Syrian chemical weapons set to be destroyed at sea
A plan has been hatched to destroy Syria's chemical weapons at sea using US Navy auxiliary vessel MV Cape Ray.
Industry sources told BBC Newsnight the plan will put a mobile destruction plant aboard that uses water to dilute the chemicals to safer levels.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has set 31 December as its deadline for removing the toxic substances from Syria.
So far countries have shown a marked reluctance to take on the task.
Albania and other countries rumoured to be the destination for the chemicals have insisted they will not take them, despite the international community agreeing that disposal was one of the most urgent security problems in the world.
Saudi nuclear weapons: US senator demands Obama action
A senior US senator, citing our Newsnight report concerning intelligence that Pakistan had made nuclear weapons that might be delivered to Saudi Arabia, has written to President Obama demanding he take action.
Senator Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, says that while efforts have gone into stopping the Iranian atomic programme "it is clear that must also be expended to ensure that other nations in the Persian Gulf do not themselves develop a nuclear weapons capability".
Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.
While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.
Why has NSA failed to keep its own secrets?
WASHINGTON: The past week has been a wretched one for the US National Security Agency (NSA), with revelations of large-scale trawling of phone call data in France and Spain, as well as of eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During these months, since thousands of files copied by former NSA contactor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden started leaking into the public domain, the US has been compared to an Orwellian Big Brother state.
Could Iran's phased plan defuse nuclear standoff?
GENEVA: So the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has made his PowerPoint presentation and we are now a little wiser about how the long running crisis over the country's nuclear program might be resolved.
As for the detail, even half way through day one of this two-day meeting with representatives of the international community that is not clear, what is though is the vital importance of timing and the need to show progress quickly.
Has Iran's President Rouhani wrong-footed the West?
Iran's new diplomacy has rattled many in the foreign policy establishments of the US, Britain, and France.
After President Hassan Rouhani's appearance at the United Nations general assembly last month and pledge "to discard any extreme approach in the conduct of our relations with other states", a wave of public expectation has led officials on both sides of the Atlantic to wonder how they might regain the initiative or at the very least avoid blame if little comes of it.
Devil in the detail of draft UN resolution
The shape of the United Nations Security Council resolution on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons is now clear, after a draft was agreed on Thursday night. So now we know its good points, its bad, and what was conceded to achieve compromise.
It is the Council's most important job to deal with threats to international peace and to put it simply, the idea of the Assad regime imploding and its chemical arsenal going adrift scared the wits out of Russia or China as much as it did anyone else.
What the weapons detail in UN Syria report reveals
To say that the United Nations' report on the alleged chemical weapons attacks that took place in the Ghouta area of Damascus on 21 August, claiming, according to various estimates, 200-1,400 lives, had been eagerly anticipated would be to put it mildly.
But although much has been clarified by the report, the UN team's terms of reference and the hectic pace of diplomacy since the field teams flew back to The Hague with their samples have blunted its language.
A fork in the road for UK foreign policy
The prospect of parliamentary opposition preventing the UK joining in US military action over Syria is a defining moment in British foreign policy. It poses questions both about the future of the UK-US alliance and the ability of the British prime minister to make war without a majority in the House of Commons.
To be clear, there have been important moments before when a British government has declined to take part in a US-led campaign. Perhaps the two most significant were former Prime Minister Harold Wilson's decision not to commit British troops to Vietnam and John Major's to give the 1992 intervention in Somalia a wide berth.
Egypt's grand negotiation under way
CAIRO: Inside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque stronghold of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ali Mosaleem, a 29-year-old volunteer, told us: "I am ready to give my life at any moment."
Outside, the government on Wednesday decreed that this protest camp and another nearby constitute a threat to national security, and mandated the Interior Ministry to remove them both.