| Jan 7, 2014
| 12:26 PM
BEIRUT -- The first batch of Syrian chemical weapons material has left the country, according to international officials overseeing the removal and destruction of the government’s toxic arsenal.
"A first quantity of priority chemical materials was...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 1:43 PM
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry's visit with Saudi officials Monday put a smiling face on strained relations between longtime allies but probably did little to ease concerns in the kingdom that Washington has been too lax in confronting opponents in...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
WASHINGTON — For years, when the United States has needed to hand off a dirty diplomatic chore, one obscure nation has reliably raised its hand: Albania.
A poor sliver of a country clinging to the edge of Europe, Albania took in ethnic Uighur...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 3:59 PM
BEIRUT—The historic destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal began on Sunday, as a team of disarmament experts hastened to comply with an international mandate to eliminate the nation’s massive chemical stockpiles by mid-2014....
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:59 AM
AMMAN, Jordan -- A team of 20 experts from the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Beirut on Monday en route to Syria, where it will begin accounting for the government's stockpile of chemical weapons, the...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 9:34 AM
WASHINGTON – Albania on Friday rejected the United States’ request to allow Syria’s chemical weapons to be destroyed on its soil, dealing a blow to the international effort to dismantle President Bashar Assad’s toxic arsenal.
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:32 PM
WASHINGTON — Despite pressure from the Obama administration, Albania's prime minister said Friday that he would not allow the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the European country.
Prime Minister Edi Rama surprised some Western officials...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 12:02 PM
The international agency tasked with locating and destroying Syria's chemical weapons said Thursday it was calling for help from private industry in neutralizing 1,000 metric tons of chemicals and munitions after U.S. ally Albania balked at hosting the...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — Despite intense pressure to hold down federal spending, the Defense Department is launching a high-priced effort to create its own production pipeline for vaccines and biodefense drugs — an initiative that defies the advice of...
| Dec 8, 2013
A statement by a United Nations official that war crimes in Syria can be attributed to "the highest level of government, including the head of state," has renewed the debate over whether, when and how the United States should intervene in crises abroad....
| Dec 9, 2013
| 11:52 AM
The international effort to remove and destroy Syria's chemical weapons is likely to miss its Dec. 31 deadline for getting the most toxic of the poison gases out of the war-torn country, the mission chief said Monday.
"In view of the circumstances in...