January 17, 2014 |
BEIRUT -- The Syrian government Friday said it had presented plans to its Russian allies for a cease-fire in the northern city of Aleppo and an exchange of prisoners with the opposition in advance of peace talks next week in Switzerland. The announcement in Moscow by Walid Moallem , the Syrian foreign minister, appeared to be a significant development in advance of possibly landmark peace talks slated to begin Wednesday in the Swiss city of Montreux . The proposals would also seem to put the government of President Bashar Assad , whom the opposition has been fighting to topple, at the center of the cease-fire plan.
November 5, 2013 |
Politics and the Olympics have always made for an uneasy pair. The International Olympic Committee has traditionally tried to keep a church-state separation but, as a global entity, keeps bumping into government policy. On Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach will address the United Nations to ask for an Olympic truce -- a cessation of all hostility during the 2014 Sochi Games from Feb. 7 to 23. The proposed truce will be introduced by the Russian Federation on behalf of the IOC. The tradition dates back to the 9th century BC and was reintroduced to the Modern Games in 1992.
June 14, 2013 |
Laying aside years of bad blood that has at times threatened to spill into open warfare, the mayors of San Francisco and New York City agreed Friday afternoon to a digital detente that will include co-hosting a technology summit this year. Known humbly as the Bloomberg Technology Summit, the conference will bring together tech leaders, politicians and other assorted Internet types (cats?) to discuss how the cities can grow their tech economies while also tapping those same ideas to solve the host of social, economic and cultural problems plaguing both metropolises.
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April 24, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Obamacare is supplying fresh ammunition for one of the oldest turf wars in Sacramento. It pits doctors - represented by the politically powerful California Medical Assn. - defending their turf against other medical providers. They're nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists. In political speak, it's about "scope of practice" - the type of medical care non-doctors are allowed to provide. The war has been waged for many decades, at times also involving chiropractors, podiatrists and any number of medical professions trying to encroach on the docs' terrain.
March 21, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A jailed Kurdish militant leader called Thursday on guerrilla fighters battling Turkey's government to lay down their arms as part of a cease-fire, a development that could mark the beginning of the end of decades of bloody conflict that have cost some 40,000 lives. “Let guns be silent and politics dominate,” Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned head of the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), said in a message read at a massive rally in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Reuters reported. “The state has been reached where our armed forces should withdraw beyond the borders.
March 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration reacted with new sanctions and blunt warnings Monday to a North Korean declaration that it had "completely scrapped" the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Sharpening the tensions on the peninsula, the North Korean regime declared in the party newspaper Rodong Sinmun that the 60-year-old truce was over and "the time for final showdown has arrived. " It severed a hotline that has been used to prevent an unintended confrontation between North and South Korea and angrily condemned a 13,000-troop U.S.-South Korean military exercise that began Monday.