Kerry, Lavrov Say Geneva Meeting Could Help Revive Syria Peace Talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, have held "constructive" talks on ending Syria's chemical weapons program.
The two leaders met Friday with U.N. Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva. They discussed a Russian plan on how to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control and avert a U.S. military strike. Kerry later met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Kerry says he and Lavrov have agreed to do "homework" as part of a bid to get Syria's warring factions to a conference on a transitional government.
"We both agreed to do that homework and meet again in New York around the time of the U.N. General Assembly, around the 28th, in order to see if it is possible then to find a date for that conference."
4 Men Sentenced to Death in India Gang Rape
A court in India has sentenced to death by hanging four men convicted in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi late last year.
In his ruling Friday, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the crime falls under the "rarest of rare" category warranting death.
One of the four men broke down in tears as the sentence was read.
The father of the victim said he was relieved that his daughter had gotten justice.
The 23-year-old victim was raped and assaulted with an iron bar in December. Her male companion was also beaten before both were thrown off the bus. The woman died of her injuries two weeks after the attack in a Singapore hospital, where she had been taken for treatment.
The woman's attack set off furious protests across India about the treatment of women in the country and led to an overhaul of India's sexual assault laws.