Chemical-claims inquiry urged

Obama doubts Syrian rebels used them, calls use a game changer

Posted: March 21, 2013 at 5:09 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syria’s government and rebels Wednesday demanded an international investigation into a purported chemical weapons attack, as the country’s feared arsenal became the latest propaganda tool in the 2-year-old civil war.

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South Korean banks, media hacked

Depositors leave after checking their accounts through automated teller machines of Shinhan Bank at a subway station as the bank's computer networks was paralyzed in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Police and South Korean officials were investigating the simultaneous shutdown Wednesday of computer networks at several major broadcasters and banks. While the cause wasn't immediately clear, speculation centered on a possible North Korean cyberattack. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea — Computer networks running three major South Korean banks and two of the country’s largest... Read »

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Karzai bends on order for forces to exit regi...

An Afghan Army soldier secures the hill overlooking the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Thousands of Afghans will celebrate Nowruz on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to mark the first day of spring and the beginning of the year on the Iranian calendar. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

KABUL — Afghanistan’s president on Wednesday relented in his demand for all U.S. special-operations forces to ... Read »