Tuesday, April 30, 2013

World News Briefs -- April 30, 2013

White House Press Secretary Carney Says More Work Needed To Verify Syria Chemical Use -- Bloomberg

President Barack Obama’s spokesman said “much more” work needs to be done to verify intelligence assessments that Syria’s regime used chemical weapons against the opposition in that country’s civil war.

The U.S. needs to investigate whether there is direct evidence that Bashar al-Assad’s regime used the poison sarin in its fight against rebels, White House press secretary Jay Carney said today at a White House briefing.

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Huge explosion rocks Damascus. Central Damascus 'hit by bomb explosion'. Syria blast kills 13 as Russia bans civilian flights.

Activists: 15 Syrian rebels die in battle for base.

Syrian rebels to get 1st direct U.S. support as $8M in medical supplies, rations set for delivery.

Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills 1 Palestinian. Israel: 'Key terror figure' killed in Gaza; father-of-five settler stabbed to death.

Car bombs cap week of violence that underscores Iraq's fragility.

Arab states back Israel-Palestine land swaps. Israeli chief negotiator welcomes Arab peace plan.


Bangladesh building collapse death toll approaches 1,300. Many bodies still in collapsed Bangladesh building.

North Korea halts missile launch preparations.

Mosque, Muslim shops attacked near Myanmar's biggest city.

Pakistani court bars ex-president from elections for life. Musharraf remanded over Bhutto assassination.

Russia, Japan agree to try to resolve islands row so they can end WWII.

U.S. official: American detained in North Korea had proper visa.

Sherpas who attacked Everest climbers angry at 'luxury adventurers'.


Gunmen surround Libyan justice ministry. Libya gunmen surround justice ministry in Tripoli.

Congo's M23 rebels threaten new UN brigade.

Roadside bomb kills French soldier in Mali.

AU calls for ceasefire in Sudan .

Botswana President Ian Khama wounded by cheetah.

ANC criticised for Nelson Mandela footage.


Eurozone unemployment at record high as inflation drops.

Bank Chief: 'There will be more wealth confiscation, without a doubt'.

Spain's economy contracts for seventh consecutive quarter.

Italy's new premier to push growth agenda in Europe after winning vote.

Netherlands welcomes King Willem-Alexander. Willem-Alexander becomes Dutch king as Queen Beatrix abdicates.

Hungary bans far-right protest ahead of Jewish Congress.

Ukraine violated Tymoshenko's rights - European court.


Skepticism rises about bombing suspects acting alone; little evidence to help divided lawmakers.

Boston bombing probe: What female DNA may mean.

Mexico seeks new security, economic agenda with US.

Mexico ends open access for US security agencies.

Venezuela election: Maduro victory margin narrows.

Colombia tops IDMC internally displaced people list.


The 10 stupidest Islamic terrorists.

A terrorist cell dismantled in Mali, official says.

Extra medical staff sent to Guantanamo. Extra medics in Guantanamo Bay for hunger strike.

Italian police arrest four suspected Islamist militants.


Paul Allen gaining respect with sports, real estate moves.

Why Sudanese rebel advance spells trouble for Coca-Cola.

US expects first cut in debt since 2007.

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