Latest Chemical weapons News

Investigation finds Syria likely behind 2018 chlorine attack

Apr. 12, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation by the global chemical weapons watchdog found “reasonable grounds to believe” that a Syrian air force military helicopter dropped a chlorine cylinder on a Syrian town in 2018, sickening 12 people, the Organization for the Prohibition of...

Missouri man gets prison for trying to buy chemical weapon

Apr. 07, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for trying to buy a chemical weapon on the dark web as part of a plot to kill a woman who had broken up with him, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Jason William Siesser, 46, of Columbia,...

Russia and West spar over vote to punish Syria over weapons

Apr. 06, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia sparred with the United States and its allies Tuesday over a vote later this month that could strip Syria of voting rights in the international chemical weapons watchdog, with Moscow accusing the West of trying to “demonize Damascus” and the U.S. demanding a...

Russia: Navalny on hunger strike to protest prison treatment

Mar. 31, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Wednesday he has started a hunger strike to protest authorities’ failure to provide proper treatment for his back and leg pains. In a statement posted on Instagram, Navalny complained about prison...

War's timeline as Syrians mark 10 years since uprising began

Mar. 18, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians are marking 10 years since peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad’s government erupted in March 2011, touching off a popular uprising that quickly turned into a full-blown civil war. Despite a decade of fighting and a broken country,...

US: Russia blocks Syria chemical weapons use accountability

Mar. 04, 2021 21:58 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States accused Syrian President Bashar Assad and his close ally Russia on Thursday of trying to block all efforts to hold Damascus accountable for using chemical weapons during attacks on civilians. U.S. Ambassador Linda...

Kremlin says Russia will respond to new Western sanctions

Mar. 03, 2021 11:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Wednesday shrugged off new Western sanctions over the poisoning and arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as unfounded and pointless — but warned that Moscow will retaliate. U.S. President Joe Biden's administration sanctioned...

US sanctions Russian officials over nerve-agent attack

Mar. 02, 2021 20:14 PM EST

The Biden administration sanctioned seven mid-level and senior Russian officials on Tuesday, along with more than a dozen government entities, over a nearly fatal nerve-agent attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent jailing. The measures, emphasizing...

UN experts urge independent probe into Navalny's poisoning

Mar. 01, 2021 12:58 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two top U.N. human rights experts urged an international probe into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called Monday for his immediate release from prison. Agnès Callamard, the Special U.N. Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary...

Moscow court orders Kremlin foe Navalny to prison

Feb. 02, 2021 17:43 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for more than 2 1/2 years, finding that he violated the terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from nerve-agent poisoning. The ruling ignited protests in Moscow and St....