US Secretary of State John Kerry during the NATO news conference

John Kerry warns Nato to plan for possible Syrian chemical attack by Bashar al-Assad's forces

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UN investigates possible use of chemical weapons in Syria

The United Nations will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has announced.

Both sides in Syrian civil war claim chemical weapons were used on them

The Syrian regime and rebels have traded accusations over the use of chemical weapons, allegations that if proven could force the West towards a more robust military intervention.

'Poison gas used in Syria attack' but government and rebels blame each other

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Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, said the group would not use chemical weapons

Israeli air strikes reportedly hit targets on Syria-Lebanon border amid Hezbollah chemical weapons concerns

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Britain and US fear Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of extreme Islamist groups

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Burmese government admits air strikes in northern Kachin state

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Exclusive: UK military in talks to help Syria rebels

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Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons

Bashar’s father Hafez al-Assad was brutal but never used chemical arms. And do you know which was the first army to use gas in the Middle East?

Use of poison gas would be an outrage, warns UN

Several Western countries have this week warned President Bashar al-Assad not to resort to chemical weapons

Participants pose for a group picture during a meeting to form a new Syrian opposition group called the National Coalition of Forces of the the Syrian Revolution and Opposition

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The United States and like-minded governments are rushing to fund and legitimize a newly-formed Syrian opposition group amid fear that plans for a political transition are being outpaced by rebel military gains, US and European officials said.

Syria warned over use of chemical weapons

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged Syria's regime against using its stockpile of chemical weapons today, warning of “huge consequences” if President Bashar Assad resorts to such weapons of mass destruction.

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