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2005-11-01 07:47:44

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - By tightening the diplomatic noose around Syria's leadership, the United States is aiming to ensure a weakened, compliant government in Damascus without the use of military force. The Bush administration, tempered by the Iraq experience, appears to be approaching the conflict over the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri with more caution. It is striving for a "win-win situation" in...

2005-11-01 05:28:18

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - By tightening the diplomatic noose around Syria's leadership, the United States is aiming to ensure a weakened, compliant government in Damascus without the use of military force. The Bush administration, tempered by the Iraq experience, appears to be approaching the conflict over the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri with more caution. It is striving for a "win-win situation" in...

2005-10-31 19:44:18

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Security Council voted unanimously on Monday for a resolution ordering Syria to cooperate fully with a U.N. investigation of the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister or face possible "further action." The chief U.N. investigator, German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, already has named Syrian officials as suspects in the assassination in the plot to kill Rakif Hariri and 22 others in a February 15 bombing in Beirut. In a recent...

2005-10-31 12:27:44

By Evelyn Leopold and Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Monday for a resolution demanding Syria cooperate with a U.N. probe into the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri or face possible "further action." The United States, France and Britain sponsored the measure in response to a tough report earlier this month by a U.N. commission that said Syrian security forces and its Lebanese allies organized the bombing that...

2005-10-31 11:24:57

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Monday in favor of a tough resolution demanding Syria cooperate with a U.N. probe into the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri or face possible punitive measures. The resolution was adopted 15-0 after the principal drafters, the United States and France, agreed to delete a specific reference to economic sanctions. Instead the resolution would consider possible unspecified "further action" if...

2005-10-31 09:35:30

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council plans to tighten pressure on Syria on Monday by threatening Damascus with possible sanctions unless it cooperates with a probe into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister. The United States, France and Britain are confident that a resolution they have sponsored will pass, despite the misgivings of Russia and China, which both have veto power. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said he expected solid...

2005-10-31 07:51:29

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Foreign ministers are expected to increase pressure on Syria on Monday with a vote on a Security Council resolution demanding Damascus cooperate with a probe into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister or face possible sanctions. The United States, France and Britain, sponsors of the resolution, are confident of passage and do not foresee Russia and China, the two nations with the most misgivings, using their veto power to kill...

2005-10-30 14:57:57

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem toured the Gulf on Sunday to enlist Arab support ahead of a UN meeting to discuss possible sanctions against Damascus over the killing of Lebanon's former prime minister. In an apparent effort to head off a tough draft Security Council resolution backed by the United States and France, Syria launched its own investigation on Saturday into the killing of Rafik al-Hariri. The inquiry, ordered by Syrian President Bashar...

2005-10-30 15:00:13

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - UN Security Council members prepared to vote on Monday on a resolution threatening economic sanctions against Syria if it does not cooperate fully with a UN probe into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The United States, France and Britain, co-sponsors of the measure, are aiming for unanimous approval. Russia and China have objected to sanctions, but diplomats do not expect them to use their veto power at a...

2005-10-30 05:50:50

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem was touring the Gulf on Sunday to drum up Arab support on the eve of a United Nations meeting to discuss possible sanctions against Damascus. In an apparent effort to head off a tough draft Security Council resolution backed by the United States and France, Syria launched its own investigation on Saturday into the killing of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. The inquiry, ordered by Syrian President...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.