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US, Russia headed for clash over UN gas attack probe

New York - The United States on Wednesday was headed for a showdown at the United Nations with Russia over prolonging the mandate of an investigative panel looking into who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Toxic fumes force EU summit out of new HQ

Brussels - The EU said Wednesday it is moving this week's leaders' summit out of its new 320-million-euro headquarters into a neighbouring building after chemical fumes from the kitchen sickened several people.

Russia raises doubts about UN probe of Syria gas attack

New York - Russia on Friday complained that UN investigators who this week traveled to a Syrian airfield allegedly used to launch the sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhun did not take samples, a lapse described as "scandalous.

Toxic fumes sicken 20 at EU HQ, summit plans unchanged

Brussels - Twenty people were taken ill due to noxious fumes in the kitchens of the EU's new Europa building in Brussels on Friday but officials insisted a summit of the bloc's leaders at the venue next week will go ahead as planned.

UN investigators to visit Syria air base in gas attack probe

New York - UN investigators will this week travel to an air base in Syria that the United States and its allies say was used to launch the sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhun, diplomats told AFP on Wednesday.

N. Korea chemical arms a concern for peace: watchdog

Den Haag - North Korea's chemical weapons stockpile is a "concern for peace and stability" on the Korean peninsula and beyond, the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday.

Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW

Den Haag - Sarin nerve agent was used in an 'incident' at a northern Syrian village in late March, five days before the deadly attack on Khan Sheikhun, the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday."Analysis of samples collected (by the OPCW)...

Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW

Den Haag - Sarin nerve agent was used in an 'incident' at a northern Syrian village in late March, five days before the deadly attack on Khan Sheikhun, the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday."Analysis of samples collected (by the OPCW)...

Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW

Den Haag - Sarin nerve agent was used in an 'incident' at a northern Syrian village in late March, five days before the deadly attack on Khan Sheikhun, the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday."Analysis of samples collected (by the OPCW)...

US destroys old chemical weapons left in Panama

Panama - The United States has started destroying a stock of old, World War II-era chemical weapons it left in Panama decades ago, the foreign ministry said.

Syria govt behind sarin gas attack in April: UN probe

Geneva - United Nations war crimes investigators said Wednesday that they had evidence Syrian government forces were behind a chemical attack which killed dozens of people in Khan Sheikhun in April.

Syria govt behind sarin gas attack in April: UN probe

Geneva - United Nations war crimes investigators on Wednesday said they had evidence that Syrian government forces were behind the chemical attack that killed dozens of people in Khan Sheikhun in April.

EU sanctions 16 more Syrians over chemical attacks

Brussels - The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions against 16 more high-ranking military Syrian officials and scientists over chemical weapons attacks on civilians, a statement said.

UN-OPCW probe of Syria sarin gas attack comes under heavy pressure

New York - A joint UN-OPCW panel tasked with determining who was behind the deadly sarin gas attack in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun is facing heavy political pressure as it prepares to present its findings in mid-October, the head of the investigation said Th...

Mattis says Assad took Trump's chemical warning 'seriously'

Brussels - US President Donald Trump's warning to the Syrian government not to carry out a chemical weapons attack appears to have worked, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

US says Assad may be preparing chemical attack, warns ‘heavy price’

Washington - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing another chemical weapons attack, one that would result in the "mass murder" of civilians, the White House said Monday, warning the regime would pay a "heavy price" if it went ahead with such an assault....

Syrian forces used nerve gas in four recent attacks: HRW

Muhardeh - Syrian government forces used deadly nerve gas in Khan Sheikhun and in three other recent attacks, Human Rights Watch said Monday, describing a "clear pattern" of chemical weapons use that could amount to crimes against humanity.

Chemical weapons allegedly used 45 times in Syria: OPCW chief

Den Haag - Experts from the world's watchdog tasked with destroying chemical weapons are probing reports that toxic arms have been used 45 times in Syria since late last year, the body's chief said Friday.

Putin warns of chemical weapons 'provocations' to frame Assad

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned of future chemical weapons "provocations" in Syria to frame President Bashar al-Assad, just as Washington's top diplomat arrived for talks in Moscow.

UN council postpones vote on Syria resolution

New York - Britain, France and the United States on Wednesday held off calling a vote at the UN Security Council on a resolution demanding an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Syria to allow time for negotiations with Russia.

'Suddenly, she fell to the ground' — victims of Syria attack

- They collapsed one after the other. In minutes, Mohammad watched his mother, father and nephew fall to the ground, convulsing after a suspected chemical attack in northwestern Syria.

Iraq says no sign of IS chemical weapons use in Mosul

New York - Iraq's UN envoy said Friday there was no evidence that the Islamic State group had used chemical weapons in the battle for Mosul.

Chemical watchdog condemns VX use in Kim murder

Den Haag - The world's chemical watchdog Friday condemned the use of the deadly VX nerve agent in the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother last month.

Russian vetoes of UN resolutions on Syria

New York - Russia has now blocked seven UN resolutions regarding Syria since unrest erupted there in 2011, almost always with support from China.

US, Russia set to clash over Syria sanctions

New York - Russia and the United States were headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Tuesday as Moscow prepared to veto a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria.

US, Russia set to clash over Syria sanctions

New York - Russia and the United States were headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Monday as Moscow prepared to veto a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria.

Russia to veto Syria sanctions over chemical weapons

New York - Russia vowed Friday to use its veto to block a proposed UN resolution drafted by the United States, France and Britain that would impose sanctions on Syria for the use of chemical weapons.

UN likely to vote next week on Syria sanctions: diplomat

New York - The UN Security Council is likely to vote next week on a draft resolution that would slap sanctions on Syria over the use of chemical weapons but Russia is almost certain to veto the measure, a senior diplomat said Thursday.

UN-OPCW panel seeks names of Syrian commanders in gas attacks probe

New York - A UN investigative panel is pressing the Syrian government to hand over the names of commanders, military units and other entities suspected of carrying out chemical attacks, according to a report released Friday.

Fears of chemical arms use against IS-held area in Syria

Den Haag - A global watchdog raised fears Tuesday that chemical weapons may have been used in air strikes by Syrian regime loyalists near Palmyra, in an area controlled by the Islamic State group.
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