World Bulletin/News Desk
Allegations that Syrian government forces have used toxic chemicals are false, Russia said on Friday, and accused President Bashar al-Assad's foes of fabricating such claims to provoke foreign military intervention.
"Accusations against government forces of supposed cases of the use of poisonous chemicals continue to be fabricated," the Russian Foreign Ministry said, apparently referring to reports of chlorine gas attacks.
"The latest anti-Syrian chemical hysteria makes one wonder about the true aims of its initiators, who have not stopped their attempts to find a pretext for military intervention in Syria," the ministry said in a statement.
Russia has given Assad crucial support during the civil war in Syria. Moscow backed the Syrian government's denial that it was behind a devastating sarin gas attack last August, but also initiated a deal for Syria to abandon its toxic chemical stockpile in a move that averted potential U.S. air strikes.
The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing Syria's chemical disarmament, which is supposed to be complete by the end of June, is considering launching a fact-finding mission to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources told Reuters on Thursday.
The detainees include two leading members of Palestinian Hamas movement who have been arrested from Ramallah, according to a statement by the Israeli army.
US president says there is no reason to destroy communities in protest but he understands the frustration.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala opens summit of South Asia leaders with call for regional cooperation as the summit was undermined by traditional bickering between rivals Pakistan and India.
A grand jury decided on Monday not to indict Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, after he stopped him for jaywalking in August.
Critics of the coup had largely gone to ground following an army crackdown aimed at silencing dissenters. Those who express disagreement face a possible two-year prison term
Moscow reiterated its readiness to host Syria peace talks but it is far from clear who would represent the opposition.
Germany, the Netherlands and Britain have been hit this month by the H5N8 bird flu strain which has devastated flocks in Asia, mainly South Korea, earlier this year but has never been detected in humans
Healthcare workers have repeatedly gone on strike in Liberia and Sierra Leone over pay and dangerous working conditions
The Houthis have become the main political force in Western-allied Yemen since capturing the capital in late September.
SAARC summits bring together leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Despite the beefed up military presence in Ferguson, a police car was torched near City Hall as darkness fell, and police fired smoke bombs and tear gas to scatter protesters
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told reporters at the conclusion of a two-day visit to Cuba that he requested that the 12 "be authorized to travel outside of Cuba."
Gnassingbe is currently on a three-day visit to Ghana for talks aimed at strengthening bilateral and trade relations.
A crucial week for Colombian peace talks amidst hostage liberations and rebel attacks.
George Galloway says that the wave of calls in European parliaments for recognizing the state of Palestine had its roots in 1982, when the Sabra and Shatila massacre took place during Israel's bloody invasion of Lebanon.
Amnesty International named the man as Osama al-Najjar, and said the "charade of a trial" showed what it called the authorities' intolerance of dissent.