Syrian opposition to boycott Astana over Russian 'breaches'
Astana: The start of Syrian crisis talks has been delayed by a day after the late arrival of Syrian rebel negotiators, who have made a decision to only send a group of technical experts after threatening to boycott the meeting, sources and the delegation said.
But some of Syria's rebels say they won't begin negotiating a political settlement with the government until measures are taken to bolster a flagging cease-fire and address urgent humanitarian concerns.
Last month, talks were held in Astana between Turkey, Russia, Iran and Syria.
He thinks that the main outcome of the day is that the parties discussed implementation of the ceasefire, as unlike in Geneva, Astana process focuses more on practical issues.
The delegate said it was important to stay on the "right path" in the talks, which began in the Kazakh capital on Thursday, a day later than originally planned after the late arrival of Syrian rebel negotiators.
The next round of Syria peace talks in Geneva is expected to begin next week, on February 23, the United Nations announced Monday.
Jeff Sessions Is Already Refusing to Protect Trans Students
The dispute involves Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student in Virginia, and the Gloucester County School Board. On Friday, the day after conservative Jeff Sessions was sworn in as U.S.
North Korea fires 'BALLISTIC MISSILE', South Korean media reports
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is meeting with Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, called the launch "absolutely intolerable". Experts suggest the tests are programmed for shorter distances to avoid a missile landing on Japan.
Yikes: Border Wall Just Got A Lot More Expensive
Elizabeth Warren is pressing the Trump administration on how they plan to pay for a wall on the US and Mexico border. President Donald Trump's proposed project at the U.S-Mexico border could reportedly cost over $21 billion.
The first round of the discussions, which was similarly mediated by Tehran, Moscow and Ankara, took place in January and brought together representatives from the Damascus government and opposition groups for the first time during almost six years of conflict.
The announcement of the prisoner swap came after Assad dismissed a report released last week by Amnesty International accusing the Syrian authorities of hanging up to 13,000 people over five years in a government prison.
Russia's Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev told reporters after the meeting in the Kazakh capital Astana: "This common group will ensure and monitor the truce in particular".
The Syrian government's envoy to the talks accused Turkey, one of the sponsors, of continuing to support "terrorist" groups and urged Ankara to withdraw its troops from Syria.
In Geneva, U.N. humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland called on parties to allow aid convoys to reach besieged and hard-to-reach areas of Syria to demonstrate "goodwill" before the talks in Geneva on February 23.
Rare Kroos goal helps Madrid to comeback win over Napoli
Among the expected 10 000 strong travelling support will be Napoli's greatest ever player as Maradona arrived in Madrid on Monday. Benzema might have had another, but the impressive Reina diverted his shot onto the post, after an excellent cross from Ronaldo.
Russia Said To Deploy Cruise Missile That Violates Arms Control Treaty
The move came despite USA complaints that Moscow was violating sections of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty. He said that "any non-compliance of Russian Federation with the INF Treaty would be a serious concern for the alliance".
What Analysts Are Saying About Teva Pharmaceutical After Earnings
Hudock Capital Group LLC boosted its position in shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited by 37.6% in the second quarter. Last year, Teva , known for its generic-drugs business, closed its $40.5 billion deal for Allergan's generics operations.
Unlimited Data Is Back At Verizon, But Of Course With Caveats
And, after the included 10GB of high-speed data, customers still get unlimited 3G data through the end of the month. Carriers are using them to undercut one another on price and poach customers from the competition.
Samsung chief in second grilling over corruption claims
A special counsel is investigating the country's biggest political corruption scandal involving South Korea's president. Lee was first brought in for questioning a month ago, when the team grilled him for 22 hours straight.
Brandon Phillips waives 10-and-5 rights, accepts trade to Atlanta Braves
In 2016, he hit.291/.320/.416 for a 94 OPS+ with -7 DRS and 0.8 WAR (the last two were his worst showings since '06). But should the deal go through, Cincinnati will pay most of Phillips' $ 14 million salary for the upcoming season.
Blizzard pounds the Northeast, stranding travelers
By Thursday morning, 9 inches of snow had fallen at La Guardia Airport, while parts of New Jersey had up to 6.5 inches of snow. The winter storm in the northeast is impacting flights departing from and arriving to Sarasota-Bradenton International airport.
Google Announces New YouTube Application for Android
The company is positioning the service as a "faster, and lighter" version of its giant video hosting and streaming service. The app also has some social features for users who wish to share videos with their data-strapped fellows.
Toyota Sequoia, Tundra TRD Sport models toughen up
Inside, it has special trim panels, floor mats and sill plates, as well as a 120 volt power outlet in the cargo bay. The Tundra gets a new mesh grille insert on some trims and a new billet-style grille on the 1794 Edition.
Stock Earnings to Watch: Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI)
California State Teachers Retirement System raised its position in shares of Activision Blizzard by 7.6% in the second quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. boosted its stake in shares of Activision Blizzard by 20.3% in the third quarter.
Feb 15 2017