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...blocking departures a priority. The numbers of departures exploded by 2014 - young people spurred in part by the chemical weapons attack that killed as many as 1,400 Syrians in August 2013 who said they wanted to help Syrian civilians and fight...
Nation and World
Assad-Putin meeting signals push to end crisis

...leaders' motives - and a strong response from Washington."We view the red-carpet welcome for Assad, who has used chemical weapons against his own people, at odds with the stated goal by the Russians for a political transition in Syria," said...
Nation and World
Battling IS, Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas

...that the militant IS group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against its fighters. The allegation by the Kurdistan...allegations about the militants using the low-grade chemical weapons against Iraqi security forces as well as on Kurdish...
Nation and World
In year of diplomatic wins, Obama still dogged by Syria

...struggles to explain his 2013 decision to back away from airstrikes in retaliation for President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons use, an action by Assad he notably had said would cross a "red line."To be sure, there's no guarantee that...
Nation and World Kerry brokered with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in mid-September 2013 to remove Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpiles.That same month, Kerry personally plunged into the Iran negotiations, taking the reins of what had...
Not For Web
Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

...Risk, said that he is hoping for a discussion on whether autonomous weapons should fall into the same category as chemical weapons and blinding lasers - namely that they be shunned."It's imperative to hear the voices of the scientists...
Not For Web
Today in Sports History

...earthquake rocked Indonesia, killing dozens of people.One year ago: France released an intelligence report alleging chemical weapons use by Syria that dovetailed with similar U.S. claims, as President Bashar Assad warned that any military strike...
Begich: 'Just too close for comfort'

...way President Barack Obama responded to the Syrian government's violence against its citizens amidst reports of chemical weapons being used showed "in some ways some weakness there to a certain extent," Begich said."I think (Putin) sees...
Local | AK legislature
Opinion: Trust on the road less traveled

...the Ukrainian crisis, Sen. Mark Begich suggested President Barack Obama's response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons last fall displayed weakness that emboldened Russian President Vladimir to move military forces into Crimea. Sens...
Russian amnesty vote a cherry on Putin's year

...Edward Snowden and found a way to head off U.S. military strikes on Kremlin ally Syria as punishment for using chemical weapons against its own people.In approving the amnesty, human rights activists said, Russia did little more than remove...


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