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U.S. hopes for U.N. vote on new Syria toxic gas inquiry next week

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to create a new inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Thursday she hopes to put it to a vote as early as next week. A previous international investigation, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), ended in November after Russia blocked for the third time in ...


North Korea denies chemical weapons link with Syria

North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday. State run KCNA news agency cited a spokesman at the foreign ministrys research institute of American studies arguing that the United States made anonsensical argument that it helped Syria produce chemical ...


Britain may join U.S. strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use proven
Source: Reuters

Britain may join U.S. strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use proven

Britain would consider joining U.S. military strikes against the Syrian government if there is evidence chemical weapons are being used against civilians, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. If we know that it has happened, and we can demonstrate it, and if there is a proposal for action where the UK could be useful then I think we should seriously consider it, Johnson told the BBC...


Russian TV airs video game as Syria war footage

A tribute to Russias armed forces on the countrys flagship news programme mistakenly used footage from a computer game to illustrate military action in Syria. Eagle-eyed viewers of the weekly Voskresnoye Vremya programme on state-run Channel One TV noticed that gun-sight footage of a truck being attacked was actually from the Arma-3 tactical computer game. Sundays report was a celebration of...


230 civilians killed in Syrian, Russian airstrikes in past week: U.N.

Syria and Russian airstrikes in rebel-held areas have killed 230 civilians in the past week in some of the conflicts worst violence that may also constitute war crimes, the top United Nations human rights official said on Saturday. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said his office had received reports including video footage of possible use of toxic agents on Feb. 4...


Syrian government warplanes kill 21, injure 125 in Eastern Ghouta: monitor

Syrian government warplanes conducted air strikes against rebel-held eastern Ghouta on Thursday, killing 21 people and injuring 125 more, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, reported. It said the warplanes pounded various parts of eastern Ghouta, a besieged pocket of satellite towns and farms located near the Syrian capital Damascus. There was no im...


Air strikes pound Syria's last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civilians

Warplanes launched heavy attacks on the two last major rebel-held areas in Syria, killing at least 29 people in the Ghouta suburb near the capital and choking people with gas in Idlib in the northwest, rescue workers and a war monitor said on Monday. President Bashar al-Assads government has vowed to retake all of Syria from rebels who have lost large swaths of the territory they have held in a...


Syrian rebels down Russian plane, kill pilot

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane on Saturday and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected from the plane. The Russian plane was shot down over the town of Khan al-Subl near the city of Saraqeb, close to a major highway where the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias are trying to advance. Syrias civil war, which is now entering its eighth year, has killed hundreds of thous...


Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military

Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about Ankaras offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fo...


US government shuts down
Source: Reuters

US government shuts down

The US Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the US government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. In shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Workers deemed essential, including those dealing with public safety and national security, keep working. After previous government ...


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