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Assad: We'll give up weapons because of Russia, not US

Assad: We'll give up weapons because of Russia, not US Thu, 12 Sep, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that Syria will put its chemical weapons arsenal under international control in response to a Russian proposal and not because of the threat of a U.S. military strike.
Putin writes to Americans on US strike against Syria

Putin writes to Americans on US strike against Syria Thu, 12 Sep, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday against a U.S. strike on Syria, saying such action risked escalating the conflict beyond that country and unleashing terrorist attacks.
Iraq officials say blasts at Shiite mosque kill 39

Iraq officials say blasts at Shiite mosque kill 39 Wed, 11 Sep, 2013

A suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque as worshippers streamed out was the bloodiest of attacks across Iraq that left at least 39 people dead on Wednesday, officials said.
Syria hopes rise as Russia hands weapons plan to US

Syria hopes rise as Russia hands weapons plan to US Wed, 11 Sep, 2013

Russia has now handed over to the US its plans for making Syria's chemical weapons safe, Russian media say.
Suicide bombings kill 11 Egyptian troops in Sinai

Suicide bombings kill 11 Egyptian troops in Sinai Wed, 11 Sep, 2013

Twin car bomb blasts on Wednesday targeting Egypt's army killed at least eleven soldiers in the restive Sinai peninsula, where the military is battling Islamist militants, officials said. 
Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued

Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued Wed, 11 Sep, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to explore a diplomatic plan from Russia to take away Syria's chemical weapons, but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force if needed.
Obama asks Congress to delay vote on Syria military strike

Obama asks Congress to delay vote on Syria military strike Tue, 10 Sep, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress to delay votes on authorizing military strikes against Syria in order to give Russia time to get Syria to surrender any chemical weapons it possesses, according to senators.
Thousands clash with police in Turkey after protester dies

Thousands clash with police in Turkey after protester dies Tue, 10 Sep, 2013

Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at thousands of people who gathered in Istanbul Tuesday to protest the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator in southern Turkey.
Syria says it accepts Russian chemical weapons proposal

Syria says it accepts Russian chemical weapons proposal Tue, 10 Sep, 2013

The Syrian government accepts a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. 
Obama says he prefers diplomacy over military action

Obama says he prefers diplomacy over military action Tue, 10 Sep, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama says he overwhelmingly prefers to use diplomacy rather than a military strike to make sure the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons never happens again, adding that a new Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control to avoid a U.S. military strike could be a potential breakthrough.
Russia calls on Syria to hand over chemical weapons

Russia calls on Syria to hand over chemical weapons Mon, 09 Sep, 2013

Russia has urged Syrian President Bashar al Assad to hand over his chemical weapons to avert a US-led military strike on Damascus.
Syria's President Assad denies responsibility for alleged chemical attack

Syria's President Assad denies responsibility for alleged chemical attack Mon, 09 Sep, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people and said evidence was not conclusive that there had been such an attack, CBS reported.
Arab ministers agree Syria attack crossed 'global red line'

Arab ministers agree Syria attack crossed 'global red line' Sun, 08 Sep, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Arab League foreign ministers have agreed that the Syrian president's alleged use of chemical weapons had crossed a "global red line". 
US, France say support growing for Syria strikes

US, France say support growing for Syria strikes Sun, 08 Sep, 2013

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has said that many countries were prepared to take part in US-led military strikes against the Syrian regime for an alleged chemical attack near a Damascus suburb last month.
Egypt army launches deadly assault on Sinai militants

Egypt army launches deadly assault on Sinai militants Sat, 07 Sep, 2013

At least 30 militants were killed or injured on Saturday in a raid launched by the Egyptian army on hideouts of Jihadist militants in North Sinai governorate bordering Israel, military officials say.
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