United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon is confident that inspectors will do their job - after they survived a sniper attack in Damascus. Chemical weapons experts gathered "valuable" evidence on a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus despite coming under sniper fire, United Nations officials said. The team´s lead vehicle was "deliberately shot at multiple times" as they left a government checkpoint during a visit to part of the city where hundreds of people were allegedly killed, Martin Nesirky told Sky News. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin after cutting short his holiday and is expected to
Will anyone ever push the reset button on Russia-U.S. relations? With the current imbroglio over Syria, the answer to that question at the moment is decidedly nyet. Moscow urged Washington on Sunday not to repeat “past mistakes” in the Middle East when dealing with the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad.Washington said Assad used it before. Russia said they did not. Doctors Without Borders and Syrian opposition say that more than 300 people died after the alleged toxic gas attack in an eastern Damascus suburb on Wednesday, but Syrian authorities denied the claim.
President Obama hasn´t yet decided how to respond to Syria´s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians, the White House said Monday, as the administration ratcheted up its rhetoric against Bashar al-Assad´s regime."We are continuing to review potential responses, to consult with our allies and partners, and with Congress as we make that review," press secretary Jay Carney said. But Obama "has not made that decision" about how to react. Carney said to expect Obama to speak on Syria "as he evaluates the potential options and responses, and as he makes a decision about a potential response." Carney´s comments came soon after Secretary
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry says chemical weapons were used in Syria and is accusing President Bashar Assad of destroying evidence. Ratcheting up criticism of Syria´s alleged chemical weapons use, Kerry called last week´s attack a "moral obscenity" that should shock the conscience of the world. He says the US has additional information about the attack and will make it public in the days ahead. Kerry says shelling the affected area afterward was not the action of a government trying to cooperate with UN investigators trying to assess what happened. The alleged chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 that killed hundreds
President Obama’s “red line” on Syria isn’t quite as straightforward as it’s been made out to be. The president is facing a complicated decision on Syria. With the White House now expressing “very little doubt” that the regime of Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in an attack Wednesday outside Damascus, some U.S. lawmakers are calling for a military response – or at least an update on what options are being considered. Today, the office of House Speaker John Boehner asserted that Syria had crossed the “red line” staked out by Obama last year – the use of chemical weapons on
Two Kenyan men have signed an agreement to "marry" the same woman. The woman had been having affairs with both men for more than four years and apparently refused to choose between them. The agreement sets out a rota for Sylvester Mwendwa and Elijah Kimani to stay in her house and states they will both help raise any children she bears. Mr Mwendwa told the BBC he loved the woman and said the contract would "set boundaries" and "keep the peace". Lawyers said the "marriage" would only be recognized if they could prove polyandry - a woman having more than
A grandson of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home on the same day after 65 years of marriage credits their faith in God for the “shocking” timing. Jeff Simon, 20, of Russia, Ohio, told FoxNews.com that his grandparents, Ruthie, 89, and Harold “Doc” Knapke, 91, met in the third grade and continued a torrid love affair until Aug. 11, when the devoted pair died just days before their 65th wedding anniversary in the room they shared on a nursing home in Versailles in western Ohio.
More than 8,000 firefighters have been brought in to battle the Rim Fire, a wildfire now the size of Chicago torching more than 225 square miles of the California wilderness. And now it´s threatening power and fresh water to San Francisco as well as the state´s iconic giant sequoia trees. So far, officials say they´ve only been able to contain 7 per cent of the blaze. ´The fire has continued to post every challenge that there can be in a fire: inaccessible terrain, strong winds, dry conditions,´ Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday. Yosemite Park spokesman
Washington -The United States is preparing legal justification for the use of force against Syria with allies Britain and France that would circumvent the United Nations Security Council, where Russia and China have vowed to block any resolution authorizing military intervention in the conflict. The US will detail its case soon, with military action possible in the coming days, sources told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. On Sunday, the US dismissed Syria´s decision to grant UN inspectors access to the the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, where Syrian rebels claim the army of nominal president Bashar Assad used sarin gas
A Cobb County couple was arrested for allowing two children to live inside a home filled with roaches, trash and animal feces, arrest warrants show. The couple’s arrests last Thursday came on the same day three adults in Gwinnett County were arrested on similar charges. (Snip) The Hightowers allegedly allowed two children, ages 14 months and 9 years, to live in a home with deplorable conditions. In addition, the baby was found to have blistering and severe diaper rash, Sharon Hightower’s warrant stated. “Her diaper was filled with urine and feces and appeared to not have been changed in the last 24 hours,”
As the US, Britain and France edged closer to approving strikes in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons, the Kremlin said that the West was moving down "a very dangerous path". "The use of force without the approval of the United Nations Security Council is a very grave violation of international law," said Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. Russia would almost certainly use its position as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council to veto a resolution authorising military action. Russian opposition leaves the West facing the prospect of armed intervention without international approval
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the Syrian government´s use of chemical arms against its own people is a "moral obscenity". In a strongly worded statement, he described footage of the alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus as "real and compelling", and not "contrived or fabricated". It comes hours after UN chemical weapons inspectors came under attack near the Syrian capital.
There’s a Lindsey Graham town hall meeting Tuesday night in North Charleston, but the senior senator from South Carolina won’t be there. It’s being held by FreedomWorks to ask: “Does Lindsey Graham care about your opinion?” [Snip] The meeting is from 6-7:30 p.m. at North Charleston City Hall. According to a FreedomWorks release, Graham declined an invitation to set a town hall meeting up for him. “It’s no surprise Lindsey Graham doesn’t want to face his constituents. If he did, he’d have to answer why he’s siding with Harry Reid and Barack Obama on ObamaCare funding,” said Matt Kibbe, president
MOSCOW — Before American fugitive Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow in June — an arrival that Russian officials have said caught them by surprise — he spent several days living at the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong, a Moscow newspaper reported Monday. The article in Kommersant, based on accounts from several unnamed sources, did not state clearly when Snowden decided to seek Russian help in leaving Hong Kong, where he was in hiding in order to evade arrest by U.S. authorities on charges that he leaked top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs.
BEIRUT - Rebel forces took control of a strategic town in northern Syria on Monday, killing more than 50 pro-government fighters and cutting off government forces´ only supply route out of the city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based Observatory also said it had obtained a photograph showing the execution of Alawite cleric Badr Ghazal by hardline Islamist rebels, highlighting the growing sectarian bloodshed of the 2-1/2-year conflict In Aleppo, rebels led by Islamist militant groups captured Khanasir, a town that sits on the government supply route connecting the northern province to the central city of
The eyes of the city were on Chicago Public Schools “Safe Passage” routes Monday morning as a 28-year-old man was shot along one of the routes and a 14-year-old boy was shot to death near another one, the day before school starts. The 14-year-old boy was shot and killed within a block of a welcoming elementary school, Melody Stem School , 3937 W. Wilcox. It’s at least the third fatal shooting along or near a Safe Passage route since mid-August. About 12:20 a.m. Sunday, the boy, Lavander Hearnes, was standing outside in the 4000 block of West Wilcox Street with
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which is known today primarily as the occasion of Martin Luther King´s magnificent "I Have a Dream" speech. Such anniversaries generate a great deal of mundane commentary to the following effect: There is no denying we made significant strides toward equality since Dr. King spoke, but we still have a long way to go, and enacting my preferred policies will help us get there. The weakness in such a line of thinking is the assertion that "we still have a long way to go." Perhaps
Hours after the early morning arrest of a second suspect in the slaying of an 88-year-old World War II veteran in Spokane, Wash., the victim’s daughter-in-law said Monday that she hoped the teenagers involved would “pay the consequences” for their “horrendous” actions. Barbara Belton told the Los Angeles Times that she got a phone call about the arrest of the second suspect around 8 a.m. Monday. She also said she knew police would eventually find the teenager. (Snip) News reports have named both suspects, but Los Angeles Times policy is not to identify juveniles accused of crimes unless they are
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that he’s all in on allowing states to approve sports gambling, which could bring generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for his state. Sitting in as a special co-host on the “Boomer and Carton in the Morning” show in New York, Mr. Christie said that it is “ridiculous” that New Jersey cannot legalize gambling on sporting events and that his administration is waging a court battle that he predicts eventually will be decided by the Supreme Court. “I think New Jersey is going to be victorious ultimately,” the Republican governor
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- One of Indonesia´s most influential Islamic groups is urging the government to cancel the Miss World pageant scheduled for next month, saying the exposure of skin by women in a competition violates Muslim teachings, an official said Monday. A top-level meeting of clerics was held earlier this month by the Indonesian Ulema Council to respond to protests from some groups over Indonesia´s hosting of the event, even after organizers agreed to cut the bikini competition and instead outfit contestants in more conservative sarongs, council chairman Amidan Shaberah said. "Our position is clear, we reject Indonesia being the
ANDERSON - Anderson Police have made an arrest in the rape of a 93-year-old woman in July. Police held a news conference Monday afternoon to announce charges against the 17-year-old. Joel Sandefur with Anderson Police confirmed Friday that a juvenile was in custody at the Madison County Juvenile Center on an unrelated charge. Iquise Vernell Taylor, 17, will be charged as an adult in the crime. The victim´s family says they hope they can be an inspiration to other victims and their families. They also praised the police department for their work. "I didn´t think it would be this soon,"
Sarah Murnaghan is expected to go home this week after undergoing two double lung transplants in June, a family spokeswoman told ABCNews.com. Sarah, who’s battling cystic fibrosis, has been living at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since February. She was able to undergo the transplants because her parents successfully fought a rule that prevented her from qualifying for adult lungs. “Things are going well here,” Sarah’s mother, Janet Murnaghan, wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday. “Sarah is working all day at physical rehab, it’s exhausting but we are making great progress.”
An interview with President Obama on Friday failed to lift the ratings of CNN´s new morning news program, according to preliminary numbers. Friday´s "New Day," which featured the interview with the nation´s chief executive, received no ratings bump -- and in fact posted numbers below the show´s average since it launched in June. The episode featuring the Obama interview averaged 280,000 total viewers, with 91,000 of them in the key 25-54 news demographic. That´s compared to the show´s averages to date of 332,000 total viewers and 122,000 viewers 25-54.
CAIRO — Two of Egypt´s former militant groups are offering an initiative to halt the country´s political violence, in which supporters of the ousted Islamist president will stop street protests if the military-backed government stops its crackdown on them, the groups´ leaders said Monday. The initiative led by Egypt´s Gamaa Islamiya and Islamic Jihad movements, which waged an insurgency in the 1990s, aims to bring dialogue between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, from which toppled President Mohammed Morsi hails. Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3 after millions took to the street demanding that he step down. Morsi´s allies
A Second World War veteran lay helpless on the floor of his sheltered accommodation for two and a half days after the council cut his intercom to save just 42 pence a day. Great-grandfather and former Desert Rat Harold Lee, 99, was terrified he would die alone after falling face down and finding he was totally unable to get up or call for help. An alarm he was carrying was desperately out of reach when he collapsed and no one came to check on him because his intercom had been disconnected in a cost-cutting drive.