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Israelis warn decision to delay Syria strike will be seen as weakness

JERUSALEM – Israelis reacted warily Saturday to the Obama administration’s decision to delay a strike against Syria, warning the move would likely be seen in the region as a sign of weakness.<p>Officials and pundits were particularly worried about how the delay would be interpreted in Iran, which is …

Even violent and sex offenders released early by L.A. County Jail

Budget and overcrowding problems cause many inmates to serve as little as 40% of the time they were meant to spend in jail.<p>August 31, 2013|By Jack Leonard and Abby Sewell<p>Inmates are watched by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's… (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles…)<p>More jail inmates in Los Angeles …

Protesters in L.A. rally against proposed U.S. airstrikes on Syria

At least 100 protesters marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to voice their opposition to the<p>Obamaadministration's consideration of targeted airstrikes in Syria.<p>"Hands off Syria!" shouted the protesters as they moved from Pershing Square to surrounding streets. "We want …

Ft. Hood death sentence raises thorny legal questions

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan called no witnesses and spoke little at his court-martial for the shooting rampage. With the stakes so high, should he have been allowed to represent himself?<p>September 01, 2013|By Molly Hennessy-Fiske<p>A memorial features the names of those slain in the Ft. Hood shooting …

Britain could vote again on hitting Syria, officials suggest

LONDON – President<p>Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike on Syria could open the door to another vote by the British Parliament, which rejected such intervention, senior officials here suggested Sunday.<p>The delay before a possible strike as Obama makes his case to U.S. …

Low-key Swede in spotlight of Syria chemical attack inquiry

Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, like Hans Blix a decade ago in Iraq, is leading a high-profile U.N. investigation of reports of illicit weapons. Unlike Blix, he dislikes the limelight.<p>September 01, 2013|By Alexandra Sandels<p>Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, second from right, is leading a United… …

Syrian rebels feel let down by delay on U.S. strikes

Rebel leaders say additional time will only allow the Syrian government to better protect its military assets.<p>August 31, 2013|By Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick J. McDonnell<p>Syrian refugees arrive in Reyhanli, Turkey. In Syria, rebels say they feel… (Bulent Kilic, AFP/Getty…)<p>CAIRO — Syrian rebel …

Israelis fear U.S. debate on Syria foreshadows weakness on Iran

JERUSALEM — Israel braced for rockets and got a diplomatic bombshell instead.<p>The Obama administration's surprise decision to delay a U.S. strike against Syria to allow for congressional debate left anxious Israelis relieved Sunday that any potential blow-back from Syria would be postponed for at …

President Obama's U-turn on Syria is a gamble

NEWS ANALYSIS<p>President Obama's U-turn on Syria is a gamble<p>Decision to seek Congress' approval for a strike on Syria over its suspected use of chemical weapons is a surprising surrender of presumed executive authority.<p>August 31, 2013|By Shashank Bengali, Paul Richter and David S. Cloud<p>President …

Key GOP senators demand plan for U.S. response to Syria

WASHINGTON—Several key Republican senators strongly indicated Sunday that they will not vote to give PresidentObamaauthorization for a missile attack on Syria unless theWhite Housefirst lays out “a strategy and a plan” to stop theBashar Assadregime from ever again using chemical weapons.<p>The …

French lawmakers demand vote on Syrian intervention

PARIS -- In France, lawmakers seized on President Obama's decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria as an argument for holding their own vote on a potential armed intervention.<p>French President Francois Hollande has said his country would join the U.S. in punishing …

Obama's bid to attack Syria faces resistance from 2 sides in Congress

WASHINGTON–- PresidentObamafaces a two-front battle to win the support ofCongressfor his plan to strike the government of Syrian PresidentBashar Assad, needing to convince both the skeptical representatives of a war-weary public and more hawkish lawmakers critical of his handling ofSyrian …

Mohamed Morsi to stand trial in deaths of Egyptian protesters

CAIRO -- Egyptian prosecutors Sunday ordered deposed Islamist President<p>Mohamed Morsito stand trial on murder-related charges, stepping up the military-backed government’s purge of theMuslim Brotherhoodamid weeks of unrest that have deeply divided the country.<p>The legal maneuver against Morsi, who …

Obama's pause on Syria may prompt British Parliament to reconsider

LONDON — President Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike on Syria could open the door to another vote by the British Parliament, which rejected such intervention, senior officials here suggested Sunday.<p>French lawmakers also seized on Obama's decision as an argument …

Lawmakers not optimistic Obama's Syria plan will pass

The Obama administration has just more than a week to win Congress' support for military strikes against Syria. It 'better make a whale of a case,' one lawmaker says.<p>September 01, 2013|By Michael A. Memoli, Kathleen Hennessey and Richard A. Serrano<p>Secretary of State John F. Kerry said the case for …

In China, another powerful government official is investigated

BEIJING — A powerful Chinese government official who oversees state-owned companies is the latest senior Communist Party official to come under investigation in what appears to be a concerted effort by President Xi Jinping to consolidate his power and push his economic agenda.<p>Jiang Jiemin, 58, is a …

'Save the gun' law bars North Carolina cops from destroying guns

You know those gun-buyback programs where police purchase weapons in order to destroy them? This week, a North Carolina law goes into effect that blocks police from destroying confiscated or unclaimed firearms.<p>In the polarized post-Sandy Hook political era -- with some liberal states tightening gun …

Britain rules out second vote on Syrian strike

LONDON --The British government has ruled out a second parliamentary vote on participation in a military strike against the Syrian ruling regime.<p>Senior politicians had urged another vote after the government's surprising defeat Thursday, when Parliament rejected plans to respond to lethal nerve gas …

To Mideast, U.S. policy on region seems adrift

Middle East friends and foes alike seem to find President Obama's lack of decisiveness confounding.<p>September 02, 2013|By Patrick J. McDonnell, Jeffrey Fleishman and Paul Richter<p>In Cairo, Egyptians protest against possible U.S. strikes in Syria. (Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated…)<p>BEIRUT — President …

French intelligence cites 'massive use' of chemical weapons in Syria

PARIS — A French intelligence assessment alleges that the Syrian regime launched an attack Aug. 21 involving "massive use of chemical agents" and could carry out other strikes of a similar nature in the future.<p>The government published a nine-page synopsis Monday that says at least 281 deaths can be …

Russian foreign minister accuses U.S. of double standard on Syria

MOSCOW -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Washington of applying a double standard in its approach to Syria and said its evidence that President<p>Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons is unconvincing.<p>“It is very odd to hear … my good friend, U.S. State Secretary<p>John Kerry, …