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18 Sep 2014 01:23 PM EST

A senior Israeli official said on Thursday Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers. Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously not disclosed to avoid undermining the Syrians' surrender of their declared chemical arsenal, the official said they had kept some missile warheads, air-dropped bombs and rocket-propelled grenades primed with toxins like sarin. The official told Reuters on condition of anonymity, "There is, to my mind, still in the hands of Syria a significant residual capability ... that could be used in certain circumstances and could be potentially very serious."

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18 September, 2014
Poland's PM Designate Says There Will Be Personnel Changes In Cabinet

Poland's prime minister-designate Ewa Kopacz said she is ready to present her cabinet to President Bronislaw Komorowski later on Thursday and that there will be some personnel changes. Kopacz told reporters, "I've completed the work on the mission that I had been given by the president. I can inform... Read more

18 September, 2014
Scots Decide Whether to Declare Independence

The fate of the United Kingdom was at stake Thursday as Scotland began voting in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage that helped build an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided. The question on the ballot... Read more

18 September, 2014
Pregnant Kate Middleton Cancels Malta Visit

Kate Middleton will no longer travel to Malta this weekend. It would have been her first solo trip. Per Clarence House's Twitter, her husband, 32, "will undertake the visit instead." The Duchess of Cambridge "continues to suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The decision was taken on the advice... Read more

18 September, 2014
Gunmen in Pakistan Kill Professor Who Faced Blasphemy Accusations

Police said, unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a professor of Islamic studies in Pakistan who had faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his moderate views. Blasphemy is a crime carrying the death sentence in the mainly Sunni Muslim nation of 180 million people.... Read more

18 September, 2014
Developing World Revives Nuclear Power Prospects, But Yet To Commit

Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor accident shook confidence, around 25 countries are thinking... Read more

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