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Swedish scientist to head UN Syria chemical weapons probe

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom to head the UN investigation into allegations that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

‘He is an accomplished scientist with a solid background in disarmament and international security,’ UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

It was not immediately clear who else would be on his team.Russiasaid recently that Russian and Chinese experts should be part of the investigation, butMoscow’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Russia would ‘most likely not’ be represented.

Labour’s one-time ‘PM in waiting’ exits politics


Former British foreign secretary David Miliband, once tipped as a potential prime minister, has said he is leaving politics to boost his brother’s chances of leading the opposition Labour party to victory in an election in 2015.

His departure ends speculation he might replace brother Ed Miliband as Labour leader between now and 2015 if his sibling falters. But the move was also seen as a sign he did not think it likely that Ed would win.

No walking away from terror in Afghanistan

by Subhash Chopra

Dealing with global terror spilling out of Afghanistan was the subject of a lively dinner debate at London’s Reform Club, organised this month by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne in association with The Democracy Forum. Speakers offered a variety of viewpoints on the causes and consequences of violence in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the USA, the retaliatory response in Afghanistan and the eventual role of Pakistan.