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GENEVA -- Syria is likely to miss its year-end deadline for getting its most deadly chemical weapons out of the country despite an international effort to mobilize the resources needed to do so, according to the United Nations and the international monitoring group overseeing the program.

Syria has until mid-2014 to destroy its chemical weapons program under the deal struck by Russia and the United States in September. To meet that challenging timetable, it agreed with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to remove about 500 tons of its most toxic chemicals by the end of this year and the remaining roughly 700 tons of chemicals in its stockpile by early February.

"At this stage, transportation of the most critical chemical material before 31 December is unlikely," the United Nations and the chemical weapons group said in a joint statement released Saturday. They said that volatile security in Syria had "constrained planned movements" and that logistical problems and bad weather had contributed to the delay.

The plan the group agreed to earlier this month called for Syria to transport the "critical" chemicals, including some 20 tons of sulfur mustard and precursors for making sarin and VX nerve gas, from 12 storage sites to the port of Latakia.

Cambodia opposition rally

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched through Phnom Penh on Sunday in one of the biggest acts of defiance against the nearly three-decade rule of Cambodia's authoritarian prime minister, Hun Sen.

The procession brought together protesters with a diverse list of grievances: Buddhist monks, garment workers, farmers and supporters of the main opposition party.

They were united in their calls for Mr. Hun Sen to step down.

In July, Mr. Hun Sen's party claimed victory in disputed elections that the opposition and many independent monitoring organizations said were deeply flawed.

Egypt military targeted

CAIRO -- An explosion hit a military intelligence building northeast of Cairo on Sunday, the second blast in less than a week to strike an Egyptian security installation. Four people were injured, the military's chief spokesman said.

Sunday's attack revived concerns that an Islamist campaign against security forces is expanding from the Sinai peninsula to mainland Egypt.

70 journalists killed in '13

NEW YORK -- At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Many of the deaths occurred among reporters covering conflict zones, but journalists in several countries were also murdered after reporting on sensitive subjects.

Bangladesh crisis grows

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A growing sense of crisis gripped Bangladesh on Sunday as the government closed most forms of transportation into the capital, arrested hundreds and barred the main opposition alliance from holding a protest rally.

The opposition coalition has demanded that the government step aside in favor of a caretaker administration to oversee the elections. But Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has refused to step aside and has said that the elections will be held as scheduled.


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