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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’
Nobel committee reveals OPCW as official winner one hour after the result was leaked by Norweigan public broadcaster NRK
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.
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
Fighter jets were preparing for scheduled take off when President Hollande took 'stunning' call from US telling him to hold fire
Three cases suspected after regime’s strike on outskirts of Damascus on 21 August that prompted US threat of military action
Staring delegates at the General Assembly in the face this week is a crisis at the heart of the UN system, namely the sclerosis besetting the 15-member Security Council as demonstrated vividly by its inability to respond so far to the civil war in Syria. Not a few among them are taking notice.
Leaders of US and Iran haven't had face-to-face contact in more than 30 years
Foreign Minister Lavrov remains at odds with French over culpability for deaths
UN concludes sarin gas used in conditions ‘designed to cause maximum suffering’
A report by a chief UN weapons inspector confirms that sarin gas was used in Syria ‘on a relatively large scale’, but does not list a responsible party
In a dramatic breakthrough during US-Russian talks, Syria has been given a week to account for all chemical weapons and let inspectors in
Commission's four independent experts are also investigating nine more suspected mass killings since March
France’s scheme gives Assad a 15-day time limit before risking the use of force, while Russia says it will discuss its proposals with the US on Thursday
PM fears plan to move Syria’s chemical weapons to internationally controlled sites inside the country could be 'delaying tactics' to buy time for Assad regime
Proposal wins support from UN Secretary General and adds new and unexpected dimension to the situation