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Syria on track to meeting deadline

BEIRUT: Syria has shipped out or destroyed approximately 80 per cent of its declared chemical weapons material, the head of the international team overseeing the disarmament process said.

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Pope calls for peace and dialogue

VATICAN CITY: Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

Chaos aboard sinking ferry

JINDO, South Korea: A transcript released yesterday shows the South Korean ferry that sank was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously, possibly adding to a death toll that is officially at 58 but could eventually exceed 300.

Terrorists kill 14 in Algeria

ALGIERS: Fourteen Algerian soldiers were killed and a dozen wounded when they fell into an ambush in the restive Kabylie region east of Algiers, security sources said yesterday.

Scottish couple UK's biggest political donors

LONDON: A Scottish couple who won a lottery have donated at least £3 million ($5m) of their winnings to the campaign for an independent Scotland, making them Britain's biggest political donors, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Islamist cleric in bid to end rift between GCC members

DOHA: An influential Qatar-based Islamist whose fiery sermons strained ties between Doha and its neighbours sent a conciliatory message to countries he has criticised in an apparent attempt to help end a rift between the Gulf Arab allies.

Bailey photo of Queen unveiled

LONDON: A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch's 88th birthday.

Emotional homecoming for French hostages

PARIS: Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria were reunited with family and colleagues yesterday in an emotional homecoming after 10 months in captivity during which they were chained together and held in dingy basements.


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