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  • Updated: April 27, 2014 - 9:11 PM
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never again: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the opening ceremony of the Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Sunday. Netanyahu also responded Sunday to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ statement calling the Holocaust “the most heinous crime” in modern times, labeling the comments a play for public opinion.

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Syria

Weapons deadline narrowly missed

Syria missed its second deadline for the destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal, but it may be only days away from completing the job, according to international experts overseeing the process. The Syrian government had agreed to complete the destruction of about 1,200 tons of chemical agents by April 27 after missing a February deadline, but by Sunday it had shipped out or destroyed 92.5 percent of the arsenal, said Sigrid Kaag, the coordinator of the joint mission by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Guantanamo Bay

Cole bombing judge gives video testimony

The military judge in the USS Cole bombing case called a rare Sunday session of the war court to conclude a week of hearings with video-link testimony from a vacationing Army psychiatrist somewhere in the United States. The doctor, until recently assigned to Guantanamo’s clandestine Camp 7 prison for former CIA captives, was called to describe the medical treatment plan of Saudi captive Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, 49, days after an expert in treating torture survivors testified that Nashiri was a victim of mental, physical and sexual torture.

Libya

Gadhafi son goes on trial via video

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, facing accusations that he aided his father, Moammar Gadhafi, in the brutal suppression of Libya’s uprising three years ago, was not allowed to appear in court in person to answer the charges. A militia in the Libyan mountain town of Zintan has detained Gadhafi for 17 months, refusing to surrender him to the government. So instead, Gadhafi’s face was beamed via video link to the courtroom from a secret location.

C. African Republic

Last Muslims escorted from capital

Heavily armed peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic’s volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped by violent Christian militants. Within minutes of the convoy’s departure, an angry swarm of neighbors descended upon the mosque and dismantled and stole the loudspeaker once used for the call to prayer and stripped the house of worship of even its ceiling fan blades. Some people mockingly swept the dirt in front of the building with brooms and shouted “We have cleaned Central African Republic of the Muslims!”

Saudi Arabia

More deaths from MERS reported

Saudi Arabia reported eight more deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as the number of cases in the outbreak climbed to 339. At least 102 people in the kingdom have died from MERS since it emerged in September 2012, according to the Saudi Ministry of Health.

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  • Holocaust survivor Tzvi Michaeli and his grandson light a torch during the opening ceremony of the Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem Jerusalem, Sunday, April, 27, 2014. Israel's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust has begun with a ceremony marking 70 years since the Warsaw ghetto uprising. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

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