Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif To Attend Kerry-Lavrov Meeting On Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take part in talks this weekend in Switzerland on the Syrian crisis, a spokesman said on October 14. Iranian media had earlier reported that Tehran, which is one of the main supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, would not take part in the talks. But hours before the meeting was to begin in Lausanne on October 15, foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Zarif had decided to go after all. Qasemi did not explain Zarif’s change of plans. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry are set to meet for their first talks on Syria since Kerry suspended bilateral attempts to reach a cease-fire deal there earlier this month. Also taking part in the Swiss …

Yvanna Cancela chosen to fill Kihuen’s Senate District 10 seat Former Culinary Union political director Yvanna Cancela will be the first Latina to sit on the Nevada state Senate after Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to appoint her Tuesday.Cancela, 29, will fill the District 10 seat vacated by Ruben Kihuen last month when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Kihuen, 36, had held the seat since 2010.“I have worked on a lot of campaigns and seen a lot of folks go through the election process, and I now understand a little bit better how nerve wracking it can be,” Cancela said. “I respect so much more people who are willing to serve in public office because it really is a tremendous responsibility and I don’t take that lightly, so to be selected for this ...

Judge tosses class-action lawsuit claiming Cold-FX users were misled about product’s ... A judge has tossed out a unique class-action lawsuit that alleged the makers of one of Canada’s most-popular natural-health product misled customers about the remedy’s cold-fighting benefits. Justice Janice Dillon of the Supreme Court of British Columbia refused to “certify” the suit, ruling Wednesday there was no evidence a group of people had a common grievance against the manufacturer of Cold-FX, as class-action law requires. The suit charged that until recent years the firm claimed Cold-FX could bring “immediate relief” to cold and flu symptoms after they developed, despite a lack of evidence. In fact, a company-funded study disclosed as part of the case found that it did no better than a placebo for that purpose. Some scientific evidence...

Professional Diplomat Who Became a Terrorist's Target: Who Was Andrey Karlov? Andrey Gennadievich Karlov was the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Only a few minutes into a public speech at the Ankara Center for Contemporary Art, Karlov was reportedly shot in the back nine times by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old Turkish police officer. Karlov died of his wounds shortly afterward. According to the official website of the Russian embassy in Turkey, Andrey Karlov was born in 1954. After graduating from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1976, Karlov became a Soviet ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea. In 1992 he moved to the embassy in the Republic of Korea (ROK), or South Korea. In 2001 he was promoted to Russia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in ROK, the highest position a Russian ambassador...

Quote unquote: Pardew’s ‘When you’re the King…’ The first thing to say is that it’s absolutely true. When a ‘behind the scenes’ figure at a football club writes a book, you’re always liable to suspect they may have, well, exaggerated a few things for effect. Some stories you will treat with a degree of suspicion, no matter how funny or plausible, or how much you would like them to be true. But this one is true, independently confirmed as such to Football365. It’s absolutely true. Stevie Bacon was West Ham’s club photographer for around 35 years and, by all accounts, something of a ‘character’. There was a terrace song dedicated to him. There was even a burger named after him (called, imaginatively enough, the Steve Bacon Burger), sold at Upton Park. Or the Boleyn Ground...

Melania Trump and her son won't stay at White House! United States' future First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron will not move to the White House immediately after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration in January with both the parents wary of pulling their child out in the middle of school year. "There's obviously sensitivity to pulling their 10-year-old out of school in the middle of the school year. A more formal statement will be coming in the future," transition team communications director Jason Miller told media persons. His remarks came in response to a New York Post report, which citing sources, said the President-elect's 46-year-old wife and their son will stay put at the family's glitzy Trump Tower penthouse so that Barron can continue attending his Upper West Side private school. "Melania ...

Who is General John Kelly? U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, retired Marine General John Kelly, is one of the U.S. military's longest-serving commanders and the most senior officer since 9/11 to lose a child in combat. Blunt-spoken and popular with military personnel, Kelly, 66, was born and raised in Boston. He initially enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970, and was discharged from active duty as a sergeant in 1972. He returned to the Marine Corps after graduation from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1976. Kelly rose through the ranks to serve as the commanding general of the Multi-National Force West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009, and as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in October 2009. ...

Donald Trump tells Israel 'to stay strong' US President-elect Donald Trump has urged Israel to "stay strong" until he assumes office next month.In comments referring to last week's UN Security Council vote which criticised Israeli settlement building on occupied land, he complained Israel had been treated with "disdain and disrespect".The comments came in his latest outburst on Twitter.It comes ahead of a speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by US Secretary of State John Kerry.On Friday, the US chose not to veto a UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlement construction. In two tweets issued on Wednesday morning New York time, Mr Trump said: "We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. "They used to have a great friend ...