U.N. to vote Tuesday on Syria sanctions despite Russia veto pledge

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on Tuesday on a bid by Western powers to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders over accusations of toxic gas attacks, despite a pledge by Russia to veto the move.

Spicer grills staffers on leaks, orders phone search & bans encryption apps – report

The official sprung into decisive action last week, after it emerged that information discussed at one of the planning meetings with employees of the White House Office of Communications had been leaked to the media, Politico reported, citing sources present at the meeting.

Film about Syrian White Helmets wins Oscar for best short documentary

“The White Helmets,” a 40-minute documentary, marks first Oscar win for director Orlando von Einsiedel. The film revolves around the “perilous work of volunteers who brave falling bombs to rescue civilians from the carnage of Syria’s civil war,” the description on its Netflix page says.