U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council that the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons is unprecedented and that the team faces many grave dangers.
The joint mission, made up of personnel from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations, is tasked with overseeing the elimination of all Syria's chemical weapons by the middle of next year.
Syrians began destroying their country's chemical weapons program Sunday under the oversight of an advance team of OPCW inspectors and U.N. security personnel, Ban said.FULL STORY
At least six people have been singled out for their involvement in last month's Westgate mall attack –and that number is expected to double once the investigation is complete, a senior Kenyan government official said.
Previously, a spokesman for the Kenya Defense Forces identified four terrorists who took part in the mall attack, which left at least 67 people dead. Those four are Khattab al-Kene, an American Somali; Abu Baara al-Sudani, from Sudan; Omar Nabhan, from Kenya; and a man identified only as Umayr.
The senior government official said there was also a woman identified as Somali whose body was found with a mounted gun. The official said the woman was responsible for single-handedly killing more than 30 people.FULL STORY
A boat carrying as many as 500 people capsized and caught fire off the Italian island of Lampedusa, the nation's coast guard told CNN on Thursday.
The official death toll stood at 93 – down one from earlier reports – but that did not include an estimated 20 newly discovered bodies that remain in the water, the coast guard said.
At least 151 people had been rescued in the ongoing operation, the coast guard said.
Lampedusa, not far from Sicily and the closest Italian island to Africa, has become a destination for tens of thousands of refugees seeking to enter European Union countries – and such deadly shipwrecks are all too common.FULL STORY
Russian authorities have charged all 30 people aboard a Greenpeace ship with piracy after two activists tried to scale an oil platform in a protest of Arctic drilling last month, the Russian Investigative Committee said Thursday.
The charging began Wednesday and finished Thursday. If convicted, the 28 activists and two freelance journalists could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
None of the 30, who hail from at least 18 countries, pleaded guilty, the committee said.FULL STORY
ailed Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has ended her hunger strike - but will resume it if conditions at her prison camp in Mordovia did not improve, her husband said.
Tolokonnikova ended her hunger strike Tuesday, the husband said.
She is serving a two-year sentence for the crime of "hooliganism." She has less than six months remaining on her sentence.FULL STORY
With his murder trial approaching this March, South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has hired some help from the United States to challenge the case against him.
An American forensic team will give expert testimony to cast doubt on evidence entered against the athlete nicknamed the "blade runner" for the special prosthesis legs he sprints with, his spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said Wednesday.
The track star, whose legs are amputated below the knees, admitted to shooting dead model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home on Valetine's Day. But he has said it was an accident.
She was 29 when she died.
he latest chapter in Amanda Knox's long legal battle begins Monday in Florence, Italy, with a retrial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
But Knox, 26, who has expressed concern about returning to a country where she spent four years behind bars, will not be in the court.
She was convicted in 2009 of murdering Kercher, a 21-year old British exchange student who was found stabbed to death in November 2007 in the villa the two young women rented in the central Italian university town of Perugia.
The convictions of Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were overturned in 2011 for "lack of evidence."
After her acquittal, Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle where she has been living since.
But Italy's Supreme Court decided last year to retry the case, saying the jury that acquitted Knox didn't consider all the evidence, and that discrepancies in testimony needed to be answered.FULL STORY
The death toll from the five-story building collapse in Mumbai rose to 60 on Sunday, authorities said.
Fearing they may have pulled out the last of the survivors, officials have now ended their rescue operation, said Sachidanand Gawde of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
Thirty three people were pulled out alive from the building since it collapsed Friday.
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The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to adopt a resolution that requires Syria to eliminate its arsenal of chemical weapons. The resolution places binding obligations on the nation.
President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first direct conversation between leaders of the United States and Iran since 1979.
Obama believes a comprehensive agreement is possible regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions, telling reporters at the White House that "the test will be meaningful, transparent and verifiable action" and if proven would ease international sanctions in place against Iran.
Western leaders have expressed cautious optimism about Iran's more moderate tone under Rouhani. Among other things, recent comments by Rouhani have given some hope that a deal could be struck over the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program.FULL STORY
The world's getting hotter, the sea's rising and there's increasing evidence neither are naturally occurring phenomena.
So says a report from the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change, a document released every six years that is considered the benchmark on the topic. More than 800 authors and 50 editors from dozens of countries took part in its creation.
The summary for policymakers was released early Friday, while the full report, which bills itself as "a comprehensive assessment of the physical science basis of climate change," will be distributed Monday. Other reports, including those dealing with vulnerability and mitigation, will be released next year.
Interpol said Thursday it issued a red notice for Samantha Lewthwaite, the so-called "White Widow," at the request of Kenyan authorities.
Reports that a white woman was among the terrorists who stormed a mall in Nairobi last weekend have prompted a slew of media speculation about Lewthwaite, a British woman whose husband was one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 London terror attacks.
Known as the "White Widow," Lewthwaite, 29, has been wanted by international counterterrorism officials since authorities found bomb-making materials in her Mombasa, Kenya, apartment in 2011. She vanished shortly before a raid.FULL STORY
Propped up by strangers, a woman wails outside Nairobi's main city morgue, unable to control her grief.
She enters the brown makeshift counseling tent - but her screams still echo outside.
At the same time, dozens of families linger outside the mortuary, not sure whether their loved ones are dead or alive.FULL STORY
A collection of some of Syria's most powerful rebel brigades have rejected a Western-backed opposition group that announced the creation of an interim government in exile this month.
The 13 rebel groups, led by the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, also called on supporters of the Syrian opposition to embrace Sharia law "and make it the sole source of legislation."
The move appeared to sideline the flagging National Syrian Coalition, which recently announced the formation of an interim government in exile led by Ahmad Tomeh, a dentist and dissident from the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor.FULL STORY
A Beijing man who snatched a baby from a pram and hurled it to its death in an argument over a parking space was Wednesday sentenced to death by a Beijing court, according to court documents.
Han Lei, 39, was charged with intentional homicide over the death of the two-year-old girl who died in hospital from brain damage 50 hours after being dashed to the pavement in the Daxing District of Beijing on July 23.FULL STORY
An earthquake in Pakistan, powerful enough to prompt the appearance of a small island off the coast, has killed at least 238 people, Pakistani officials said.
The 7.7-magnitude quake struck in a remote, sparsely populated area of southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, but it had severe consequences.
In addition to the fatalities, around 400 people have been injured, he said. And more people are still feared to be trapped in wreckage.
The quake was strong enough to cause a mass 20 to 30 feet high to emerge from the Arabian Sea like a small mountain island off the coast of Gwadar, local police official Mozzam Jah said. A large number of people gathered to view the newly formed island, he said.FULL STORY
After four days of bloody mayhem, Kenyan security forces have "ashamed and defeated" the terrorist gunmen who had besieged Nairobi's Westgate Mall, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday.
In a nationally televised address, Kenyatta declared his country "bloodied but unbowed" after the attack.
"We confronted this evil without flinching, confronted our deep grief and pain, and conquered it," he said.
Five terrorists were killed in the fighting, Kenyatta said. Eleven other people had been arrested over possible connections to the attack.
The victory came at a cost: at least 61 civilian deaths, six dead security officers and some 175 injuries. Sixty-two people remain hospitalized, he said. The Kenya Red Cross was reporting 62 deaths.
The death toll may yet rise. The Red Cross said 65 people remain unaccounted for, and Kenyatta said three floors of the mall had collapsed, trapping some bodies.
Two crew members who went missing when their helicopter went into the Red Sea on Sunday are believed to be dead, the U.S. Navy said Monday.
Search and rescue efforts for the two, who were in a MH-605 Knighthawk helicopter, have been suspended, the Navy said. The sea lies between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.FULL STORY
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has suggested that some outside governments may urge rebels to attack international inspectors sent into war-fractured country to secure its arsenal of chemical weapons.
"There might be countries that might ask the terrorists to attack the inspectors to prevent them from doing their job, and blame the Syrian government," he said in an interview aired Sunday by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
"At this point, this remains just a possibility and we cannot know until the inspectors arrive in Syria," al-Assad said.FULL STORY
t's hard to imagine a softer target than an enclosed, easy-to-enter space with large numbers of civilians, many of them children or elderly, milling about with no authority clearly in charge.
And the al Shabaab terrorist group that carried out this weekend's mall attack in Kenya is known to have recruited in the United States.
If you connect those dots, you get the kind of scenario that "keeps us up at night," as a federal law enforcement source told CNN's Pamela Brown: an attack at a shopping mall in the United States.
Can it happen here? Yes, say security experts, but it hasn't.
There have been shootings at U.S. malls, although not by terrorists. And there have been terror plots that were foiled.
But the U.S. has not witnessed anything close to the scope of the violent siege at Nairobi's Westgate mall.FULL STORY