With 40 people still missing after massive explosions Saturday in the center of their town, the people of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, begin the week “with fears that the death toll from a weekend rail disaster could surge,” CBC News writes.
Secretary of State John Kerry called the current situation in Syria “unacceptable by anyone’s standard” and lashed out at the government of President Bashar al-Assad for using Hezbollah in the fight against rebels.
The United Nations Refugee Commission says more than 45.2 million people were in “situations of displacement” around the world as of last year — the most since 1994.
In the hours following an announcement by the Taliban and the United States saying they were ready to begin peace talks, we received reminders of just how tenuous that situation is: On Tuesday night the Taliban said they fired two rockets near Bagram airbase in Kabul.
NPR’s Peter Kenyon reports from Turkey that some 900 people were arrested across the country and several hundred were wounded.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has told Al-Manar TV, a channel owned by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, that the first shipment of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles has arrived in Syria
The European Union’s decision to end its embargo on arming the opposition in Syria has been followed by sharp criticism from Russia’s foreign ministry and word that Russia will follow through on plans to deliver anti-aircraft missiles to President Bashar Assad’s military.
The Arctic Council – the association of the world’s polar countries – has agreed to grant observer status to six non-Arctic nations.
Authorities in Bangladesh say the death toll in last month’s collapse of an eight-story garment factory complex has surpassed 800 as dozens more bodies were pulled from the rubble on Wednesday.
President Obama says the United States and South Korea are determined to stand firm against North Korean threats and that the days of Pyongyang manufacturing a crisis to get international concessions “are over.”