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Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium

DUBAI Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:31pm EDT (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program. “Based on the agreement with the West, we were supposed to have half of our 200 kilogram stock of uranium diluted and the other half converted to uranium oxide,” Iran’s […]

Bomb blast in Cairo kills police officer: Egyptian state media

CAIRO Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:05pm EDT (Reuters) – A bomb exploded in a Cairo square late on Friday, killing one police officer and wounding another, the Egyptian state newspaper Al Ahram reported on its website. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Since the army toppled Egypt’s first freely-elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July, Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on members of the security forces, killing hundreds. On Tuesday, […]

U.S. says Syria government mostly to blame for hindered aid

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:48pm EDT (Reuters) – A U.N. report on how Syria’s neediest civilians are often not accessible to humanitarian relief workers makes it clear that the government of President Bashar al-Assad shoulders most of the blame, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. A month after the 15-member U.N. Security Council achieved rare consensus to approve a resolution demanding rapid, safe and unhindered aid access in Syria, including […]

Exclusive: Syria on track to miss deadline to destroy chemical weapons

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:34pm EST (Reuters) – Syria has relinquished only 11 percent of its chemical weapons in three shipments and is on track to miss a politically-loaded midyear deadline to completely destroy the toxic stockpile, sources told Reuters on Friday. Syria should already have handed over the 1,300 tonnes of toxic chemicals declared to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the body overseeing the process with […]

Thousands flee Syrian town as ‘major assault’ looms

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:52am EST (Reuters) – Thousands of people have fled a rebel-held town in Syria after it was bombed and shelled in an operation that has prompted fears of a major assault by ground troops, the United Nations said on Friday. The fighting came as peace talks in Geneva neared the end of a second round with the government and opposition sides as far from agreement as ever, […]

Attack on prison in Yemeni capital kills 11

By Khaled Abdullah SANAA Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:46pm EST (Reuters) – Eleven people were killed when attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Yemen’s capital on Thursday to try to free inmates, security sources and witnesses said. Explosions and gunfire could be heard several kilometers away from the prison in northern Sanaa, which has al Qaeda members among its inmates. The biggest explosion rattled windows in the area. […]

Two American soldiers killed in Afghan ‘insider’ attack: officials

KABUL Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:45pm EST (Reuters) – Men in Afghan army uniforms turned their weapons on American forces in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding four others, officials said. An Afghan Interior Ministry official said the shooting took place in Kapisa province, just north of the capital, Kabul. The NATO-led coalition confirmed two foreign soldiers had been shot dead, but did not specify their nationality. Two U.S. defense officials, […]

Algerian military plane crashes into mountain, 77 killed

By Lamine Chikhi OULED GACEM, Algeria Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:17pm EST (Reuters) – A military transport plane carrying members of the Algerian armed forces and their relatives crashed into a mountain on Tuesday, killing 77 people, the worst air disaster in the North African country in a decade. State television showed footage of the wreckage of the plane near the village of Ouled Gacem in eastern Algeria, smoke rising from the site and emergency […]

Egypt army hits Sinai militants; new group claims Cairo bomb

By Tom Perry CAIRO Sat Feb 8, 2014 1:57pm EST (Reuters) – The Egyptian army said on Saturday it had killed 16 Islamists in Sinai, and a new group said it carried out a bomb attack on police in Cairo, underscoring the widening scope of militant violence since the army removed Mohamed Mursi from power. The army said its aircraft hit radical Islamists near Sinai’s border with the Gaza Strip on Friday evening. A statement […]