Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Russia steps up diplomacy in Syrian conflict

Russia

moscow steps up diplomacy in syria war

Russia has shown a burst of diplomatic energy before talks in Moscow today with the U.N. envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, on the Syrian conflict. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday made his first overtures toward the largest exile Syrian opposition coalition, saying that he had requested a meeting with its leader. The United States, Britain and several Persian Gulf nations have recognized the coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people. Though Moscow opposes any international effort to force out Syrian President Bashar Assad, in recent days it has expressed increasing support for beginning a political process that would draw in both sides in the conflict.

WEBSTER, N.Y

Woman charged in 2 firemen deaths

The neighbor of a convicted felon who ambushed firefighters on Christmas Eve, killing two, bought the guns for him and lied to the seller, authorities said Friday. William Spengler of Webster, N.Y., had picked out the semiautomatic rifle and shotgun used in the ambush and went to the sporting goods store with the neighbor when she bought them for him, U.S. Attorney William Hochul said. The neighbor, Dawn Nguyen of Rochester, was arrested Friday. She faces a federal charge of knowingly making a false statement for signing a form indicating she would be the legal owner of the guns, Hochul said. She also was charged with a state count of filing a falsified business record, state police said. Spengler, 62, killed himself.

HOUSTON

Bush doing better, spokesman says

Former President George H.W. Bush remained in intensive care at a Houston hospital on Friday but his condition continues to improve, a spokesman said. "The President is alert and, as always, in good spirits — and his exchanges with doctors and nurses now include singing," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Bush, 88, was admitted at Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23 because of a bronchitis-related cough. He later developed a fever.

Central African Republic

Neighbors pledge help against rebels

Central African Republic's neighbors agreed on Friday to dispatch a contingent of soldiers to intervene in the country, where a coalition of rebel groups is seeking to overthrow the president of nearly a decade. Representatives from the 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States meeting in Gabon, though, did not specify how many troops they could contribute, nor did they outline how quickly the military assistance would arrive. President Francois Bozize had pleaded for international help Thursday as fears grew that the rebels would attack the capital, Bangui.

Elsewhere

Little Rock, Ark.: About 100,000 customers of Entergy Arkansas remained without power on Friday, down from 194,000 on Tuesday after a winter storm, the utility said.

Mexico: Mexican authorities have discovered a sophisticated smuggling tunnel equipped with electricity and ventilation not far from the Nogales port of entry into Arizona, U.S. and Mexican officials said Friday.

Iraq: Tens of thousands of Sunnis angry over perceived second-class treatment by the Shiite-led government massed along a major western highway and elsewhere in the country Friday for the largest protests yet in a week of demonstrations.

Times wires

Russia steps up diplomacy in Syrian conflict 12/28/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 10:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

    Blogs

     Winner of the week

    Peter Antonacci. Gov. Rick Scott tapped his go-to utility player to lead his Florida job recruiting agency, Enterprise Florida, having previously picked him for his general counsel, to lead the South Florida Water Management District and to serve as Palm Beach state …

  2. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 19: A peregrina spends the whole day under the weather, and part of the day under the table

    Travel

    Day 19: El Burgo Ranero to Puente Villarente: 25.4 km, 7.5 hours (Total for Days 1-19 = 454 km (282 miles)

    This list pretty much sums up my day:

    Eat two bananas

    Walk 13.1 kilometers

    Nap

    Walk 6.2 kilometers

    Nap

    Eat half an apple

    Walk 6.1 kilometers

    Crash< …

  3. Storm routs Cleveland

    Storm

    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  4. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  5. Rowdies shut out Charleston

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.