The decision was made after the aircraft carrier was ordered to be present in the region because the White House planned to attack Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
However, Damascus denied the accusation and Russia put an end to the war plans by proposing Syria to surrender its chemical weapons.
Under a resolution approved by the United Nations Security Council in September, Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal must be eliminated by mid-2014.
A team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN are implementing the resolution.
The ruckus began at an annual autumn Imperial Palace garden party last week. As Emperor Akihito and his wife, Michiko, greeted a line of guests, outspoken actor-turned-lawmaker Taro Yamamoto gave the emperor the letter — a gesture considered both impolite and inappropriate.
Bloomberg giving NYPD bodyguards high paying jobs to 'keep their mouths shut' ~ link ~ The move means the cops will all hit the jackpot — pocketing cushy pensions and new “six-figure salaries” to keep serving the outgoing mayor, whose eponymous business-media empire has made him the seventh-richest person in America.
Bloomberg’s new security team will comprise a current lieutenant and several detectives, all with more than 20 years on the force. They will file for retirement immediately after mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is sworn in on Jan. 1, sources said.