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Syria watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe

The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources said. Syria became a member of the Organi

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US vows to help Libya tackle violence

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on Thursday promised Libya more US help against extremist violence, saying the country could not achieve political or economic stability without tackling its security challenges. Libya's weak central government is struggling to asser

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Hamas-PLO govt would prompt aid review: US

The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together, a senior US administration official said on Thursday. Gaza-based Hamas - which is listed by the US as a te

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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels

Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of "consequences" if Kiev used the army against its own people. Interior Ministry forces backed by th

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Debris 'not linked to Malaysian plane'

Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean. The debris, found on Wednesday on a bea

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Hamas, Abbas's PLO in reconciliation deal

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to implement a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and holdin

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Possible jet debris found on Australian coast

Unidentified material washed up on the Australian coastline is being investigated for possible links to a Malaysian jetliner that disappeared more than seven weeks ago with 239 people on board, the Australian authorities said on Wednesday. Australian police have secured the mater

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China factory activity shrinks for 4th month

China's factory activity shrank for the fourth straight month in April, signalling economic weakness into the second quarter, a preliminary survey showed on Wednesday, although the pace of decline eased helped by policy steps to arrest the slowdown. Analysts see initial signs

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Teen who stowed away on flight resting in hospital

A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not b

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Iran admits nuclear agency reshuffle

President Hassan Rouhani's government confirmed rumours on Monday it had reshuffled the leadership of Iran's atomic agency to sideline nuclear experts opposed to talks on its atomic programme with the West. Rouhani and his negotiators have been under intense pressure from

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