Nukes were almost used 13 times since 1962 -- and the risk of nuclear accidents is rising: report

A report recounting a litany of near-misses in which nuclear weapons came close to being launched by mistake concludes that the risk of potentially catastrophic accidents is higher than previously thought and appears to be rising.

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John Kerry flies to Geneva to try to seal Iran nuclear deal

Final few sticking points believed to be dwindling as officials note 'a strong will to find common ground'

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UN inspectors in Syria conduct most dangerous chemical weapons disarmament mission in history

A 20-strong international team of engineers, chemists and paramedics leave the Netherlands for Syria on Monday to embark on the most hazardous mission in the history of disarmament: to dismantle one of the world's biggest chemical weapons arsenals, during a civil war, under extreme deadline pressure.

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Brazil's president tells the United Nations: NSA spying violates international law

Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, has launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general assembly, accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country's strategic industries.

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Destroying chemical weapons is hard enough, but Syria is a new challenge for inspectors

If US and Russia strike a deal in Geneva, inspectors may soon be embarking on a task that has never been tried.

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Judges call for U.S. to declassify NSA radio intercepts related to 1961 death of UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld

Commission appeals to US to declassify NSA radio intercepts of warplanes in area where Dag Hammarskjöld's plane crashed

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Rep. Peter King calls for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to be extradited from Hong Kong

Politicians denounce whistleblower's actions while civil libertarians hail him as a courageous hero

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Obama accused of nuclear U-turn as guided weapons plan emerges

President appears to be reneging on vow to work towards nuclear disarmament with $10bn plan to update B61 bombs

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Israel to pressure Obama on air strikes against Syria

Israel will use President Obama's visit on Wednesday to try to persuade the US to carry out air strikes on Syrian missiles if there is evidence that they are being to handed over to Hezbollah in Lebanon, or at least to give full support to Israeli military action to stop the transfer.

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U.S. warns Israel against preemptive strike on Iran

US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies.

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Julian Assange: Obama is exploiting Arab Spring for political gain

Wikileaks founder, speaking via videolink to the UN, says it is 'audacious' for US to take credit for Middle East progress

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Anti-western anger spreads across Arab world as embassies burn in wake of film

American victims of US consulate attack in Libya are returned to US soil as violence widens to include more embassy attacks

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Poll: Distrust of Americans spreads beyond Middle East

American influence on the world stage is being sapped by widespread distrust of US intentions, not just in the Middle East and south Asia but also among traditional European allies, according to a survey of global opinions.

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Syria former prime minister: Regime is on the brink of collapse

Syria's former prime minister, Riyad Hijab, has claimed Bashar al-Asssad's regime is on the point of collapse, having lost control of two-thirds of the country, as he called on other top officials to follow his example and defect.

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Taliban commander: we cannot win war and al-Qaida is a 'plague'

Senior Taliban commander admits insurgents must seek settlement with other political forces in Afghanistan

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