A liquid ammonia leak from a refrigeration unit at a food company in China's commercial hub of Shanghai killed 15 people on Saturday.
A team of UN inspectors left their Damascus hotel in a convoy of cars Saturday following the conclusion of their probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime.
Washington warned Syria it would face action over the "moral obscenity" of a gruesome chemical weapons attack, as UN inspectors braved sniper fire to gather evidence about the incident.
North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria but they were seized in Turkey along with arms and ammunition, as the US threatened action over an alleged chemical weapons attack.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western claims his regime used chemical weapons were an "insult to common sense".
Military action against the Syrian regime would be a "tragic mistake", Russia said Sunday, warning the West not to preempt the results of a UN probe into alleged deadly chemical attacks.
UN experts are to start investigating a suspected Syrian chemical attack Monday as a sceptical Washington weighing military action and coordinating with allies said Syria's acceptance of the probe came too late.
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Saturday pointed to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, three days they allegedly killed hundreds of people in attacks near Damascus.
The use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a "crime against humanity", adding there was "no time to lose" in investigating an alleged attack which the opposition says killed hundreds.
Syria's main opposition group accused the government of "massacring" more than 1,300 people in chemical weapons attacks.
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Corresponding member and analyst of Tsiolkovskiy Russian Cosmonautics Academy Yuriy Karash commented the possible consequences of the crash of Proton-M at Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
The United States dramatically toughened its stance on Syria on Thursday, accusing Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons against his people and promising "military support" to rebel forces.
France said Tuesday it had proof President Bashar al-Assad's regime has used the deadly nerve agent sarin gas in Syria's civil war, adding that "all options," including armed intervention, are on the table.
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French authorities will analyse samples brought back from Syria by two journalists after they reported the Syrian army was using chemical weapons against rebel forces.
The casualty toll in Belgium from the derailing of a train carrying highly toxic chemicals -- which exploded and sent spectacular strips of fire into the night sky -- rose dramatically Sunday to one dead and 49 injured.
US President Barack Obama issued a new warning to Syria Friday that using chemical weapons would be a "game changer" as he faced rising pressure at home and abroad to intervene in the civil war.
The United States said Thursday for the first time that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel forces, but emphasized spy agencies were still not 100 percent sure of the assessment.
Growing speculation that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons is turning up the heat on President Barack Obama, who has warned such a move would be a game changer.
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