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Remaining Syrian chemical sites to be destroyed: UN

Work on destroying Syria’s last remaining chemical weapons production facilities will begin this month and should be completed next year, the UN Security Council heard Wednesday. Dutch diplomat Sigrid Kaag, who leads a UN mission to rid Syria of chemical weapons, told the council that 13 production facilities will be[…]

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China to send 1,000 medics to West Africa

China says it plans to send around 1,000 medical workers and experts to West Africa to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak that has claimed nearly 5,000 lives. China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Wednesday, it was planning to send “1,000 medical workers and[…]

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US sends long-held Guantanamo prisoner home

One of the longest-held prisoners at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay was sent home to Kuwait on Wednesday, the first release based on the determination of a review panel that has been re-evaluating some men previously classified as too dangerous to release. Fawzi al-Odah had been told his[…]

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Obama vows to work with Republicans

US President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to work with Republican lawmakers after their midterm election win but warned he would act without them to protect his core agenda, starting with immigration reform. The US leader stopped short of accepting direct responsibility for his Democratic party’s colossal defeat at the hands[…]

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Republicans win control of US Senate

Republicans have made significant gains in mid-term elections, capturing a majority of seats they need to take control of the US Senate. The Republicans padded their control of the House of Representatives by at least 12 seats, and in the big prize of Tuesday’s midterm election they retook the Senate.[…]

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Mortar hits Syrian school, kills 11 children

Mortar shells struck a school east of Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 11 children, said activists, and the death toll was likely to rise. It was the most serious violence against Syrian minors since a twin suicide bombing killed at least 25 children near a school in October. The[…]

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Driver rams car into Jerusalem pedestrians

At least one Israeli has been killed and 14 others injured, after a car rammed pedestrians in occupied Jerusalem, before the driver was shot dead by police, according to Israeli officials. Police described Wednesday’s incident as a “hit-and-run terror attack” and said it took place in the same area as[…]

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ICC says Israel guilty of war crimes in Mavi Marmara

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said Israel is guilty of “war crimes” in the Mavi Marmara raid, which nine Turkish activists were killed by Israeli commandos, Turkey’s IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation announced on Tuesday. The International Criminal Court opened a preliminary examination into the events surrounding the 2010 Israel Navy[…]

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China to punish officials who support Dalai Lama

China will severely punish officials in Tibet who support the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, state-run media reported Wednesday. China’s anti-corruption watchdog required officials in the region to concentrate on quashing separatism and maintaining social stability, the Global Times said. It quoted Ye Dongsong, who headed[…]

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African leaders head to Burkina for army talks

African leaders were headed for Burkina Faso on Wednesday to pressure the army into keeping its promise to hand power back to civilians within a fortnight after the fall of president Blaise Compaore. Isaac Zida, the interim leader appointed by Burkina Faso’s military, told unions on Tuesday that he would[…]

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