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US seeks wide support for Syria arms deal

France, Britain and the United States have said they will seek a "strong and robust" UN resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines on removal of Syria's chemical weapons, the office of the French President Francois Hollande said.<p>Monday's statement follows talks between foreign ministers of …

Egypt detains Muslim Brotherhood spokesman

Egyptian police have arrested Gehad El-Haddad, the Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, according to three security officials.<p>Haddad was detained with two other Brotherhood members in an apartment in the capital Cairo on Tuesday, the officials said.<p>He served as chief of staff to Khairat El-Shater, the …

Dozens killed in attacks across Iraq

Dozens of people have been killed in attacks in Iraq, with seven bombs exploding in Baghdad and attacks killing many in Mosul and Fallujah.<p>The attacks on Tuesday were the latest in a surge of unrest that has left more than 4,200 people dead this year.<p>The evening car bombings struck various parts of …

Armed men kill military officer in Egypt

Armed men have killed an Egyptian military officer and a soldier in an attack on an army vehicle northeast of Cairo, security sources say, raising concerns that an insurgency is taking hold beyond the Sinai Peninsula.<p>Tuesday's attack, which also wounded an army officer and a soldier, took place in …

Syria hands Russia new gas attack 'evidence'

The Syrian government has handed Russia new materials implicating rebels in a chemical attack outside Damascus on August 21, Sergei Ryabkov, the Russian deputy foreign minister, said after talks in Damascus.<p>Ryabkov also said on Wednesday that his country was disappointed with the UN report on the …

Assad to destroy chemical weapons 'in a year'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has pledged to destroy his stockpile of chemical arms but said it would take one year to do so and will cost about $1bn.<p>In an interview with Fox News, the US television channel, Assad also said his country was not gripped by civil war, but had been infiltrated by …

Putin 'not 100% sure' on Syria disarmament

Vladimir Putin says he is not certain that all of Syria's chemical weapons will be destroyed under an international plan that averted US-led military action.<p>The Russian president was crucial to delaying US military strikes on Syria after a chemical-weapons release in Damascus on August 21 that the …

Egypt security forces storm pro-Morsi town

Egyptian security forces have fought gun battles in a town near Cairo after launching an operation targeting "terrorist elements".<p>The clashes in the town of Kerdasa in Giza have left one senior police officer dead and nine others injured, while at least 65 people have been arrested, according to …