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White House defends al-Qaida capture in Libya as US ponders legal options

The Obama administration strongly defended its unexpected capture of an alleged al-Qaida operative from a Libya street at the weekend, but said on Monday that officials had yet to decide what form of legal process he will face.

China says US has ‘responsibility’ to resolve debt ceiling row

A senior Chinese government official on Monday publicly warned Washington about the dangers of the current row over the US’s debt ceiling.

Syria’s chemical weapons destruction on track, US and Russia agree

The United States and Russia are “very pleased” with progress in destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stocks, US secretary of state John Kerry said on Monday. He offered some rare, if qualified, US praise for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Binyamin Netanyahu: occupation is not cause of conflict

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said there will never be peace with the Palestinians until they recognise Israel as a Jewish state, and has dismissed Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian land and the growth of Israeli settlements as the root cause of the conflict.

Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded for work on cell transport mechanism

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to three scientists, all based in the United States, for working out how biological cells organise and transport the many molecules they need to function.

Amber Alert site restored after online furor over government shutdown

The Amber Alert child abduction notification system remained fully functional during the government shutdown, the Department of Justice insisted on Monday, despite its website,, being taken offline for a week.

Supreme court begins new term by throwing out Virginia sodomy law

The supreme court began its new term on Monday by turning away hundreds of appeals, including Virginia’s bid to revive its anti-sodomy law.

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