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U.S. hopes for U.N. vote on new Syria toxic gas inquiry next week

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to create a new inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Thursday she hopes to put it to a vote as early as next week. A previous international investigation, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), ended in November after Russia blocked for the third time in ...


North Korea denies chemical weapons link with Syria

North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday. State run KCNA news agency cited a spokesman at the foreign ministrys research institute of American studies arguing that the United States made anonsensical argument that it helped Syria produce chemical ...


Papua New Guinea officials say whole villages flattened by deadly quake
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Papua New Guinea officials say whole villages flattened by deadly quake

Whole villages were flattened and water sources spoiled by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 20 people, residents said on Wednesday as rescuers struggled to reach the hardest-hit areas in Papua New Guineas remote, mountainous highlands. The magnitude 7.5 quake rocked the rugged Southern Highlands province some 560 km (350 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, triggering landsl...


Britain may join U.S. strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use proven
Source: Reuters

Britain may join U.S. strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use proven

Britain would consider joining U.S. military strikes against the Syrian government if there is evidence chemical weapons are being used against civilians, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. If we know that it has happened, and we can demonstrate it, and if there is a proposal for action where the UK could be useful then I think we should seriously consider it, Johnson told the BBC...


U.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemens Houthi group. If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the U.S. and our partners need to take action on our own. If were not going to get action on ...


Powerful quake hits central Papua New Guinea, disrupts oil and gas operations
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Powerful quake hits central Papua New Guinea, disrupts oil and gas operations

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guineas Southern Highlands province early on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, prompting oil and gas companies to immediately suspend operations in the energy-rich interior. The tremor hit near the center of Papua New Guineas main island around 560 km (350 miles) from the capital, Port Moresby, at around 3.45 a.m. local time (15...


Oil hits two-week high as Saudi Arabia to keep output well below cap
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Oil hits two-week high as Saudi Arabia to keep output well below cap

Oil prices extended gains to hit two-week highs on Monday, supported by comments from Saudi Arabia that it would continue to curb exports in line with the OPEC-led effort to cut global supplies. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was up 25 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $63.80 a barrel by 0301 GMT after rising 3 percent last week. London Brent crude gained 13 cents, or 0.2 perc...


U.S. students protest gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages. The unprecedented lobbying effort by groups of teenagers and parents at the White House and at the Florida statehouse in Tallahassee played out as f...


Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks,' considers other steps after Florida shooting

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to ban an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute as he considers additional firearms restrictions after last weeks school shooting in Florida. Tightening gun laws would mark a change in course for Trump, who has championed gun rights during his campaign and presidency. The mass shooting at a ...


Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

A former student accused of last weeks deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled at his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the procedural session in Fort Lauderdale. ...


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