that would impound or destroy Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical stockpile by mid-2014, Obama said his decision to seek a diplomatic resolution, which critics have sharply derided, would stop Assad's use of his most indiscriminate weapons.
September 14, 2013 |
LONDON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced Saturday that the U.S. and Russia had agreed on a framework for impounding and destroying Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons by the middle of next year. Damascus will be given one week from now to give an inventory of its chemical arsenal and will have to allow international inspectors into Syria “no later than November,” Kerry said after a third day of intense negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva.