Syria has accepted a proposal to place its chemical weapons under
international control for dismantling, the Syrian foreign minister said
Tuesday, as France proposed a U.N. resolution that would enforce the
plan militarily if the government failed to follow through.
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that his country
"will defend itself against any aggression," signaling defiance to
mounting Western warnings of a possible punitive strike over a suspected
poison gas attack blamed on his regime.
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously for tough new
sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, a move that
sparked a furious Pyongyang to threaten a nuclear strike against the
UNITED NATIONS _The United Nations, looking to modernize its peacekeeping operations, is planning for the first time to deploy a fleet of its own surveillance drones in missions in Central and West Africa.
WASHINGTON - The Senate has failed to ratify an international treaty intended to protect the rights of those with disabilities, as a bloc of conservatives opposed the treaty believing it could interfere with U.S. law.
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Jubilant Palestinians crowded around outdoor screens and television sets at home Thursday to watch the United Nations vote on granting them, at least formally, what they have long yearned for -- a state of their own.
UNITED NATIONS -- The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state Thursday in a General Assembly vote that Israel and the United States warn could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian homeland through peace talks with Israel.
WASHINGTON -- Senate plans to take up a U.N. treaty espousing equal rights for the disabled drew immediate opposition Monday from some Republicans wary of the treaty and asserting that the Senate should not be considering international treaties during a lame-duck session.
BEIRUT -- Syrian troops on Friday shelled a rebel-held neighborhood in the flashpoint central city of Homs as President Bashar Assad's troops appeared to be readying to storm the area that has been out of government control for months, activists said.
DAMASCUS, Syria -- A Syrian opposition leader said Friday the regime is trying to destroy a U.N.-brokered peace plan for the country. The accusations came as security forces fanned out following twin suicide car bombings that killed 55 people in Damascus.
NEW DELHI -- A report from a U.N. mine removal expert says unexploded cluster munitions have been found in northern Sri Lanka, appearing to confirm, for the first time, that they were used in that country's long civil war.