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President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about the crisis in Syria to media gathered in the Rose Garden of the White House Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Syrian chemical arms inspections could begin soon

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The world’s chemical weapons watchdog was preparing Friday to launch a risky United Nations-backed mission into the heart of Syria’s deadly civil war to verify and destroy the country’s chemical […]

09/27/2013

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Obama applauds UN deal on Syria’s chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a deal reached on a United Nations resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons is “potentially a huge victory for the international community.” The draft resolution’s demands that Syria […]

09/27/2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a meeting on nuclear disarmament during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Rouhani: Obama has struck new tone on Iran

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s new president says President Barack Obama struck a new tone in his U.N. speech this week that left him optimistic about easing tensions between the two countries. Hassan Rouhani also […]

09/27/2013

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in the residential al-Tadhamon neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Syrian state media say a car bomb has exploded in Damascus, killing and wounding a dozen people. Damascus has been hit by a wave of explosions over the past leaving scores of people dead. (AP Photo/SANA)

Mass starvation feared in Syria; ‘We have no food’

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition groups and international relief organizations are warning of the risk of mass starvation across the country, especially in the besieged Damascus suburbs where a gas attack killed hundreds last month. […]

09/24/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

At UN, Obama welcomes signs of Iranian moderation

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed the new Iranian government’s pursuit of a “more moderate course,” saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough on Iran’s nuclear impasse with the […]

09/24/2013

A Kenyan policeman keeps crowds of onlookers back from the Westgate Mall, in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Kenya official reports several Americans among attackers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two or three Americans and one Briton were among those who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall, Kenya’s foreign minister said Monday. More than 60 people have been killed in the assault on […]

09/23/2013

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, center, arrives for a news conference during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

EU says Iran and 6 key nations will hold nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s new foreign minister will join talks with six key nations trying to rein in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program later this week at the United Nations, the European Union’s foreign […]

09/23/2013

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Kenyan forces say they rescued ‘most’ hostages

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Helicopters circling overhead, Kenya’s military launched a major operation Sunday at an upscale Nairobi mall and said it had rescued “most” of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during […]

09/22/2013

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference, following a meeting Syria on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN confirms chemical weapons used in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, U.N. inspectors reported Monday that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired from an area where […]

09/16/2013

In this Aug. 28, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by the United media office of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a member of a UN investigation team takes samples of sands near a part of a missile likely to be one of the chemical rockets according to activists in the Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria. (AP Photo/United Media Office of Arbeen)

UN chemical weapons inspectors submit Syria report

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. says its chief chemical weapons inspector has turned over his team’s report on last month’s alleged poison gas attack in Syria to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky […]

09/15/2013

What is the Chemical Weapons Convention?

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria took the first step Thursday toward joining the Chemical Weapons Convention after its most important ally, Russia, convinced Damascus to accept a U.S. offer to destroy its chemical stockpiles and […]

09/13/2013

In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a placard as they pose for a photograph during a demonstration in Kafr Nabil town, Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

Syrian rebels skeptical of chemical weapons deal

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s main opposition group in exile was “deeply skeptical” Friday about Damascus signing an international treaty banning the production and use of chemical weapons, saying a U.N. resolution was needed to enforce […]

09/13/2013

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