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Russia says UN chemical weapons watchog is 'off track'

New York - Russia's UN ambassador charged Friday that the UN's chemical weapons watchdog had been hijacked by politics and its mandate derailed after Moscow put forward a draft Security Council resolution on the OPCW.

Chemical weapons probe team to start in 'weeks'

Den Haag - A new chemical weapons investigation team with the power to assign blame for attacks such as those in Syria will start work in weeks, the head of the world's toxic arms organisation said.

Chlorine used in attack on Syria's Douma: watchdog

Den Haag - The world's chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that chlorine was used against the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma in 2018, in a long-awaited final report on the deadly attack.

Russia fumes after West blocks 'Novichok' list

Den Haag - Russia accused the West of "hypocrisy" Tuesday for blocking a proposed list of banned chemical weapons, including what Moscow says are Novichok agents similar to those used in last year's chemical attack in Britain.

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.

Iran failed to declare chemical weapons: US

Den Haag - The United States accused Iran on Thursday of failing to declare a toxic arms programme to the global chemical warfare watchdog, in breach of international agreements.

Russia warns of split in chemical arms body

Den Haag - Russia warned Tuesday of a split in the world chemical weapons watchdog after Moscow failed to stall the body's new powers to apportion blame for attacks like those in Syria.

Russia, China fail to block chemical arms body's new powers

Den Haag - Russia and China lost an acrimonious bid on Tuesday to stall the global chemical warfare watchdog's new powers to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria.

World powers clash over chemical arms watchdog's new role

Den Haag - World powers traded accusations of hypocrisy in bitter clashes on Monday over the global toxic weapons watchdog's new ability to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria and Salisbury.

Major powers set to clash as chemical arms watchdog meets

Den Haag - Global powers are set to clash next week as the world's chemical arms watchdog meets for the first time since it was rocked by allegations of Russian spying.

Chemical weapons body faces 'difficult moment', new chief warns

Den Haag - The world's chemical arms watchdog is confronting a "difficult moment" after a series of recent attacks and a Russian spy scandal, the body's new chief told AFP Tuesday.

Moscow to summon Dutch envoy over cyber-attack claim: agencies

Moscow - The Russian foreign ministry was to summon the Dutch ambassador on Monday after the Netherlands said it had foiled a cyber attack by Russians, state news agencies reported.

Dutch PM defends decision not to arrest Russian spies

Den Haag - Dutch agents decided not to arrest four Russians accused of plotting a cyber-attack on the world's chemical weapons watchdog because it was "not a criminal inquiry", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday.

Chemical weapons watchdog says target of growing cyber activities

Den Haag - The world's chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday it has suffered "increased cyber-related activities" since the start of the year, after a bombshell revelation that it was targeted by Russian intelligence agency hackers.

Dutch thwart Russian cyber attack on chemical weapons watchdog: intel agency

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence thwarted a Russian cyber attack targeting the global chemical weapons watchdog in April and expelled four Russian agents, the government said Thursday.

Britain asks chemical watchdog to extend Novichok probe

Den Haag - Britain has asked the world's chemical warfare watchdog to extend its help in probing the death of a British woman allegedly exposed to the Novichok nerve agent, the Hague-based body said Tuesday.

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.
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