11 Updates
UN completes first day of probe in Syria
Photo Credit: Handout, Getty Images

UN completes first day of probe in Syria

Aug 27 2013, 3:40am CDT | by IANS

United Nations, Aug 27 (IANS) A team of UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria carried out their first day of investigation despite a sniper attack on their convoy, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

United Nations, Aug 27 — A team of UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria carried out their first day of investigation despite a sniper attack on their convoy, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

47 weeks ago

UN completes first day of probe in Syria

Aug 27 2013, 3:40am CDT | by IANS

United Nations, Aug 27 (IANS) A team of UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria carried out their first day of investigation despite a sniper attack on their convoy, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

United Nations, Aug 27 — A team of UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria carried out their first day of investigation despite a sniper attack on their convoy, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

"What I am told at this time is that their vehicle was attacked by unknown snipers, but despite such very difficult circumstances, our team returned to Damascus and replaced their car and proceeded to a suburb of Damascus to carry on their investigation," Xinhua quoted Ban as saying Monday.

Earlier Monday, the UN convoy came under sniper fire on their way to a suspected chemical-weapons attack site. The first vehicle of the UN investigators was "deliberately shot at multiple times" by unidentified snipers, the UN said.

The inspectors "visited two hospitals", "interviewed witnesses, survivors and doctors" and also "collected some samples" at the site of the latest alleged use of chemical weapons Aug 21.

"It was a very productive day," said Farhan Haq, the UN spokesman, adding that the team, led by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, was "already gathering valuable evidence".

The UN team was in a buffer zone between government and opposition-held areas when it came under attack.

Ban said the UN had made a "strong complaint" to the Syrian government and opposition forces. The rebels and Assad's government traded blame for the sniper assault just as they did over the chemical attack.

On Aug 21, the Syrian opposition claimed that 1,300 people were killed in chemical weapon attacks carried out by the government army on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus. The Syrian government strongly denied the accusation.

The UN investigation team was originally scheduled to spend up to 14 days, with a possible extension, probing the alleged use of chemical weapons in the northern Khan al-Assal town and two other undisclosed locations.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

18 hours ago

Nigeria: Is Religion Used as an Excuse to Rape?

Jul 23 2014 8:53pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Whether you call the girl a "wife" or an "infidel," abducting and molesting her is still rape with religion used as a cover to justify carnal assault. One hundred days ago, Boko Haram, a diffuse Islamic sect, abducted 243 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria They carted them off to unknown forest locations where they are still being held. Some who escaped told of gang rapes. So much for religion. "For a grou ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
10

1 day ago

UN Human Rights Chief: 'Strong Possibility' Israel Committed War Crimes in Gaza

Jul 23 2014 11:48am CDT | Source: Big Government

Navi Pillay, chief of the United Nations
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday that there "seems to be a strong possibility" that Israel is guilty of war crimes for Operation Protective Edge, a military operation targeting the terrorist group Hamas in which Israel has taken extraordinary measures to save civilian lives. In a statement on the current situation in Gaza, Pillay urged an immediate ceasefire and claimed that Israel was possib ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
9

2 days ago

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Blames Israel and 'Occupation' for Ongoing Conflict

Jul 22 2014 12:17pm CDT | Source: Big Government

UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon Holds A Press Conference In Amman
Ban Ki-Moon, secretary-general of the virulently anti-Israel United Nations, came to Israel to push for a ceasefire with Hamas. Ban Ki-Moon told Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, "I appreciate Israel's security concerns. You need to protect your people from rockets and I strongly condemn the rocket fire. But your military response is causing many civilian casualties. I hope we will be able to see the end of this violence as soon ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
8

2 days ago

World View: Gaza War Splits Arab States into Competing Alliances

Jul 22 2014 11:44am CDT | Source: Big Government

The 6th Round Of The China-U.S. Strategic And Economic Dialogue & 5th Round Of The China-US High Level Consultation On People-To-People Exchange
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists grudgingly give up 'black boxes' Gaza war splits Arab states into competing alliances Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists grudgingly give up 'black boxes' Late Monday, the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, under enormous international pressure, grudgingly handed over to Ma ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
7

2 days ago

U.S. Urges Global Push For Israeli, Hamas Cease-Fire

Jul 21 2014 4:57pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

The 6th Round Of The China-U.S. Strategic And Economic Dialogue & 5th Round Of The China-US High Level Consultation On People-To-People Exchange
CAIRO (AP) — With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants — the third since 2009. Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of more than 1,500 ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
5

3 days ago

Israel must 'die'

Jul 20 2014 4:10pm CDT | Source: WND

PALESTINIAN-EZZEDINE AL-QASSAM-BRIGADES
“Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded.” That was a statement made by Khaled Meshaal, a leader of Hamas. The following was received by Israeli citizens in the Binyamin region via text message (after Israel had agreed to a potential ceasefire) and prior to the escalation of Israel’s action to protect its citizens from indiscriminate rocket attacks: “Your government claimed yesterday that it stopped the battle, but without our consent and meeting ou ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND
 

 
Update
4

4 days ago

Gaza Attack: At Least 40 Palestinians Killed By Israeli Shelling On Sunday, Hospital Says

Jul 20 2014 4:09am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 20 (Reuters) - At least 40 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighborhood, where bodies were strewn in the street and thousands fled toward a hospital packed with wounded, witnesses and health officials said. The mass casualties in the Shejaia district in northeast Gaza were the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the P ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
3

4 days ago

Thousands Flee Major Battle In Gaza

Jul 20 2014 1:07am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Escalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City on Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed scores of Palestinians, forced thousands to flee their homes and left dozens of homes destroyed. Palestinian health officials reported at least 50 dead in air and artillery strikes that echo ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
2

6 days ago

UN Head Calls ISIS Gains 'Deeply Worrisome,' Suggests Sanctions on Jihadist Group

Jul 17 2014 9:01pm CDT | Source: Big Government

UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon Holds A Press Conference In Amman
The jihadist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), rose to prominence in June as it swept through northern Iraq, conquering major cities like Mosul and Tikrit. One month later, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon suggested that the group is "deeply worrisome" and countries should sanction it. According to Reuters, Ban responded to the growing crisis in a UN report obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. In the report, he called the group's ris ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
1

1 week ago

U.N. Strips Syrian Government Of Ability To Block Humanitarian Aid

Jul 14 2014 2:47pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

A U.N. convoy delivers much needed aid to the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria CREDIT: AP Photo/UNRWA After months of mounting frustration, the United Nations on Monday stripped Syria’s government of the ability to block humanitarian aid, granting agencies the ability to cross into Syria without Damascus’ approval. In a unanimous vote, the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council passed resolution 2165, which opened up four routes from Iraq, Turkey, and Jordan into Syria for humanitarian aid worker ...
Source: ThinkProgress   Full article at: ThinkProgress
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Modi to visit Nepal Aug 3-4
Kathmandu, July 24 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal Aug 3-4, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey told IANS Thursday.
 
 
Nigeria twin blasts toll rises to 110
Lagos, July 24 (IANS) The toll from the twin bomb attacks in Nigeria's Kaduna State Wednesday has risen to 110, with more injured victims being rushed to hospital for treatment, a humanitarian aid official said Thursday.
 
 
Modi to visit Nepal Aug 3-4
Kathmandu, July 24 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal Aug 3-4, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey announced Thursday.
 
 
UN chief wants 'thoroughly inclusive' government in Iraq
Baghdad, July 24 (IANS) Visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday called for the formation of a "thoroughly inclusive" government in Iraq as the country grapples with increasing violence and chaos.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

India women beat Canada 4-2 in CWG hockey
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team beat Canada 4-2 in the opening match of the Commonwealth Games here Thursday. The match started in high momentum with both teams going on the attack immediately....
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Google, Apple And Facebook Are In The Clear. So Why The Angst?
When Google reported its earnings last week eMarketer ran an article that showed how Google along with Facebook accounted for over 72% of the increased ad spend in mobile in 2013, and that they were going to surpass...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Why Are Stocks Still Rising? Is This A Bubble?
Investors often ask me, “why is the stock market still going up after five years?” They think it must mean ‘prosperity is ahead.’ Actually, it’s largely due to financial engineering: stock buybacks. It’s important to...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
CWG: Indian judoka Chana settles for silver
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) Indian judoka Navjot Chana had to settle for the silver medal after he lost the final bout of the men's -60kg category to England's Ashley McKenzie in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Scottish...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ford Plans to Tap Africa, Middle East Market
Ford Motors has outlined an aggressive plan to accelerate the activities of its newest business unit, the Middle East and Africa. Leveraging its One Ford Global Portfolio, the company will launch at least 25 new...
Read more on Auto Balla
 
Shushila wins India's third medal at CWG
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) Judoka Shushila Likmabam won India its third medal on the opening day of the 20th Commonwealth Games, settling for the silver in the final of the women's -48kg category here Thursday. Kimberley...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
WTF of the week: Apple could be ‘obsolete’ in 2-3 years
At some point in the future, Apple will no longer be the consumer technology giant it is today. It will become obsolete. Its products will no longer be trendy. Other companies will innovate and drive Apple out of...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
CWG: Weightlifters Sanjita wins gold, Mirabai silver for India
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) India opened its medal count in CWG with Manipuri girls Sanjita Khumukcham and Mirabai Chanu Saikhom winning the gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 48kg category of weightlifting...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Here’s yet another way the iPhone 6 is messing with Samsung
Samsung has already started making fun in a TV commercial of the unreleased iPhone 6, telling potential buyers that its Android handsets had bigger displays for quite a while in an obvious attempt to kill the iPhone 6...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
By The Numbers: How Many iPhone 6's Is Apple Planning To Sell
It has been well publicized from a Wall Street Journal article that Apple has asked its suppliers to build between 70 to 80 million iPhone 6’s by the end of the year vs. the 50 to 60 million that were planned for last...
Read more on Apple Balla