NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports on the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The envoy is the first American ambassador killed on duty since 1979.
In Benghazi, protesters from various groups joined together to pull down the American flag in the embassy's courtyard and tried to raise a black flag with the words: "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger."
A truck was set on fire in the US consulate compound during an attack that killed US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Libya attack may have been planned and organized, U.S. officials say
WASHINGTON - The attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, may have been planned and organized in advance, U.S. government officials said on Wednesday.
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Iran Accused of Being Behind the 9/11 Attacks.
Syria Disinformation Campaign: Social Media Circulates Fake Documents
The Ministry said it will verify or refute the authenticity of any document issued by it out of concern for the objectivity and professionalism of mass media outlets that respect themselves and their professional history. (SANA, September 10, 2011)
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Clinton: Russia-Proposed UN Resolution On Syria Lacks 'Teeth'
9/10/2012 4:58 AM ET
(RTTNews) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday rejected a Russian-proposed U.N. Council (UNSC) resolution on Syria, stating that Moscow's proposal lacked the "teeth" required to persuade the Assad regime to stop attacking its own people.
Clinton made the U.S. position clear at a news held after talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in the Russian city of Vladivostok.
Incidentally, Russia wants U.S. backing for securing UNSC approval for a Moscow-proposed resolution on Syria demanding the implementation of a peace plan agreed in June in the Swiss city of Geneva. That plan calls for a ceasefire and peaceful political transition in Syria.
Clinton said she had informed Lavrov that any U.N. action on Syria would "only be effective if it includes consequences for noncompliance." She also noted that "there's no point passing a resolution with no teeth, because we've seen time and time again that Assad will ignore it and keep attacking his own people."
"With respect to Syria, I made the international community's case again yesterday to both the Foreign Minister and the President that we have to bring more pressure to bear on the Assad regime to end the bloodshed and begin a political democratic transition," she said.
Nevertheless, the top U.S. diplomat expressed willingness "to work with Foreign Minister Lavrov to see if we can revisit the idea of putting the Syria transition plan that we agreed to in Geneva earlier this summer into a Security Council resolution."
"And if it does continue, then we will work with like-minded states to support the Syrian Opposition to hasten the day when Assad falls, and to help prepare Syria for a democratic and help it get back on its feet again," she added.
Notably, Russia and China had used their veto powers at the UNSC in July to block a West-backed resolution that would have threatened the Syrian regime with sanctions if it failed to implement an earlier agreed peace plan. It was the third time in nine months that the two nations vetoed resolutions on Syria.
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Panetta: US has a year if Iran decides on a nuke
PHOTO: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING
WASHINGTON - If Iran decides to make a nuclear weapon, the United States would have a little more than a year to act to stop it, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.
"It's roughly about a year right now. A little more than a year. And so ... we think we will have the opportunity once we know that they've made that decision, take the action necessary to stop (Iran)," Panetta said on CBS's "This Morning" program.
He said the United States has "pretty good intelligence" on Iran. "We know generally what they're up to. And so we keep a close track on them."
Panetta said the United States has the capability to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb.
"We have the forces in place to be able to not only defend ourselves, but to do what we have to do to try to stop them from developing nuclear weapons," he said.
The United States and Israel believe Iran is working toward developing nuclear weapon development capability. Israel, widely thought to be the Middle East's only atomic power, says a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence.
Iran says its nuclear work is for peaceful energy purposes only.