Flashback to August 2013: member of UN investigation team taking samples of sands near a part of a missile in the Damascus countryside

Syria chemicals to be shipped for UK destruction in bid to dismantle illegal weapons stockpile

Britain is to destroy 150 tonnes of industrial-grade chemicals as part of the international effort to dismantle President Bashar al-Assad's illegal weapons stockpile.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, receives a report about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria from Ake Sellstroem

UN weapons inspectors confirm chemical weapons were used in Syria – and probably in several locations

Chemical weapons were used in Syria, UN weapons inspectors have said, and probably in several locations.

Nigel Farage smokes a cigarette and drinks a pint of beer as he takes a break in a pub during the by-election campaign for Eastleigh, Hampshire

Twitter trends 2013: Ukip tops the political lot

'Remember that trends don't give any indication of sentiment' Twitter warns

The News Matrix: Friday 6 December 2013

Militia fight fierce battles in capital

Albanian citizens hold placards during a protest against chemical weapons in front of Albanian Prime Minister's office in Tirana - the country came close to receiving the chemicals

Revealed: Private companies making a killing destroying Syria's chemical weapons

No country volunteered to perform the task, and there is money to be made from it, says David Usborne

OPCW: Albania rejects US request to host destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

Albania has refused a US request to be the location that hosts the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate arms from the country's protracted civil war.

Israel warns world powers of repeating Munich deal in Iran nuclear talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned it would be an “historic mistake” if Tuesday’s much-awaited talks in Geneva between Iran and world powers led to an easing of sanctions on Tehran. He also urged the international community to reject Iran’s offer to limit uranium enrichment to 20 per cent.

Bashar al-Assad jokes that he ‘should have won Nobel Peace Prize’

Syrian dictator tells pro-regime Lebanese newspaper that he should have taken the award which went to the global chemical weapons watchdog charged with disarming his country

President Obama welcomes Malala at the White House

Teenager met the president in the Oval Office as he signed a proclamation marking Friday as 'International Day of the Girl'

Nobel Peace Prize: Syrians ask ‘What peace?’ As deaths continue

The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile came amid a flurry of anger, with many Syrians incredulous that the prize could be awarded to the organisation so soon after chemical weapons were used against civilians in the country.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) building in The Hague, The Netherlands

The winner isn’t... Malala Yousafzai misses out as chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

Little-known watchdog gets Nobel recognition for work trying to rid world of chemical weapons – but critics point to recent genocide in Syria and claim award is ‘premature’ 

A car arrives at the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, in The Hague, Netherlands

Nobel Peace Prize for Syria chemical weapons watchdog

Nobel committee reveals OPCW as official winner one hour after the result was leaked by Norweigan public broadcaster NRK

An OPCW inspector at work in Syria on Tuesday

More chemical weapons inspectors on way to Syria

The chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog has said it is sending a second team of inspectors to Syria to expand its high-stakes, high-risk mission to rid the country of its poison gas stockpile.

Boys play on debris from damaged buildings in the Duma neighbourhood in Damascus

Syria's chemical weapons: The deadly serious challenge begins

UN-sanctioned inspectors have already begun to destroy Syria’s arsenal. But with as much as 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other neurotoxic agents spread across dozens of different locations, the task remaining is huge

Syrian crisis: Assad 'deserves credit' for agreeing to chemical weapons destruction, says John Kerry

US cautiously praises the Syrian regime for complying with UN mission to oversee the destruction of the country's chemical stockpile

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