Nuclear Talks with Iran Described as 'Substantive,' 'Forward-Looking'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_0deac0162b.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (GENEVA) -- Two days of talks in Geneva between Iran, the U.S. and five other nations regarding Tehran’s nuclear program were described Wednesday as “substantive” and “forward-looking.” The descriptions were included in a joint statement released by Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief for the European Union.

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Inspectors Have Visited 11 Chemical Weapons Sites in Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_cfe5d1498c.jpgEvert-Jan Daniels/AFP/Getty Images (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Inspectors for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have now conducted verification activities at a total of 11 chemical weapons sites in Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has identified over 20 sites where an estimated 1,000 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve gas were produced.

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Divers Remove Giant Meteorite from Russian Lake

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_65df92a4cd.jpgAFP/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Divers in Russia have removed a half-ton, five-foot-wide meteorite that plunged into a lake earlier this year when a fiery meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia, a sky event that was captured by numerous video cameras. Sergey Zamozdra, an associate professor at Chelyabinsk State University, told the Interfax news agency, “The preliminary examination...shows that this is really a fraction of the Chelyabinsk meteorite."

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Study Claims 460,000 Iraqis Died During War

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_73138c9963.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A new study that is certain to generate controversy puts the death toll from the Iraq war that lasted from 2003 through 2011 at around 460,000. The figures were compiled by researchers from the U.S., Canada and Iraq and is based on two different surveys of 2,000 Iraqi households located in 100 regions of the country.

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New Talks with Iran Start Off the Same but Different

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d8e8fbcd81.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (GENEVA) -- The resumption of negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear program began in Geneva Tuesday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif making a proposal that still might not be agreeable to the U.S. and five other nations attending the talks. While specific details weren't revealed, it's believed that Iran wants to continue enriching uranium, while insisting its nuclear ambitions are of a peaceful nature.

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