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Protect chemical weapons ban, watchdog's chief pleads

Den Haag - The outgoing head of the world's chemical arms watchdog has urged nations not to sacrifice a century of hard-fought efforts to banish toxic weapons for the sake of short-term political disputes.

No nerve agents but possibly chlorine used in Douma: watchdog

De Beek - The world's chemical arms watchdog said Friday it had found no evidence nerve gas was used in an alleged attack on the Syrian town of Douma, but chlorine may have been deployed.

No nerve agents but maybe chlorine used in Douma: watchdog

De Beek - The world's chemical arms watchdog said Friday it had found no evidence of nerve gas after an attack on the Syrian town of Douma, but chlorine may have been used.

Syria slams global chemical arms body's new powers

Damascus - Damascus on Friday slammed a decision to grant the world's chemical watchdog the power to identify perpetrators of attacks, ahead of results of a probe into alleged gas attacks in Syria.

Russia, Syria clash with West on boosting chemical watchdog

Den Haag - Britain and the United States Tuesday led a passionate call to halt the use of chemical weapons by empowering the world's watchdog to finger those behind attacks, triggering fierce opposition from Russia and Syria.

UK to push bid to give global chemical watchdog teeth

Den Haag - Britain and its allies lead a high-stakes diplomatic drive Tuesday to give the world's global chemical watchdog the power to identify those behind toxic arms attacks, setting up a new showdown with Russia.

Key talks to open on boosting world's chemical watchdog

Den Haag - Global powers will seek next week to take a historic step in the fight against chemical weapons by giving the world's toxic arms watchdog new power to identify those behind such attacks.

Chemical weapons watchdog to meet after UK call

Den Haag - The global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday it will hold a special two-day session in late June as Britain leads a call to boost the body's powers to fight toxic arms.

Chemicals arms watchdog wants attack perpetrators identified

London - The head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog said Friday his organisation needed a mechanism to identify the perpetrators of attacks, despite fears it could lead to accusations of politicisation.

OPCW confirms chlorine use in February attack in Syria

Den Haag - A global arms watchdog on Wednesday confirmed that chlorine was "likely used as a chemical weapon" in a February attack on the Syrian town of Saraqeb.

Russia slammed for 'stunt' bringing Douma residents to OPCW

Den Haag - Russia came under fire Thursday accused of organising an "obscene masquerade" by bringing a group of Syrians to the OPCW to back claims that there was no chemical attack on Douma.

Inside the mission to rid the world of chemical arms

Rijswijk - Michael Barrett has an old-fashioned flip phone. But when his hotline rings, he has three hours to ready equipment for experts on a dangerous mission to probe if toxic weapons have been unleashed -- again.

Britain accuses 'reckless Russia' of breaking chemical arms ban

Den Haag - Britain accused Russia on Wednesday of breaking the two-decade international ban on chemical weapons, at emergency talks on last month's poisoning with a nerve agent of a former Russian spy.

Global arms watchdog starts talks on spy poison case

Den Haag - Diplomats were holding emergency talks Wednesday on the poisoning of a former Russian spy, after the global chemical arms watchdog confirmed British findings that he was the victim of a nerve agent attack.

Russia has 'not tampered' with Douma site: Lavrov

London - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday denied that Moscow was interfering with evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria after Britain said international inspectors were not being allowed into the site in Douma.

OPCW starts emergency talks on Douma attacks: diplomatic sources

Den Haag - The global chemical arms watchdog on Monday opened emergency talks on the suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, diplomatic sources told AFP.The meeting has "just started," said one source as the closed-door talks went into session.

OPCW continuing mission into alleged Douma gas attack despite air strikes

Den Haag - Experts from the world's global chemical arms watchdog are continuing their mission to probe an alleged gas attack in Douma despite Western air strikes in Syria, the body said Saturday.

OPCW experts to begin arriving in Syria: Syria's UN envoy

New York - Two groups of experts from the OPCW chemical watchdog will arrive in Syria on Thursday and Friday to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in a rebel-held town, Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Jaafari said.

Britain calls for UN meeting on OPCW nerve attack findings

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to meet next week to discuss a report by the OPCW chemical watchdog confirming Britain's findings that a nerve agent was used in an attack on an ex-spy, the British ambassador said Thursday.

Chemical arms watchdog to meet over UK-Russia spy poison case

Den Haag - The world's chemical weapons watchdog said it would hold a meeting at Russia's request Wednesday to discuss Britain's allegations that Moscow was behind the poisoning of an ex-spy in England."The chairperson of the Executive Council...

Two to three weeks to analyze samples from Salisbury attack: OPCW

New York - The head of the OPCW chemical watchdog said Tuesday that it will take two to three weeks to complete laboratory analysis of samples taken from the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

The OPCW: ridding the world of chemical weapons

Den Haag - The world's chemical weapons watchdog was meeting Wednesday, at Russia's request, to discuss Britain's allegations that Moscow was behind the poisoning of an ex-spy in England last month.

The OPCW and Russia's alleged Novichok programme

Den Haag - Leaders of Britain, France, Germany and the US on Thursday published a joint statement condemning the poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month.

US, UK hit out at Russia as chemical watchdog meets on Syria

Den Haag - The United States and Britain accused Russia on Thursday of "denying the truth" as Moscow sought to rip up a report blaming Syria for a deadly chemical attack in April.

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)...

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.

Nations urged to 'banish evil of chemical arms'

Den Haag - World leaders on Wednesday urged all nations to help "banish forever the evil of chemical weapons," as the global watchdog warned decades of progress towards eliminating them was under threat.
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