September 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem on Monday pledged to cooperate with international inspectors charged with dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program , and he vowed to crush a rebellion that he said has drawn strength from al-Qaeda and other internationalist jihadists. Addressing a gathering of world leaders and foreign dignitaries at the U.N. General Assembly, the top Syrian diplomat sought to link President Bashar al-Assad's attempt to prevail in a bloody...
September 30, 2013
Sunday, Sept. 29 Manassas Latino Festival, with live music, folkloric dancing performances, arts and crafts, food vendors and children's activities. Noon-5:30 p.m., Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or www.manassaslatinofestival.com . Author Andrew Carroll, will discuss his book " Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History ," a travelogue. 2 p.m., Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. Free.
September 24, 2013 |
ISTANBUL — A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the Aramaic language of Jesus is still spoken. The town has managed to stay out of the Syrian conflict between Sunni Muslim rebels and the regime of dictator Bashar Assad, as have most of Syria's 2 million Christians. But worsening violence has forced the community into a corner: Continuous clashes between the rebels and the regime in this isolated town of 2,000 people as well as...
September 14, 2013 |
GENEVA — The United States and Russia agreed Saturday on a plan to bring Syrian chemical weapons under international control, a rare diplomatic victory in a brutal civil war that appears to head off a punitive U.S. military strike on Syria in the near future. In announcing the deal, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, said the agreement would be backed by a U.N. Security Council resolution that could allow for...
September 13, 2013 |
NORFOLK — The sailors and Marines who frequent Rodney McKeithan's barbershop are so exhausted that they often fall asleep in the chair while he shears their close crops even shorter. "They're drained when they come in," said McKeithan, 45, a retired Navy ship serviceman who operates three Custom Kutz barbershops near Naval Station Norfolk. "They talk all the time about how tired they are. " McKeithan, who ended 20 years of Navy service in 2007 and...
September 13, 2013 |
Maryland calls itself the Free State, but it was in no hurry to give up slavery during the Civil War. Elsewhere in the country, antislavery measures progressed rapidly. Congress freed the slaves in the District in 1862, compensating their owners. The Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves in the states that had seceded, went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863. But Maryland didn't act until 1864, when it held a referendum — and even then, the outcome wasn't at all...