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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
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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...

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...

Baghdad bombings kill 14, wound 50
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Baghdad bombings kill 14, wound 50

The Latest on Iraqs Mosul offensive (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Iraqi officials say bombings in and around Baghdad have killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 50. Police say Tuesdays attacks targeted outdoor markets, Shiite pilgrims and anti-Islamic State Sunni tribal fighters. Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as ...

Mosul battle: Kurds launch 'large-scale' offensive
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Mosul battle: Kurds launch 'large-scale' offensive

Kurdish fighters say they have launched a large-scale operation east and north of Mosul, as an offensive to oust so-called Islamic State (IS) militants from the Iraqi city continues. The Kurds say the operation aims to tighten the noose around the militants last major stronghold in Iraq. The Iraqi army has been moving from the south, and special forces have now joined the offensive. There...

Nuclear terrorist attack would 'change our world', says Obama

The threat from terrorists trying to launch a nuclear attack that would change our world is real, President Barack Obama has said. The world has taken concrete steps to prevent nuclear terrorism, he told the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. But the so-called Islamic State (IS) obtaining a nuclear weapon is one of the greatest threats to global security, he added. More than 50 nation...

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