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Syria chemical weapons monitors win Nobel Peace Prize
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal, has won the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Nobel Committee said it was in honour of the OPCW's "extensive work to eliminate chemical weapons".
The OPCW, based in The Hague, was established to enforce the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.
OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu said the award was a "great honour" and would spur it on in its work.
BBC:US ship detained by Venezuela in Guyana disputed waters
US ship detained by Venezuela in Guyana disputed waters
The government of Guyana says the Venezuelan navy has entered its territorial waters and detained a US-operated ship.
Guyana said the Venezuelan actions in the disputed Essequibo region constituted "a serious threat to peace in the region".
The ship belongs to Texas-based company Anadarko, which has been granted a contract to look for oil in the area.
Caracas has said the ship was operating illegally in Venezuelan waters.
BBC:Pakistan Taliban commander 'seized in US operation'
Pakistan Taliban commander 'seized in US operation'
US forces have captured a senior Pakistan Taliban commander, Latif Mehsud, in a military operation, the state department has confirmed.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf described Latif Mehsud as a "terrorist leader" and a "senior commander" in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
She gave no details of the operation.
She said he was a close confidante of the group's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, who this week gave a rare interview to the BBC about possible peace talks.
BBC:Libya PM Zeidan's brief kidnap was 'attempted coup'
Libya PM Zeidan's brief kidnap was 'attempted coup'
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said his brief kidnap this week was an "attempted coup", blaming his political opponents for the attack.
In a TV address to the nation, he said an unnamed political party in the congress was behind the abduction.
Ali Zeidan was seized from a Tripoli hotel on Thursday and held for several hours by armed militiamen.
He praised the armed groups that came to rescue him and later called for calm in the increasingly lawless country.
BBC:Ecuador abortion: President Correa threatens to resign
Ecuador abortion: President Correa threatens to resign
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said he will resign if the National Assembly decriminalises abortion as part of a reform of the Penal Code.
Mr Correa, whose term ends in 2017, described himself as a "left-wing, humanist, Roman Catholic".
He said members of his own governing alliance have been pushing for the change.
"They can do whatever they want. I will never approve the decriminalisation of abortion," he said.
BBC:John Kerry in Afghanistan for key security talks
John Kerry in Afghanistan for key security talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry has begun talks in Afghanistan, which are expected to focus on a stalled security agreement between the two nations.
Mr Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are discussing the deal which would allow the presence of US troops after the 2014 Nato troop withdrawal.
But disagreements remain over key issues, including how much the US would defend Afghanistan if it is attacked.
Mr Karzai has accused Nato of failing to bring stability to Afghanistan.
Reuters:G20 urges U.S. to act quickly to avoid default
G20 urges U.S. to act quickly to avoid default
Reuters) - Finance officials from the world's biggest economies on Friday pressed the United States to head off a potentially devastating default and vowed to proceed carefully when the time comes to normalize monetary policy.
A communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers said the United States "needs to take urgent action to address short-term fiscal uncertainties."
The U.S. government has been partially shut since October 1 amid a budget standoff between congressional Republicans and the White House. Republicans also have refused to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling.
Officials from around the globe have warned that failing to raise the debt cap would wreak havoc on the global economy.
Reuters:JPMorgan posts first loss since 2004, a blow to Dimon
JPMorgan posts first loss since 2004, a blow to Dimon
(Reuters) - Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co Inc's hard-charging chief executive, looked a bit more vulnerable on Friday after the bank took a $7.2 billion hit from litigation expenses and posted its first quarterly loss since 2004.
The loss is a blow to Dimon, who has long used the bank's steady profit as a shield to ward off critics of its mounting regulatory and legal issues. The bank for the first time said it has stockpiled reserves of $23 billion for expected settlements and other legal expenses.
In unusually humble language for a CEO once lionized on Wall Street and in Washington, Dimon said that the first loss under his leadership was "very painful for me personally."
JPMorgan reported a loss of $380 million, or 17 cents per share, for the third quarter. A year earlier it posted a profit of $5.71 billion, or $1.40 a share.
Reuters:Russia refuses to bail two Britons held for Greenpeace protest
Russia refuses to bail two Britons held for Greenpeace protest
(Reuters) - Two Britons held in Russia for a Greenpeace protest were ordered to remain in pre-trial detention on Friday, a defeat for the first of the many foreigners among the 30 detainees to seek bail.
Freelance videographer Kieron Bryan and Greenpeace activist Phillip Ball, who, like the others, face piracy charges, had appealed against an order that they be held through late November.
The court, in the northern port city of Murmansk, has already denied bail to four Russians held for the September 18 protest in which a Greenpeace ship was boarded by security forces close to an oil rig in the Arctic.
The piracy charges - punishable by up to 15 years' jail- appear aimed at sending a message that Moscow will not tolerate attempts to disrupt its development of the resource-rich Arctic that Greenpeace says could destroy a pristine environment.
Reuters:China criticizes U.S. for giving tacit backing to Philippines in sea dispute
China criticizes U.S. for giving tacit backing to Philippines in sea dispute
(Reuters) - China criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday for giving tacit backing to the Philippines' stance in a tense maritime dispute, stressing again that it rejects Manila's attempt to seek arbitration.
The Philippines, a U.S. ally, has angered China by launching an arbitration case with the United Nations to challenge the legal validity of Beijing's sweeping claims over the resource-rich South China Sea.
The United States has refrained from taking sides in the dispute, one of Asia's biggest security headaches, but has expressed a national interest in freedom of navigation through one of the world's busiest shipping channels.
Kerry told leaders at the East Asia Summit in Brunei, including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, that all claimants "can engage in arbitration and other means of peaceful negotiation".
Reuters:Analysis: Boeing's JAL loss may bring work back to the U.S
Analysis: Boeing's JAL loss may bring work back to the U.S
(Reuters) - Boeing Co's (BA.N) loss of a major Japanese airplane order to rival Airbus (EAD.PA) this week may produce a surprise U.S. benefit - bringing aerospace work home to U.S. companies.
Over the past 50 years, Boeing has increasingly outsourced large airplane pieces such as wings and fuselage sections. Its partnerships with Japanese companies carried the understanding that Japanese airlines would keep buying Boeing planes. The virtuous circle gave work to Japan's heavy industrial companies and helped Boeing keep Airbus largely out of the Japanese market.
But on Monday, Japan Airlines Co Ltd (9201.T) appeared to shatter the alliance by ordering 31 Airbus A350s to replace 31 Boeing 777s that it will retire this decade.
The $9.5 billion JAL deal is considered by some industry experts as likely to prompt Boeing to award less supply work to Japan in the future. Boeing would send that work to other countries, including the United States.
Reuters:UPDATE 2-U.S. Air Force fires general overseeing nuclear missiles
UPDATE 2-U.S. Air Force fires general overseeing nuclear missiles
Oct 11 (Reuters) - The two-star general overseeing the U.S. arsenal of intercontinental missiles was fired on Friday for personal misbehavior, the Air Force said, adding the matter was not tied to the readiness or security of America's nuclear missiles.
The removal of Major General Michael Carey from his job as commander of the 20th Air Force was the latest in a string of recent high-profile firings of top U.S. generals.
Just two days ago, the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear arsenal and space operations, was relieved of his post during an investigation into gambling issues. Last week, two Marine generals were fired for failing to properly defend a base in Afghanistan from a deadly 2012 Taliban attack.
The Air Force did not disclose what exactly Carey did wrong but provided a laundry list of things he wasn't being accused of, including sexual misconduct, adultery or drug use.
LA Times:iPhone 5s Users Seeing 'Blue Screen of Death'
iPhone 5s Users Seeing 'Blue Screen of Death'
A number of iPhone 5s owners are reporting that their new smartphones are displaying the feared "blue screen of death" (BSOD) after using certain apps, and then launching into a reboot.
The glitch appeared to primarily affect those using Apple's Numbers, Pages, or Keynote apps, but others saw the BSOD while using FaceTime, Safari, the camera, and other apps. In videos posted to YouTube (like the one below), the BSOD lasts only a second or two before the screen goes black, and the Apple logo appears, signifying a reboot.
"If I open a document in Numbers, then press the power button, the phone seems to power itself off almost instantly instead of just going to sleep," one user wrote on the Apple forums last month.
"I am having the same problem myself when using the pages app to open my saved resume and then trying to email it to someone," another 5s owner chimed in. "If i do that then go to open the notes app that I have a typed message I want to copy and paste in the same email, as soon as I paste it in the email the screen goes blue and restarts."