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Obama welcomes Syria chemical weapons deal but retains strike option

President Barack Obama has welcomed an agreement to disarm Syria of its chemical arsenal as an “important, concrete” step that could prevent the weapons from being used elsewhere in the world. However, he also signalled that he was still prepared to launch military strikes if the disarmament plan failed.

Colorado floods intensify as rescue efforts to save stranded residents go on

By air and by land, rescue operations have accelerated for hundreds of Coloradoans threatened by mountain flooding that threatens to strand them, while thousands more have been driven from their homes on the plains as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas swallowing towns and farms miles from the Rockies.

Istanbul Biennial under fire for tactical withdrawal from contested site

For the time being, the days of “art for art’s sake” are over in Turkey. A police crackdown on a fresh protest in Taksim Square threatened to overshadow the opening of the Istanbul Biennial, the country’s most important contemporary art event, last week. Unaccustomed to street combat, the international art crowd found themselves inelegantly dodging clouds of tear gas as they milled from parties to private views.

Hosni Mubarak’s trial resumes in Egypt

Egypt‘s ousted long-time autocrat returns to court as his trial resumes on charges related to the killings of around 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his removal.

Philippines fighting dents hopes of rebel truce

Muslim rebels holding more than 100 people hostage in the southernPhilippines exchanged gunfire with government troops Saturday despite efforts by the country’s vice-president to arrange a ceasefire and end the six-day standoff.

George Zimmerman ‘a Sandy Hook waiting to happen’, police chief suggests

A series of indiscreet emails by a Florida police chief has revealed his belief that Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman is a volatile character who is “a Sandy Hook waiting to happen”.

Suzuki recalls almost 200,000 cars due to defective airbag sensor

Suzuki is recalling 193,936 cars and SUVs because of a defective airbag sensor in the front passenger seat. Grand Vitara SUVs from the 2006 through 2011 model years and SX4 small cars from the 2007 through 2011 model years are involved.

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