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June 27, 2018 5:40 PM Global chemical weapons watchdog gets authority to assign blame for illegal attacks

BRUSSELS — Member nations of the global chemical weapons watchdog voted Wednesday to give the organization the authority to apportion blame for illegal attacks, expanding its powers following a bitter dispute pitting between Britain and its western allies against Russia and Syria. The 82-24 vote provided the necessary two-thirds majority to enlarge the purview 14

June 23, 2018 10:05 PM Syrian children's choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Tang says most of the choir members immigrated to Canada within the last two years, and some parents worried that travel documents from their home country would raise red flags under a U.S. policy that bans travellers from five majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. It also affects two non-Muslim countries, blocking travellers 11

June 13, 2018 4:52 PM Chemical watchdog says Sarin, chlorine likely used in Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The global chemical weapons watchdog says the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were “very likely” used as weapons in two attacks in central Syria in late March 2017. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Wednesday that its Fact-Finding Mission probing alleged attacks in Syria found that “sarin 8

May 29, 2018 8:23 PM Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko shot and killed in Ukraine

In Moscow, officials and lawmakers criticized Ukrainian authorities for their alleged failure to protect journalists. Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Kremlin Human Rights Council, said Babchenko’s slaying was a “clear provocation.” The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “bloody crimes and total impunity have become routine” in Ukraine 17

May 27, 2018 9:39 PM German anti-immigration protesters outnumbered

BERLIN—Several thousand demonstrators from across Germany gathered in the capital Sunday for a rally organized by the far-right Alternative for Germany party, with anti-AfD protesters lining the route in central Berlin. The party estimated that about 5,000 had turned out for its event. Previously, the party said about 1,000 would attend. Started as a euroskeptic 18

May 21, 2018 3:48 PM U.S. issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

Requirements include foreign-policy overhaul and cessation of all uranium enrichment The United States issued a steep list of demands on Monday to be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the deal scuttled by President Donald Trump and threatened "the strongest sanctions in history" if Tehran doesn't change course. Drawing sharp contrasts 32

May 17, 2018 6:26 PM French official says friend of Paris attacker faces accomplice charge

Khamzat Azimov, who was born in the Russian republic of Chechnya, killed one person and wounded four others with a knife. He was killed by police as he advanced on them, saying “shoot, shoot, shoot.” Molins said that Azimov’s parents, who were detained shortly after the stabbing spree, said they recognized their son in a video declaring allegiance to the Islamic 14

May 16, 2018 12:02 PM Chlorine likely used in Syrian town of Saraqeb, watchdog says

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—The international chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday that chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria’s civil war. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released details of a report into the chlorine 19

May 14, 2018 3:52 AM Indonesia police say Surabaya headquarters attacked

Attack comes day after 3 churches attacked by family of suicide bombers The police headquarters in Indonesia's second largest city was attacked Monday by suspected militants who detonated explosives from a motorcycle, a day after suicide bombings at three churches in the city by members of one family killed at least eight people. CCTV footage shows a car and two motorcycles 33

May 12, 2018 2:23 PM Where does Syria go from here?

The CBC's Margaret Evans reports from Damascus, accompanied by Syrian government representatives She took questions Saturday about the ongoing conflict and the country's future. The conflict playing out in Syria between Iran and Israel left 42 people dead this week, including 19 Iranians, according to a Syria war monitor. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory 30