June 16, 2013 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - Rooftop snipers and knife-wielding assailants killed six soldiers in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi early Saturday, officials said, in the largest attack on the country's new security forces to date. The brazen overnight assault by hundreds of plain-clothed gunmen on security installations forced soldiers to withdraw from some of their bases. In one case, soldiers fled out the back door of the First Infantry Brigade's headquarters in Benghazi as assailants stormed the main gate, torching the building and two military vehicles.
June 13, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass announced a $3.6 million initiative Wednesday to install surveillance cameras in every city recreation center over the next three years. Rather than being linked to the Philadelphia police surveillance-camera system - which continues to experience problems - the new cameras would be monitored by staff at each center. Each of the 150 staffed recreation centers will have from four to eight cameras, Bass spokesman Joe Corrigan said. Police will help Parks and Recreation officials place the cameras, most likely in areas of highest need, beginning July 1. Michael DiBerardinis, deputy mayor for parks and recreation, said he did not anticipate hiring staff to watch the cameras.
June 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defying GOP critics, President Obama named outspoken diplomat Susan Rice as his national security adviser Wednesday, giving her a larger voice in U.S. foreign policy despite accusations that she misled the nation in the aftermath of the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The appointment, along with the nomination of human-rights advocate Samantha Power to replace Rice as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, signals a shift by Obama toward advisers who favor more robust American intervention overseas for humanitarian purposes.
June 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama will be looking for signs from China's leader at their upcoming meeting that Beijing is ready to address its reported high-tech spying, which the White House sees as a top threat to the U.S. economy and national security. The talks between Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be followed by a July meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials focusing on cyberespionage, along with other strategic and economic issues. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the U.S.-China meetings when he visited Beijing in April.
June 4, 2013
R ICHARD COTTOM, 51, of Newtown, is president of Sovereign Security, a minority-owned Center City provider of security personnel and services. He's a former vice president of public safety at Drexel University. Sovereign ranked No. 11 on the 2013 Inner City 100 list of fastest-growing businesses in U.S. cities, compiled by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Q: How'd you start the biz? A: My position at Drexel was eliminated and I took a couple of months off and started the business in October 2004.
June 1, 2013 |
Cooper University Hospital in Camden has beefed up security slightly after two incidents. In one a nurse was assaulted, in the other a staff member was robbed. The two staff members were outside the hospital when the incidents occurred. Although both crimes were in the last two weeks, they were described as isolated by the hospital and police and do not appear to indicate a trend. Both led to quick arrests. "These are isolated incidents that just happened to be on our campus. . . . Totally separate incidents, but we look at every incident that happens.
May 31, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - Officials in Iraq are growing increasingly concerned over an unabated spike in violence that claimed at least 33 more lives on Thursday and is reviving fears of a return to widespread sectarian fighting. Authorities announced plans to impose a sweeping ban on many cars across the Iraqi capital starting early Friday in an apparent effort to thwart car bombings, as the United Nations envoy to Iraq warned that "systemic violence is ready to explode. " Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, was shown on state television visiting security checkpoints around Baghdad the previous night as part of a three-hour inspection tour, underscoring the government's efforts to show it is acting to curtail the bloodshed.
May 27, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra always expected to expand its pool of unlikely bedfellows in what is becoming its annual spring visit to China. But could anybody have predicted its new relationship with Shanghai's most popular stand-up comedian? Next to such venerable sponsor names as Cigna and Drexel University for its 2013 Residency and 40th Anniversary Tour of China, which begins Tuesday, sits the logo of the Shanghai Charity Foundation showing a man in a hipster hat and bow tie - Zhou Libo, a dapper, surprisingly outspoken comic who has rock-star status in China.
May 24, 2013 |
Starting Tuesday, Cherry Hill parents will have to stop at the reception desk or main office in the district's schools to drop off homework, lunches, or musical instruments for their children. That restriction is one of several new measures going into effect as the result of a districtwide security assessment conducted in the wake of December's school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The rules, announced by Superintendent Maureen Reusche at a PTA meeting earlier this month, place limits on parents' presence in the district's 19 schools.
May 19, 2013 |
PETARE, Venezuela - Stern-looking soldiers clutching assault rifles wave down the beat-up Chevy Caprice entering this sprawling slum on the outskirts of Caracas. Flashlights in his face, the driver steps out and places his hands on the roof while the soldiers frisk him for drugs and weapons. He's clean, and a hand gesture from the commanding officer sends him off into the maze of ramshackle homes that is Petare, one of the most dangerous parts of Venezuela's notoriously crime-infested capital.