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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

UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security is trying to make arrangements for fact-finding experts to travel to Douma 'at the earliest possible time'

Russia, U.S. headed for clash at UN over Syria gas attacks probe

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) The US push for a new inquiry comes amid heightened tensions over possible US military action in Syria, with President Donald Trump saying 'major decisions' would be taken within 48 hours

UNITED NATIONS. A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

The week in photos: January 20-26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek perform during the Gala Exhibition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) It is the 11th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action targeting its ally Syria

A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN

Japan in UN bid to save Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Japan presents a draft resolution that would give the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) another 30 days as the United States and Russia work to reach a compromise on the future of the panel

ATTACK. A picture taken on April 4, 2017 shows destruction at a hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Russia wants UN report on Syria sarin attack shelved

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The draft resolution circulated to the UN Security Council also calls for a 6-month extension of the UN-led panel tasked with identifying who is behind chemical attacks in Syria's 6-year war

ON SARIN ATTACK. Russian Foreign Ministry's security and disarmament department head Mikhail Ulyanov (R) along with other attendees hold a briefing to present analysis of the report by UN investigators which blamed a sarin gas attack in Syria's Khan Sheikhun on Bashar al-Assad's regime, in Moscow on November 2, 2017. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

UN report blames gas attack on Syrian regime

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:16 PM

The expert panel's report and tough remarks by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson overshadows the announcement that UN-sponsored peace talks will resume next month

ATTACK. A picture taken on April 4, 2017 shows destruction at a hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Sarin: Lethal nerve gas that kills in minutes

Apr 07, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Inhaled or absorbed through the skin the gas kills by crippling the respiratory center of the central nervous system and paralyzing the muscles around the lungs

U.S. threatens military response to Syria 'chemical' attack

Apr 07, 2017 - 7:50 AM

An American decision to strike the regime in Damascus could hinge on the outcome of a Security Council vote on a Western resolution on the attack that could face a Russian veto

MILITARY RESPONSE. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vows an 'appropriate response' to the attack in Khan Sheikhun in rebel-held Idlib province, whose victims included 27 children. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Putin calls Syria chem use claims 'nonsense'

Aug 31, 2013 - 8:16 PM

UPDATED After the US releases an intelligence report Russian President Vladimir Putin reacts for the first time publicly asking the US to show proof to the UN

NONSENSE. Russian President Vladimir Putin asks the United States to present their proof to the United Nations. Photo by EPA/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

Syria attack 'imminent'

Aug 31, 2013 - 4:40 PM

2nd UPDATE A military attack is expected at any moment says a security official Hours before the declaration UN experts probing a suspected gas attack blamed on the regime leave Syria