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Ahmet Uzumcu, OPCW director general, made the remarks Tuesday in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo.
His eulogy was the rhetorical highlight of a memorial service in which Africans celebrated Nelson Mandela's life with singing and dancing.
The secretary of state defended an international deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program to skeptical lawmakers.
In a year that has seen the U.S. and Cuba take steps at improving the relationship, the handshake stoked talk of further rapprochement.
More than 500 people have been killed over the past week in sectarian fighting, aid officials say.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament's lower house.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dissolved a state news agency dating to the Soviet era.
The Dead Sea has been rapidly disappearing for the past 50 years.
Iraq is experiencing a protracted wave of sectarian violence that has increased since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011.
By aligning with street protesters, the opposition Democrat Party is threatening to deepen the country's political standoff.
Jang Song Thaek was stripped of all his posts and expelled from the ruling Workers' Party at a meeting of its Politburo.
Nelson Mandela was remembered in old bedrocks of resistance to white domination as well as former bastions of loyalty to apartheid.
The country's main opposition, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, won power in all four closely watched states.
A Toronto study concluded that "healthy obesity" is a myth, with risks of death and disease rising as people become overweight and obese.
Thousands of Christians fearing reprisal attacks sought refuge from the Muslim former rebels who now control the country.
The opposition is organizing a gigantic protest rally for today.
A report appears to have told a different story than defense department officials indicated to Congress.
The U.S. appears to be changing its strategy to persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a security treaty.
His talk will contain proposals to strengthen defense relations with Gulf nations, according to a U.S. defense official.
Many fear sectarian violence after clashes swept through the capital this week, killing nearly 300 people.
President Barack Obama called Nelson Mandela's life and legacy a touchstone for him and an example "that all humanity should aspire to.
At least 52 people were killed in a deadly attack Thursday when militants penetrated the headquarters of the nation's Ministry of Defense.
Ronald Thomas Smith II, 33, a chemistry teacher at an English-language school, was slain as he jogged in an affluent Benghazi neighborhood.
The ambush on Muslim neighborhoods of Bangui came as the U.N. voted to send a contingent of French troops to try to stabilize the country.
The Chinese government has threatened not to issue or renew work visas for journalists from The New York Times, Bloomberg News and other.
The Steel City was Mr. Mandela's third stop in a weeklong tour of the United States in 1991.
An interactive timeline of key dates in the life and career of Nelson Mandela.
Ukraine's opposition set up a clash with the ruling party over a proposed Cabinet shakeup.
This comes at a time when there seems to be little progress in talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Those involved in the heist are at risk of dying from radiation; authorities don't think theft was part of a terrorist plot.
There were many who might have wanted Hassane Laqees dead -- from Israel to Sunni backers of the Assad regime in Syria.
A meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping apparently made no progress toward defusing the situation.
He produced shelves of serious books, a collision with a conglomerate that forced him out to stem losses and a late-in-life comeback.
He illegally coached her from the stands and was accused of mismanaging his daughter's millions in winnings.
The results contradict earlier findings by a Swiss lab, and mean it's still unclear how the Palestinian leader died nine years ago.
Ukrainian government survived a no-confidence vote, while protests against it continue in Kiev, the capital.
South Korea reported that the uncle had been stripped of his powers, apparently by the young leader he was to supervise.
Alan Rusbridger said the right to continue pursuing the story goes to the heart of press freedoms and democracy in Britain.
Vice President Biden arrived in Beijing early Wednesday, a day after criticizing China for trying to enforce its will on its neighbors.
News reports described the assault as among the most dramatic in the insurgents' campaign to create an Islamic state.
Viktor Yanukovich sought to reopen talks with the European Union about forging a closer economic relationship with the rest of Europe.
More than 30 Pittsburgh groups working to improve conditions in Haiti are partnering together to streamline help, share ideas.
Officials say country needs enough nuclear fuel for four more power plants.
Enraged by a violent crackdown by security forces, Ukrainians took to the streets with new, revolutionary urgency.
The ratcheting of violence spread fears that unrest could move beyond the Bangkok areas where demonstrations -- and violence -- have raged.
It said the number of "execution-style" killings surged last month even though the overall monthly death toll dropped in November.
On Saturday and Sunday, the committee that helped draft the charter held a televised voting session and approved its 247 articles.
If all goes as planned, a landing vehicle and the roving vehicle will reach the moon's surface in about two weeks.
A 50-member committee began voting on some 250 changes, the first step toward democratic rule in Egypt.
An increasingly acrimonious stalemate between U.S. officials and Afghanistan's recalcitrant president has made the prospect quite real.