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May 13, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday pressed for a negotiated settlement in Syria, but acknowledged that diplomatic efforts to end more than two years of deadly violence might not be successful. Speaking after a meeting at the White House, Cameron welcomed an agreement last week between Russia and the United States to try to bring Syria's warring sides to the negotiating table, saying, “Syria's history is being written in the blood of her people, and it is happening on our watch.” “There is now, I believe, common ground between the U.S., UK, Russia and many others,” Cameron told reporters . “Whatever our differences, we have the same aim: a stable, inclusive and peaceful Syria free from the scourge of extremism.” At the same time, he said more needs to be done to support the opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
September 5, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Who thinks Japanese writer Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature? British bettors do. British betting house Ladbrokes has Murakami as this year's favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such books as "1Q84," "Norwegian Wood," "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" and next year's "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" is frequently thought of as a top contender . In 2012, the Guardian called him the frontrunner , but he lost out to Chinese author Mo Yan, who was a new name in Ladbrokes' list that year.
August 30, 2013 | By Chris Edelson
With the Obama administration planning what it describes as limited military strikes to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, public discussion over the legality of U.S. action has addressed mainly questions of international law. Commentators debate whether the United States may take action without authorization from the U.N. Security Council. That is an important question. But debate within the United States typically ignores a separate, more fundamental question: Does the Constitution authorize President Obama to take military action against Syria without congressional approval?
May 4, 2012 | By Haitham Maleh
Syria yearns for freedom from the brutality of the Assad regime. For four decades, thousands upon thousands paid the price for their opposition to Bashar Assad and his father, Hafez Assad. We have been intimidated, arrested, tortured and killed. Since the uprising began in 2011, opposition forces put the death toll at more than 10,000, with many more imprisoned. And all because we want a free, fair Syria. I am 81; I have dedicated my life to advancing democracy, constitutional principles and an independent judiciary in my country.
January 10, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Syrian President Bashar Assad's condemnation of fellow Arab leaders exposes the power struggle running through a region where he, and his father before him, helped lead the cause of Arab nationalism. In his first address to his country since June, a defiant Assad vowed to crush a 10-month-old popular revolt against him. But he also raged at what he regards as the Arab League's betrayal of Damascus, singling out the Persian Gulf nations that have risen in stature as traditional powers Syria and Egypt have faded.
October 24, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times staff
MOADAMYEH, Syria - As his camcorder scanned the charred walls and partially collapsed roof of the mosque on the outskirts of town, Adnan Sheikh began his narration like he had dozens of other times: "Moadamyeh al Sham, 8-30-2012, the remnants of the damage and destruction that Assad's gangs inflicted when they stormed the city," he said. "Even the houses of worship were not spared. " A former physical education teacher here, Sheikh carries his camera wherever he goes these days.
November 11, 2004 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
The apparent heir to Yasser Arafat as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization is a bespectacled pragmatist with a fierce devotion to the Palestinian cause but little stomach for the rough and tumble of politics.
May 31, 1987 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Soon after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, East Jerusalem's Palestinian residents wanted to erect a monument to the Jordanian soldiers who had died in the battle for the city, and Meron Benvenisti thought he saw an opportunity. Benvenisti, the new Israeli administrator over Jerusalem's eastern sector, knew that there was formidable opposition to the idea among the Jews of the recently unified city.
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