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The conflict in Syria is accelerating and at least 89 people were killed on Thursday, CNN said. US officials are concerned that the Syrian government will resort to the use of chemical weapons as rebel forces advance, the article said.
According to sources within the state department, Syria may be loading warheads with chemical weapons, the National Post reported.
If the governing regime decides to resort to these extreme measures, the United States has indicated that it will intervene.
Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has denied the allegations that Syria would use their chemical weapons. He also warned that any outside intervention into the conflict would result in catastrophic consequences for the entire region, CNN reported.

Israel considers ground invasion of Gaza

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Israeli and Palestinian forces exchanged airstrikes for a third straight day on Friday, prompting Israel to threaten a ground invasion of Gaza if rocket attacks on Israel do not stop, the LA Times reported.
The Israeli government has drafted 16,000 troops and authorized the mobilization of 75,000 reservists.
Rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Friday, and while neither rocket hit its mark, Israel considers this to be a major escalation in the conflict, MSNBC reported.
The recent surge of violence began on Wednesday when Israel killed Ahmed Jabari, Hamas' military mastermind.

Earthquake in Guatemala claims at least 52 lives

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A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the country of Guatemala hard on Wednesday morning, AP reports.
President Otto Perez Molina said that there have been as many as 70 aftershocks since the initial quake, with the highest aftershock measured with a magnitude of 4.9.
The eastern village of San Marcos has suffered the most damage, with 40 reported dead and many houses destroyed. Rescue crews continue to sift through the rubble, looking for survivors, and relief efforts are in effect for those without shelter, electricity and clean drinking water.
Damage from the quake has been reported in all but one of Guatemala's 22 states, and the effects were felt as far away as Mexico City, Fox News said.
The quake was 20 miles deep, and centered 100 miles southwest of Guatemala City. This was the most powerful earthquake to hit Guatemala since 1976.

Indian coast hit with cyclone

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Cyclone Nilam slammed into the southeastern coast of India on Thursday, leaving at least 8 people dead, CNN reports.
About 150,000 people were displaced and moved to shelters, according to NBC. More than 200 schools are currently being used to house the displaced.
Floods caused by the storm have damaged thousands of houses.
Nilam is the third cyclone to hit the region in recent years.

Earthquake strikes Canadian coast

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A massive earthquake struck the west coast of British Columbia Saturday evening, the San Juan Journal reports.
The 7.7 magnitude quake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands at around 8 p.m. and was felt throughout British Columbia, though no serious damage has been reported. A 5.8 magnitude aftershock followed several minutes later.
A tsunami warning was issued for the west coast of Canada, Alaska and the Hawaiian islands. The warning passed without further incident on Sunday.
Saturday's earthquake was the strongest to hit Canada in more than 50 years, according to the Associated Press.

Security official killed in Lebanon

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A Lebanese security official and seven other people were killed on Friday when a car bomb exploded in Beirut, the country's capital city, AP reports.
The official, Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, was apparently the target of the attack. In addition to the eight deaths, the blast wounded dozens of civilians and caused serious damage to several buildings and vehicles in the area.
Lebanon's Prime Minister speculates that the blast was connected to the ongoing civil war in neighboring Syria, Fox News reports.
Al-Hassan was in charge of an investigation that led to the arrest of a man who planned to transport explosives from Syria to Lebanon over the summer.

Scotland moving towards vote for independence

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A referendum is being put together which will give the citizens of Scotland the opportunity to choose whether or not they would like to become an independent nation or stay part of the United Kingdom, AP reports.
Officials from London and Edinburgh reached a tentative deal on Friday which will put the referendum on the ballot in 2014, according to the report.
Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, are expected to sign off on the agreement on Monday in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, Reuters reports.
If the referendum passes, it will end a union dating back more than 300 years, and effectively break up the United Kingdom.

Syria fires into Turkey, Turkey retaliates

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The Syrian and Turkish governments exchanged air strikes Wednesday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal reports.
A mortar shell was fired from Syria and hit a house in Akcakale, a Turkish border village, killing two women and three children.
Turkey responded quickly, firing artillery rounds into Syria.
This is the most serious military activity between the two countries since the revolt in Syria began in March 2011, the Associated Press reports.
The rebels attempting to take down the Syrian President Bashar Assad have been using Turkey as a base, a move which has enraged the regime, AP said.
On Thursday, the Turkish government authorized additional military operations in Syria.

Syria moves chemical weapons

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The Syrian government has moved some of their chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a statement released to the Associated Press.
Syria is believed to have a large supply of chemical and biological weapons and has threatened to use them if the country is attacked, according to the report.
It is unknown where the weapons were moved to and President Barack Obama has said that the U.S. will not tolerate the use or transfer of the weapons, the report said.
Civil war continues to rage on in Syria, and there is concern that Syrian President Bashar Assad may use some of these weapons on rebel forces and the civilian population, Reuters reports.

President of Iran Speaks at United Nations General Assembly

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Following days of protests in New York City, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, ABC news said.
In what appears to be a bizarre coincidence, the Iranian leader was given the platform on Yom Kippur, one of Judaism's holiest days. The controversial leader who has previously denied the Holocaust and called for Israel's destruction referred to Israelis as "uncivilized Zionists" during his speech, ABC reports.
Ahmadinejad was clearly frustrated with the United States and other countries which he said dominate and "trample the rights" of weaker nations for materialistic reasons and called for a restructuring of the United Nations, USA Today said.
The United States delegation boycotted Ahmadinejad's speech to comments made earlier in the week.

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