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Chemical watchdog says US to destroy Syria stockpile at sea

The United States has offered to destroy Syria's chemical stockpile and will do so on a ship at sea, the world's chemical watchdog said on Saturday. "The Director-General stated that the neutralisation operations will be conducted on a US vessel at…

UN to seek more aid for Philippines typhoon displaced

The United Nations is to seek more international aid to shelter and give temporary jobs to millions displaced by the Philippines' deadliest typhoon in history, officials said Friday. "Providing shelter and rebuilding lives is an urgent priority," said…

Iraq recovers 18 bodies hours after mass kidnapping

The bodies of 18 people kidnapped hours earlier by men in army uniforms were found abandoned north of Baghdad on Friday, the latest troubling sign of worsening violence in Iraq. The killings come amid a surge in violence that has included multiple attacks…

China ‘scrambles jets after US, Japan planes enter air zone’

China on Friday scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese aircraft which entered its new air defence zone, state media said. "Several combat aircraft were scrambled to verify the identities" of US and Japanese aircraft entering the air defence…

Muslim converts tried to decapitate UK soldier, trial hears

Two Muslim converts attempted to hack off a British soldier's head with knives and a meat cleaver in broad daylight on a London street, a court heard as their long-awaited murder trial opened on Friday. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale,…

Quake near Iran nuclear plant kills 8

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran's sole nuclear power plant killed eight people and injured 190 on Thursday, emergency response chief Hassan Qadami told state media. "So far, there are seven dead and 30 injured receiving hospital…

UN begins distributing fuel to counter Gaza crisis

The United Nations on Thursday began distributing fuel in Gaza to keep critical infrastructure running as fears of a health crisis grow over accumulating rubbish and sewage, an official said. "Fuel is actually coming in, as of today, through the Kerem…

EU suspends SAfrica citrus fruit imports

The European Commission on Thursday suspended imports of citrus fruits from South Africa -- which accounts for about a third the EU's total -- on concerns 'black spot' disease could infect local crops. Citrus black spot is a fungal disease which lives…

Man jailed for 40 years for slaying Chinese family in Britain

A businessman who butchered a Chinese family of four to death in a savage revenge attack was sentenced Thursday to at least 40 years in jail. Du Anxiang, 54, was sentenced to life with a four-decade minimum term at Northampton Crown Court in central…

15 people were killed as Iraq struggles to stem unrest

Attacks in Iraq on Thursday killed 15 people as a senior police officer escaped assassination, the latest in a surge of violence nationwide that authorities have failed to stem. The bloodshed, in which more than 6,000 people have been killed this year…