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Kenyan forces attempt to free the hostages still trapped inside a Nairobi mall with armed Islamist extremists, Angela Merkel wins a third term as Germany's chancellor — but not an outright majority, Pakistan's minorities protest after suicide bombers kill more than 80 Christians, and the key to getting good service, as per German psychologists.
Syria's rebels agree a truce — between themselves, Al Qaeda strikes back in Yemen, Iran's new, moderate leader pens a leader, and the giant duck that will change your brain.
Egyptian security forces battle for control of a defiantly pro-Morsi town, Syria's president says he needs time and a lot of money to destroy his chemical weapons, Iran promises not to build a bomb, and why Austria's holy water could do you more harm than good.
Russia claims to have evidence that contradicts a UN report on Syria's chemical weapons, Brazil pays the US back for spying on its president, Mexico is flooded, and how a clown is terrorizing one UK town.
Russia and France disagree on who was behind the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria, another American gun tragedy, the Costa Concordia is back upright, and Iran better have litter trays onboard its rockets — it wants to send a cat into space.
The US and its allies urge the UN to stay tough on Syria despite a diplomatic deal, the frontrunner pulls out of the race to head the Fed, Italy tries to right the Costa Concordia, and all the smart kids drink.
The US and Russia continue their talks as rumors abound that Syria is already stashing its chemical weapons, the Delhi four get death, a US consulate in Afghanistan is attacked, and the world's ugliest animal needs your love.
Russia's president takes his case against a military strike on Syria directly to the American people, warning bells sound over North Korea's nuclear reactor, Europe's austerity could cost it a generation, and getting round to getting rid of Hitler.
President Barack Obama puts the plans to strike Syria on hold while the world waits to see if a proposal to destroy its chemical weapons will work; the US remembers its two 9/11 anniversaries; the Brazilian rainforest is shrinking; and the anti-polar cellphone that might just save your life.
However unlikely it seems, a growing number of nations back a proposal to have Syria hand over its entire chemical weapons arsenal; the verdicts are in on Delhi's shocking gang rape; China masters the art of spin; and bigger isn't better when it comes to fatherhood.
The White House gives the Syrian government a week to hand over its chemical weapons or else, the ICC prepares to put Kenya's deputy president on trial, Russia's most popular opposition leader remains defiant even after losing the race for Moscow mayor, and Kim Jong Un is reproducing.
The US looks increasingly lonely as it struggles to drum up support for a strike on Syria at the G20 summit, American and British spy agencies say encryption-schmencryption when it comes to online privacy, Egypt threatens the Muslim Brotherhood with dissolution, and politics can be a dog-eat-cat world.
Syria may not be on the official G20 agenda but it's the only thing on anyone's mind as the St. Petersburg summit begins; Egypt's interior minister survives a suspected assassination attempt; and King Richard III's squirmy little problem, revealed.
Russia warns the US not to go it alone in Syria, the Ohio kidnapper is found hanged, we investigate how the world's oldest profession is faring in modern London, and are the world's reptiles out to get you? Probably.
The two-millionth Syrian flees Syria, Israel tests a missile in the Med, Microsoft snaps up Nokia's phones, and you know things are bad when Dennis Rodman is your man in North Korea.
Syria loses its 1 millionth child refugee to civil war, explosions hit northern Lebanon, India sees another brutal gang-rape, and grizzly bear don't care.
China begins its political trial of the century, the UN seeks answers in Syria, Zimbabwe swears in its new, old president, and Ecuador's leader says what's written in black and white ain't green.