» 12/04/2012, 00.00
TURKEY - SYRIA
Turkish missiles and US threats against Syrian chemical weapons
Ankara calls on NATO to deploy Patriot missiles. Obama warns Damascus against "the tragic mistake" of using these weapons. Syria insists it would never use them against its own people. UN and EU reduce staff in Damascus. Israel would like to take out Syria's chemical weapon depots.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Tensions and confrontation are growing between Turkey,
NATO, the United States and Syria. Ankara has asked its NATO allies to deploy
Patriot missiles on its territory to defend Turkey from Syrian missiles. At the
same time, the Obama administration warned of "consequences" if Damascus used chemical
foreign ministers are meeting today in Brussels to decide on the deployment of
the Patriot missiles. Some ministers said that the operation will receive the
green light on condition that the missile batteries are used for defensive, not
offensive purposes. A Russian representative will be present at the NATO
meeting. Moscow is opposed to the missiles.
request coincides with Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey where
he tried to dissuade Turkish leaders from going ahead with the deployment. "As
they say, if a gun is hung on the wall at the start of a play, then at the end
of the play it will definitely fire," the Russian leader said.
Turkish and Israeli intelligence sources are reporting that Syria is getting
ready to use weapons with chemical warheads. Syria is known to have stockpiled
deadly chemicals, including the deadly nerve agent sarin, but has always
insisted that it would never use them.
a statement, US President Barack Obama warned Damascus that it would face
"consequences" if it made "the tragic mistake of using these weapons".
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a similar statement during a visit
to Prague. In response, a Syrian official insisted that his government would
"never, under any circumstances" use such weapons, "if such
week, the daily Haaretz reported that
Netanyahu had asked Jordan several times for help attack Syrian chemical weapon
facilities, without success.
the United Nations and the European Union are evacuating all non-essential
personnel from their offices in Damascus, cutting back their work because of security
As fighting rages in Damascus, concerns grow over Syria's chemical weapons stockpile
Fears are that al-Qaeda might get its hands on the weapons if the regime collapses. Rebels announce attack on state TV headquarters. Reports say Assad and his wife have already left the capital. Today's UN Security Council is not expected to take tangible steps.
26/08/2013 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
Syria: as UN begins chemical weapons investigation, international community is still divided
The team of experts arrived today in Ghouta, north of Damascus, to see if neurotoxins were used against civilians. As the United States, France, Britain and Turkey prepare for military action without UN approval, Moscow reminds anti-Assad powers about errors made in Iraq.
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Moscow vetoes a UN resolution on the chemical attack in Syria. Lavrov: Remember Iraq
China abstains with Kazakhstan and Ethiopia. Bolivia votes with Russia. Trump calls Assad "a butcher" and "animal". Lavrov recalls US failures in Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Journalist Rober Perry, chemical attack launched from Saudi-Israeli base in Jordan. Pat Buchanan: The 400 thousand deaths in Syria are everyone’s responsibility.
14/12/2016 18:17:00 SYRIA
Truce collapses in Aleppo, fighting resumes, large arms deals are revealed
Government forces control almost the entire city, except for a rebel pocket that still resists. With the collapse of evacuation plans brokered by Turkey and Russia, bombing starts up again. Rebels hoarded food and aid destined for civilians. East European weapons provided to rebels via Gulf States.
07/04/2017 10:39:00 SYRIA-USA
Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey applaud Trump. Harsh criticism of Russia and Iran
Saudi Arabia and Israel praise attack which they also read as a message to North Korea and Iran. Turkey calls it a "positive", but not enough. Russia and Iran criticize the unilateral decision, Putin terms it an "aggression against a sovereign state."
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
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