President Assad’s regime is being accused of launching a chemical attack on the Syrian opposition, but impartial experts are casting doubt on the veracity of those claims.

Will the grinding poverty and initiative killing of collectivism soon wear the label “Made in Japan”? Such a prospect is likely a ways off, but it could become a reality if Yoshiko Kira has her way. Kira is one of a slew of Japanese Communist Party (JCP) candidates who won office in her nation’s July elections, which saw the JCP increase its presence in the House of Councilors from six to 11 seats — enough representation to propose legislation.

Rajeh Badi, press advisor to Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, announced on August 7 that government security forces have thwarted a plot by al Qaeda to seize oil and gas export facilities and a provincial capital in eastern Yemen.

The president of Yemen pardoned a journalist whom President Obama personally kept from being pardoned two years ago because he had reported the truth about a U.S. attack on Yemeni civilians.

According to a China watchdog group, Beijing has launched a renewed "family planning" campaign in some of the country's cities, requiring women to be sterilized or fitted with IUDs.

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