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April 21, 2018 5:25 PM Chemical weapons inspectors head to Syria to probe gas attack

The U.S. and Britain have accused the Syrian government and Russia of delaying the investigation in Douma to stage a cover up. Images that emerged from Douma in the hours after the attack showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths. Medical workers and activists in Douma at the time said at least 40 people 9

April 18, 2018 2:31 PM Chemical watchdog rejects Russia’s claim of 2nd nerve agent found in U.K. city where ex-spy was poisoned

Britain says Russia carried out the nerve agent attack by smearing a Soviet-developed nerve agent known as Novichok on a door handle at Sergei Skripal’s house in Salisbury. Moscow denies involvement. Britain’s representative to the OPCW, Ambassador Peter Wilson, slammed the Russian foreign minister’s comments as a breach of the treaty outlawing chemical 15

April 15, 2018 4:39 AM 'Completely accomplished': U.S. vice-president touts success of Syria strikes

Mike Pence stressed President Donald Trump made clear U.S. 'prepared to sustain this effort' Vice-President Mike Pence say the United States did the morally right thing when it attacked Syrian chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for an attack on civilians. Pence credited the strong leadership of President Donald Trump and U.S. allies for conducting 13

April 14, 2018 6:41 PM UN Security Council rejects Russia’s call to condemn U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria

The UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the United States and its allies against Syria on Saturday. The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but it also demonstrated again the paralysis of the UN’s most powerful body in dealing with the Syria conflict 10

April 2, 2018 5:00 PM Donald Trump made 16 false claims in that dizzying ‘infrastructure’ speech

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump was supposed to give a speech on infrastructure. Instead, he took his audience on a dizzying ramble-journey that covered everything from the war in Syria to the sitcom Roseanne. And he was highly dishonest along the way. Trump made 16 false claims during the Ohio address. He added five more over the course of the week for a total 16

March 30, 2018 10:26 AM Roadside bomb in Syria kills 2 coalition troops and wounds 5 near Turkey

Explosion occurred near town's security headquarters just before midnight, local official says The U.S. military said Friday that two coalition personnel were killed and five were wounded by a roadside bombing in Syria. The military did not say where the incident occurred but it came hours after a local Syrian official said that a roadside bomb has exploded 12

March 15, 2018 4:54 PM Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear bomb if Iran does, says crown prince

Saudi has put out tender for nuclear energy reactors Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if its arch rival Iran does, the kingdom's crown prince said in remarks released on Thursday, raising the prospect of a nuclear arms race in a region already riven with conflict. "Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed 42

March 6, 2018 11:15 PM Russian cargo plane crashes at Syrian air base, killing 39

MOSCOW—A Russian military cargo plane crashed as it was descending to land at an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 people onboard, the Russian Defence Ministry said. The Russian military said an An-26, with 33 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed just 500 metres from the runway. The military blamed the crash on a technical error 18

March 5, 2018 10:17 AM Aid convoy starts to enter Syria's eastern Ghouta

Delivery would be first to the region in nearly three weeks An international aid convoy crossed a final Syrian army checkpoint and began to enter the besieged, rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, a Reuters witness said on Monday. Separately, Ali al-Za'tari, a senior United Nations official with the convoy, told Reuters it would take "many hours" to offload 72

February 21, 2018 2:35 PM Syrian forces extend assault on rebel-held suburbs as new airstrikes kill 10

At least 260 people have been killed since Sunday night, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. BEIRUT—New airstrikes and shelling of the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said, adding 27