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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.
Draft law on the autonomous Muslim region was submitted to Aquino after months of negotiations between the government and MILF rebels.
The convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for a week because Ukraine is worried that it could be used to deliver military supplies to pro-Russian separatists
Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has had a rapid rise to political prominence and is now leading demands for the resignation of Pakistan's prime minister.
Several families packed up to escape the fighting, which lasted for hours, residents said.
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Chief of the Defense Staff General Rudy Ortiz and the four others had gone to inspect military installations when the Bell 206 helicopter came down in thick cloud
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Qin's statement came after a prominent Chinese newspaper, the state-run Global Times tabloid, said Australia should be taught a lesson.
A rise in the number of foreign assisted suicides has provoked heated debate in Switzerland
In video footage of the episode widely circulated on social media, the white officer in question, wide-eyed and agitated, is seen pointing his rifle at numerous demonstrators and members of the media
Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip since Tuesday following the collapse of a temporary ceasefire with Palestinian factions.
The new presidential ticket for the Brazilian Socialist Party is confirmed a week after the death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos in a plane crash. Federal deputy Beto Albuquerque is also confirmed as Silva's vice presidential running mate.
Coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been elected quasi-unanimously by the junta-appointed assembly as interim government head.
President Obama's counterterrorism adviser says hostages 'were in danger with each passing day'.
IAEA report said Iran over the last month had used about 3.5 kg of its 20 percent uranium in oxide form for manufacturing fuel.
Some analysts say the government's strategy of openly talking about the costs of immigration could play into the hands of the Sweden Democrats, who want to cut immigration by 80-90 percent.
Not long after Obama called ISIL a "cancer" with a bankrupt ideology, the Pentagon said U.S. aircraft conducted 14 air strikes in the vicinity of Iraq's Mosul Dam