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Russia: Syria has 'material evidence' that rebels used chemical weapons

“Without the full picture of the events here [in Syria] we cannot but call the nature of conclusions drawn by UN experts… as politicized, biased and unilateral,” Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said after meeting Syrian officials in Damascus.

Chatter: Russia vs. France vs. Syria

Russia and France disagree on who was behind the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria, another American gun tragedy, the Costa Concordia is back upright, and Iran better have litter trays onboard its rockets — it wants to send a cat into space.
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Russia and France disagree on who was behind the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria, another American gun tragedy, the Costa Concordia is back upright, and Iran better have litter trays onboard its rockets — it wants to send a cat into space.
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Chatter: It's all talk on Syria

The US and Russia continue their talks as rumors abound that Syria is already stashing its chemical weapons, the Delhi four get death, a US consulate in Afghanistan is attacked, and the world's ugliest animal needs your love.
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The US and Russia continue their talks as rumors abound that Syria is already stashing its chemical weapons, the Delhi four get death, a US consulate in Afghanistan is attacked, and the world's ugliest animal needs your love.
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Chatter: Obama will give diplomacy a chance in Syria, for now

President Barack Obama puts the plans to strike Syria on hold while the world waits to see if a proposal to destroy its chemical weapons will work; the US remembers its two 9/11 anniversaries; the Brazilian rainforest is shrinking; and the anti-polar cellphone that might just save your life.
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President Barack Obama puts the plans to strike Syria on hold while the world waits to see if a proposal to destroy its chemical weapons will work; the US remembers its two 9/11 anniversaries; the Brazilian rainforest is shrinking; and the anti-polar cellphone that might just save your life.
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Syrian government carried out chemical weapons attacks: HRW

BEIRUT, Lebanon — All evidence in an independent investigation of the horrific chemical weapons attack in Damascus on Aug. 21 points to the Syrian government, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch.

Chatter: A Syria solution so crazy it just might work

However unlikely it seems, a growing number of nations back a proposal to have Syria hand over its entire chemical weapons arsenal; the verdicts are in on Delhi's shocking gang rape; China masters the art of spin; and bigger isn't better when it comes to fatherhood.
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However unlikely it seems, a growing number of nations back a proposal to have Syria hand over its entire chemical weapons arsenal; the verdicts are in on Delhi's shocking gang rape; China masters the art of spin; and bigger isn't better when it comes to fatherhood.
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View from Israel: Why are chemical weapons the game changer in Syria?

JERUSALEM — The lethal, undetectable nature of chemical weapons makes even the most war-weary populations anxious.

Car bombs kill 47 in Tripoli as Obama calls developments in Syria 'grave concern' (LIVE BLOG)

Twin car bombs hit the Lebanese port city of Tripoli on Friday, while Russia urged Syria to cooperate with UN efforts to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attack in the eastern Ghouta region.

WHITE HOUSE: Syria Has Been Using Chemical Weapons On Rebels

The US and European allies have concluded that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels "multiple times," and the White House said it would provide additional assistance to Syrian opposition that "includes military support."

Doing nothing is Obama’s best option in Syria

Commentary: Islamists among the rebels pose a danger to the Middle East if Assad falls.
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An anti-regime demonstration in the Syrian village of al-Qsair, 20 miles southwest of the flashpoint city Homs. (Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images)
Syria, which has been percolating in and out of public view for the last two years, exploded into full sight this past week as a result of revelations that the Assad government may have used nerve gas against rebel-controlled areas. With over 70,000 already dead -- the result of air strikes, heavy shelling of populated areas, and other deadly conventional military means, one can legitimately wonder why the possible deaths of an additional dozen or two Syrians would cause such concern in Washington.
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