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Syria hands over remaining chemical weapons, sources say

Syria has handed over the remaining 100 tonnes of toxic material it declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, clearing the way for destruction of the stockpile at sea, sources told Reuters on Monday. The chemicals, roughly 8 percent of a total 1,300 tonnes reported to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), had been held at a storage site which the government of President Bashar al-Assad previously said was inaccessible due to fighting with rebels.


Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 7 years

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict Monday that stunned their families and was quickly denounced as a blow to freedom of expression. International pressure mounted on Egypt's president to pardon the three.


Obama encouraging family-friendly work policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit Monday, even though the U.S. government doesn't always set the best example.


'God particle' atom smasher to return at double strength

The world's largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades. The world's top particle physics lab known as CERN says the $10 billion Large Hadron ...


Activists: Israeli air raids kill 10 Syrian troops

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli air raids on several Syrian military facilities overnight killed at least 10 troops and destroyed an army command center, an activist group said Monday.


Ni hao, y'all: US hinterlands woo Chinese firms

PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) — Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.


Alstom CEO says GE deal will save jobs

PARIS (AP) — Alstom SA's chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm's agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France's national interests.

South Korea captures soldier accused of killing 5

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean soldier who fled after allegedly killing five colleagues was captured Monday following an unsuccessful suicide attempt, the Defense Ministry said.


Malaysia's top court: 'Allah' for Muslims only

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court on Monday upheld a government ban forbidding non-Muslims from using "Allah" to refer to God, rejecting an appeal by the Roman Catholic Church that argued that the ban failed to consider the rights of minorities in the mostly Muslim nation.


Massachusetts mayor: Stop sending my city refugees

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line.


Militant group's surge in Iraq fans regional fears

BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida breakaway group's seizure of territory in Iraq and Syria has sent tremors across the Middle East, jolting neighboring countries into action over fears that the Islamic militants may set their sights on them next.


Militants blitz through Iraq's western desert

Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad led by Nouri al-Maliki.


Scenarios in Group G of the World Cup

The United States and Germany both have four points and are atop Group G over Ghana and Portugal who have one point each. In the group stage of the World Cup, wins are worth three points, and draws are worth one point. All four teams have one game remaining.


10 Things to Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


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