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US and UK under pressure to delay military intervention in Syria

Britain and the US are under pressure to delay military intervention in Syria after Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, said more time should be allowed for inspections in Damascus.

Iran considers lawsuit against US over 1953 coup

Iran‘s parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill requiring the government to sue the US for its involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the country’s democratically elected prime minister.

Fidel Castro denies Russian claim that Cuba snubbed Edward Snowden

Fidel Castro has criticised a claim in a Russian newspaper that his country buckled to US pressure and blocked the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden from travelling through Cuba to exile in Latin America.

US to hit debt ceiling in mid-October, Treasury secretary warns House GOP

The US will hit its borrowing limit in mid-October and would likely be unable to pay all its bills soon after, the Treasury warned on Monday.

US envoy to ask North Korea for American prisoner’s release

A senior US envoy who is due to travel to North Korea later this week has said he plans to appeal for the release of an American sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour, but added that Washington had received no guarantees from Pyongyang that the man would be freed.

Panama Canal arms cargo was for North Korea to keep, say experts

Fighter jets and parts seized from a ship in Panama were likely intended for use by North Korea, an apparent violation of UN sanctions, an arms control institute has said.

Exclusive: U.S. delays deadline for finalizing Obamacare health plans

(Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1.

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