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Alleged Syria chemical attack: Is the Idlib deal in peril?

Beirut - A 10-week-old truce deal in northern Syria looked as precarious as ever Monday after an alleged chemical attack, which has already drawn retaliatory raids despite its origins being unclear.

Chemical arms watchdog to 'review security' for Syria gas probe

Den Haag - The world's chemical watchdog said Monday it was reviewing security ahead of a possible probe into an alleged chemical attack in Syria's regime-held city of Aleppo over the weekend.

EU adopts new chemical weapons sanctions

Luxembourg - The EU set up a new sanctions mechanism targeting those who use and develop chemical weapons on Monday, as part of a crackdown in the wake of the Skripal attack.

Chemical weapons group confirms Novichok killed British woman

Den Haag - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed Tuesday that it was the Soviet-developed Novichok nerve agent that poisoned a British couple in southern England earlier this year.

Western trio warns Syria over chemical weapons use

New York - The United States, France and Britain on Tuesday threatened to respond if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons in its offensive to retake Idlib province.

Germany arrests Tunisian man over 'toxic substances'

Frankfurt Am Main - German police have arrested a Tunisian man after discovering "toxic substances" at his flat in Cologne, officials said Wednesday, with prosecutors not ruling out a possible terror motive.

What clues might chemical experts in Syria be looking for?

Beirut - After several days of delay, chemical weapons experts entered Syria's Douma on Saturday to investigate an alleged deadly chemical attack there on April 7.

UN security team came under fire in Syria's Douma

New York - A UN security team was fired at on Tuesday while on a reconnaissance mission in the Syrian town of Douma to prepare the deployment of experts investigating an alleged chemical attack, officials said.

France says Syria attack evidence 'highly likely' to 'disappear'

Paris - The French government said Tuesday that it was "highly likely" evidence would "disappear" from the site of a suspected chemical attack in Syria before weapons experts arrive in the area.

Chemical inspectors to begin work in Syria's Douma

Damascus - Inspectors from the OPCW chemical watchdog will begin their investigation Sunday at the site of an alleged chemical attack near Damascus, a senior official said.

At destroyed Syria lab, workers deny producing toxic weapons

Tal - Plastic gloves and face masks lay scattered in the rubble of a Syrian research lab destroyed by Western strikes on Saturday, where an official denied the centre was developing chemical weapons.

Syria, from 'chemical attack' to retaliatory strikes — a chronology

Beirut - The United States, France and Britain launched retaliatory strikes on the Syrian regime early Saturday, a week after an alleged chemical attack on an ex-rebel town, despite warnings from Russia.

Suspected Syria chemical attack: what we know

Birut - As Western leaders consider military action over a suspected poison gas attack in Syria -- with US President Donald Trump leading the charge -- chemical weapons inspectors are due to start work in the country on Saturday.

Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent in Russia spy case

London - The world's chemical arms watchdog on Thursday confirmed Britain's findings on the identity of a nerve agent used on a former Russian spy, which London has said involved the Soviet-made Novichok.

Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian spy

London - The world's chemical arms watchdog on Thursday said it had confirmed Britain's findings on a nerve agent used in an attack on a former spy last month, which London said came from Russia.

High stakes for Macron as France weighs Syria strike

Paris - In laying his integrity on the line over Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons, French President Emmanuel Macron might be playing for even higher stakes -- maintaining the landmark Iran nuclear accord, analysts say.

Why might Syria's regime have dropped toxic gas on Ghouta?

Beirut - Syria's regime has denied dropping toxic weapons on Eastern Ghouta, but analysts say they could have been used as a tactic to finally reconquer the last rebel enclave outside Damascus.

US, Russia headed for UN clash over Syria

New York - The UN Security Council will vote Tuesday on rival US and Russian draft resolutions in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria, setting up a clash as the threat of US military action loomed large.

Moscow to propose UN resolution to probe alleged Syria chemical attack

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow will propose a UN resolution to investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, after Russia rejected a similar move from the United States.

'World must see justice done' in Syria: Haley

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday urged the United Nations Security Council to act following the latest alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, warning the United States was ready to respond.

Russia, US headed for clash at UN over Syria gas attacks probe

New York - The UN Security Council weighed whether to hold a vote Tuesday on a US proposal to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting up a clash with Russia, which could decide to veto the measure, diplomats said.

Syria 'chemical attack': what we know

Beirut - An alleged chemical attack in Syria's rebel-held Douma has sparked international outrage, with Washington warning Sunday of possible military action, while Damascus and Moscow said the reports were mere "fabrications".- What happened?

One year on, West vows Assad will pay for sarin attack

Washington - A year after the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun was attacked with sarin, the United States and its European allies vowed that Bashar al-Assad will be held to account.

Syrian survivors of sarin attack grieve one year on

Muhardeh - On his wedding anniversary on Wednesday, 29-year-old Syrian Abdulhamid Yusuf will have nothing to mark but a chemical attack that killed his wife and two baby children.

OPCW probing 'several' chemical attacks in Syria's Ghouta

New York - The OPCW global watchdog has received several allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria's Eastern Ghouta enclave but a thorough investigation of these claims will be difficult, the head of the organisation said Tuesday.

France, US 'will not tolerate impunity' on Syria chemical weapons

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and his US counterpart Donald Trump vowed there would be "no impunity" in the event of further chemical weapons use in Syria in a telephone call Friday.

US makes new push for UN Syria chemical weapons probe

New York - The United States is asking the UN Security Council to set up a new inquiry of chemical weapons attacks in Syria following reports of suspected chlorine use in Eastern Ghouta, according to a draft resolution obtained by AFP on Thursday.

France threatens Syria strikes if chemical attacks proven

Paris - France will launch strikes if proof emerges that the Syrian regime has used banned chemical weapons against its civilians, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.

France will 'strike' if proven Syria used chemical arms: Macron

Paris - France will launch attacks if proof emerges that the Syrian regime has used banned chemical weapons against its civilians, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.

Macron and Trump's 'red lines' in Syria being tested

Paris - Barack Obama famously had one, while Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron clearly set out their own. But their "red lines" over the use of chemical weapons in the Syria conflict are now being tested.
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