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Big powers set to clash at chemical weapons watchdog

Nov 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague is the first since member states agreed in June to let it point the finger over attacks

OPCW. This picture taken on April 20, 2017 shows the logo of OPCW (The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) at the headquarters in The Hague.  File photo by John Thys/AFP

Experts take samples from site of alleged Syria gas attack

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:35 AM

Analysts say that if toxic chemicals were used, OPCW inspectors would still be able to find important traces in clothes, walls, rocks and soil in Douma, although their potency decreases with time

OPCW. The logo of OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) at the headquarters in The Hague. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Chemical inspectors await all-clear to begin work in Syria's Douma

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari tells a meeting of the UN Security Council that the team of experts will begin work on Wednesday, April 18, once they receive the all-clear from the security detail

DOUMA. The former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus is seen on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave. AFP/STRINGER

Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian spy

Apr 12, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Samples tested by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 'confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical,' says a summary of the Hague-based group's report

CHEMICAL. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2018, members of the emergency services in protective coveralls and breathing equipment cover ambulances with tarpaulins at the Salisbury District Hospital in Salisbury, southern England, on March 10, 2018, in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Russia ex-spy poisoning 'extremely worrying' – Chemical weapons watchdog

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:26 PM

'It is extremely worrying that chemical agents are still being used to harm people. Those found responsible for this use must be held accountable for their actions,' Ahmet Uzumcu director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, says.

AHMET UZUMCU. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), holds a press conference in Rome on January 16, 2014. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Russia slams watchdog probe of alleged Syria chemical attack

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:17 PM

We consider it unacceptable to analyze events from a distance says Russia s foreign minister in criticizing the OPCW

UN Security Council to vote on Syria gas attack probe

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The vote comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow to pressure Russia to reconsider its support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad

YOUNG VICTIM. An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack on April 4, 2017. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

U.S. warns of 'own action' after Syria chemical massacre

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Ambassador Nikki Haley: When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action

'HORRIFIC ACTS' Nikki Haley (center), United States Permanent Representative to the UN and President of the Security Council for April, addresses the meeting of the council on the alleged use of chemical weapons in an April 4 airstrike in Idlib, Syria, April 5, 2017. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Russia defends Syria against 'chemical attack' outcry

Apr 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

4th UPDATE The incident brings swift international condemnation with France and Britain demanding an emergency UN Security Council meeting and President Francois Hollande denouncing a massacre

Britain urges Malaysia to share evidence on Kim VX attack

Feb 28, 2017 - 10:55 AM

British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said information on the February 13 attack at Kuala Lumpur airport that killed Kim Jong Nam should be sent to the Hague based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Members of Malaysia's Hazmat team conduct a decontamination operation at the departures terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) in Sepang on February 26, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Syria calls chemical arms accusations 'campaign of lies'

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad speaking at an annual conference of countries belonging to the Chemical Weapons Convention says the accusations are part of a coordinated and repeated campaign of lies without evidence

UN extends Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 18, 2016 - 1:12 PM

The UN Security Council adopts a US drafted resolution to prolong the joint investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons until November 2017

Syria regime launched chemical attacks, ISIS used mustard gas – UN report

Aug 25, 2016 - 9:36 AM

A UN panel is able to identify the perpetrators of 3 chemical attacks carried out in 2014 and 2015 but is unable to draw conclusions in the other 6 cases that it has been investigating over the past year

ABOUT SYRIA. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, United Nations, New York, August 22, 2016. JC McIlwain/UN Photo

Will Syria gas attacks probe nail the Assad regime?

Aug 23, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Diplomats are hoping that the 24 member panel tasked with identifying those responsible for deadly chemical attacks in Syria will finally point the finger at President Bashar al Assad s forces

ABOUT SYRIA. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, United Nations, New York, August 22, 2016. JC McIlwain/UN Photo

UN watchdog finds traces of Syria sarin gas exposure

Jan 05, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The mission by the Hague based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW says it is investigating 11 incidents of the use of toxic chemicals reported by the Syrian government

A file photo dated August 31, 2013 showing the logo of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands. Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Syria denies using chemical weapons in civil war

Nov 30, 2015 - 10:55 PM

Damascus rebuttal comes amid accusations it is not transparent with the world s chemical watchdog

In this file photo, Syrian men inspect the site of a reported Syrian government forces barrel bomb attack in the northern city of Aleppo on September 27, 2014 which killed at least one child. Khaled Khatib/AFP

Syria used chlorine gas in attacks – OPCW

Jan 07, 2015 - 9:35 AM

The UN Security Council discuss the report prompting a clash between Britain France the United States and Russia diplomats say

File photo EPA

UN chemical weapons team to return to Syria – envoy

Aug 06, 2014 - 8:33 AM

A team of chemical weapons experts will travel to Syria next month to follow up on Damascus pledge to hand over its arsenal

File photo EPA

Transfer of Syrian chemical weapons complete – Pentagon

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED The transfer of Syrian chemical weapons from a Danish container ship to a United States vessel is completed in an Italian port

DANGEROUS CARGO. Tug boats help to maneuver the Danish ship Ark Futura as it is docking in the harbor of Gioia Tauro, Italy, 02 July 2014. The vessel is carrying the final batch of Syria's chemical weapons, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said. Franco Cufari/EPA

Dozens killed in Syria, watchdog to probe chlorine claims

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The regime and rebels have blamed each other for using chlorine in at least one attack

ALMOST THERE. Syria's chemical weapons are due to be destroyed by June 30. A majority of storage and productions sites are now closed, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical and the United Nations. File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Syria has 8% of chemical material left – monitor

Apr 28, 2014 - 12:51 AM

The country misses a crucial deadline but the watchdog overseeing the mission is still hopeful a June 30 deadline for the complete destruction of the chemical arms would be met

Syria chemical handover nearly complete – watchdog

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:51 PM

Damascus had pledged to have all of its stockpile removed from the war ravaged country by Sunday April 27

ALMOST THERE. Syria's chemical weapons are due to be destroyed by June 30. A majority of storage and productions sites are now closed, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical and the United Nations. File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

March 'critical' for Syria arms drive: UN official

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:51 AM

The Syrian government blamed the delays on insecurity in the country where it is locked in a brutal war with rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar al Assad

ON GUARD. A Norwegian soldier standing guard on one of four Danish and Norwegian vessels deployed to bring Syria’s chemical agents to destruction, during preparations in international waters close to Syria, 29 Dec 2013. Lars Magne Hovtun/Norwegian Armed Forces handout 7 Jan 2014/AFP

Chemical arms watchdog split on Syria delays

Feb 22, 2014 - 8:15 AM

So far just 11 of Syria s 1 200 tonnes of dangerous chemicals have been taken out of the country

DELAYING TACTICS? An Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says the Syrian government puts effort 'into excuses, instead of actions' File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Syria to miss chemical destruction deadline: sources

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Syria will miss a UN backed June 30 deadline to destroy its chemical arsenal possibly by several months sources say

EU offers 12M euros to destroy Syria chemical arms

Feb 17, 2014 - 9:22 PM

The EU signed over 12 million euros to the OPCW to help pay for the dismantling of Syria s chemical weapons program

DISMANTLING. This logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. Photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Syria misses another chemical disarmament deadline

Feb 05, 2014 - 9:41 PM

500 tonnes of category two chemicals were supposed to have been shipped out of Syria on February 5

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Guus Schonewille/EPA

Libya says Gaddafi regime's chemical weapons all destroyed

Feb 05, 2014 - 6:54 AM

The completion of the disarmament process comes as the much bigger operation underway in Syria is seriously behind schedule to the mounting alarm of the West

Chemical watchdog to name Syria arms port on Jan 16

Jan 13, 2014 - 11:06 PM

Weapons from Syria set to be destroyed by June 30 will arrive in a port in Italy by the end of January

MISSION TO DESTROY. All of Syria's chemical weapons are set to be destroyed by June 30, 2014. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

First chemical arms material shipped out of Syria

Jan 08, 2014 - 7:13 AM

On the ground the head of Syrian Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra Front urge an end to four days of clashes between rebels and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

ON GUARD. A Norwegian soldier standing guard on one of four Danish and Norwegian vessels deployed to bring Syria’s chemical agents to destruction, during preparations in international waters close to Syria, 29 Dec 2013. Lars Magne Hovtun/Norwegian Armed Forces handout 7 Jan 2014/AFP

Watchdog picks up Nobel Prize, eyes total chemical arms ban

Dec 10, 2013 - 10:07 PM

The body tasked with ridding the world of chemical weapons picked up its Nobel Peace Prize in an Oslo ceremony and said it hoped the prestige would speed a global ban on the dreaded arms

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Guus Schonewille/EPA

Syria chemical arms destruction could start in January: OPCW

Dec 10, 2013 - 7:18 PM

OPCW says the destruction of Syria s chemical weapons could begin in late January depending on the security situation

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Guus Schonewille/EPA

Syria war crimes evidence implicates Assad – UN

Dec 02, 2013 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED The allegations came as Syrian rebels including jihadists captured the historic Christian town of Maalula north of Damascus

'WHY NOT RUN AGAIN?' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a television interview with journalist Ghassan Bin Jeddo from Al Mayadeen TV in Damascus, Syria, 21 October 2013. EPA/SANA handout

Chemical watchdog says US to destroy Syria stockpile at sea

Nov 30, 2013 - 7:54 PM

2nd UPDATE A ship operation will destroy what is known as priority chemical weapons the most dangerous of Syria s total arsenal

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

Syria chemical weapons could be destroyed at sea – watchdog

Nov 20, 2013 - 8:30 PM

OPCW: This possibility doesn t exclude the fact that member states continue to think about the possibility of destroying them on land

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

Chemical watchdog seals Syria arsenal destruction plan

Nov 16, 2013 - 8:10 AM

The most critical chemicals must be removed from Syria by the end of the year

ON A MISSION. Last October, inspectors from the Organisation of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to carry out a plan to dismantle the country's chemical weapons production sites. Photo from EPA

Watchdog meets on Syria chemical arsenal destruction plan

Nov 15, 2013 - 10:09 PM

The world s chemical weapons watchdog met to approve a final timetable for destroying Syria s arsenal by mid 2014

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 26, 2013 allegedly shows a UN inspector (C) listening to the testimony of a man in the Damascus subburb of Moadamiyet al-Sham. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE

Most Syria chemical arms to be destroyed abroad: Russia

Nov 01, 2013 - 10:39 PM

UPDATED The Chemical Weapons Convention bars countries from transporting their stockpiles to other nations But a UN resolution authorized member states to help transport the weapons stockpiles so they could be destroyed in the soonest and safest manner

Syria chemical arms production equipment destroyed – OPCW

Oct 31, 2013 - 5:54 PM

All of Syria s declared chemical arms production equipment has been destroyed ahead of a key Friday deadline

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

Syria to meet key chemical arms deadline – UN

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:23 AM

The UN leader stressed that the deadline should be met a mere 34 days after the 15 nation Security Council ordered the destruction

ON A MISSION. Inspectors from the Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrive in Syria to carry out a plan to dismantle the country's chemical weapons production sites. Photo from EPA

Two Syria chemical sites inaccessible due to war: watchdog

Oct 28, 2013 - 11:10 PM

OPCW inspectors are having trouble getting to two chemical weapons sites due to the war in Syria

ON A MISSION. Inspectors from the Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrive in Syria to carry out a plan to dismantle the country's chemical weapons production sites. Photo from EPA

Syria submitted chemical arms destruction plan on time: OPCW

Oct 27, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Syria handed over a detailed plan to destroy its chemical stockpile on time

Sweden to assist in Syrian arsenal destruction

Oct 24, 2013 - 10:08 PM

The country will help destroy Syria s chemical arsenal by providing an airforce unit and a Lockheed C 130 Hercules

ON A MISSION. Inspectors from the Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrive in Syria to carry out a plan to dismantle the country's chemical weapons production sites. Photo from EPA

Syria to submit chemical plan ahead of deadline: watchdog

Oct 23, 2013 - 10:16 PM

The detailed plan is the next step for Damascus under the terms of a US Russian deal to head off military strikes on Syria agreed last month which calls for all its chemicals to be destroyed by mid 2014

Deadly blast near Syrian capital as envoy pushes peace

Oct 19, 2013 - 5:58 PM

State media blamed the early morning blast at the entrance to the mixed Christian Druze suburb of Jaramana on terrorists the regime term for rebels

Dutch official to head Syria chemical arms mission

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:57 AM

Sigrid Kaag a UN assistant secretary general who speaks Arabic and has wide Middle East experience will head a joint UN Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons mission to destroy Syria s poison arms

Chemical watchdog says has checked 11 of 20 Syria sites

Oct 16, 2013 - 10:17 PM

OPCW inspectors have until June 30 2014 to complete the destruction of Syria s chemical arsenal

INSPECTORS IN SYRIA. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Wednesday, October 16, it has inspected 11 of 20 sites identified by Syria. This logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. Photo by EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

Nobel win hailed for little-known chemical weapons watchdog

Oct 12, 2013 - 1:47 AM

The international community on Friday hailed the OPCW s Nobel Peace Prize win as much deserved recognition for a group that has worked behind the scenes to rid the world of chemical weapons

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, October 11. This logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. Photo by EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

UN leader says Nobel win proof of chemical arms threat

Oct 11, 2013 - 11:01 PM

Ban also said that the Nobel Peace Prize award to OPCW should also be accompanied by a new push to get all countries to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention

Rappler Newscast | October 11, 2013

Oct 11, 2013 - 9:47 PM

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