The United States plans to keep its arsenal of chemical weapons for many years to come, as it seeks to extend the deadline set by the international Chemical Weapons Convention. The US has asked for a decade-long extension to the convention deadline which obliges signatory-states to dismantle their chemical weapons by the end of April 2012. Iran, as one of the main victims of chemical weapons, says the US will be found in non-compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention and has called on Washington to abide by international law.

Al Jazeera 2011-11-25: Security forces are said to have killed a senior military commander of India’s Maoist rebels in the country’s eastern jungle, the Indian government has said. Koteshwar Rao, known as Kishenji, had fought a three-year battle with the state governments of West Bengal and Jharkhand. According to the government, he was shot dead after a 30-minute gunfight in the Burisole forests of West Midnapore district, 10km from the Bengal-Jharkhand border. Kishenji was known to be the third in command of the Maoist guerrillas and would be the latest in a series of senior leaders of the movement..

New Zealand Herald 2011-11-23: International donors have been accused of turning a blind eye to the corrupt fire sale of the mineral wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo in advance of next week’s election in the blighted Central African nation. Documents disclosed by a British MP indicate that the DRC, one of the poorest countries in the world, has lost US$5.5 billion ($7.3 billion) in state assets in a series of secret mining deals.
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