Syria congress begins in Russian Federation but key players absent

01 February, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • AFP_Y85UI

According to Russia's special envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev, participants of the congress agreed on a list of 150 candidacies for the constitutional committee.

Sochi hosted talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in the hope of paving the way for a peaceful settlement of the seven-year conflict gripping Syria.

De Mistura said the final agreement on the committee would be reached in the UN-led diplomatic process in Geneva based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 - which serves as a framework for political transition in Syria.

Rocket fire from Syria kills teenager in Turkish border town
Turkish media reports say two more rockets fired from Syria have struck a Turkish border town, wounding one person. The attacks inside Turkey have so far killed four people, including Ms Avlar.

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress kicked off in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday.

Ankara also blocked the participation of the main Kurdish group, which itself said it would not attend in protest against the unrelenting Turkish offensive launched against the enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria. They included Syrian government representatives backed by Russian Federation and Iran, and groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad backed by Turkey.

Turkey will instead represent the opposition groups at the conference sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing unnamed sources.

United States prosecutors won't retry Menendez on corruption charges
At trial, his lawyers argued that the gifts and Menendez's advocacy were explained by his longtime friendship with Melgen. Robert Menendez, in a decision that casts new doubt on the ability of government prosecutors to win bribery cases.

In the meeting held in Russia's Sochi on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, the two sides held talks on the process of the congress and the future plans of the United Nations envoy for the Arab country.

"We believe. that the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi will be able to create conditions for staging fruitful Geneva talks, taking into consideration that the part of the Syrian opposition that constantly makes preconditions, including for regime change, will be talked into sense by those who control it", Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier in January.

Seen as a new platform for direct dialogue with the aim to address the Syrian crisis, the Syrian National Dialogue Congress was aimed at facilitating negotiations between all segments of the Syrian society, including its political and civil powers as well as ethnic, religious and social groups.

Police discovered man tied up at McArthur's house: supply
In 2003, McArthur was convicted of assault after attacking a man with an iron pipe two years earlier, according to the newspaper. Three of the victims have ties to Toronto's Gay Village , but the other two "don't quite fit the profile", Idsinga said.

Recommended:

  • German carmakers tested their cars for emissions on monkeys

    German carmakers tested their cars for emissions on monkeys

    However, it's not that easy taking into consideration the new accusations that have emerged about VAG's diesel-related misconduct. After subjecting them to this abuse, experimenters cut out samples of their lung tissue to check for inflammation.
    Civilian, injured in JK's Shopian firing, succumbs to injury

    Civilian, injured in JK's Shopian firing, succumbs to injury

    The Army has maintaining that its personnel had fired after a junior officer fell unconscious following the mob attack. Patriots are enraged and aghast at Mehbooba CM directing FIR filed against Army.
    Royal Rumble Date And Location Announced

    Royal Rumble Date And Location Announced

    UFC president Dana White has said he believes Rousey's MMA career is over and Levesque has only furthered that belief. Brock Lesnar, the current WWE Universal Champion, is one of the few must see stars in WWE.
  • Waymo orders 1000s of Pacificas for driverless taxis

    Waymo orders 1000s of Pacificas for driverless taxis

    The deal comes after Waymo equipped 600 existing Chrysler Pacifica minivans with its driverless technology in25cities nationwide. The first 100 were delivered when the partnership was announced in May 2016 , and an additional 500 were delivered in 2017.
    Republicans begin to donate Steve Wynn contributions following sexual misconduct accusations

    Republicans begin to donate Steve Wynn contributions following sexual misconduct accusations

    The latter was a reference to a court case involving Japanese gaming conglomerate Universal Entertainment Corp and Wynn Resorts . The decision followed a report released on Friday from the Wall Street Journal alleging that Wynn engaged in sexual harassment.
    Cleveland Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms

    Cleveland Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms

    It will still sell souvenirs at the stadium and in retail outlets, but MLB's website will no longer carry the items. Chief Wahoo signs have also been removed from both in and around Progressive Field .
  • Nokia 3310 4G powered by YunOS is Official now

    Nokia 3310 4G powered by YunOS is Official now

    According to Nokia Power User, the device will have VoLTE support which has grown to be an essential in phones sold in India . Unfortunately, for many, the remastered version of the classic handset had one big issue: a missing 4G LTE connectivity .
    Worker who sent missile alert thought it was not a drill

    Worker who sent missile alert thought it was not a drill

    For now, though, ballistic missile defense drills are on hold at HEMA pending the conclusion of the agency's own investigation. FEMA agreed that criteria had been met to send out a correction alert to all phones through the emergency alert system.
    Kevin Love breaks hand in game against Pistons

    Kevin Love breaks hand in game against Pistons

    In 47 games on the season, Love averaged 18.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 28.5 minutes per game. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the forward is expected to miss six to eight weeks with the injury.
  • Fujifilm to cut 10000 jobs at joint venture with Xerox

    Fujifilm to cut 10000 jobs at joint venture with Xerox

    The company's market cap is $8.32 billion. "It's going to be a big year for apps and partners building on Xerox's app platform". Fujifilm will own 50.1% of the combined company and provide operational support and transformational leadership.
    Hillary Clinton addresses decision not to fire adviser accused of harassment

    Hillary Clinton addresses decision not to fire adviser accused of harassment

    When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken. "This complaint was no exception".
    Apple To Halve iPhone X Production in Q1, Shares Fall

    Apple To Halve iPhone X Production in Q1, Shares Fall

    Apple may not have an iPhone SE 2 in its repertoire after all, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via MacRumors . Also, we think the firm will do all it can to avoid repeating the mistake of a shipment delay for the three new models.


Popular

USA places Haniyeh on terrorist blacklist
Islamic Hamas movement slammed on Wednesday the USA decision to list Hamas chief Ismail Haneya among the world's terrorists. Hamas senior political leader Ismail Haniyeh was designated as a global terrorist by the United States on January 31.

Academic Tariq Ramadan detained over rape allegations
The Swiss national has taken a leave of absence from his professorship at Oxford University as a result of the investigation. He is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1920s.

Douglas Haig A 'Person Of Interest' In Las Vegas Shooting
Haig told Newsweek that he had "no link" to Paddock, and that he didn't understand why he was being questioned. "He showed up. A LinkedIn account that appears to belong to him says he also works at a company called Specialized Military Ammunition .

World of Warcraft expansion Battle for Azeroth will be released this summer
Thankfully, these requirements are account-wide, helping Alliance players unlock the Horde races fairly easily and vice versa. Players will gain access to two mounts: the Seabraid Stallion for the Alliance and the Gilded Ravasaur for the Horde .

Two DACA recipients arrested for involvement in human smuggling in California
"It wasn't politically motivated", Border Patrol public information officer Theron Francisco told City News Service this morning. The truck was referred to a secondary inspection, which led to the discovery of the trailer's human cargo, according to the CBP.

Barbosa, Fittipaldi, Alburquerque win Daytona 24 Hours
Lamborghini looking for a first at the Rolex 24, their first overall 24 hour- or first class victory in a 24 hour race. I'm so honored to do the job I'm doing. "The temperature would spike up and come back a little bit".

West Brom close in on Daniel Sturridge loan from Liverpool
A late approach from Newcastle was on the table but it would appear that West Brom have been successful in securing his services. United were understood to be prepared to pay a loan fee of around £1.5million and also cover his £120,000-a-week wages.

'Humiliated' Instagram star booted off American Airways flight
The attendant asked her if she wanted to get kicked off the plane, and Selter said yes (she said later she was being sarcastic). When the flight attendant asked Selter if she wanted to be removed from the plane, she sarcastically told him that she did.

Lakers proposed Jordan Clarkson for Avery Bradley trade
Bradley still remains one of the league's best perimeter defenders and is a career 37 percent shooter from the three-point line. The struggling and stumbling Detroit Pistons have made their starting shooting guard Avery Bradley , available in trade talks .

'Govt Committed to Empowerment and not Appeasement', Says President Kovind in Parliament
The President also said India has been the first responder in natural disasters and humanitarian crisis in the sub-continent. As many as 28 bills are expected to be tabled in the Lok Sabha this session, while 39 bills are listed for the Rajya Sabha.