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Syria neighbours to plead for refugee help at UN

Kawergost refugee camp in Irbil, Iraq, 22 September 2013
Countries bordering Syria have seen vast numbers of refugee arrivals

On Friday, the UN Security Council passed a binding resolution to eliminate Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons by mid-2014. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is tasked with implementing the plan, are expected to leave for Syria shortly. A separate team of inspectors, from …

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Baghdad hit by wave of deadly car bombs

The remains of a car bomb in Baghdad, 30 September 2013
The bombs mainly hit Shia districts

Police say the blasts targeted markets and car parks in mainly Shia Muslim districts of the city. There has been a recent upsurge in sectarian violence, sparking fears of a return to the bloodletting of 2008. Between 4,000 and 5,000 people are estimated to have been killed so far this …

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants nuclear deal within months

Rouhani said he was keen to set a three or six-month timetable to seal a nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants to reach an agreement over the country’s nuclear programme within three months and has full backing to broker a deal from the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, it has been reported. In an interview with the Washington Post, Rouhani said he was keen to set a three or six-month timetable …

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