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UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries....

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side....

Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win....

Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections - a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years....

As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension....

Russian social media CEO quits, flees country
MOSCOW (AP) -- The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership....

Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest....

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships....

SKorean city full of grief prepares for more
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures....

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors....

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