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Libya vows to dump WMDs

Libya's interim prime minister has confirmed the presence of chemical weapons and said foreign inspectors would arrive this week to deal with the issue.

Mahmoud Jibril said Libya had no interest in keeping such weapons.

"We would like to assure you that the new Libya will be a peaceful Libya and that it is in our interest to have no weapons in Libya," he said.

Last week, Ian Martin, the top United Nations envoy to Libya, told the UN Security Council that undeclared chemical weapons sites had been located.



Alert over gas alarms at home

Only a third of homes have a carbon monoxide alarm and only one person in five realises the gas can kill, according to new research.

The UK figures were highlighted by campaigners.

Christine McGourty of Carbon Monoxide -- Be Alarmed! said: "We are urging people to go out and buy an alarm -- but there are also two simple steps we'd like the Government to take.

"Firstly, building regulations should be amended so that new homes come with alarms already installed. Secondly, providing an alarm should be part of a landlord's annual gas safety inspection."



Germans plan minimum wage

German chancellor Angela Merkel's party is exploring the idea of a minimum wage for workers, abandoning its previous opposition.

The Christian Democrats were debating a proposal for a minimum wage before a November congress, said Peter Altmaier, the party's chief parliamentary whip.

Unions and employers in Germany's leading industries usually hammer out individual wage agreements.



Cyprus talks on reunifying

Negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders aimed at trying to reunify the divided Mediterranean island were "vigorous" and "productive", a United Nations aide said.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon met both sides for two hours at a secluded estate on Long Island, east of New York City.

He refused to comment on details of the talks.