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August 28, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - A final Western effort to win a United Nations blessing for military action against Syria appeared to collapse Wednesday, but the United States and its allies were still expected to launch a retaliatory attack in response to President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. Despite the apparent diplomatic failure, the White House received an endorsement from the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the key Western military alliance. After a meeting of the allaince's policymaking arm, NATO Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement in Brussels that reports of a chemical weapons attacks by Syria “cannot go unanswered.
April 23, 2014
Re "Vegas' water drying up," April 21 "Future droughts and a warming climate … could spell trouble for the city's 2 million residents" - that strikes me as a monumental understatement about what lies ahead for Las Vegas. Climate forecasts published years ago in respected scientific journals clearly predicted increasing dryness over the next several decades, a pattern that will eventually become devastatingly severe. Long-lasting drought has been predicted for most of Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, most of the Americas, Australia and Southeast Asia.
December 5, 1999
Each season the major leagues seems to be expanding the term "World Series" as teams search the globe for prospects. (Statistics from 1999 opening day rosters): Breakdown by country Total players 841 U.S. 663 (78.8%) Dominican Republic 66 (7.8) Puerto Rico 31 (3.7) Venezuela 25 (3.0) Mexico 12 (1.4) Canada 9 (1.1) Cuba 8 (1.0) Panama 6 (0.7) Japan 5 (0.6) Australia 3 (0.4) Colombia 3 (0.4) Curacao 3 (0.4) Jamaica 2 (0.2) Aruba 1 (0.1) England 1 (0.1) South Korea 1 (0.1) Nicaragua 1 (0.
April 11, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
WASHINGTON - The White House will block Iran's choice of United Nations ambassador from entering the United States, officials said Friday, stoking new tension between Tehran and Washington as they approach a critical moment in negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program. Facing overwhelming bipartisan pressure from Congress, White House officials said Hamid Aboutalebi would not be granted a U.S. visa. The choice of the veteran diplomat set off an outcry in Washington because of his membership in the radical student group that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held U.S. diplomats hostage during Iran's 1979 revolution.
December 16, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - With the Syrian humanitarian crisis worsening amid mounting fears of starvation and illness, the United Nations on Monday launched a drive for about $6.5 billion in aid, described as the largest amount ever sought for a single emergency. Speaking in Geneva, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, who recently returned from a trip to Syria and Lebanon, cited the plight of “millions of Syrians who are displaced and in urgent need of food, shelter and healthcare both inside the country and across the region.” Aid agencies are seeking donations from governments, private organizations and individuals.
December 10, 1988
After reading Hart's opinion, I thought what an interesting, intelligent, articulate and insightful article it was. I would much rather read (and listen) to what Hart says than to read George Bush's lips. What a shame. JEFFERY D. RATLIFF Glendale
February 2, 1991
IRAQ'S U.N. ambassador, Abdul Amir Anbari, said his nation sent letters to foreign ministers of all the nonaligned nations. He refused to discuss the contents. But Kuwait's ambassador said the letter urged governments to protest the allied bombardment of targets in Iraq. INDIAN Foreign Minister Vidya Charan Shukla flew to Beijing to seek China's support for a bid by the nonaligned nations to end the war. A PLO envoy is also in India.
May 22, 1990
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council will meet Friday and Saturday to discuss a peace plan for Cambodia, according to U.N. diplomats. Officials from the United States, the Soviet Union, France, Britain and China will hold the session, their fourth on the topic this year, to try to devise a plan for ending the 10-year-old Cambodian civil war.
April 9, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The United States is irked that Iran has chosen as its representative to the United Nations a diplomat who apparently was involved with a student group that seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The embassy takeover, a violation of international law that led to the 444-day captivity of 52 American hostages, contributed to hostility between the two countries that only recently has begun to abate. But the Obama administration is making a mistake in publicly labeling as "not viable" the posting to the U.N. of Hamid Aboutalebi, an experienced diplomat aligned with Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani.
April 9, 2014 | By Steven L. Spiegel
There's a new industry in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah. It's called Kerry-bashing: The secretary of State never should have tried to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian deal; he wasted too much time; he's too soft on the Israelis or Palestinians or both; he needs to get on to other issues. Why the criticism? John F. Kerry has brought the peace process back into focus, he's dragged both sides into talks even though they were loath to make concessions, and he has altered the dialogue and perhaps even attained some concessions behind the scenes.
April 3, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon surpassed 1 million Thursday, the United Nations said, marking a “devastating milestone,” even as many more continue to arrive each day. Tiny Lebanon has borne a disproportionate burden of the refugee crisis that has arisen from the 3-year-old Syrian conflict. The vast influx of Syrians has contributed to political, social and economic instability in this strategically situated nation wedged between Syria, Israel and the Mediterranean.
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
There's a new tone in the latest report on climate change from the United Nations' expert organization on the subject. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change doesn't just forecast the usual sweeping changes that are likely to occur as the planet warms, the kinds of warnings the public has heard (and often ignored) for decades. The report released Sunday goes further by pointing out alarming signs of what is happening already. In a rational world, it would be more than enough to propel world leaders into action.
March 14, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Amid growing international concern over U.S. control of the Internet, the federal government plans to relinquish control of policy making for the Web to the “global Internet community.” The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that it has asked the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers to bring together interested groups from around the world to come up with a plan to transition oversight of the Web. Governments have complained that the United States had too much influence over the Internet, particularly in light of revelations of online surveillance by the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies.
February 22, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations on Saturday called for improved humanitarian access for millions of needy Syrians as Syrian government forces pounded rebel positions and the latest car bomb apparently linked to the civil war exploded in neighboring Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council resolution, passed unanimously in New York, demanded that "all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered access" for humanitarian assistance, including aid across conflict zones and via international borders.
February 4, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan - Toddlers tottering in the dust, elderly men sitting in the shade to escape the sapping heat, clustering flies, the drifting smoke of cooking fires, and the sour smell of far too many people crowded into a small space. If things are bad now at the displaced persons camp near the main U.N. peacekeeping base in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, they'll soon be much worse. The rains are coming. By April or May they'll bring malaria, mud, perhaps cholera, and make life in these camps even more miserable.
February 4, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan -- Toddlers tottering in the dust, elderly men sitting in the shade to escape the sapping heat, clustering flies, the drifting smoke of cooking fires and the sour smell of too many people crowded into a small space. If things are bad now at the displaced-persons camp near the main U.N. peacekeeping base in Juba, South Sudan, they'll soon be much worse. The rains are coming within months. They'll bring malaria, mud, perhaps cholera, and make life in these camps even more miserable.
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