In pictures: Bashar Al-Assad inspects latest Russian military equipment - By Chris Tomson 27/06/2017 DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:50 P.M.) – After visiting Hama yesterday, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad traveled to the western coast of ...
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QUESTION: There are calls by some in Congress for the Administration to suspend military and security assistance to the Government of Honduras because of the killing - the suspicious killing of another journalist there. Can you speak to - is that an issue that you've raised with the Government of Honduras, and your - any guarantees about the respect for human rights there?MS. NULAND: Yeah. Well, I think you know, Scott, that we have consistently and strongly spoken to the Government of Honduras about not only press human rights, but human rights standards in general. We have consistently called for prompt and credible investigations of these cases. We also have sent some of our prosecutorial and investigative advisors to Honduras to try to help them with some of these issues, so - and we will continue to speak out on these issues.QUESTION: Is there any - at present, are you considering that congressional request to suspend aid? Or is that something that you've discussed with the Government of Honduras?MS. NULAND: Well, I think the concerns that we have with this particular proposal is that it calls for a cutting of all aid to Honduras. And I think you know that Honduras is the murder capital of the world right now based on per capita incidents, particularly in Tegucigalpa. So the money that we give in assistance to Honduras is primarily focused on rule of law, crime, strengthening the police, counternarcotics programs, human rights programs, democracy programs. So I think we have a concern that this recommendation to cut it all off is a relatively blunt instrument, especially given the other concerns that we have in Honduras. So our preferred course of action is to continue to speak out strongly and to send advisors and other assistance to help them improve the system.
The Turkish foreign ministry statement said consular services at its embassy in Damascus would end at the end of office hours next Thursday, but the consulate in the second city of Aleppo would remain open.Onto the latest-Explosion near security building in Aleppo
Mohammed Saeed, an Aleppo resident, said a car bomb exploded near thePolitical Security Directorate in the city's central neighborhood of Suleimaniyeh. He said the neighborhood has a large Christian population.From previous reading we know Aleppo has been an Assad loyalist area.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on an activist network in Syria, also said it was a car bomb. It said dead and injured were reported but gave no numbers.The activists knew it was a car bomb and people were dead and injured
Saeed said the explosion in Aleppo occurred around 1 p.m. (1100 GMT) and security forces started shooting in the air and cordoned off the area to prevent people from approaching. He said during that hour of the day, the area is usually crowded with people, especially on a Sunday, the first day of Syria's workweek.
"It was a strong explosion. It shook parts of the city," Saeed said, citing nearby residents. "White smoke was billowing from the area."
The BBC's Lina Sinjab in Damascus says it is hard to know who is behind the attacks, but they look like an attempt to weaken a regime which has seemed to reassert its control over the country in recent weeks.
You can still see Obama’s likeness around town these days, especially in the tourist areas. But for many Ghanaians, the honeymoon with Obama is over. And it started to go sour when the first warplanes strafed Benghazi and Tripoli, in a NATO effort to protect civilians from strongman Muammar Qaddafi.That was the Libya-intervention’s official purpose, anyway. But Ghanaians aren’t buying it. To many observers here, it looks like a grab for Libya’s oil riches; to others, it’s a nefarious Western plot to re-colonize Africa.