Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kerry says Iran, Russia hold up accord on Syria

Indonesia

Kerry says Iran, Russia blocking accord on Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia and Iran on Monday of effectively undermining Syrian peace talks by stepping up military support and aid to the government in Damascus and allowing President Bashar Assad to stonewall while he tries to "double down" on a military victory. Last week's meetings in Geneva ended with no progress toward ending the civil war, and Kerry blamed the government's side. He spoke to reporters during a stop in Indonesia to discuss climate change. Russia rejected the charges by Kerry. • After losing ground to Syrian forces and Islamic extremists for months, the Western-backed rebel movement announced Monday that it was replacing its military chief.

Austria

Little optimism for Iran nuclear talks

Talks between six world powers and Iran over a permanent agreement on Tehran's nuclear program begin today in Vienna, but there is little optimism. Even Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Monday in Tehran that "the nuclear negotiations will lead nowhere." That expresses his mistrust of the United States and its allies, a mistrust reciprocated in the U.S. Congress.

Elsewhere

Rancho Mirage, Calif.: President Barack Obama squeezed in one last round of golf on Monday before wrapping up his secluded Presidents Day weekend at the Sunnylands estate and returning to Washington.

Egypt: A suicide bomber was behind a deadly blast that tore through a bus carrying South Korean tourists in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, killing four people, Egyptian security officials said Monday.

South Korea: A resort auditorium's roof loaded with snow and rain collapsed during a welcoming ceremony for university freshmen in the southeastern city of Gyeongju on Monday, killing 10 and injuring more than 100, officials said.

Pakistan: The government's bid to negotiate a truce with the Pakistani Taliban verged on collapse Monday after reports that militants had executed 23 soldiers held captive since 2010.

India: Police charged Tarun Tejpal, a prominent investigative journalist and magazine editor, with raping a staff reporter in a hotel elevator in November.

Times wires

Kerry says Iran, Russia hold up accord on Syria 02/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, February 17, 2014 11:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa man turns himself in for Sunday hit and run fatality

    Public Safety

    A Tampa man was arrested early Sunday after he struck and killed a pedestrian, left the scene, and then called 911 to turn himself in.

  2. Tom Jones' Two Cents: Bucs, Jaguars both get blame for terrible preseason ratings

    TV and Radio

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst of a weekend in televised sports.

    Worst matchup

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) tries to get past Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Brian Dixon (41) and safety Barry Church (42) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) JVS119
  3. Hernando County Sheriff's Office: Deputies shoot suicidal woman who brandished shotgun

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Sheriff's deputies shot a woman they believed to be suicidal after she pointed a shotgun at them Sunday, according to a police report.

  4. Trump administration disbands federal advisory committee on climate change

    National

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government's climate analysis into long-term planning.

    President Donald Trump. [Associated Press]
  5. Blake Snell shines as Rays beat Mariners to end skid (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell delivered the best outing of his young career and the Rays offense continued its home run-hitting ways for a 3-0 victory Sunday against the Mariners in front of 13,354 at Tropicana Field.

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) with starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) after the top of the seventh inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.