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Ban: Security Council Must Act on Violations in Syria

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kai-moon said the U.N. Security Council must take action to address what he called "flagrant violations" of international law in Syria, where millions of people cannot get badly needed humanitarian aid.

In a new report to the council, Ban said both the Syrian government and rebel fighters have failed to allow humanitarian access as demanded in a Security Council resolution passed in February.

 

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3 Americans Killed in Kabul Hospital Attack

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The U.S. Embassy in Kabul says three Americans were killed Thursday in an attack at a hospital in the Afghan capital.

Afghan police say a security guard opened fire at western Kabul's Cure Hospital, which is run by a U.S.-based charity group. At least one of the dead was a doctor.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the security guard is now in police custody and an investigation is under way.

 

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US Paratroopers in Poland for Joint Exercises

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U.S. Army paratroops are in Poland for joint exercises with their Polish counterparts.  It is part of an American show of support for Europe in the midst of the West's ongoing conflict with Russia over Moscow's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and its military buildup along Ukraine's eastern border.  

Gray U.S. military transport planes flew into Poland carrying paratroopers wearing maroon-colored berets

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US to Deliver Apache Helicopters to Egypt, Relaxing Hold on Aid

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— The United States said on Tuesday it will deliver 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt, relaxing a suspension of aid imposed after Egypt's armed forces ousted President Mohamed Morsi last year and cracked down violently on protesters.
 
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart of the decision to lift a hold on delivery of the helicopters, which would support Egypt's counterterrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula, the Pentagon said.
 

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China Says Probing Reports Chinese Chlorine Used in Syria Attack

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— China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in footage believed to document a gas attack in Syria this month.
 
Attacks this month in several areas in Syria share characteristics that have led analysts to believe that there is a coordinated chlorine bomb campaign, with growing evidence that it is the government side dropping the weapons.
 

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'Little Evidence' of N. Korea Nuclear Test During Obama Visit

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A U.S. research group says there is "little evidence" North Korea will conduct a nuclear test during President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Seoul.

South Korea said this week it detected increased activity at the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, suggesting an underground test could be imminent.

Some North Korea watchers expect a provocation during Obama's visit, which starts Friday. They note that the North recently warned it could conduct another nuclear test.

 

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China Rejects Obama’s Stance on Japan Island Dispute

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— China is voicing strong opposition to President Obama's statement that disputed islands in the East China Sea fall under a mutual security treaty between Washington and Tokyo. Ahead of his arrival in Japan for security and economic talks, the president told a Japanese newspaper that Washington would come to Tokyo's defense if there is ever a conflict over the islands in the East China Sea, which China also claims as its own.
 
It was expected that territorial disputes between China and its neighbors would come up during U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to Asia, particularly during his first stop in Japan. But the blunt words began even before Obama's plane touched down in Tokyo.
 

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