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Moscow claims Syria rebels plan to 'stage' chemical attack

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday claimed that Syrian rebels were planning to stage a chemical attack to give the US-led coalition a pretext to strike Damascus.

10 years after massacre, Norway to ban semi-automatic weapons

Oslo - Norway plans to ban semi-automatic firearms as of 2021, a decade after right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik's mass shooting that left 69 people dead, a Norwegian lawmaker said Tuesday.

Pro-Iranian militia used US Abrams tanks in Syria: Pentagon

Washington - US Abrams tanks sold to Iraq have been used by a pro-Iranian paramilitary group in fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday.

Iran president rules out negotiations over missiles

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that negotiations on the country's missile programme were out of the question.

US to Russia: respect nuclear limits under New START Treaty

Washington - The United States, which unveiled a new aggressive nuclear strategy, has met the limits set on its arsenal under the New START Treaty, which enters a new phase Monday, and reminded Russia to uphold its commitments.

Fear and diplomacy fuel Qatar's military spending

Doha - Since the Qatar diplomatic crisis started, one response by the emirate has become increasingly clear -- Doha is using its extraordinary wealth to fund a massive push in defence spending.

Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa

New York - Russia has asked the UN Security Council for permission to supply light arms and ammunition to the struggling armed forces of the Central African Republic beginning next week, according to a request obtained by AFP on Tuesday.

US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' order for strike

Ottawa - The general in command of US nuclear forces said Saturday that he would resist any "illegal" presidential order for a strike and work to find an alternative.

A grieving father takes aim at the US gun lobby

Collinsville - A teddy bear on the bed, a pair of dance shoes, a university diploma: Alison Parker's brutally shortened life is summed up in her bedroom, which her parents keep as a memorial.

N. Korea chemical arms a concern for peace: watchdog

Den Haag - North Korea's chemical weapons stockpile is a "concern for peace and stability" on the Korean peninsula and beyond, the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday.

US destroys old chemical weapons left in Panama

Panama - The United States has started destroying a stock of old, World War II-era chemical weapons it left in Panama decades ago, the foreign ministry said.

Russia to destroy 'last chemical weapons', Putin says

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced that Russia was destroying its last chemical weapons, hailing the move as a "historic event" and accusing the United States of not following suit.

Holiday weekend leaves more than 100 gunfire victims in Chicago

Washington - The United States celebrated Independence Day with a long weekend of barbecues and fireworks, but in violence-plagued Chicago more than 101 were hit by gunfire, with 14 dying of their wounds, the Chicago Tribune said on Wednesday.

US heavily armed, but many ambivalent about it: survey

Washington - A country armed with nearly one pistol, rifle or shotgun for every citizen, the United States has a worldwide reputation for being gun-crazy.

Weapons stash found at Champs-Elysees attacker's home: probe source

Paris - Investigators have found a stash of weapons at the home of a man killed while ramming a car loaded with guns and a gas canister into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees, a source close to the probe said Tuesday.

Anti-IS fighters near Raqa delight in American weaponry

Ak - Chorche was like a kid in a candy store in front of crates packed with US weapons to help an Arab-Kurdish alliance take the Islamic State group's Syria bastion Raqa.

Miami guns hidden in Rio airport shipment: police

Rio De Janeiro - Talk about landing in hot water: 60 assault rifles were hidden in a shipment of swimming pool heating equipment delivered to Rio de Janeiro from Miami, Brazilian police said Thursday.

Nations urged to 'banish evil of chemical arms'

Den Haag - World leaders on Wednesday urged all nations to help "banish forever the evil of chemical weapons," as the global watchdog warned decades of progress towards eliminating them was under threat.

Weapons found as France arrests two plotting attack: sources

Paris - French authorities found guns and bomb-making materials Tuesday after the arrest of two men suspected of plotting an "imminent" attack just days before presidential polls, sources close to the probe said.

Assad says army 'gave up' all chemical weapons

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his government handed over all its chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013 and could not have been behind last week's suspected sarin attack.

US manhunt underway for alleged gun thief who wrote manifesto to Trump

Chicago - A massive manhunt was underway in search of a "highly-dangerous" Wisconsin man who US authorities said robbed a gun shop and sent a lengthy manifesto to President Donald Trump.

Laser weapons edge toward use in US military

Washington - A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies.

Sarin: lethal nerve gas that kills in minutes

Washington - The United States believes the Syrian government employed a sarin-like nerve agent in Tuesday's deadly attack in the country's northwest. Here are the key facts about sarin, which was discovered in Nazi Germany.

Turkey says chemical weapons used in Syria attack

Ankara - Turkey said Thursday the autopsies of three Syrians killed in an attack in rebel-held northwestern Syria confirmed that chemical weapons had been used by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, state media reported.

UN Security Council again eyes sanctions on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council voiced alarm about the deepening humanitarian crisis and famine in South Sudan, with the United States, Britain and France raising anew the idea of sanctions and a weapons embargo.

Sudan may have bought weapons amid famine

South Sudan has been accused of buying weapons to fight rebellions instead of using money to help their starving people.

Do US self-defense laws trigger more crime?

Washington - When Curtis Reeves shot to death a fellow movie spectator who threw popcorn at him, the police veteran reignited a heated debate in the United States over when self-protection is a legitimate defense.

Cold War redux? US-Russian missile spat in Europe

Washington - The United States and Russia may be on the verge of a new arms race in Europe, decades after the missile crisis that shook the Old Continent in the waning years of the Soviet Union.

Iraqi gains reveal huge scale of IS arms industry

Al Hamdaniyah - Factories churning out tens of thousands of munitions and an entire street turned into a conveyor belt for car bombs: advances by Iraqi forces around Mosul have laid bare the scale of the Islamic State group's arms industry.

Trump blasts F-35 fighter jet program cost as 'out of control'

Washington - Lockheed Martin stocks were down about four percent in early trading Monday after President-elect Donald Trump blasted "out of control" costs for the F-35 stealth fighter program.
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