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"Let's be clear, the United States did not watch, in real time, as this horrible attack took place. The intelligence community was able to gather and analyze information after the fact and determine that elements of the Assad regime had in fact taken steps to prepare prior to using chemical weapons." Shawn Turner, the spokesman for the director of national intelligence, confirming U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike.

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"As horrifying as Mr. Castro's crimes may be, the state has a responsibility to ensure his safety from himself and others." ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link in a statement saying the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has called for an investigation into the death Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro who commited suicide a month into his life sentence for holding three women captive in his home for a decade.

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"Israel is using the issue of security to take land. From the general discussions we had in the last couple of weeks, the Israelis have shown no intention to dismantle any settlement." A Palestinian official speaking on condition of anonymity in the first detailed glimpse at recently relaunched peace talks.