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  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, destroyed weapons and ammunitions carried by Syrian rebels like at the site after they were killed by Syrian government forces according to SANA, near the Otaiba area, near Damascus, Syria, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Syrian government troops on Friday ambushed rebels near the capital, Damascus, killing at least 40 opposition fighters, state media reported. The ambush was part of the military's offensive against rebel strongholds around President Bashar Assad's seat of power. (AP Photo/SANA)

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, destroyed weapons and ammunitions carried by Syrian rebels like at the site after they were killed by Syrian government forces according to SANA, near the Otaiba area, near Damascus, Syria, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Syrian government troops on Friday ambushed rebels near the capital, Damascus, killing at least 40 opposition fighters, state media reported. The ambush was part of the military's offensive against rebel strongholds around President Bashar Assad's seat of power. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • An Afghan shopkeeper cleans his shop after a roadside bomb explosion went off on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. An Afghan official and witnesses say a roadside bomb, apparently targeting a group of soldiers, has killed a civilian in a market in the capital Kabul, the bomb went off Sunday as soldiers and officers for their vehicle to take them toward their work place. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    An Afghan shopkeeper cleans his shop after a roadside bomb explosion went off on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. An Afghan official and witnesses say a roadside bomb, apparently targeting a group of soldiers, has killed a civilian in a market in the capital Kabul, the bomb went off Sunday as soldiers and officers for their vehicle to take them toward their work place. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, destroyed weapons and ammunitions carried by Syrian rebels like at the site after they were killed by Syrian government forces according to SANA, near the Otaiba area, near Damascus, Syria, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Syrian government troops on Friday ambushed rebels near the capital, Damascus, killing at least 40 opposition fighters, state media reported. The ambush was part of the military's offensive against rebel strongholds around President Bashar Assad's seat of power. (AP Photo/SANA)
  • An Afghan shopkeeper cleans his shop after a roadside bomb explosion went off on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. An Afghan official and witnesses say a roadside bomb, apparently targeting a group of soldiers, has killed a civilian in a market in the capital Kabul, the bomb went off Sunday as soldiers and officers for their vehicle to take them toward their work place. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Syria

Watchdog: Chemical weapon details filed

Syria has filed details of its poison gas and nerve agent program and an initial plan to destroy it to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, the organization said yesterday.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement that Syria completed its declaration as part of a strict and ambitious timeline that aims to eliminate the lethal stockpile by mid-2014.

Israel agrees to let out Palestinian prisoners

Israel agreed yesterday to release 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that led to the resumption of Mideast peace talks.

The Cabinet vote set into motion the second leg of prisoner releases agreed upon before Israel and the Palestinians renewed long-frozen peace negotiations in August.

Iraq

Car bombs kill at least 40 in Baghdad

Nearly two years after the U.S. troop withdrawal, Iraq is in the midst of a deepening security crisis as an al-Qaida affiliate wages a relentless campaign of attacks, sending the death toll soaring to its highest level since 2008.

In the latest violence, nine car bombs tore through markets and police checkpoints in Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 40 people.

More than 5,300 Iraqis have been killed this year.

South Dakota

Ranchers vow to
survive cattle disaster

Western South Dakota ranchers have buried the tens of thousands of cattle that died in an early October blizzard. Now they are figuring out how to dig themselves out of a financial hole after many lost a quarter or more of their herds.

The ranchers are meeting with bankers and may get low-interest government loans.

A relief fund has collected $400,000 in donations, and ranchers from Montana plan to give cattle to South Dakota ranchers.

Congress is working to pass a farm bill that would reinstate a livestock disaster program that could reimburse ranchers for some of their loss.

Monitor wire reports

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