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Syrian chemical weapons plants "inoperable"

The Joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – United Nations Mission confirmed today that the government of the Syrian Arab Republic has completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants, rendering them inoperable.

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Too late

President Obama will stop the NSA spying on allies, the head of US Senate’s Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said in a statement after the scandal prompted by the news that the US spy agency intercepted German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel cell phone from 2002 along with 34 other world leaders. Too late. With this statement they admit it’s true. The trust is completely broken. The damage done.

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A date for the peace conference on Syria

Finally the long-delayed peace talks on Syria have a date, according to Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi. He said on Sunday international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi informed him that the talks will convene on November 23. Since may, when the conference was announced the situation has changed dramatically.

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Saudi Arabia rejects its seat in the Security Council

Saudi Arabia rejected its seat on the UN Security Council and said the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts.
The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council’s 10 non-permanent members for the first time in its history.

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What the Syrian regime has to say about the war

The conflict ravaging Syria is not a civil war but a war on terror, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister said today in his turn at the rostrum at the high-level debate that opens the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, explaining the regimen view of the situation.

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UN Security Council unanimously approves resolution on Syria

The UN Security Council has voted unanimously a resolution to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. If Syria doesn’t comply would bring about “sanctions or stronger coercive action”.

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More than one fourth of Lebanon's population made up of Syrian refugees

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman called on United Nations Member States to boost their assistance to the hundreds of thousands of Syrians that have fled the crisis in their country, while urging for a political solution to end the conflict.

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Current talks ‘last chance’ for just peace with Israel, Palestinian leader tells UN

Warning that time is running out, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations to end Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land and thus giving a last chance for renewed peace talks to resolve the Middle East conflict within the allotted nine-month timeframe.

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Reports: Deal reached on Syria UN resolution - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Reports: Deal almost reached on Syria UN resolution – Five members of Security Council said to be close to agreement on dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile – Al Jazeera.

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Obama, the carrot and the stick

US President Obama said at the UN that the danger for the world is not the US prepared to act if necessary but that the United States “may disengage, creating a vacuum of leadership that no other nation is ready to fill”

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