West Texas Intermediate tumbled for a third week on forecasts that the U.S. budget impasse may hurt growth in the world’s largest oil-consuming country and as easing tension in Syria reduced supply concerns.
After weeks of negotiations between the U.S. and Russia, the United Nations Security Council set a vote tonight on a resolution requiring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to surrender all his chemical weapons.
The United Nations Security Council is meeting tonight on Syria after its five permanent members agreed on terms of a resolution requiring President Bashar al- Assad’s government to surrender its chemical weapons.
United Nations inspectors found “clear and convincing evidence” that poison sarin gas was used in an attack near Syria’s capital of Damascus, where the U.S. says President Bashar al-Assad’s troops on Aug. 21 fired chemical weapons that killed more than 1,400 people.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. isn’t softening its opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by making a deal that envisions his cooperation in securing and eliminating Syrian chemical weapons over the next nine months.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon erred in accusing Belarus of violating an arms embargo on Ivory Coast by sending attack helicopters to support Laurent Gbagbo ’s effort to retain the presidency.
Russia supports China’s proposal to hold six-nation talks on military tensions stemming from North Korea’s Nov. 23 artillery attack on a South Korean island, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said.
Communications lapses between United Nations troops and villages in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo delayed the response to the rapes of at least 154 women there last month, U.S. and Russian diplomats said today.