Hassan Rouhani and Vladimir Putin’s view puts them miles apart from UK and US on ending conflict, prime minister tells CBS David Cameron speaking at the UN

David Cameron, who spoke at the UN general assembly, said in a television interview that a deal to work with Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, would be ‘phoney’. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA Rowena Mason in New York Tuesday 29 September 2015 10.45 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 29 September 2015 13.43 EDT

Britain and the US are miles apart from Iran and Russia on how to stop the bloodshed in Syria because Tehran and Moscow will not contemplate the end of the Assad regime, David Cameron has said. The prime minister said working to end the four-year Syrian civil war was the “most difficult, intractable problem” that he and the US president, Barack Obama, had faced, as he gave the clearest explanation yet of the differences between the world leaders.

In an interview on US television on Tuesday, Cameron set out details of the intractable differences after his 45-minute meeting with Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, and Obama’s 90-minute meeting with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, at the UN general assembly in New York on Monday. Putin says he can work with Obama despite trading barbs on Syria and Isis He told CBS: “So far, the problem has been that Russia and Iran have not been able to contemplate the end state of Syria without Assad.”

Cameron confirmed for the first time that he agreed with the US that Bashar al-Assad could be part of a transitional government. But he said an explicit deal to work with the Syrian president to take on Islamic State would be “phoney” and self-defeating.

The prime minister said: “I know there are people who think IS [Isis] is even worse than Assad, so shouldn’t we somehow cut a deal with Assad to team up and tackle IS. It sounds enticing, but even if it were the right thing to do, which it isn’t, it wouldn’t work. We need a Syria free from IS and Assad. “What America said, which I agree with, is that you need a transition. But what is clear is that at the end of that, Assad cannot be the head of Syria. It wouldn’t work.” Read full article at theguardian.com


BILL O'REILLY: As you know, millions of refugees are fleeing the Middle East and Africa, going to Europe, asking for asylum. There is no way to stop this mass migration, which will change the European continent dramatically. Most of these people are Muslims who are simply trying to survive. The world was stunned when a picture of a 3-year-old Syrian boy was published. He drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as his family tried to reach the Greek island of Kos. The boy's mother and 5-year-old brother also drowned.

Now, this is happening because the U.S.A. and Western Europe retreated from the Middle East. Once President Obama removed all American forces from Iraq, ISIS moved in and chaos broke out. The president has never, never acknowledged that his policy of disengagement has led to thousands of people being murdered and the catastrophe we are now seeing in Europe. It is simply stunning that the American press has said so little about the disastrous foreign policy of the Obama administration. The reason for the silence is that the liberal press despise the Iraq war so much, it is simply not going to accurately assess the results of Mr. Obama's timid approach.

So now we have one of the biggest mass migrations in the history of the world, which is overwhelming and will allow terrorists entry into almost every Western country. Of course Russia and China will not accept migrants, they never do. Israel will also not accept refugees, fearing terrorist infiltration. As for America, 27 Iraqi Christians [who] made it here through the Southern border were promptly incarcerated by ICE. None of them have been granted asylum by the Obama administration. But we can now expect thousands of refugees to begin entering America. Summing up, the jihad on the march, the Obama administration and other Western powers have no idea how to deal with it, and the world is suffering drastic consequences.

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Barvetta Singletary, special assistant to President of the United States Barack Obama, has resigned from office after firing a stolen police weapon at a Capitol Police officer in a jealous rage.

The White House staffer indicted for allegedly shooting at her Capitol Police officer boyfriend has resigned.

According to a White House official, Barvetta Singletary, 37, submitted her resignation effective Aug. 28. The White House accepted her resignation.

Singletary, a special assistant to the President and House legislative liaison, made headlines three weeks ago after she was arrested on charges of assault and reckless endangerment. Charging documents allege Singletary invited her officer boyfriend to her Maryland home, then confronted him about another woman. During the dispute, police said she took his service weapon and fired one round when he refused to give her the password to his phone. No one was injured.

Following the arrest, Singletary was temporarily placed on unpaid leave from the White House and had her access to the complex revoked.

She was indicted on assault charges Tuesday.

You’ll note that Singletary is not facing the sort of charges one would expect in rabidly anti-gun Maryland.

She did, after all, take a law enforcement officer’s weapon, threaten him with it, and then fired a shot at him. Various state and federal charges would seem to apply, including attempted murder.

It must be nice to be politically connected.

Read full article at Bearing Arms

Migrants form a sit-down demonstration as police block the entrance to the main Eastern Railway station in Budapest.

It's hard not to notice how almost all Syrian refugees flee westward rather than seek a safe haven in the rich Arab Persian Gulf states.

Now, social-media users worldwide are increasingly raising the question of why.

On Twitter, the Arabic-language hashtag #Hosting_Syria's_refugees_is_a_Gulf_duty has become a forum for expressing the indignation many Arabs feel at seeing European states like Germany taking in thousands of refugees while the Gulf states host almost none.

A recent message showed a photo of a drowned refugee with the comment: "It is shameful that they have to roam all about God's earth and drown in the seas while fleeing death when we are supposed to be closer to them than the West." 

Read full article at Business Insider





(CNN)Kim Davis, America's highest-profile county clerk, returned to work Monday vowing to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But that didn't stop Carmen and Shannon Wampler-Collins from successfully walking out of the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk's office with a marriage license in hand. Monday was Davis' first day back in her office after spending five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to give licenses to same-sex couples.

Before starting her workday, Davis appeared defiant, saying she will not issue any marriage licenses that go against her religious beliefs. But she left the door open for her deputies to continue giving out marriage licenses to same-sex couples as long as those documents do not have Davis' name or title on them. The marriage license that the couple received said "pursuant to federal court order" on it, and instead of listing Davis' name and Rowan County, it says city of Morehead, the county seat. David said Monday that any such licenses "will not issued or authorized by me." Her work-around is not to sign them but not interfere with her deputies who do give them out. "(U.S. District Judge David Bunning) indicated last week that he was willing to accept altered marriage licenses even though he was not certain of their validity," Davis said. "I, too, have great doubts whether the license issued under these conditions are even valid." Read the full article at CNN.com