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Syrian activists claim hundreds killed in poisonous gas attack

Syrian opposition groups have claimed that 213 people were killed in chemical weapons attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on the outskirts Damascus on Wednesday morning.

Egypt court to rule on Hosni Mubarak’s release

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could be freed from jail following a court review of his case on Wednesday.

Fukushima warning: danger level at nuclear plant jumps to ‘serious’

Japan is to issue its gravest warning about the state of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since the facility suffered a triple meltdown almost two and a half years ago.

US Department of Interior criticises State over Keystone XL impact report

The US Department of the Interior has criticised as “inaccurate” the State Department’s draft conclusions that the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on wildlife would be temporary, and has warned instead that it could have long-term, adversarial effects.

Guantanamo Bay guards withholding food, 9/11 defendant alleges

A defendant in the September 11 terror attack case alleged Tuesday that guards at Guantánamo Bay have been withholding food when he is in court or meeting with his lawyers. Military officials denied that has happened.

Nasa sells shuttle launch platforms

Nasa is selling three huge mobile platforms used to launch the Apollo moon missions and the space shuttle – adding to the list of historic facilities and equipments it wants private industry to take over, including a shuttle launchpad and its landing runway.

North Korea defectors give evidence on prison abuses

Public executions and torture are daily occurrences in North Korea‘s prisons, according to testimony from former inmates at a UN commission of inquiry that opened in Seoul on Tuesday.

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