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Obama Sets Sanctions Against 'Digital Guns For Hire'
2012-04-23 14:11:20

President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Iran, Syria and "digital guns for hire" who use technology to carry out human rights abuses. He announced the new sanctions during a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, asking U.S. intelligence groups to include assessments of the likelihood of mass killings in its coordinated reports. "National sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people," he said during his speech. "These technologies should be in place to empower...

2011-08-18 10:01:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The European Union condemns in the strongest terms the brutal campaign Bashar al-Assad and his regime are waging against their own people. In recent weeks the Syrian leadership has stepped up its violent crackdown against peaceful protesters and resorted to large-scale use of military force in the cities of Hama, Deir al-Zour and Lattakia. This has led to the killing or injury of many Syrian citizens. Further casualties and new refugees...

2009-11-12 16:36:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Basescu: The Shame of Romania is the title of a new book that charts the course of the Romanian merchant and oceanic fishing fleets as they sailed across a sea of corruption, disappearing into their own Bermuda Triangle. It has been called "The greatest corruption case in the history of Romania." This thoroughly researched and documented report covers the information waterfront, from extensive media reports to parliamentary investigation to...

2008-10-15 09:15:00

Syria's move to establish formal diplomatic ties with Lebanon marks a new era in the countries' long-troubled relationship, observers say. Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday decreed the establishment of a diplomatic mission in Beirut, sparking hopes the move will lead to normalization and transparency in the frequently murky relations between the Middle Eastern neighbors, the Los Angeles Times reported. "This draws a historical line," Sami Moubayed, a Damascus analyst and journalist...

2008-10-14 06:00:13

Text of report by state-run Syrian news agency SANA website ["President Al-Asad issues decree establishing diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon" - SANA headline] Damascus, 14 October: President Bashar al-Asad today issued Decree No 358 for the year 2008 establishing diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon. Following is the text of the decree: Article 1: Diplomatic relations shall be established between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Lebanon. Article 2: A...

2008-09-16 09:00:45

BAKU. Sept 13 (Interfax) - Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, at a meeting in Baku on Saturday, expressed satisfaction with the state of relations between their countries in various fields, the Azeri president's office told Interfax. (c) 2008 Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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