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Mustard gas shipped out of Syria, official says

Sulphur mustard, popularly known as "mustard gas," was shipped out of Syria in line with a plan to remove chemical weapons stockpiles in the country, it was announced Wednesday. "I welcome this shipment as an important step in the elimination of the Syrian Arab Republic's chemical weapons program," Sigrid Kaag, the head of a joint mission between the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said in a press release.

Myanmar journalists on trial for reporting alleged chemical weapons factory

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar police have charged five journalists with "disclosing state secrets" after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reported Sunday. The trial of four reporters and the head of Unity Journal began on February 14 in Pakokku, a town in the country's central region where the military facility is located, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

Finnish, US companies to destroy Syria chemicals

The global chemical arms watchdog said Friday it has chosen two US and Finnish companies to help destroy Syria's chemical arsenal as part of an ambitious plan that has suffered a string of setbacks. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Finland's Ekokem would destroy chemical weapon ingredients as well as some effluent left over from destruction activities aboard a US ship.

Anxiety and hope as Italian port awaits Syrian chemicals

A shipment of deadly Syrian chemical agents expected to arrive in the Italian port of Gioia Tauro has sparked fears among the local population but dock workers are hoping it could help relaunch their crisis-hit hub. The 560 tonnes of chemicals had been due to arrive in what is the Mediterranean's biggest port for container transfers later this month to be then put onto a US ship for destruction in international waters.

Syria ships out third load of chemical weapon materials

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria shipped out a third consignment of chemical weapons materials on Monday and has also destroyed some materials on its territory, the international mission overseeing the elimination of its chemical arsenal said. Syria has already slipped more than a month behind schedule for the removal of its chemical weapons, agreed after a chemical weapons attack in Damascus six months ago. Western diplomats said the Syrians would need to make a shipment every two days to get back on schedule.

Syria has shipped less than 5% of chemical arms

Less than five percent of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal have left the country and Damascus will be pressured to move faster, sources close to the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday. Just two shipments of around 16 metric tonnes each of so-called Category 1 chemicals have left Syria's port of Lattakia this month as part of an internationally-backed disarmament plan supervised by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Syria has shipped less than 5% of chemical arms

Less than five percent of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal have left the country and Damascus will be pressured to move faster, sources close to the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday. Just two shipments of around 16 metric tonnes each of so-called Category 1 chemicals have left Syria's port of Lattakia this month as part of an internationally-backed disarmament plan supervised by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

More Syrian chemical arms toxins shipped out, inspectors say

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More Syrian chemical weapons materials were loaded onto ships and transferred out of Syria on Monday, a joint inspection mission run by the United Nations and the global chemical arms watchdog said. The chemical weapons components will eventually be destroyed aboard a specially equipped U.S. ship.

Watchdog says 14 private companies have submitted bids to destroy Syrian chemicals

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program. The companies, from countries including the United States, Britain, Russia, China and Saudi Arabia, submitted tenders to destroy 500 metric tons of chemicals and waste material resulting from the destruction of other Syrian chemicals.

Israel to stop distributing gas masks to public

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel decided on Sunday to end a decades-old policy of issuing gas masks to the public in an apparent sign of confidence in Syria's chemical weapons disarmament. Since being hit by Iraqi Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War, authorities have handed out masks, though Syria's chemical arsenal was Israel's primary concern in recent years.
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