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Ridding chemical weapons of Syria to meet June deadline

Citing complexity, security and weather, the head of the joint UN-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission charged with ridding the munitions from Syria said Wednesday though the operation has been delayed,

Syrian chemical weapons disposal plan to be released next week: UN

 The plan for the destruction of all Syrian chemical stockpiles outside the country will be released on Dec. 17, a UN spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Final report on Syria's chemical weapons expected in early December: UN

 A UN fact-finding group is expected to present its final report on Syria's chemical weapons in early December as a number of samples from Syria are still being studied in designated laboratories, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said here Thursday.

UN Security Council okays plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons

 The UN Security Council on Thursday approved a plan proposed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon to eliminate Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.

Russian rebels in Syria 'pose threat to Olympics'

 Islamist rebels from the Russian Caucasus who are fighting alongside Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria could pose a serious security threat to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, analysts say.

Ban says Syria's chemical weapons can be dismantled without full ceasefire

 Syria's chemical weapons arsenal can be dismantled as quickly as possible, even without a full ceasefire, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.

Syria chemical arms deal 'not an end point', Hollande says

French President Francois Hollande warned Sunday a US-Russian deal reached over the weekend to eradicate Syria's chemical arms arsenal was "not an end point",

US military action would undermine UN: Putin

 Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any US military strike on Syria that circumvents the United Nations would undermine the global body and risk unleashing a wave of terror.

US pursues Syria diplomacy but guards threat of force

 The United States pleaded with President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday to destroy his chemical arms and scheduled top-level talks with Russia on a face-saving way to head off air strikes on Syria.

France seeks tough UN resolution on Syria chemical arms

 France, Britain and the United States on Tuesday pressed for a UN Security Council resolution to force Syria to destroy its chemical weapons in the face of tough Russian resistance.

Vietnamese lose billions of dollars on Syria news

 VietNamNet Bridge – The domestic assets markets have been fluctuating heavily amid the rapid fire news relating to Syria.

Obama, Assad go head-to-head in US interview duel

 Presidents Barack Obama and Bashar Al-Assad will go head-to-head in dueling US television interviews, as a crucial week dawns for the US leader's push for air attacks on Syria.

US stocks rise but Syria concerns weigh on market

 US stocks kicked off a holiday-shortened week higher Tuesday, but concerns about a possible US military strike on Syria cut into early gains.

Top US lawmakers rally behind Obama Syria plan

 Top US lawmakers began rallying behind President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria to warn the regime and nations like Iran that the world will never condone chemical weapons.

U.N. mission to probe latest chemical weapon incident in Syria Monday

 The U.N. chemical investigation team in Syria will start on-site fact-finding activities Monday in the Ghouta area on the latest incident of the alleged use of chemical weapons,

Chemical weapons in Syria a 'crime against humanity'

 The use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a "crime against humanity," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday, warning of "serious consequences" if their use was proven.

UN inspectors in Syria to probe chemical weapons use

 UN inspectors tasked with investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria arrived Sunday in Damascus as fierce fighting raged in the coastal heartland of President Bashar al-Assad's clan.

Russia gives UN forensic proof rebels used chemical weapons in Syria

A day after Syria invited United Nations chemical weapons investigators to talks in Damascus, Russia said on Tuesday it had forensic proof that rebels have used a "lethal" sarin compound and handed its evidence to the UN team for inquiry.

British PM says nothing more urgent than ending conflict in Syria

 British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday called for greater efforts to end the protracted conflict in Syria, stressing that "there is no more urgent international task than this."

Violence intensifies in Syria, UN says 60,000 killed in prolonged conflict

Violence intensified on Wednesday across war-torn Syria with reports of shelling in several areas and military showdown at a military airport in the north, as the United Nations put the death toll of the 22-month conflict at more than 60,000 people.