BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday reports that the United States was ready to go to war in Syria were exaggerated and he also reiterated his view that the Damascus government had used chemical weapons and could not regain legitimacy. "Some of the stories that have been out there publicly have gotten a little overcranked in terms of the idea that somehow the United States is preparing to go all in and participate in another war. What we want to do is end a war," Obama said. "We're confident that in fact the (Syrian) government has used chemical weapons. ...
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- China completes Internet, phone monitoring scheme for Tibet Reuters
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- Syrian rebels claim attack on Shi'ites in Lebanon Reuters
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- Radioactive element found in groundwater near Japan n-plant IANS
Tokyo, June 19 (IANS) High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope have been found in groundwater near the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, the plant operator said Wednesday.
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Pretoria, June 19 (IANS) Anti-apartheid icon and South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela Wednesday spent his 12th day in hospital -- with no official update about his condition.
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