AMMAN/ARSAL, Lebanon (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's forces fired rocket and artillery barrages on a besieged mountain town near Lebanon on Monday in a push to capture the strategic area following advances against rebels in Damascus and in the north of Syria.
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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday his militant Shi'ite group, which has been fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria's civil war, would stay in Syria for as long as necessary. "As long as the reasons (to fight in Syria) remain, our presence there will remain," Nasrallah said in a speech to tens of thousands
For more than three decades, Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has come to the agency as a supplicant. He lobbied regulators as the head of cable and wireless trade groups. He has sat on the boards of companies whose businesses rely on FCC permissions, including the Internet service provider EarthLink and the Public Broadcasting Service. Read full article
The choice for the new army chief in Pakistan will affect the civil-military relations in the country and its relationship with India.
Lakhdar Brahimi’s latest mission — starting Syria peace talks — has proved to be among the most stubborn of the many conflicts he has mediated on behalf of the United Nations.
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - One Syrian security official called it the "Starvation Until Submission Campaign", blocking food and medicine from entering and people from leaving besieged areas of Syria.
James Clapper says discovering the intentions of foreign heads of state has always been a "basic tenet" for US spy agencies
Russia has a powerful nuclear deterrent. NATO will never attack nuclear Russia, and Russia will never launch any military action against NATO. The Army exists, it is capable of local, limited combat actions. Although, of course, not with the efficiency that could be achieved with the right reforms. There are many technological problems
He should’ve taken the Quiet Car. But that’s not what Michael V. Hayden did Thursday afternoon as he boarded Acela No. 2170, bound for New York. Instead, Hayden nestled into a regular coach seat and soon began what for many travelers is an Amtrak ritual: talking, often nonstop, on a cellphone as the train rolled on. Read full article >>
He should’ve taken the quiet car. But that’s not what Michael Hayden did on Thursday afternoon as he boarded Acela No. 2170, bound for New York. Instead, the former NSA director nestled into a regular coach seat and soon began what for many travelers is an Amtrak ritual: talking, often nonstop, on a cellphone as the train rolled on. Read full article >>
Navi Pillay condemned Iraq’s execution of 42 prisoners over two days this week as “obscene and inhuman” and warned that they undermined efforts to reduce violence.
The American-Russian agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons should please — and terrify — anyone hoping to see the United Nations return to relevance in global security.
By Steve Gutterman and Oliver Holmes MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia denounced U.N. investigators' findings on a poison gas attack in Syria as preconceived and tainted by politics on Wednesday, stepping up its criticism of a report Western nations said proved President Bashar al-Assad's forces were responsible. Russia, which holds veto power in the U.N. Security Council, could cite dou
Human rights groups estimate 1300 people have been killed since the protests began - 30 JUN 11.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The deal between the United States and Russia on Syrian chemical weapons was due in no small part to the labors of foreign policy veterans with contrasting styles: Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia and the United States put aside bitter differences over Syria to strike a deal on Saturday that by removing President Bashar al-Assad's chemical arsenal may avert U.S. military action against him.
US President Barack Obama has welcomed the deal to strip Syria of chemical weapons as an "important step" but said much remains to be done and warned Damascus to comply with the accord.