Photos: Syria before civil war broke out

The Aug. 21 attack, which involved sarin nerve gas, was the largest by far. The State Department said the text that the five permanent Security Council members agreed to Thursday was “strong, binding and enforceable” and united international opinion against the use of chemical weapons. “This is historic and unprecedented because it puts oversight of the Assad regime’s compliance under international control,” said a statement attributed to an unidentified senior State Department official. “Equally as important, it makes absolutely clear that failure of the Assad regime to comply will have consequences,” the statement said. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted that the resolution legally obligated Syria to give up its chemical weapons and “creates a new norm” against the use of poison gas. The Security Council its permanent members are the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China, along with 10 rotating members discussed the draft resolution in a closed session late Thursday. A vote could occur by the weekend. Diplomats said the draft resolution roughly mirrors the framework agreement reached Sept. 14 by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. That deal required Assad to reveal all his chemical weapons and production facilities to international inspectors, allow inspectors into Syria by the end of November, and agree to have the entire toxic arsenal seized or destroyed by mid-2014. Assad met the first benchmark, submitting what officials have called a “serious” initial disclosure of his weapons program Sept.

Russia Jails Greenpeace Activists After Arctic Drilling Protest Results In Piracy Charges

29, 2003. German riot police watch over some 150 anti-nuclear demonstrators blocking railway tracks near Rohstorf, Nov. 11, 2003, in a bid to stop a train transporting radioactive waste material to a storage facility in Gorleben. The 12 containers are coming from the French nuclear treating facility of La Hague. Militants of the French anti-nuclear network Sortir du Nucleaire (Exit Nuclear) demonstrate on a Brittany beach, July 18, 2004 in Carnac, against the European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR) project. Five Greenpeace activists climb the rocks above the Mirabeau Tunnel to protest the transport of weapons-grade plutonium, which will travel through the tunnel on its way to Cadarache north of Marseille, Oct. 7, 2004. A lorry carrying a shipment of plutonium from U.S. weapons arsenals was being escorted through France en route to a reprocessing plant in the southwestern town of Cadarache. A Greenpeace activist remains attached to the anchor chain of cargo ship Global Wind, May 3, 2004, anchored offshore 40 kms from the port of Paranagua, southern Brazil. The activists try to prevent the ship, which set sail from Argentina with a load of 30,000 tons of transgenic soy and is expected to complete her cargo in Brazil, from continuing navigation to Paranagua. Curitiba, 3/05/2004. Ativista do Greenpeace acorrentado na ancora do Navio Global Wind, procedente da Argentina com 30mil ton. de soja transgenica, a 40 km do porto de Paranagua/ foto: Orlando Kissner. (Photo credit should read ORLANDO KISSNER/AFP/Getty Images) Members of Greenpeace carrying anti-nuclear signs stage a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy, Nov.

Greenpeace to appeal Russia detention of activists

Among those to be held for two months was the ship’s American captain, Peter Willcox. He was also the captain of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior ship, which French secret services bombed and sunk in New Zealand in 1985. The court also ordered the two-month detention of photographer Denis Sinyakov, a former staff photographer at AFP and Reuters who was working for Greenpeace as a freelancer. The other eight of the 30-strong crew of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise icebreaker, whose detention was prolonged by three days, face new hearings on Sunday that could see them detained for a further period. Their cases were postponed because the court lacked information on the activists or could not find interpreters, the Interfax news agency reported. Greenpeace Russia said on Twitter that the eight had been taken for meetings with investigators on Friday. The court concluded marathon hearings into the 30 crew members of Greenpeace’s ship early on Friday. The activists, 26 of them foreign nationals from 17 different countries, are being held in prisons in the Murmansk region. ‘A precedent in Russian journalism’ Russian investigators have accused the Greenpeace activists of piracy after two of them tried to scale state energy giant Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Barents Sea. The group has denied committing piracy and accuses Russia of illegally boarding its ship in international waters. In protest at the detention of photographer Sinyakov, several Russian news websites, including that of NTV national television channel and Novaya Gazeta opposition newspaper blacked out all their photographs on Friday. “Denis Sinyakov’s being accused of piracy and his preliminary detention for two months will probably become a precedent in the history of Russian journalism,” Vedomosti business daily warned in an editorial. Greenpeace said that a British videographer, Kieron Bryan, was also among those detained for two months, as well as support staff including the ship’s doctor and cook, who are both Russian.