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International Developments

Overall

– “Albania rejected on Friday a U.S. request to host the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a U.S.-Russian accord to eliminate the nerve agents from the country’s protracted civil war.

– “Major powers and Iran are getting closer to an initial agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, adding it is “quite possible” a deal could be reached when negotiators meet November 20-22 in Geneva.

Middle East

– “The global chemical weapons watchdog says it has now adopted a detailed plan for the destruction of Syria’s stockpile by mid-2014.

– Video: “Children Wade Through Swamps Of Raw Sewage In Streets of Central Gaza

– “Iran appears to have moved quickly to prevent a large increase in its most disputed nuclear stockpile, a new U.N. watchdog report indicates, in what may be an attempt not to undermine talks on a nuclear deal with six world powers next week.

– “Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said Friday that Afghanistan is reaching a turning point in maintaining the advances made by women in Afghan society and any future security agreement needs to respect the rights of women.

Asia & Oceania

– China will both ease the one-child policy and abolish prison labor camps

– Pew: “Will the end of China’s one-child policy shift its boy-girl ratio?

– “Caroline Kennedy takes up post as US ambassador to Japan

– “Voters in the Maldives will choose between their first democratically elected leader and the longtime autocrat’s brother in a presidential runoff on Saturday that comes amid international concerns that the tiny archipelago nation may slip back to strongman rule after long delays in the election.” [cont’d.]

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