Philippines seizes N. Korean vessel
MANILA • The Philippines said yesterday that it had impounded a North Korean vessel in response to tough new United Nations sanctions introduced after Pyongyang's recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
Aid reaches battle zone near Damascus
BEIRUT • Humanitarian aid on Friday reached areas near the Syrian capital Damascus where fighting has been going on between rebels and government forces, but opposition groups said not enough aid was getting through. The Turkish President has, meanwhile, suggested building a new city in northern Syria to house some of the millions of refugees.
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US wants errant UN troops sent back
UNITED NATIONS • The United States announced on Friday that it was pushing the UN Security Council to call for repatriation of peacekeepers if there is a pattern of sexual crimes by troops of a certain nationality or if a country fails to probe accusations. The UN reported 99 allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse against UN staff members last year.
Feed infants peanuts 'to avoid allergies'
MIAMI • Feeding infants small amounts of mashed-up peanuts may help them avoid developing allergies, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.