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U.N. confirms sarin used in Syria attack; U.S., UK, France blame Assad

(Reuters) – U.N. chemical investigators on Monday confirmed the use of sarin nerve agent in an August 21 poison gas attack outside the Syrian capital in a long-awaited report that the United States, Britain and France said proved government forces were responsible.

Obama says he will not negotiate with Congress on debt ceiling

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Republicans in Congress on Monday that he will not negotiate over an extension of the U.S. debt ceiling as part of a budget battle that will soon dominate Washington, with a deadline fast approaching.

Ingrid makes landfall in Mexico as storms claim 22 lives

(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Ingrid and the remnants of what was once another tropical storm inundated most of Mexico from both coasts, causing deadly flooding that killed 22 people.

Insight: Kenya cases stir African backlash against ICC

(Reuters) – Kenya is canvassing support for a possible walk-out by African states from the International Criminal Court, whose prosecution of elected Kenyan leaders has revived accusations on the continent that the court unfairly targets Africans.

Insight: After Syria, Iran laments its own chemical weapons victims

(Reuters) – An Iranian war veteran fell into a coma in a Tehran hospital last week after suffering respiratory failure, his lungs ravaged by mustard gas during the Iran-Iraq war 30 years ago.

South Korea troops kill man trying to swim to North

South Korean troops have shot dead a man who attempted to enter North Korea by floating across a river that runs near the heavily militarised border, according to an official in Seoul.

Venezuela rejects US criticisms of ‘insubstantial efforts’ in drug trade fight

Venezuela has rejected US criticism over its fight against international drug trafficking, after Washington said the South American country had “failed demonstrably” for a fifth year running.

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