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Russia says West has exaggerated chemical weapons threat from Syria

The West is aware that its’ claims about the threat from the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons does not stand up to scrutiny, the Russian government charged today.

Nato missiles to shield Turkey from Syrian chemical attack

Nato is to authorise the deployment of Patriot missile batteries to the Syrian border amid apprehension that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad may launch attacks using its stock of chemical weapons.

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When international diplomacy starts to sound like the set up for a 90s Sean Connery movie, you know there's trouble. The New York Times is in a tizz over Putin's decision to end a twenty year long relationship with the United States that saw American experts assist in cleaning up Russia's nuclear and chemical weapons sites left over from the cold war. Now, says an editorial, "the world must watch as Russia’s unsecured weapons and materials remain a temptation for terrorists of all varieties to buy or steal for use in future attacks".

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Syria secures its chemical weapons

The Syrian government has moved some of its chemical weapons capability to better secure it, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday, as rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad launched what they said was a "decisive" battle for Aleppo.

David Cameron and Barack Obama warn Syria over chemical weapons

Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama have agreed that the use of chemical weapons in Syria or even a threat to deploy them would be “completely unacceptable”.

Russia warns against West's intervention in Syria

Russia sent a warning to the West yesterday, saying there should be no unilateral intervention in Syria.

Shashank Joshi: How serious is Syria's threat to use chemical weapons?

The regime seeks to deny the West a reason for intervening and to raise the costs of doing so

Syria unleashes helicopters on rebels in Aleppo

With warplanes circling overhead, Syrian attack helicopters pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo today in an escalation of the battle for the country's commercial capital and largest city, residents and activists said.

Syria threatens to use chemical and biological weapons if faced with 'external aggression'

Syria has threatened to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, the first time it has admitted having weapons of mass destruction.

US: Syria moving its chemical weapons

Officials in Washington are privately warning that President Bashar al-Assad's regime has begun to remove parts of its stockpile of chemical weapons, including mustard gas and cyanide, from long-time storage facilities and move them around the country.

Japanese woman on run for 17 years relieved at arrest

A woman wanted for 17 years for allegedly helping to produce the deadly nerve gas used in a 1995 attack on Tokyo subways said she feels relief at her arrest because she doesn't have to hide her identity anymore, police said today.

Japanese cult member Naoko Kikuchi arrested for Tokyo sarin attack

One of the two remaining fugitive members of the doomsday cult behind the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo subways was arrested yesterday. Naoko Kikuchi, 40, who was a senior member of Aum Shinrikyo, was spotted in Sagamihara city. She is wanted for murder, and police say she acknowledged who she was.

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