May 11, 2013 |
A Northamption Township police officer acted properly when he exchanged gunfire and killed an armed man who earlier had murdered his former wife, Bucks County authorities announced Friday. Northampton Township Officer Timothy Friel was trapped in his seatbelt when he returned fire with his non-shooting hand and killing Kenneth Philipp, who had earlier fatally wounded his ex-wife. Friel received minor injuries in the April 18th exchange. Friel "stood fast, he did not retreat around the car, he sheltered and returned fire," said District Attorney David Heckler.
May 10, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syria will supply "game-changing" weapons to Hezbollah, the chief of the Lebanese militant group said Thursday, less than a week after Israeli air strikes on Damascus targeted alleged shipments of advanced Iranian missiles bound for Hezbollah. Israel has signaled it will respond with air strikes to any weapons shipments, meaning it could quickly get drawn into Syria's civil war if the Hezbollah chief's declaration is more than an empty threat. Tension has been rising in the region since Israel struck targets inside Syria on Friday and Sunday.
May 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials. The officials emphasized that supplying arms was one of several options under consideration and that political negotiation remained the preferred option. To that end, the administration has launched an effort to convince Russian President Vladimir V. Putin that the probable use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government - and the more direct outside intervention that could provoke - should lead him to reconsider his support of Assad.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Proceeding cautiously, President Obama insisted Friday that any use of chemical weapons by Syria would change his "calculus" about U.S. military involvement in the two-year-old civil war - but said too little was known about a pair of likely sarin attacks to order aggressive action now. The president's public response to the latest intelligence reflected the lack of agreement in Washington over whether to use America's military to intervene...
April 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Thursday that the Syrian government had likely used chemical weapons on a small scale against its own people, but it stopped short of threatening military action against President Bashar al-Assad. In a letter to lawmakers, the White House said U.S. intelligence agencies "assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin. " Despite the caveats, the disclosure puts President Obama under new pressure to respond because it is the first time that the United States has joined other countries in suggesting that the Assad government is likely to have deployed chemical weapons over the course of the two-year-old Syrian civil war. A senior administration official acknowledged that any use of chemical weapons in Syria would cross the "red line" declared by Obama many times in recent months in warnings to Assad.
April 27, 2013
George Bunn, 87, a leading figure in the field of arms control who helped draft and negotiate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, limiting the spread of nuclear weapons worldwide, died April 21 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He had spinal cancer, said his son Matthew Bunn. In 1945, while serving in the Navy, Mr. Bunn was on a ship bound for Japan when atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought an end to World War II. "He was convinced that the atomic bomb saved his life," his son said Thursday.
April 26, 2013 |
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that Israeli military leaders kept him in the dark, during three days of face-to-face meetings, about their assessment that forces loyal to the Syrian government had killed rebel fighters with chemical weapons. An Israeli general made the assertion Tuesday at a conference in Tel Aviv while Hagel was in the country meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Hagel said Wednesday that the Israelis did not mention their finding even though the two sides had discussed at length common concerns about the threat posed by Syria's chemical-weapons stockpile.
April 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday that it has reached a preliminary agreement on a complex $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, in what would represent the latest major weapons sale to U.S. allies in the Middle East. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attempt to finalize the arms package next week when he is scheduled to visit the three countries. Ultimately, the deal will need the assent of Congress. Defense officials said they have kept lawmakers apprised of the negotiations and revealed basics of the agreement to lawmakers on Thursday.
April 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With the Senate gun-control debate on the near horizon, a National Rifle Association-sponsored report on Tuesday proposed a program for schools to train selected staffers as armed security officers. The former Republican congressman who headed the study suggested at least one protector with firearms for every school, saying it would speed responses to attacks. The report's release served as the gun-rights group's answer to improving school safety after the gruesome December slayings of 20 first graders and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
April 3, 2013
IT'S HARD to figure out who is more clueless: the NRA, which released a report calling for armed guards in school one day after families of Newtown victims rallied in Connecticut's capital to support strict new laws to limit gun violence, or Republican members of Congress, who are threatening to filibuster new gun-control legislation little more than 100 days after the Newtown massacre. But this doesn't need to be a contest-Both can and should win the prize for being out of touch with the rest of the country.