In Russia, American Clowns Star At Moscow Circus

Obama praises deal with Russia on Syria, but cautions that work remains

In Las Vegas, I jumped over her a lot, Alex said. We were a lot younger then. Alex, now 42, and Bella, 40, traveled here from the United States in February for a seven-month season. Hes a hobo-style clown with big black glasses, ill- fitting jacket and too-short pants. She has red hair, long and flowing as a feather boa. Home is Winston-Salem, N.C. Why there? Like everything in their lives, theres a story. A circus heritage Alex starts with the story of his grandmother, Nina Kornilova, now 86. She was a ballet dancer, he said, and in 1942 or 1943, the Ministry of Culture summoned her to Moscow from the provinces. Oh! The Bolshoi, she thought, Alex said. When she arrived in Moscow, she discovered how very wrong she had been.

Security Council aimed at sanctioning Assad’s regime. After Sunday’s meeting, the French foreign minister said the deal on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons was “a significant step forward, but it’s a first stage.” “On one hand, we are going to move forward with the destruction of chemical weapons — bravo — but on the other hand, hundreds of deaths every day are mounting in Syria and that’s also what we must tackle, that is to say find a political solution to the Syrian crisis,” Fabius said. He said he would discuss the agreement and its implementation at a meeting Monday in Paris with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague. On Tuesday, he will meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow. Fabius also said a report by U.N. inspectors on last month’s chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus would be published Monday. In setting out one of the most ambitious arms-control efforts in history, U.S. and Russian officials reached an agreement calling for an inventory of Syria’s chemical weapons program and seizing all its components. The agreement includes imposing penalties if Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government fails to comply. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and their teams had been meeting day and night in Geneva to develop a framework for ridding the world of Syria’s chemicals weapons.

US, Russia agree plan for Syria’s chemical weapons

Tomorrow, he plans to meet with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. After meeting with Kerry, Mr Netanyahu offered support for the plan, the first official sign of Israels approval. Earlier, speaking at a state ceremony commemorating the Israelis killed in the 1973 war, he had also expressed a measure of skepticism. We hope that the understandings reached between the US and Russia on Syrian chemical weapons will yield results, Mr Netanyahu said at the ceremony. Those understandings will be judged by the results – the total destruction of all the chemical weapon stocks that the Syrian regime used against its own citizens. Both the prime minister and Mr Kerry said the worlds response to the chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus would serve as a message to Iran as the West prepared to resume negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. Here, too, it is not words that count, but the deeds and results, Mr Netanyahu said. In any case, Israel must be ready and prepared to defend itself with its own forces against any threat, and that capability and readiness is more important now than ever. Mr Kerry said today that the agreement reached with Russia was a framework, not a final agreement, and still had to be put into effect through a UN Security Council resolution. Under the Geneva pact, the terms of the accord are to be included in a resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which would authorise punitive measures if Syria does not comply. Earlier, Syrias government hailed as a victory the Russian-brokered deal. President Bashar al-Assads jets and artillery hit rebel suburbs of the capital again today in an offensive that residents said began last week when Mr Obama delayed air strikes in the face of opposition from Moscow and his own electorate. Speaking of the US-Russian deal, Syrian minister Ali Haidar told Moscows RIA news agency: These agreements …