Press release: Minister for the Middle East statement following meeting with Syrian Opposition

first_img Media enquiries The UK continues to play a leading role in response to the tragedy in Syria. We have committed nearly £2.5 billion to our humanitarian response to the crisis. I am alarmed that in spite of commitments to de-escalation the regime and its backers continue to bomb and shell opposition areas in eastern Ghouta and Idlib. In recent weeks these regime offensives have killed hundreds of civilians, displaced tens of thousands, and destroyed hospitals and other civilian infrastructure. These attacks must stop. After nearly seven years of conflict and over 400,000 deaths, it is abundantly clear that only a political settlement can bring a durable end to the human suffering and the regional instability the conflict fuels. Along with our international partners, the UK supports the efforts of the UN-mediated Geneva process as we believe this is the best way of reaching a lasting political settlement to end the conflict. We commend the constructive engagement by Nasser Hariri and the Syrian opposition in the latest round of Geneva talks and call on the Syrian regime to likewise engage constructively and agree to direct talks. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists Follow Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt @AlistairBurtUK Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Further information Email [email protected]last_img read more

Hands on with Mario Kart 8 and Wind Waker HD for the

first_imgNintendo’s E3 presentation was nonexistent when compared to Sony and Microsoft, but a couple of the games they announced are already in ready to play states so we went hands on.Rather than have a big press event at E3 this year, Nintendo opted to take their demo experience out of the convention center and into the hands of people who could already buy a console or pre-order the games they just played. Select Best Buy locations around the US offered a few users a chance to play. We stopped by and took a look at Mario Kart 8 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U.First up is Mario Kart 8. From the title menu, Mario Kart fans will enjoy the HD boost to the game. Everything looks fantastic, and still feels very familiar. Choose your character, choose your track, and you’re good to go.The demo was limited to two players, one on the Gamepad and one on the WiiMote. The Gamepad could either be used to steer with the controls or with the gyroscope in the pad. The size of the Gamepad lends itself well to steering, especially for Mario Kart users who prefer to stick their WiiMotes in the plastic steering wheel for a more comfortable feel when they play. The added driving modes, like driving up the wall and ramping so high that you deploy a hang glider, all feel like natural additions to the game. Mario Kart fans have a lot to be excited about here.If you were a fan of the original The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, you’re really going to enjoy this HD remake. It’s not enough to make you buy a Wii U if you don’t already have one, but it looks very nice and was very comfortable to play on the Gamepad.The controls are always available on screen, while the display on the controller gives you a look at things like inventory and occasionally just a textured background with red text that says “look at the TV”. For the actual gameplay, it feels very much like the original Wind Waker. This isn’t as cool as, say, an actual new Zelda title, but the combination of nostalgia and desire to see this game in HD will likely be enough to drive both new and old fans to pick it up.The big question is whether or not Nintendo’s strategy worked. At the Best Buy I went to, there was quite the crowd. It was clear that the staff was not anticipating a crowd this size, and many people were willing to stand in line for hours just to get a few minutes with these games. I didn’t see anyone walking out of the store with a Wii U, however, and people walking around the store who didn’t already know about the event didn’t see any reason to hang around and ask questions or learn about the console itself.last_img read more