Friday, 22 March, 2019

United Nations approves cease-fire in Syria after week's death toll passes 500

Syria shelling United Nations approves cease-fire in Syria after week's death toll passes 500
Patty Aguilar | 25 February, 2018, 08:58

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria as rescuers in the country's eastern Ghouta region said bombing would not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war.

Council members also expressed concern that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime will not adhere to the immediate ceasefire.

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a surge of rocket fire, shelling and air strikes have killed as many as 500 people since Sunday night.

Russia's United Nations envoy, Vassily Nebenzia, said the ceasefire would not be possible without agreements between warring factions.

The UN special envoy for Syria, Steffan de Mistura, stressed the urgent need for a ceasefire to stop the "horrific heavy bombardment of Eastern Ghouta and the indiscriminate mortar shelling on Damascus".

Russia's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has called an immediate ceasefire unrealistic, and in an apparent bid to get Russian support, sponsors Kuwait and Sweden amended the draft resolution to drop a demand that the ceasefire takes effect 72 hours after the resolution's adoption.

After the vote in NY, activists said air strikes were continuing.

Bombing on Saturday killed at least 22 people and left dozens wounded.

United States men's curlers apparently awarded women's gold medals after win over Sweden
And last but not least, US women's curling team member Becca Hamilton had to give her brother a snarky little shoutout. Team Shuster went on to win the US Championships in 2015, beating teams from the USA Curling high performance program.

Hazard reveals position he wants Conte to field him in Barcelona clash
"About this player I can talk only really well, because he played with us last season", he said . It will be totally different, but must play with the same mentality and prepare well.

Graham's body to make journey from mountains to Charlotte
The Billy Graham Evangelical Association announced Graham's funeral service will take place at noon on March 2. Invitations to the funeral will be extended to President Donald Trump and former presidents, DeMoss said.

Diplomats said Saturday's vote ended up being a bit of a showdown between Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, and her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia, over the timing of a ceasefire.

Russian Federation has blamed Nusra fighters, from al-Qaeda's former Syria branch, for provoking the situation in Ghouta. However, the rebel groups have so far refused.

Syrian government and Russian Federation claim they only target militants.

More than 500 people, including more than 120 children, have been killed in seven days of relentless airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta, which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described as "hell on earth".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sent a joint letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it was time for action and asking for his support.

The key point of contention that held up the resolution since it was formally introduced by Kuwait and Sweden on Wednesday was the timing of when the ceasefire should start.

In another concession to Moscow, the resolution said the ceasefire will not apply to operations against the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda, along with "individuals, groups, undertakings and entities" associated with the terror groups.

BEIRUT-Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said on Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days.

Recommended

  • Jaguars QB Bortles agrees to three-year deal

    Jaguars QB Bortles agrees to three-year deal

    He turned the ball over a career-low 16 times last season after averaging 21 in each of his first three seasons. There had been plenty of speculation the Jaguars would turn to free agency or the draft to replace Bortles.
    EOG Resources Inc (EOG) Position Trimmed by TCW Group Inc

    EOG Resources Inc (EOG) Position Trimmed by TCW Group Inc

    Blair William Comm Il has 0.75% invested in EOG Resources, Inc . (NYSE:EOG) for 17,770 shares. (NYSE:EOG) for 1.03 million shares. Baird set a $122.00 price target on EOG Resources and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th.
    Bollywood legend Sridevi passes away

    Bollywood legend Sridevi passes away

    The actress was in Dubai with her family, including husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Khushi and Janhavi, to attend a wedding. The news of Sridevi's tragic death has become a dominating theme of social media conversations with condolences pouring in.
  • Florida to station police officer at every school

    Florida to station police officer at every school

    They can't serve dual roles and must exclusively work one-on-one with students on their mental health, Scott said. The caller went on to say , "I just want someone to know about this so they can look into it ..."
    22-year-old woman dies, man injured in Winchester library stabbing

    22-year-old woman dies, man injured in Winchester library stabbing

    The district attorney said authorities are working to determine a possible motive and whether Yao and the woman knew each other. According to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan witnesses say Yao was yelling incoherently after the double stabbing.
    At least 30 killed in four insurgent attacks across Afghanistan

    At least 30 killed in four insurgent attacks across Afghanistan

    In another attack in the province, a suicide bomber targeted an Afghan army post killing two soldiers and wounding one, Zwak said. Also Saturday at a checkpoint in Kabul on the edge of the Green Zone, a suicide attacker detonated explosives.
  • Yemen: Deadly auto  bomb attack hits Aden anti-terror camp

    Yemen: Deadly auto bomb attack hits Aden anti-terror camp

    The force of the blast damaged civilian cars parked outside the camp and showered the street with debris. The agency provided no immediate evidence for the claim.
    When does The Walking Dead season 8 return?

    When does The Walking Dead season 8 return?

    The move was not received well by some fans which even sparked petitions and prompted actor Chandler Riggs' father to speak out . Carl lost his right eye in Season 6 of the show, so when it appeared he was aiming with his patch, Twitter reacted accordingly.
    President Trump to hold 'listening session' with survivors of Stoneman Douglas shooting

    President Trump to hold 'listening session' with survivors of Stoneman Douglas shooting

    They have also called for anti-gun violence demonstrations in Washington and other cities on March 24 . It doesn't take a scientist, however, to notice there have been a lot of deadly shootings recently.
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 launch to kick off annual mobile jamboree in Barcelona

    Samsung Galaxy S9 launch to kick off annual mobile jamboree in Barcelona

    Samsung has a " reimagined camera " with a super slo-mo feature, an improved low-light photography, and an Animoji-like feature. And according to recent teasers and reports , this is indeed going to be the biggest differentiator from last year's phones.
    Woman charged with killing three babies in 1980s

    Woman charged with killing three babies in 1980s

    She said she called the doctor's office about her first son's crying, and a nurse told her the baby was having a bad day. The following year, she babysat an 11-week-old girl whose death was attributed to SIDS. 'Yeah, I remember, ' he said.
    Facing Chelsea means less and less every year, says Mourinho

    Facing Chelsea means less and less every year, says Mourinho

    The United boss is ready for the pressure of a congested fixture programme but can not believe the season has flown by. They don't have the shinpads or the strapping or the shirt or this or that.

Trump Vows to Push Comprehensive Background Checks and 'Raise Age to 21' Trump Vows to Push Comprehensive Background Checks and 'Raise Age to 21' In most U.S. states, the age limit for purchasing the AR-15 rifle is 18 years, while the age limit for handguns is 21 years. Students from California to Washington D.C. held marches in solidarity with the survivors from the Florida high school.

MWC 2018: LG V30S ThinQ with AI features and 6GB RAM announced MWC 2018: LG V30S ThinQ with AI features and 6GB RAM announced It had a fantastic design, with excellent camera performance, a microSD card slot, wireless charging, and even a headphone jack. It identifies all of LG's home appliances, consumer electronics and services which utilize artificial intelligence.

US Coalition Should Stop 'Occupation Attitude' in Syria - Russian Envoy to UN US Coalition Should Stop 'Occupation Attitude' in Syria - Russian Envoy to UN The vote has already been delayed several times, after council members tried to convince Russian Federation to agree to a resolution .

GST: GoM suggests April 1 date to rollout e-way bill system GST: GoM suggests April 1 date to rollout e-way bill system The intra-state eway bill system however, will be rolled out in a phased manner after assessing the performance of the former. The Council in October had allowed small businesses with turnover upto Rs 1.5 crore to file quarterly returns.

US Imposes Toughest Sanctions Ever on North Korea's Communist Regime US Imposes Toughest Sanctions Ever on North Korea's Communist Regime She was hosted in Seoul by President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated talks rather than confrontation with North Korea. With Friday's measures, Mnuchin said the US has gone after "virtually all their ships that they're using at this moment".

UFC Orlando Results: Jeremy Stephens Brutally KO's Josh Emmett UFC Orlando Results: Jeremy Stephens Brutally KO's Josh Emmett Don't look now but Jeremy Stephens has won three fights in a row and he just earned his second straight highlight reel knockout. Jacare is coming off of a knockout victory against Derek Brunson last month in Brunson's home town of Charlotte, N.C.

Delta, United latest companies to cut ties with NRA Delta, United latest companies to cut ties with NRA Many more not featured on the site, including Best Western and Wyndham Hotels , have also ended their relationship with the group. The decision follows the backlash over last week's mass shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

New safety plan could change Florida gun laws New safety plan could change Florida gun laws Authorities have said the armed school resource officer on campus did nothing to stop shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz . Levine said he does not believe arming teachers, like President Trump suggested, will make students any safer.

Winter Olympics 2018: Ivanka Trump calls for 'maxium pressure' on North Korea Winter Olympics 2018: Ivanka Trump calls for 'maxium pressure' on North Korea A Seoul-led global panel said North Korea staged a torpedo attack on the South Korean warship Cheonan, a claim the North denies. Mr Moon said: "Active dialogue is being held between the South and the North amid the North's participation in the Olympics".

Parkland students grade Trump on post-shooting empathy Parkland students grade Trump on post-shooting empathy Trump said he spoke with the Republican Congressional leadership in this regard and they seemed to be energised on this issue. The Broward County sheriff said Thursday that Peterson had resigned after being suspended without pay.

New indictment filed against former Trump campaign chief The adviser, Rick Gates, is a longtime political consultant who once served as Mr Trump's deputy campaign chairman. The indictment does not name other members of the group or say how many former politicians were involved.

Winter Olympics 2018: Skiier finally wins gold on 18th attempt Winter Olympics 2018: Skiier finally wins gold on 18th attempt Holly thought her team had a chance at a medal at in Sochi, but says the intense pressure to make history may have got to them. The crowd in the grandstand was on its feet, sensing history, and at that moment Diggins said she felt "unstoppable".

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ranking all 18 movies after Black Panther Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ranking all 18 movies after Black Panther It's the fifth-highest opening for a film and the biggest opening in the month of February. Indeed, the film has been heralded for its portrayal of both African Americans and women.

Next Stop Home: Stolen Degas Impressionist Painting Found on Bus Next Stop Home: Stolen Degas Impressionist Painting Found on Bus The painting was stolen from a museum in Marseille in 2009 while on loan from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris . So ends the unusual road trip for Degas' only work inspired by an opera that doesn't feature dancers.

What we know about the 'Hapsburg group' named in Manafort lobbying scheme The new indictment also provides fresh details about the work that Mercury and the Podesta Group did on Manafort's behalf. Gates pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of making a false statement.