Envoy: Syria could turn into Somalia

Envoy: Syria could turn into Somalia


The U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria warned Tuesday that the country could become another Somalia — where al-Qaida-linked militants and warlords battled for decades after the ouster of a dictator — if the civil war is not ended soon.

Battles between regime forces and Syrian rebels left more than 140 people dead across Syria on Tuesday, while the brother of Syria’s parliament speaker was gunned down in Damascus — the latest victim of a wave of assassinations targeting high-ranking supporters of President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Among the dead were at least 13 people who died in a series of explosions in the capital Damascus, targeting impoverished districts of the capital. Dozens others were wounded, activists said.

The violence aroused new concerns about the faltering diplomatic efforts to try to end the conflict, with the U.N. political chief warning that the Syria crisis risks “exploding outward” into Lebanon, Turkey and Israel.

Calif. man kills two co-workers at plant

FRESNO, Calif.

Clattering machinery at a chicken-processing plant provided all the cover Lawrence Jones needed to kill two co-workers execution style and wound two others Tuesday, police said.

Armed with a handgun, the 42-year-old parolee moved methodically from victim to victim, placing his handgun against their head or neck and then pulling the trigger, authorities said.

The unsuspecting victims worked just feet apart in the deboning room and the grinding room at Valley Protein, but they wore ear protectors, and the gunshots were drowned out by the machinery. Jones tried to fire at a fifth person, police said, but ran out of bullets.

Suspect arrested in Mich. shootings

WIXOM, Mich.

Police who arrested a suspect in a Michigan shooting spree that targeted moving cars and resulted in at least one injury were led to the man’s home based on one of thousands of tips, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspect was taken into custody Monday night in Wixom, the Detroit suburb where the shootings began, a police task force investigating the four-county spree said.

Associated Press

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