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Brahimi says UN must authorise Syria strikes

Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations-Arab League joint envoy to Syria, has said that no state can “take the law into their own hands” and conduct military action against Syria without prior UN Security Council approval. Brahimi was speaking on the sidelines of the G20 summit in St Petersburg on Friday, after meetings with foreign ministers including Russia’s Sergei Lavrov, who said many nations realise that striking Syria without Security Council backing would scuttle the chances of reaching Read more […]


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3 issues that have chilled U.S.-Russia ties

September 5, 2013 — Updated 2002 GMT (0402 HKT) (CNN) — Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin of Russia meet face-to-face this week after a long summer of antagonism. Will the friction between them ease? Anyone fascinated by how power relationships evolve will be watching the two world leaders during this week’s Group of 20 nations summit in Russia. Although the pair have no formal meetings scheduled, they likely will have opportunities to chat. To say that the two men are at odds is putting Read more […]


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Syria possible strike: The White House makes its case Round II

September 4, 2013 — Updated 0847 GMT (1647 HKT) (CNN) — The White House’s case for a military strike on Syria enters Round II Wednesday. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the Hill, this time to be grilled by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. On Tuesday, he appeared before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to sway skeptical lawmakers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey joined him. Some 43 lawmakers in the House and the Senate Read more […]


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Israel and U.S. Conduct Missile Test in Mediterranean

JERUSALEM — Israel and the United States tested a new air-defense system on Tuesday morning, launching a missile from deep in the Mediterranean Sea that caused consternation in Syria and Russia given the heightened tension in the region as the Obama administration weighs a military strike in Syria. Multimedia Multimedia Feature A Broader Look at the War Across Syria Video: Obama Seeks Support on Syria Document: U.S. Assessment of Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons Video: History as a Guide in Read more […]


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Lebanese clerics charged over deadly Tripoli bombings

Lebanon has charged two religious clerics over bombings which killed at least 42 people at two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli last week. Sheikhs Hashem Minkara and Ahmad Gharib, along with three other men, are suspected of forming an armed cell to attack government institutions. The clerics are thought to have close ties to a Sunni group linked to Syria. The Tripoli blasts are considered the deadliest attack in Lebanon since the… WN.com – Photown News Read more […]


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Amid doubts, Obama and Cameron make a case for Syria strike

Arab Spring Reuters August 29, 2013 – 18:56 By Mark Hosenball and Oliver Holmes WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his allies sought to convince cautious lawmakers and the public of the need to strike Syria although officials conceded on Thursday they lacked conclusive evidence that President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to use chemical weapons against civilians. Obama told Americans on Wednesday evening that a military strike against Syria was in their interest following Read more […]