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02 Oct 13
Chemical weapons team arrives in Syria to destroy arsenal
A disarmament team crossed into Syria on Tuesday to begin the work of destroying its chemical arsenal, a day after United Nations experts wrapped up their investigation into alleged gas attacks. The team of 20 inspectors from the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Beirut on Monday before crossing into Syria on Tuesday. They are unable to fly to Damascus because the road between the airport and the city is the scene of frequent fighting.
UN: Nearly 1,000 Iraqis Killed in September
The U.N. mission in Iraq said Tuesday that 979 people died in September, most civilians caught up in the violence by insurgents led by al-Qaida in Iraq who appear determined to rekindle the tensions between Sunnis and Shiites that nearly pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006-2007.
Netanyahu, in U.N. Speech, Assails Iran’s New President
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigated the U.S. diplomatic outreach to Tehran, telling world leaders Iranian President Hasan Rouhani is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” determined to use a political thaw to advance his country’s nuclear program.
Pope Francis stirs debate yet again with interview with an atheist Italian journalist
Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in the second widely shared media interview in two weeks that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them” and calling efforts to convert people to Christianity “solemn nonsense.”
Torture ‘widespread’ in Libyan jails – UN report
Torture and ill-treatment, sometimes resulting in death, is “widespread” in Libyan jails, a new UN report says. The report says torture is most frequent used “immediately after arrest and during the first days of interrogation”. The UN estimates about 8,000 people are still being held in relation to the 2011 conflict which ended in the overthrow of Col Gaddafi.
01 Oct 13
Security Council Resolution Is A Hall Pass for Assad
Despite the fact that President Obama continues to champion the UN “Human Rights” Council, on the final day of its recent session, administration diplomats failed to get agreement on blaming Syria for August’s chemical weapons attack.
Pope Francis to ‘rip up and rewrite’ Vatican constitution
“Cardinal Maradiaga is hinting that the Pope is asking the fundamental question: What can be decided in Rome and what at local level? How can the Roman Curia serve bishops instead of being an office of censure and control?”
Israelis and Palestinians aim to negotiate a ‘final’ peace deal after positive talks
Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to intensify peace talks aimed at reaching a final agreement, not an interim accord, US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced.
Fire Raging at Historic Masonic Temple in Massachusetts
The historic Quincy Masonic Building in Quincy, Massachusetts, started catching fire at around noon on Monday. Built in 1926 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, the structure features a number of lodge rooms, a theater, a ballroom, and a library with oak paneling. The building, which was recently put up for sale at $3 million, is located at 1170 Hancock Street.
US government shuts down as Congress misses deadline
“The American people don’t want a shutdown and neither do I,” he said. Yet, he added, the new health care law “is having a devastating impact. … Something has to be done.”
Biden speech garners mixed reviews at J Street
But when he entered the meat and potatoes of his talk, Biden sounded much more like a hawk than a J Street-style progressive. “A nuclear armed Iran would pose an existential threat to Israel, an unacceptable danger to world peace and security, including the likelihood of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, making everyone less secure,”
Oklahoma Earthquake Today 2013 Strikes Near Edmond
An Oklahoma earthquake today 2013 has struck near Edmond. The Oklahoma earthquake today October 1, 2013 struck outside Oklahoma City. Damage assessment is pending.
A New Muslim Vision: Rebuilding Solomon’s Temple Together
As a devout Muslim, it would be a joy for me to see Prophet Solomon’s Temple rebuilt as well. No, you did not hear me wrong. Prophet Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt in all its magnificence and glory would be a great delight for me, as it would be to any Muslim. Under different circumstances, in an atmosphere of trust, love and brotherhood, Muslims would welcome this with enthusiasm. The Temple of Solomon is also a historically important place, and rebuilding it would be a wonderful occasion for all believers to contemplate.
False tsunami alarm wakes Bay of Plenty
Whakatane residents were on edge this morning as a tsunami-siren followed about four hours after an earthquake. The siren, which was sounded just before 8am and turned out to be a false alarm, came the day after tsunami data estimated Whakatane could be hit by a seven-metre wall of water, once every 2500 years. So there was “a bit of excitement” when the eastern Bay of Plenty town was shaken awake by a magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 3.45am, then further roused by the siren, Whakatane Beacon newspaper editor Mark Longley said.
SHUTDOWN: Congress Fails to Reach Agreement by Midnight Deadline
Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. The Office of Management and Budget released a memo just before midnight on Monday instructing agencies to “now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations.”