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CNN host grills GOP lawmaker: ‘Who cares’ if Russia gets an edge in Syria deal?

CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) why he insisted on slamming President Barack Obama’s administration for allowing the Russians to help negotiate a deal for Syria to hand over it’s chemical weapons. “The Syria plan has been confusing at best over the…

Syria hails U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal as a ‘victory’ that averts war

A US-Russian plan to remove Syria’s chemical weapons is a “victory” that averts a war, a Syrian minister said Sunday, as Washington’s top diplomat briefed Israel about the landmark deal. “On one hand, it helps the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it has allowed for averting…

U.S. and Russia agree on Syria chemical weapons plan: John Kerry

Washington and Moscow have agreed a deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the Assad regime. And we…

U.S. and Russia enter third day of negotiations on Syria

The United States and Russia were Saturday to hold a third day of complex talks, seeking to hammer out a deal on eliminating Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons, amid persistent differences. UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday meanwhile accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of crimes against humanity as the talks aimed…

UN chief: ‘Overwhelming’ evidence of Syrian chemical weapon attack

UN experts will give “overwhelming” confirmation that chemical weapons were used in Syria, UN leader Ban Ki-moon predicted Friday, as he blasted President Bashar al-Assad as a war criminal. Ban did not say that Assad’s forces carried out a suspected chemical arms attack near Damascus investigated by UN experts. But…

Syria’s Assad promises to hand over chemical weapons to avert strikes

President Bashar al-Assad vowed to hand over Syria’s chemical weapons Thursday as Moscow and Washington were set to begin high-stakes talks on a Russian plan to avert US-led military action against his regime. Speaking to Russian television, Assad said Syria would place its chemical weapons under foreign control in line…

Red Cross chief: Syria needs humanitarian aid, not just military threats

Red Cross chief Peter Maurer on Wednesday urged the international community to do as much to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria as it is doing to fight the chemical weapons threat in the country. “As much as we appreciate the whole political power and energy going into the really…

Russia hands Syria chemical arms plan over to the U.S.

Russian officials have given the United States a plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under international control, ahead of a key meeting between Moscow and Washington’s top diplomats in Geneva, reports said Wednesday. “We handed over to the Americans a plan to place chemical weapons in Syria under international…

Syrian jihadist fighters attack Alawite civilians

Twelve civilians from Syria’s Alawite minority, to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs, have been killed by jihadist fighters in the central province of Homs, a Syrian NGO said Wednesday. Fighters from the Al-Nusra Front and another rebel group attacked three Alawite villages near the city of Homs Tuesday, the Syrian…

Obama: ‘Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria’

President Barack Obama responded to detractors on both sides of the political aisle while defending his administration’s military pressure on Syria in a televised address on Tuesday night. “Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at statke in Syria,” Obama said. “Along with our leadership of…

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