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Russia and France still differ on Syria

Russia and France still differ on Syria Tue, 17 Sep, 2013

Russia has said it still suspected that last month's chemical weapons attack in Syria was carried out by rebel forces, despite a report by UN investigators which France said showed the government was behind the attack.
US Navy gunman had serious mental health issues

US Navy gunman had serious mental health issues Tue, 17 Sep, 2013

Washington authorities questioned on Tuesday how a U.S. military veteran with a history of violence and mental problems could have gotten clearance to enter a Navy base where he killed 12 people before police shot him dead.
South Korean troops shoot, kill man trying to cross to North Korea

South Korean troops shoot, kill man trying to cross to North Korea Tue, 17 Sep, 2013

A South Korean man who was shot dead while trying to swim across a border river had sought refugee protection in Japan before making a rare attempt to defect to the North, a senior military official said Tuesday.
Obama clears way for chemical weapons aid to Syria

Obama clears way for chemical weapons aid to Syria Mon, 16 Sep, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed a presidential determination allowing non-lethal assistance — including special equipment to help neutralize chemical weapons — to be sent to Syria.
UN confirms sarin nerve gas used on civilians in Syria

UN confirms sarin nerve gas used on civilians in Syria Mon, 16 Sep, 2013

United Nations inspectors have confirmed they found "clear and convincing evidence" that poison sarin gas was used in an attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus on 21 August. 
Al-Qaeda chief calls for US attacks, economic boycott

Al-Qaeda chief calls for US attacks, economic boycott Sat, 14 Sep, 2013

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri called for attacks on the United States in order to drain the country economically, in an audio message released late Thursday and posted on websites used by jihadist groups.
Child bride's death on wedding night stirs outrage in Yemen, probe begins

Child bride's death on wedding night stirs outrage in Yemen, probe begins Sat, 14 Sep, 2013

Yemeni authorities say they are investigating the reported death of an eight-year-old girl from internal bleeding on the first night of her marriage, in a case that has rekindled international outrage over child brides.
Ex-IMF head Strauss-Kahn to advise Serbian government

Ex-IMF head Strauss-Kahn to advise Serbian government Fri, 13 Sep, 2013

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has agreed to advise the Serbian government and is expected in Belgrade next week, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.
World's annual child mortality rate falling - UN

World's annual child mortality rate falling - UN Fri, 13 Sep, 2013

Childhood death rates around the world have halved since 1990 but an estimated 6.6 million children under the age of 5 still died last year, the U.N. children's agency said Friday.

China sentences 3 to death over Xinjiang unrest

China sentences 3 to death over Xinjiang unrest Fri, 13 Sep, 2013

China has sentenced three men to death over a June attack in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang blamed on Islamic extremists in which 24 police and civilians were killed. 
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.
Japan hangs convicted murderer

Japan hangs convicted murderer Thu, 12 Sep, 2013

Japan hanged a 73-year-old man on Thursday, bringing to six the number of inmates executed since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe came to power in December.
Pakistan to release Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar

Pakistan to release Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar Tue, 10 Sep, 2013

Pakistan to release top Afghan Taliban prisoner Baradar. The Pakistani government has said it will release the former second-in-command of the Taliban in another bid to further peace efforts with its Afghan neighbors.
200,000 from 140 countries apply for one-way ticket to Mars

200,000 from 140 countries apply for one-way ticket to Mars Tue, 10 Sep, 2013

More than 200,000 people from 140 countries have applied to go to Mars and never return, the group behind an ambitious venture to colonise the inhospitable red planet says.
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. 
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