International

More Than A Million March In Paris For Freedom

More than a million people have taken part in a unity march in Paris, after 17 people were killed during three days of deadly attacks in France’s capital. The government has described it as the largest march in the country’s history. More than 40 world leaders joined the start of the march, linking arms in an act of solidarity.

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Give up weapons, Russia urges Syria

Russia has asked Syria to put its chemical weapons stockpile under “international control” in an attempt to avoid US military strikes, and then have them destroyed. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the offer was made during talks with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem. Mr Muallem said he welcomed the initiative. The US is threatening strikes accusing the Syrian regime of ...

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‘Global red line’ crossed

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Arab League foreign ministers have agreed that the Syrian president’s alleged use of chemical weapons crossed a “global red line”. Mr Kerry, speaking in Paris, is in Europe to muster support for action against President Bashar al-Assad. “Assad’s deplorable use of chemical weapons crosses an international, global red line,” he said. Mr Assad ...

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Obama: US cannot ignore Syria chemical weapons

President Barack Obama has said the US cannot “turn a blind eye” to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.He was speaking after returning to the US from a G20 summit in Russia, which failed to produce international agreement on military action in Syria. The US accuses President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of killing 1,429 people in a poison gas attack ...

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Syria crisis: Russia and US no closer

Speeches by key leaders at the end of the G20 summit in St Petersburg have laid bare the bitter divisions over possible military action in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin restated his opposition to any strike, saying it would destabilise the region. US President Barack Obama said action was necessary in reaction to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. ...

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Australia Election

Australians have begun voting in a general election, with opposition leader Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National coalition aiming to bring to an end six years of Labor government. Opinion polls suggest Kevin Rudd, who returned as prime minister three months ago, is trailing his opponent. The rivals are split on how to tackle Australia’s budget deficit, but both have pledged tough action ...

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George W Bush has heart stent operation

Former US President George W Bush has undergone successful heart surgery in Dallas, Texas, after doctors found an artery blockage, a spokesman has said. Mr Bush had a stent inserted on Tuesday morning, a day after the blockage was discovered during a routine check-up. The 67-year-old was in “high spirits” afterwards and would be discharged on Wednesday, the spokesman added. ...

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Iran’s new leader Rouhani urges ‘serious’ nuclear talks

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for “serious and substantive” negotiations with the international community about its nuclear programme. At the first news conference since his inauguration on Sunday, Mr Rouhani said he was confident both sides’ concerns could be resolved in a short time. But a solution could be reached solely through “talks, not threats”, he added. The US ...

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Egypt’s cabinet orders police to end pro-Morsi sit-ins

Egypt’s military-backed government has ordered police to end sit-ins by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the capital Cairo.”The cabinet has decided to take all measures necessary to confront these risks and put an end to them,” an official said in a televised statement. The statement termed the continued rallies “a national security threat”. Three top Muslim Brotherhood ...

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Italy bus crash: Mass funeral held near Pozzuoli

A funeral has been held near the southern Italian town of Pozzuoli for the 38 victims of Sunday’s bus crash. Prime Minister Enrico Letta was among about 4,000 people at the service, which was held in a sports hall. Bishop of Pozzuoli, Gennaro Pascarella, urged the authorities to clarify the causes of the accident, saying: “We must ensure this never ...

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