1. ‘DOUBLE STANDARD’

    Russia Condemns U.S. Handling of Syria

    Scene of bomb explosion in Damascus on Thursday. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty)

    The United States treats Syria with a double standard, Russia charged Friday, blaming Washington for preventing the U.N. Security Council from disparaging the Damascus car bombings that killed 53 people on a busy highway Thursday. “We are disappointed that, as a result of the United States’ position at the United Nations Security Council, the terrorist act in Syria was not condemned,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference. “We believe these are double standards and see in it a very dangerous tendency by our American colleagues to depart from the fundamental principle of unconditional condemnation of any terrorist act.”

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