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Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Obama: Syria attack a ‘big event of grave concern.'”
The article’s author Julie Pace writes:
President Barack Obama says a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria this week is a “big event of grave concern” that has hastened the timeframe for determining a U.S. response.
“This is something that is going to require America’s attention,” Obama said during an interview broadcast Friday.
However, the president said the notion that the U.S. alone can end Syria’s bloody civil war is “overstated” and made clear he would seek international support before taking large-scale action.
“If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it, do we have the coalition to make it work,” he said in the interview on CNN’s “New Day” show. “Those are considerations that we have to take into account.”
In a debate aired by PBS NewsHour yesterday Margaret Warner posed the question: Is Western Intervention Warranted if UN Confirms Syria Used Chemical Weapons?
Robert Zarate, policy director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, said:
Yes, I think the West has an obligation — the United States in particular has an obligation to intervene militarily, and not just because of what happened in the suburbs of Damascus, but because of what has happened over the last two-and-a-half years, since the Assad regime began its conflict with the Syrian people.
Over 100,000 people have died. Upwards near — approaching a million people are now displaced internally, and it’s destabilizing the entire region.
Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma said:
The international community has a responsibility in this situation to do something to alleviate human suffering.
A third of Syrians are displaced, two million outside the country, five million inside the country. It’s a country of about 22 million to 24 million people. The problem, as Dempsey has outlined, is that we don’t have a partner in this. The Syrian opposition is dominated by Islamists.
And that makes it very difficult for us to jump in, because the last response that was given to this situation was to arm and to send lethal weapons to the opposition. If we send more lethal weapons, we’re going to destroy what remains of the Syrian state. And there are 1,000-some-odd militias running around Syria.
This situation could become a lot worse.
Today BBC News Asia published an article titled “North and South Korea to resume family reunions next month.”
The article reads:
North and South Korea have agreed reunions of families separated by the Korean War in 1950-53 will resume next month, officials in Seoul have said.
They said 100 people from each side would meet on 25-30 September at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort.
It would be the first time such meetings have taken place for three years.
The two sides remain technically at war because the conflict ended in an armistice and not a peace deal.
Today Reuters published an article titled “Two explosions hit Lebanon’s Tripoli.”
The article reads:
Two explosions rocked Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Friday, causing casualties, witnesses and security sources said.
One blast was outside a mosque as Friday prayers ended. The other hit central Tripoli.
Today Reuters also published an article titled “Gang rape of photo journalist shocks Indian financial city Mumbai.”
The article reads:
A photo journalist was gang-raped in the Indian city of Mumbai, police said on Friday, evoking comparisons with a similar assault in New Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests and a revision of the country’s rape laws.
The attack on Thursday night triggered protests and an outcry on social media, with many users shocked that it took place in Mumbai, widely considered to be India’s safest city for women.
One man was arrested on Friday and 20 police teams were pursuing four men who had been identified, said Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “CVS Pharmacy Will Cut Off Prescription Privileges For Doctors Who Prescribe Too Many Painkillers.”
The article’s author Sy Mukherjee writes:
Pharmacy giant CVS announced plans to revoke more than 36 health care professionals’ privileges to dispense powerful prescription painkillers through their stores. The company chose to cut off access to doctors who had been found to over-prescribe the potentially lethal drugs in an effort to combat the rising tide of painkiller overdoses.
NBC News reports that CVS was involved in a government crackdown on painkiller abuse in 2012 and began cutting off prescription-heavy doctors soon after. In a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors from CVS explained that, “[p]harmacies have a role to play in the oversight of prescriptions for controlled substances, and opioid analgesics [or painkillers] in particular.”
Today Reuters published an article titled “Goldman Sachs banker charged with rape in New York state.”
The article reads:
A New York-based Goldman Sachs managing director was arrested and charged with raping a 20-year-old woman while on vacation in the up-market Hamptons resort in New York state.
The East Hampton Town Police arrested Jason Lee, 37, after responding to a disturbance at a house, the local police service said in a statement.
Lee was arrested on a charge of first-degree rape and was released on bail on Wednesday, the statement said.
The police did not name his employer, but his role at Goldman Sachs’ New York office was confirmed to the New York Times by his lawyer Edward Burke Jr, who said Lee “adamantly denies the allegations.”
Yesterday News 12 Brooklyn published an article titled “City Council members vote to override veto of Community Safety Act.”
The article reads:
City Council members have voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act.
The proposed legislation consists of two bills born out of the stop-and-frisk controversy to create further oversight of the NYPD, including an inspector general. It would also give people more leeway to sue if they believe they were racially profiled.
The mayor and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly argue that the act will undo the department’s crime-fighting successes with the stop-and-frisk tactic.
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