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saco-indonesia.com, Sebuah granat tangan yang telah diduga berasal dari zaman Belanda telah diamankan oleh petugas Gegana Satuan Brimob Polda Sumsel, setelah ditemukan oleh salah satu warga yang bernama Usman yang berprofesi sebagai pekerja buruh di kawasan perairan Sungai Musi depan Pelabuhan 30 Ilir Palembang, sekitar pukul 18.30 WIB.

Usman juga mengaku awalnya curiga setelah mendapat barang berat berwarna hitam tersebut tergeletak begitu saja di atas tanah. Karena penasaran bercampur rasa takut akhirnya dirinya telah melihat secara teliti.

Setelah yakin yang ditemukannya sebuah granat, baru dirinya telah memberitahukan kepada warga sekitar. "Sebenarnya saya juga tidak berani melihat dengan dekat, akhirnya saya laporkan ke warga sekitar dan akhirnya polisi datang untuk mengamankannya," kata Usman.

Saat ditemukan, kata dia, granat tersebut juga sudah berkarat dimakan usia. Namun, ia juga tidak mengetahui persis dari mana granat itu berasal.

"Saya juga tidak tahu mengapa tergeletak begitu saja, tapi sepertinya sudah tidak aktif lagi," tuturnya.

Sementara itu, Kasubdit Gakkum AKBP Denny juga menerangkan, penemuan tersebut berkat laporan masyarakat dan diketahui dari bentuk dan ukuran beratnya granat tersebut merupakan buat semasa zaman Belanda.

"Granat telah kita amankan terlebih dahulu dan akan kembali dipelajari lebih dalam apakah nantinya juga akan dilakukan pencarian yang memungkinkan masih ada lagi granat seperti ini di lokasi atau tidak," ungkapnya.

"Kami juga mengimbau kepada masyarakat agar dapat bekerjasama dengan baik dengan pihak kepolisian bilamana nantinya kembali menemukan granat jenis ini lagi atau benda yang mencurigakan lainnya, karena bukan tidak mungkin akan mengakibatkan sesuatu yang tidak diinginkan kita semua," sambungnya.


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PENEMUAN GRANAT ZAMAN BELANDA

saco-indonesia.com, Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) telah memanggil pihak swasta, I Nyoman Bagus Antara, terkait penyidikan dalam kasus dugaan pencucian uang dengan tersangka adik Gubernur Banten Ratu Atut Chosiyah, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana.
 
Dia juga akan diperiksa sebagai saksi yang dianggap tahu Chaeri Wardana punya aset beraroma pencucian uang di Bali.
 
"Yang bersangkutan telah diperiksa sebagai saksi," kataa Kepala Bagian Pemberitaan dan Informasi KPK, Priharsa Nugraha, saat dikonfirmasi, Senin (27/1/2014).
 
Chaeri Wardana telah dijerat kasus berlapis. Selain tersangka di pengurusan sengketa Pemilihan Kepala Daerah Lebak, Banten, Chaeri Wardana jadi tersangka di proyek pengadaan alat kesehatan Tangerang Selatan dan proyek alat kesehatan Banten. Terakhir, Chaeri Wardana disangka telah melakukan tindak pidana pencucian uang.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

KPK PERIKSA SAKSI DALAM KASUS PENCUCIAN UANG ADIK ATUT

Memiliki tubuh yang langsing dan ramping mungkin sudah menjadi keinginan hampir seluruh perempuan di belahan dunia manapun. Bukan hanya perempuan saja , bahkan kaum lelakipun kerap melakukan diet dan olah raga untuk dapat membentuk tubuhnya menjadi lebih atletis dan memperhatikan berat badan adalah seperti hal yang wajib yang harus dilakukan oleh mereka yang ingin penampilannya selalu bagus dan menarik.

Bukan hal yang asing lagi, banyak orang yang melakukan penurunan berat badan atau diet dengan cara yang tidak menyehatkan, merusak kesehatan, atau bahkan tidak lazim untuk bisa mendapatkan tubuh yang ideal. Demi berat badan yang ramping, langsing, dan penampilan menarik, banyak orang rela untuk mengeluarkan uang yang tidak sedikit, menempuh cara yang tidak baik bahkan melakukan hal hal yang bahaya yagi tubuhnya sendiri. Padahal, untuk bisa mendapatkan bentuk tubuh yang ideal dan langsing, tidak tidak perlu melakukan hal hal yang bisa sampai merusak dan membahayakan tubuh kita sendiri. Jangan demi jalan pintas yang cepat, kita mengesampingkan kesehatan tubuh kita. Asalkan dijalani dengan sungguh sungguh, dengan cara alami dan sehat pun kita bisa mendapatkan bentuk tubuh yang ideal.

Cara seperti apakah yang bisa kita lakukan untuk bisa melangsingkan tubuh kita tanpa merusak kesehatan dan merogoh kocek yang dalam? Yaitu dengan cara yang alami dan sehat, seperti berikut ini:

Cara menurunkan berat badan atau diet alami yang menyehatkan

Lakukan olah raga teratur. Olah raga tidak selalu harus pergi ke pusat kebugaran atau fitness. Olah raga juga bisa dilakukan di halaman rumah atau di komplek sekitar perumahan kita. Lakukan olah raga yang bisa membakar banyak lemak seperti bersepeda, lari pagi, sit up, berenang.

Pola makan yang tidak berlebihan dan teratur juga dapat mempengaruhi. Misalnya, makan makanan yang tidak mengandung banyak lemak. Perbanyaklah makanan sayur, buah, dan minum air putih yang cukup. Kurangi makanan berserat berat.

Disiplin untuk tidak mengemil di malam hari. Mengemil, yang kita anggap bisa menunda atau bahkan menghilangkan rasa lapar, ternyata juga bisa menambah berat badan.

Lakukan aktifitas rutin setiap hari, jangan banyak duduk menonton TV atau di tempat tidur karena itu bisa menimbun lemak di tubuh Anda. Bahkan juga bisa mengganggu kesehatan organ lainnya seperti jantung dan otak.

Berenang secara rutin. Selain dapat menimbulkan efek yang menyenangkan dan segar, berenang juga sangat bagus untuk metabolisme Anda.

 

CARA MENURUNKAN BERAT BADAN ATAU DIET ALAMI YANG MENYEHATKAN

saco-indonesia.com, Guna untuk mempersiapkan pengamanan gelaran Pemilu 2014, Badan Pengawas Pemilu (Bawaslu) akan melaksanakan pelatihan pengamanan yang telah bekerjasama dengan sejumlah aparat kepolisian. Atas rencana tersebut, maka besok akan dilakukan penutupan di sekitaran Gedung Bawaslu, Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat, pada hari Jumat 7 Februari 2014.

"Latihan Pengamanan Bawaslu dan Sispam Kota Pemilihan Umum 2014 di tingkat Polda Metro Jaya pada hari Jumat, 7 Februari 2014 di sekitaran gedung Badan Pengawas Pemilu (Bawaslu), Jalan M.H. Thamrin No.14.Jakarta, maka besok akan dilakukan penutupan arus lalu lintas sementara di sekitaran Bundaran HI sampai depan Kedutaan Besar Jepang," tulis petugas TMC Polda Metro Jaya dalam akun facebook resminya, Kamis (6/2/2014).

Pelaksanaan pelatihan tersebut akan dimulai sejak pukul pukul 07.00 WIB sampai 13.00 siang WIB. "Untuk dapat mendukung kelancaran kegiatan pelatihan pengamanan dan menghindari kepadatan lalu lintas, maka bagi pengguna jalan yang akan melintasi jalan Jend. Sudirman-Jalan M.H. Thamrin disarankan untuk berangkat lebih awal atau sebelum pukul 07.00 WIB, atau setelah sholat Jumat," tulis petugas TMC.

Diimbau bagi pengguna jalan agar tetap mematuhi rambu-rambu lalu lintas yang ada dan mengikuti petunjuk petugas polisi yang berada di lapangan.

"Pengalihan lalu lintas di ruas jalan Jenderal Sudirman-Jalan MH Thamrin akan dilakukan situasional atau sesuasi kondisi peningkatan volume kendaraan. Selain akan dilakukan pengaturan lalu lintas, petugas juga akan memasang sarana dan prasarana seperti rambu-rambu dan kelengkapan petunjuk di ruas jalan tersebut sebelum acara dimulai," tulis petugas.


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BESOK JALAN SUDIRMAN-THAMRIN DITUTUP HINGGA PUKUL 13.00 WIB

 Situs Penerjemah merupakan sebuah situs lembaga penyedia jasa terjemahan yang secara khusus menyediakan layanan penerjemahan untuk semua dokumen resmi Anda. Layanan jasa penerjemah dokumen resmi yang disediakan di Situs Penerjemah sudah sejak tahun 2008 seiring dengan dimulainya usaha penyediaan jasa penerjemahan tersumpah. Situs Penerjemah sendiri memiliki staf penerjemah tersumpah yang berpengalaman yang siap membantu Anda untuk menerjemahkan dokumen-dokumen resmi, baik itu dokumen individu, maupun juga dokumen-dokumen resmi badan usaha atau korporasi.

Jasa penerjemah tersumpah dokumen resmi dibawahi langsung oleh pengelola Situs Penerjemah ini, yang notabene merupakan penerjemah tersumpah senior yang telah memiliki 2 sertifikat sebagai Bahasa Into English Sworn Translator dan juga sebaliknya dan sertifikat sebagai Bahasa Into Jepanese Sworn Translator dan juga sebaliknya. Membawahi langsung beberapa staf penerjemah-penerjemah muda yang juga telah bersertifikat sebagai penerjemah tersumpah, sehingga sampai saat ini, staf penerjemah tersumpah untuk dokumen resmi di Situs Penerjemah meliputi penerjemah-penerjemah sebagai berikut.

    Penerjemah Tersumpah Bahasa Inggris
    Penerjemah Tersumpah Bahasa belanda
    Penerjemah Tersumpah Bahasa Jepang
    Penerjemah Tersumpah Bahasa Arab
    Penerjemah Tersumpah Bahasa Jerman


Situs memang hanya mengkhususkan diri dalam penyediaan layanan jasa penerjemah dokumen saja, dalam hal ini yaitu semua jenis dokumen resmi yang memerlukan layanan penerjemah tersumpah. Dan Situs pada setiap saat selalu berkomitmen untuk memberikan hasil terjemahan terbaik bagi semua pelanggan-pelanggan pengguna jasa terjemahan kami.

 

JASA PENERJEMAH BBS - PENERJEMAH INGGRIS BELANDA JEPANG

A 2-minute-42-second demo recording captured in one take turned out to be a one-hit wonder for Mr. Ely, who was 19 when he sang the garage-band classic.

Jack Ely, Who Sang the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’, Dies at 71
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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepal’s Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake

BEIJING (AP) — The head of Taiwan's Nationalists reaffirmed the party's support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.

Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu, a likely presidential candidate next year, also affirmed Taiwan's desire to join the proposed Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank during the meeting in Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and doesn't want the island to join using a name that might imply it is an independent country.

Chu's comments during his meeting with Xi were carried live on Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television.

The Nationalists were driven to Taiwan by Mao Zedong's Communists during the Chinese civil war in 1949, leading to decades of hostility between the sides. Chu, who took over as party leader in January, is the third Nationalist chairman to visit the mainland and the first since 2009.

Relations between the communist-ruled mainland and the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan began to warm in the 1990s, partly out of their common opposition to Taiwan's formal independence from China, a position advocated by the island's Democratic Progressive Party.

Despite increasingly close economic ties, the prospect of political unification has grown increasingly unpopular on Taiwan, especially with younger voters. Opposition to the Nationalists' pro-China policies was seen as a driver behind heavy local electoral defeats for the party last year that led to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou resigning as party chairman.

Taiwan party leader affirms eventual reunion with China

Mr. Miller, of the firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, represented companies including Lehman Brothers, General Motors and American Airlines, and mentored many of the top Chapter 11 practitioners today.

Harvey R. Miller, Renowned Bankruptcy Lawyer, Dies at 82

BALTIMORE — In the afternoons, the streets of Locust Point are clean and nearly silent. In front of the rowhouses, potted plants rest next to steps of brick or concrete. There is a shopping center nearby with restaurants, and a grocery store filled with fresh foods.

And the National Guard and the police are largely absent. So, too, residents say, are worries about what happened a few miles away on April 27 when, in a space of hours, parts of this city became riot zones.

“They’re not our reality,” Ashley Fowler, 30, said on Monday at the restaurant where she works. “They’re not what we’re living right now. We live in, not to be racist, white America.”

As Baltimore considers its way forward after the violent unrest brought by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of injuries he suffered while in police custody, residents in its predominantly white neighborhoods acknowledge that they are sometimes struggling to understand what beyond Mr. Gray’s death spurred the turmoil here. For many, the poverty and troubled schools of gritty West Baltimore are distant troubles, glimpsed only when they pass through the area on their way somewhere else.

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Officers blocked traffic at Pennsylvania and West North Avenues after reports that a gun was discharged in the area. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

And so neighborhoods of Baltimore are facing altogether different reckonings after Mr. Gray’s death. In mostly black communities like Sandtown-Winchester, where some of the most destructive rioting played out last week, residents are hoping businesses will reopen and that the police will change their strategies. But in mostly white areas like Canton and Locust Point, some residents wonder what role, if any, they should play in reimagining stretches of Baltimore where they do not live.

“Most of the people are kind of at a loss as to what they’re supposed to do,” said Dr. Richard Lamb, a dentist who has practiced in the same Locust Point office for nearly 39 years. “I listen to the news reports. I listen to the clergymen. I listen to the facts of the rampant unemployment and the lack of opportunities in the area. Listen, I pay my taxes. Exactly what can I do?”

And in Canton, where the restaurants have clever names like Nacho Mama’s and Holy Crepe Bakery and Café, Sara Bahr said solutions seemed out of reach for a proudly liberal city.

“I can only imagine how frustrated they must be,” said Ms. Bahr, 36, a nurse who was out with her 3-year-old daughter, Sally. “I just wish I knew how to solve poverty. I don’t know what to do to make it better.”

The day of unrest and the overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations that followed led to hundreds of arrests, often for violations of the curfew imposed on the city for five consecutive nights while National Guard soldiers patrolled the streets. Although there were isolated instances of trouble in Canton, the neighborhood association said on its website, many parts of southeast Baltimore were physically untouched by the tumult.

Tensions in the city bubbled anew on Monday after reports that the police had wounded a black man in Northwest Baltimore. The authorities denied those reports and sent officers to talk with the crowds that gathered while other officers clutching shields blocked traffic at Pennsylvania and West North Avenues.

Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, a community police officer, said officers had stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun and that “one of those rounds was spent.”

Colonel Russell said officers had not opened fire, “so we couldn’t have shot him.”

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Lambi Vasilakopoulos, right, who runs a casual restaurant in Canton, said he was incensed by last week's looting and predicted tensions would worsen. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

The colonel said the man had not been injured but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Nearby, many people stood in disbelief, despite the efforts by the authorities to quash reports they described as “unfounded.”

Monday’s episode was a brief moment in a larger drama that has yielded anger and confusion. Although many people said they were familiar with accounts of the police harassing or intimidating residents, many in Canton and Locust Point said they had never experienced it themselves. When they watched the unrest, which many protesters said was fueled by feelings that they lived only on Baltimore’s margins, even those like Ms. Bahr who were pained by what they saw said they could scarcely comprehend the emotions associated with it.

But others, like Lambi Vasilakopoulos, who runs a casual restaurant in Canton, said they were incensed by what unfolded last week.

“What happened wasn’t called for. Protests are one thing; looting is another thing,” he said, adding, “We’re very frustrated because we’re the ones who are going to pay for this.”

There were pockets of optimism, though, that Baltimore would enter a period of reconciliation.

“I’m just hoping for peace,” Natalie Boies, 53, said in front of the Locust Point home where she has lived for 50 years. “Learn to love each other; be patient with each other; find justice; and care.”

A skeptical Mr. Vasilakopoulos predicted tensions would worsen.

“It cannot be fixed,” he said. “It’s going to get worse. Why? Because people don’t obey the laws. They don’t want to obey them.”

But there were few fears that the violence that plagued West Baltimore last week would play out on these relaxed streets. The authorities, Ms. Fowler said, would make sure of that.

“They kept us safe here,” she said. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable when I was in my house three blocks away from here. I knew I was going to be O.K. because I knew they weren’t going to let anyone come and loot our properties or our businesses or burn our cars.”

Baltimore Residents Away From Turmoil Consider Their Role

The 2015 Met Gala has only officially begun, but there's a clear leader in the race for best couple, no small feat at an event that threatens to sap Hollywood of every celebrity it has for the duration of an East Coast evening.

That would be Marc Jacobs and his surprise guest (who, by some miracle, remained under wraps until their red carpet debut), Cher.

“This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time,” Mr. Jacobs said.

It is Cher's first appearance at the Met Gala since 1997, when she arrived on the arm of Donatella Versace.

– MATTHEW SCHNEIER

Cher and Marc Jacobs

UNITED NATIONS — Wearing pinstripes and a pince-nez, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, arrived at the Security Council one Tuesday afternoon in February and announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt airstrikes over Aleppo. Would the rebels, Mr. de Mistura suggested, agree to halt their shelling?

What he did not announce, but everyone knew by then, was that the Assad government had begun a military offensive to encircle opposition-held enclaves in Aleppo and that fierce fighting was underway. It would take only a few days for rebel leaders, having pushed back Syrian government forces, to outright reject Mr. de Mistura’s proposed freeze in the fighting, dooming the latest diplomatic overture on Syria.

Diplomacy is often about appearing to be doing something until the time is ripe for a deal to be done.

 

 

Now, with Mr. Assad’s forces having suffered a string of losses on the battlefield and the United States reaching at least a partial rapprochement with Mr. Assad’s main backer, Iran, Mr. de Mistura is changing course. Starting Monday, he is set to hold a series of closed talks in Geneva with the warring sides and their main supporters. Iran will be among them.

In an interview at United Nations headquarters last week, Mr. de Mistura hinted that the changing circumstances, both military and diplomatic, may have prompted various backers of the war to question how much longer the bloodshed could go on.

“Will that have an impact in accelerating the willingness for a political solution? We need to test it,” he said. “The Geneva consultations may be a good umbrella for testing that. It’s an occasion for asking everyone, including the government, if there is any new way that they are looking at a political solution, as they too claim they want.”

He said he would have a better assessment at the end of June, when he expects to wrap up his consultations. That coincides with the deadline for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks.

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Whether a nuclear deal with Iran will pave the way for a new opening on peace talks in Syria remains to be seen. Increasingly, though, world leaders are explicitly linking the two, with the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, suggesting last week that a nuclear agreement could spur Tehran to play “a major but positive role in Syria.”

It could hardly come soon enough. Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has claimed 220,000 lives, prompted an exodus of more than three million refugees and unleashed jihadist groups across the region. “This conflict is producing a question mark in many — where is it leading and whether this can be sustained,” Mr. de Mistura said.

Part Italian, part Swedish, Mr. de Mistura has worked with the United Nations for more than 40 years, but he is more widely known for his dapper style than for any diplomatic coups. Syria is by far the toughest assignment of his career — indeed, two of the organization’s most seasoned diplomats, Lakhdar Brahimi and Kofi Annan, tried to do the job and gave up — and critics have wondered aloud whether Mr. de Mistura is up to the task.

He served as a United Nations envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that in Lebanon, where a former minister recalled, with some scorn, that he spent many hours sunbathing at a private club in the hills above Beirut. Those who know him say he has a taste for fine suits and can sometimes speak too soon and too much, just as they point to his diplomatic missteps and hyperbole.

They cite, for instance, a news conference in October, when he raised the specter of Srebrenica, where thousands of Muslims were massacred in 1995 during the Balkans war, in warning that the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State. In February, he was photographed at a party in Damascus, the Syrian capital, celebrating the anniversary of the Iranian revolution just as Syrian forces, aided by Iran, were pummeling rebel-held suburbs of Damascus; critics seized on that as evidence of his coziness with the government.

Mouin Rabbani, who served briefly as the head of Mr. de Mistura’s political affairs unit and has since emerged as one of his most outspoken critics, said Mr. de Mistura did not have the background necessary for the job. “This isn’t someone well known for his political vision or political imagination, and his closest confidants lack the requisite knowledge and experience,” Mr. Rabbani said.

As a deputy foreign minister in the Italian government, Mr. de Mistura was tasked in 2012 with freeing two Italian marines detained in India for shooting at Indian fishermen. He made 19 trips to India, to little effect. One marine was allowed to return to Italy for medical reasons; the other remains in India.

He said he initially turned down the Syria job when the United Nations secretary general approached him last August, only to change his mind the next day, after a sleepless, guilt-ridden night.

Mr. de Mistura compared his role in Syria to that of a doctor faced with a terminally ill patient. His goal in brokering a freeze in the fighting, he said, was to alleviate suffering. He settled on Aleppo as the location for its “fame,” he said, a decision that some questioned, considering that Aleppo was far trickier than the many other lesser-known towns where activists had negotiated temporary local cease-fires.

“Everybody, at least in Europe, are very familiar with the value of Aleppo,” Mr. de Mistura said. “So I was using that as an icebreaker.”

The cease-fire negotiations, to which he had devoted six months, fell apart quickly because of the government’s military offensive in Aleppo the very day of his announcement at the Security Council. Privately, United Nations diplomats said Mr. de Mistura had been manipulated. To this, Mr. de Mistura said only that he was “disappointed and concerned.”

Tarek Fares, a former rebel fighter, said after a recent visit to Aleppo that no Syrian would admit publicly to supporting Mr. de Mistura’s cease-fire proposal. “If anyone said they went to a de Mistura meeting in Gaziantep, they would be arrested,” is how he put it, referring to the Turkish city where negotiations between the two sides were held.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains staunchly behind Mr. de Mistura’s efforts. His defenders point out that he is at the center of one of the world’s toughest diplomatic problems, charged with mediating a conflict in which two of the world’s most powerful nations — Russia, which supports Mr. Assad, and the United States, which has called for his ouster — remain deadlocked.

R. Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who now teaches at Harvard, credited Mr. de Mistura for trying to negotiate a cease-fire even when the chances of success were exceedingly small — and the chances of a political deal even smaller. For his efforts to work, Professor Burns argued, the world powers will first have to come to an agreement of their own.

“He needs the help of outside powers,” he said. “It starts with backers of Assad. That’s Russia and Iran. De Mistura is there, waiting.”

With Iran Talks, a Tangled Path to Ending Syria’s War

Mr. Pfaff was an international affairs columnist and author who found Washington’s intervention in world affairs often misguided.

William Pfaff, Critic of American Foreign Policy, Dies at 86

Under Mr. Michelin’s leadership, which ended when he left the company in 2002, the Michelin Group became the world’s biggest tire maker, establishing a big presence in the United States and other major markets overseas.

François Michelin, Head of Tire Company, Dies at 88

From sea to shining sea, or at least from one side of the Hudson to the other, politicians you have barely heard of are being accused of wrongdoing. There were so many court proceedings involving public officials on Monday that it was hard to keep up.

In Newark, two underlings of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned on charges that they were in on the truly deranged plot to block traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.

Ten miles away, in Lower Manhattan, Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on accusations of far more conventional political larceny, involving a job with a sewer company for the son and commissions on title insurance and bond work.

The younger man managed to receive a 150 percent pay increase from the sewer company even though, as he said on tape, he “literally knew nothing about water or, you know, any of that stuff,” according to a criminal complaint the United States attorney’s office filed.

The success of Adam Skelos, 32, was attributed by prosecutors to his father’s influence as the leader of the Senate and as a potentate among state Republicans. The indictment can also be read as one of those unfailingly sad tales of a father who cannot stop indulging a grown son. The senator himself is not alleged to have profited from the schemes, except by being relieved of the burden of underwriting Adam.

The bridge traffic caper is its own species of crazy; what distinguishes the charges against the two Skeloses is the apparent absence of a survival instinct. It is one thing not to know anything about water or that stuff. More remarkable, if true, is the fact that the sewer machinations continued even after the former New York Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was charged in January with taking bribes disguised as fees.

It was by then common gossip in political and news media circles that Senator Skelos, a Republican, the counterpart in the Senate to Mr. Silver, a Democrat, in the Assembly, could be next in line for the criminal dock. “Stay tuned,” the United States attorney, Preet Bharara said, leaving not much to the imagination.

Even though the cat had been unmistakably belled, Skelos father and son continued to talk about how to advance the interests of the sewer company, though the son did begin to use a burner cellphone, the kind people pay for in cash, with no traceable contracts.

That was indeed prudent, as prosecutors had been wiretapping the cellphones of both men. But it would seem that the burner was of limited value, because by then the prosecutors had managed to secure the help of a business executive who agreed to record calls with the Skeloses. It would further seem that the business executive was more attentive to the perils of pending investigations than the politician.

Through the end of the New York State budget negotiations in March, the hopes of the younger Skelos rested on his father’s ability to devise legislation that would benefit the sewer company. That did not pan out. But Senator Skelos did boast that he had haggled with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in a successful effort to raise a $150 million allocation for Long Island to $550 million, for what the budget called “transformative economic development projects.” It included money for the kind of work done by the sewer company.

The lawyer for Adam Skelos said he was not guilty and would win in court. Senator Skelos issued a ringing declaration that he was unequivocally innocent.

THIS was also the approach taken in New Jersey by Bill Baroni, a man of great presence and eloquence who stopped outside the federal courthouse to note that he had taken risks as a Republican by bucking his party to support paid family leave, medical marijuana and marriage equality. “I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this,” Mr. Baroni said. “I am an innocent man.”

The lawyer for his co-defendant, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, a Republican, said that she would strongly rebut the charges.

Perhaps they had nothing to do with the lane closings. But neither Mr. Baroni nor Ms. Kelly addressed the question of why they did not return repeated calls from the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., begging them to stop the traffic tie-ups, over three days.

That silence was a low moment. But perhaps New York hit bottom faster. Senator Skelos, the prosecutors charged, arranged to meet Long Island politicians at the wake of Wenjian Liu, a New York City police officer shot dead in December, to press for payments to the company employing his son.

Sometimes it seems as though for some people, the only thing to be ashamed of is shame itself.

Finding Scandal in New York and New Jersey, but No Shame

Public perceptions of race relations in America have grown substantially more negative in the aftermath of the death of a young black man who was injured while in police custody in Baltimore and the subsequent unrest, far eclipsing the sentiment recorded in the wake of turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., last summer.

Americans are also increasingly likely to say that the police are more apt to use deadly force against a black person, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.

The poll findings highlight the challenges for local leaders and police officials in trying to maintain order while sustaining faith in the criminal justice system in a racially polarized nation.

Sixty-one percent of Americans now say race relations in this country are generally bad. That figure is up sharply from 44 percent after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed in Ferguson in August, and 43 percent in December. In a CBS News poll just two months ago, 38 percent said race relations were generally bad. Current views are by far the worst of Barack Obama’s presidency.

The negative sentiment is echoed by broad majorities of blacks and whites alike, a stark change from earlier this year, when 58 percent of blacks thought race relations were bad, but just 35 percent of whites agreed. In August, 48 percent of blacks and 41 percent of whites said they felt that way.

Looking ahead, 44 percent of Americans think race relations are worsening, up from 36 percent in December. Forty-one percent of blacks and 46 percent of whites think so. Pessimism among whites has increased 10 points since December.

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The poll finds that profound racial divisions in views of how the police use deadly force remain. Blacks are more than twice as likely to say police in most communities are more apt to use deadly force against a black person — 79 percent of blacks say so compared with 37 percent of whites. A slim majority of whites say race is not a factor in a police officer’s decision to use deadly force.

Overall, 44 percent of Americans say deadly force is more likely to be used against a black person, up from 37 percent in August and 40 percent in December.

Blacks also remain far more likely than whites to say they feel mostly anxious about the police in their community. Forty-two percent say so, while 51 percent feel mostly safe. Among whites, 8 in 10 feel mostly safe.

One proposal to address the matter — having on-duty police officers wear body cameras — receives overwhelming support. More than 9 in 10 whites and blacks alike favor it.

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Asked specifically about the situation in Baltimore, most Americans expressed at least some confidence that the investigation by local authorities would be conducted fairly. But while nearly two-thirds of whites think so, fewer than half of blacks agree. Still, more blacks are confident now than were in August regarding the investigation in Ferguson. On Friday, six members of the police force involved in the arrest of Mr. Gray were charged with serious offenses, including manslaughter. The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday; results from before charges were announced are similar to those from after.

Reaction to the recent turmoil in Baltimore, however, is similar among blacks and whites. Most Americans, 61 percent, say the unrest after Mr. Gray’s death was not justified. That includes 64 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks.

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A former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Smedvig helped found the wide-ranging Empire Brass quintet.

Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter in the Empire Brass, Dies at 62

Ms. Pryor, who served more than two decades in the State Department, was the author of well-regarded biographies of the founder of the American Red Cross and the Confederate commander.

Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Biographer of Clara Barton and Robert E. Lee, Dies at 64

Ms. Rendell was a prolific writer of intricately plotted mystery novels that combined psychological insight, social conscience and teeth-chattering terror.

Ruth Rendell, Novelist Who Thrilled and Educated, Dies at 85

“It was really nice to play with other women and not have this underlying tone of being at each other’s throats.”

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