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Recruitment of monitors for Syria called slow

United Nations


The top U.N. peacekeeping official said Tuesday that Syria remains troubled by appalling violence more than two weeks into the first deployment of cease-fire monitors there and that his organization had recruited only about half of the 300-member contingent he hopes to station in the country. Herve Ladsous, the undersecretary for peacekeeping operations, said the monitors who first began arriving in Syria in mid April, now totaling 24, had helped to reduce some of the worst mayhem in the country simply by their presence. He also expressed confidence that a full deployment of all 300 monitors would be completed this month.

New York

Man guilty in plot to bomb subways

A Queens man was convicted of a host of terrorism charges Tuesday for participating in a plot led by al-Qaida to stage suicide attacks in the New York subways. Adis Medunjanin, 27, faces a possible life term at sentencing on Sept. 7. Two others have pleaded guilty to their role in the plot.


More than 100 die in ferry sinking

Rescue workers searched Tuesday for about 160 people who were still missing a day after an overcrowded ferry broke apart and sank in the Brahmaputra river during a severe storm in eastern India. The bodies of more than 100 of the 350 people who were aboard the double-decker ferry when it capsized Monday have been recovered. With every passing hour, rescuers said, hopes of finding live passengers dwindled.


New York: A hotel maid's sexual assault lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn can go forward to trial, a judge ruled Tuesday, rebuffing the former International Monetary Fund leader's diplomatic-immunity claim.

Mali: The new military junta said it fought back an attempted countercoup by loyalist troops in the capital, Bamako, and was in control Tuesday. The junta seized power over a month ago.

Times wires

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