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U.N. Security Council to vote on Syria aid resolution Saturday

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council will vote on Saturday on a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria, where the United Nations says 9.3 million people need help, although it is unclear if Russia and China will support or veto the draft. Australian U.N. Ambassador Gary Quinlan, who co-authored the text with envoys from Jordan and Luxembourg, told reporters the vote would be held at 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) on Saturday.

U.N. unanimously adopts Syria chemical arms resolution

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution late Friday requiring Syria to give up its chemical weapons stockpiles, in a landmark decision to back its first binding resolution since the conflict began two and a half years ago.

Europe aid chief urges U.N. resolution on Syria relief access

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Europe's aid chief on Wednesday urged the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution to boost humanitarian access in Syria, an issue that has simmered for months in the shadow of plans for peace talks and a deal on destroying Syrian chemical weapons.

French president demands 'coercive' UN measures for Syria

French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday the UN Security Council had to make a threat of "coercive" measures against Syria if it does not hand over its chemical weapons. Hollande told the UN General Assembly that a resolution being discussed by the major powers must "foresee coercive measures" under Chapter VII of the UN Charter and for those responsible for chemical weapon attacks in Syria to be "held accountable in the justice system."

New Syria dispute clouds UN assembly

Russia-US wrangling over a resolution to enforce the destruction of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons cast a shadow Monday over the start of the United Nations General Assembly. Western diplomats said Moscow's refusal to support a Security Council resolution giving legal backing to Syria's disarmament had held up a plan to put the war-torn country's chemical arms under international control.

UN experts to return to Syria soon: chief weapons inspector

UN chemical weapons inspectors will return to Syria soon to investigate various accusations against the regime and opposition, their chief told AFP on Wednesday. "Yes we will be returning to Syria. Our planning isn't finished yet, so I can't say when we will be going, but it will be soon," UN chief inspector Aake Sellstroem said. His team, which went to Syria last month, concluded in a report presented on September 16 that banned chemical weapons were used on a wide scale in the Syria war.

Syria's chemical weapons; decades to build, years to destroy

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - If Saddam Hussein's Iraq is anything to go by, destroying Syria's massive chemical weapons arsenal will mean checking dozens of far-flung sites in a war zone while the government employs delaying tactics to hide the banned munitions, an expert involved in past U.N. disarmament missions said.

US report: 'high confidence' Assad regime used nerve agent

A US intelligence report Friday blamed Syria's government for a chemical weapons attack with "high confidence" and said it was "highly unlikely" the outrage was a ruse plotted by rebels. The report said that 1,429 people were killed in the attack, including 426 children, and said the assessment was based on "multiple" streams of intelligence. "The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013," the report, released by the White House said.

White House holds more briefings on Syria for lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national security team is holding at least two briefings on Syria for members of Congress on Friday, congressional aides told Reuters, as the administration works to tamp down criticism that it has not properly consulted lawmakers.

Excerpts: UK intelligence assessment of Syrian chemical attack

LONDON (Reuters) - The following are excerpts of an assessment by the British government's Joint Intelligence Committee of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. The assessment was supplied by the British government and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/syria-reported-chemical-weapo... Joint Intelligence Committee assessment:
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