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Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe in Syria: sources

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AMSTERDAM - The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources said.

UK police ask Muslim women to help stop youngsters going to Syria

LONDON - British police are asking Muslim women to dissuade young people in their communities from going to fight in Syria, the latest tactic by a European government worried about the security risk posed by youths radicalized by war.

World, 10:42am EDT

U.N. chief demands Security Council action on Syria

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded on Wednesday that the Security Council take action in Syria on violations of international law as he reported to the body that none of the warring parties was adhering to U.N. demands for aid access.

World, United Nations, 23 Apr 2014

Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees

UNITED NATIONS - Syria declared on Wednesday that it was looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials said they want the team to keep working.

World, United Nations, 23 Apr 2014

Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women

LONDON - British police will ask women to help persuade young people not to go out to fight in Syria, in a new campaign to stem an exodus which authorities fear could breed militants at home.

World, 23 Apr 2014

Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees

UNITED NATIONS - Syria declared on Wednesday that it is looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials say they want the team to keep working.

World, Russia, United Nations, 23 Apr 2014

Three charged in plot to ship chemical lab equipment from U.S. to Syria

WASHINGTON - Three men have been charged in a conspiracy to export chemical laboratory equipment from the United States to Syria, according to an unsealed indictment released on Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

World, 23 Apr 2014

Syrians' plight worsens, hope for political deal fades

GENEVA - Hopes for a political deal to end Syria's war are fading and it is getting harder every day to send aid to millions of trapped and displaced civilians, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said on Wednesday.

World, United Nations, 23 Apr 2014

First candidate for Syria's presidential election steps forward

BEIRUT - A Syrian lawmaker has nominated himself for president, state media said on Wednesday, the first candidate in an election likely to cement President Bashar al-Assad's rule over a country devastated by civil war.

World, 23 Apr 2014

Militants returning from Syria pose threat to Europe: Dutch minister

AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands warned on Wednesday militants returning from Syria posed a security threat to Europe and said two Dutch citizens had carried out suicide attacks in Syria and Iraq in the past six months and about 100 had fought in Syria in 2013.

World, Iraq 23 Apr 2014

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(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Fears of chemical weapons attacks in Syria

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) April 22 - Fears of a chemical attack in Idlib province follows an attack in Hama earlier this month that Syrian rebels and the government blamed on each other. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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