But there are no specifics on offer about just what sanctions may look like. And passing additional punitive measures may test deep divisions within the international body — especially as the United States explores sending an advanced missile defense system to South Korea, a step that China, North Korea’s main sponsor, opposes.
ANOTHER JIHADI BEATLE IDENTIFIED A joint Washington Post-Buzzfeed News investigation has yielded the identity of another of the British cohort in the Islamic State that beheaded Western hostages in gruesome videos as Alexanda Kotey, a 32-year-old West Londoner of Ghanian and Greek Cypriot origin who converted to Islam.
He initially left Britain in 2009, going to the Gaza Strip as part of an aid convoy organized by former British MP George Galloway. But it is not known when he went to Syria — or where he is now. It is also not clear whether Kotey was the guard known as “George” or “Ringo” — both of whom were more active than the fourth member, “Paul.” (The Post identified Mohammed Emwazi last year as “Jihadi John.”) But former hostages say that the British squad of the Islamic State enforcers were the most brutal.
SYRIA TALKS IN THE BALANCE OF HUMANITARIAN CEASE-FIRE U.S. officials are desperate to broker a cease-fire in order to bring humanitarian goods and services to Syrian towns under siege, in which the local populations are starving en masse and unable to access food or medicine. The Obama administration has been considering air drops of humanitarian aid to try to bridge the gap. But how much can you drop from the sky?