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Syria blamed for missed deadline on chemical arsenal

The Obama administration Monday called on Syria to honor promises to surrender its chemical weapons stockpile, a day after international experts acknowledged delays in removing some of the most lethal toxins from the country. U.S. officials conceded that a Tuesday deadline for ridding Syria of hundreds of tons of liquid poisons would not be met, citing stalled progress in transporting ...

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Open defecation raises risk in typhoon-hit areas

TACLOBAN, 19 décembre 2013 (IRIN) – Health officials and aid workers have expressed concern over increased levels of open defecation and a higher risk of disease in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines, where water and sewage systems were destroyed and access to sanitation facilities is often difficult. “In the absence of proper toilets, more people are defecating in the open, ...

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Islamic Group Denies Links to Turkish Probe

ANKARA, Turkey — A foundation close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric’s movement has denied being behind a corruption probe targeting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allies. Erdogan has rejected the corruption allegations as a conspiracy against his government and has pointed fingers at police and prosecutors he says are affiliated with the movement. His government was forced to…

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Schumacher fighting for life after fall

Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life after sustaining severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel, doctors say. “We can say that his condition is life-threatening,” Jean-Francois Payen, head anaesthetician at the CHU hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble, told a news conference. “For the moment ...

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HK travelers warned on PH

THE Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) advised its citizens to “avoid all travel” to the Philippines following the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last November 8 in…

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Children being brutalized in the Central African Republic: UNICEF (UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund)

(Source: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund) News note Children being brutalized in the Central African Republic: UNICEF BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 30 December 2013 – Attacks against children have sunk to a vicious new low, with at least two children beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped the capital since early December. “We are witnessing unprecedented levels ...

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Insurgents could quickly bounce back in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies warn in a new, classified assessment that insurgents could quickly regain control of key areas of Afghanistan and threaten the capital as soon as 2015 if American troops are fully withdrawn next year, according to two officials familiar with the findings. The National Intelligence Estimate, which was given recently to the White House, has deeply ...

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Afghanistan War Poll Shows Support Falling To Below Iraq, Vietnam Levels

More than 12 years after the United States invaded Afghanistan, support for the war is dipping below levels of support for American intervention in Iraq and Vietnam, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday. CNN found that 17 percent support the effort in Afghanistan, down from 52 percent in December 2008. Eighty-two percent disapprove of the conflict. Americans’ assessment ...

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Officials convince White Army to retreat from Bor in South Sudan

December 30, 2013 — Updated 0959 GMT (1759 HKT) A girl carries a bowl of water after filling it from a truck at a United Nations compound that has become home to thousands of people displaced by recent fighting in Juba, South Sudan, on Sunday, December 29. Clashes between rival groups of soldiers in Juba a week ago have spread ...

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In Turkey, Erdogan vows graft scandal won’t topple him

ISTANBUL — Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan swore on Sunday he would survive a corruption crisis circling his cabinet, saying those seeking his overthrow would fail just like mass anti-government protests last summer. Erdogan accused his opponents of trying to sap the power of Turkey, which has seen rapid economic growth and assertive foreign policies under his 11-year leadership, in ...

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