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Lieberman:Syrian chemical weapons deal outcome is crucial

JERUSALEM, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The true test of the U.S.- Russian deal to have Syria dismantle its chemical weapons is in its implementation, a senior Israeli government official said.

"The arrangement with Syria is good for Israel, but the test will be in its implementation,"Avigdor Lieberman the former Israeli foreign minister and chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told Army Radio Sunday morning.

"The test has been performed and Assad has a very problematic record in every subject of reliability and good intentions. Only recently he was still denying that Syria held chemical weapons," Lieberman said.

Under the Geneva agreement drawn up Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad is required to hand over a map detailing the locations of the country's chemical weapons stash by next week.

"We will be able to verify or understand what Assad's intentions are in another week," Lieberman said. "Israel has a pretty darn good idea of what Assad has and doesn't have."

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More rain coming to Boulder, Colo., mudslides feared

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Emergency crews in Colorado braced for more storms as officials said more than 500 people were unaccounted for in flash floods that killed at least four people.

Officials in Boulder County said the forecast called for as much as 4 inches of rain Sunday afternoon -- something Sheriff Joe Pelle said "could be devastating," CNN reported.

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N.C. police officer charged in killing of unarmed man

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., police officer was charged with voluntary manslaughter Saturday after shooting and killing an unarmed man, police said.

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Christie pledges $15 million to rebuild burned boardwalk

OCEAN CITY, N.J., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Saturday pledged $15 million in state aid to help rebuild businesses destroyed in a fire along the Jersey Shore.

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Sen. John McCain hints at retirement

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain has hinted that he may not seek another term in 2016, because he doesn't want to become "one of these old guys that should've shoved off."

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North Korea seeking four-party nuclear talks

BEIJING, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A meeting between China's chief nuclear negotiator and North Korea's vice foreign minister is fueling speculation about resuming nuclear talks, observers said.

Reports indicate Kim Kye-gwan had a friendly discussion with China's Wu Dawei in Pyongyang Tuesday, prompting speculation the two sides are trying to restart six-party negotiations that stalled in late 2008, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

Last week a senior Chinese military official said he sees a chance to resume nuclear talks with North Korea, citing signs that tensions on the Korean Peninsula are easing.

North Korea has made overtures about four-party talks to both South Korea and Washington.

Choe Ryong-hae, the vice marshal of the North Korean People's Army, proposed "four-party talks" to China in May when he visited Beijing.

"Such talks are unlikely because there is no pledge from Pyongyang to take sincere steps toward denuclearization," a diplomatic source told Yonhap.

The source added: "The U.S. won't agree to hold such talks unless North Korea meets preconditions."

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Judge says stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A judge ruled Monday that the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy violates constitutional rights and called for federal oversight of reforms.

In her ruling, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, of the Federal District Court in Manhattan, said police officers stopped and frisked innocent people -- usually young minority men -- without any objective reason to suspect them of wrongdoing, The New York Times reported.

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