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Netanyahu plays hawk to Rouhani’s dove with anti-Iran rhetoric

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, vowed to “tell the truth” about Iran‘s nuclear programme as he flew to the US on Sunday to meet Barack Obama and address the United Nations.

Nigeria students killed in college attack

Suspected Islamic extremists have gunned down dozens of students as they slept in their dormitories during a night-time attack on an agricultural college in north-east Nigeria, the school’s provost said.

Ex-soldier ‘Rambo’ charged in plot to kill federal agent

A former US solder nicknamed Rambo pleaded not guilty Saturday to charges he plotted with phony Colombian drug traffickers to kill a federal agent for $800,000.

Orbital Sciences Cygnus capsule berths at International Space Station

NASA‘s newest delivery service pulled up at the International Space Station on Sunday after a week’s delay, bringing more than a half-ton of meals and special treats to the astronauts who assisted in the high-flying feat.

China opens Shanghai free-trade zone

A free-trade zone in Shanghai that China‘s government has billed as a major step for financial reforms and economic experimentation has formally started.

Silvio Berlusconi ministers resign and leave Italian economy in chaos

Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi pulled his ministers out of the ruling coalition on Saturday, effectively bringing down the government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta and leaving Europe‘s third-largest economy in chaos.

Syria given November deadline to destroy all chemical weapons facilities

Syria will have to destroy all its chemical weapons production facilities by November and dismantle all its poison gases and nerve agents by the middle of next year, under an accelerated timetable drawn up by the world’s chemical weapons watchdog.

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