Nov 20, 2015

French expert says chemical attack unlikely despite PM's warning

A warning by the French premier of a chemical or biological weapons attack cannot be excluded, a security expert said Thursday, but stressed this was unlikely as it would be extremely difficult to stage. Olivier Lepick, an expert on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, ...

Russia, U.S. defense chiefs break ice with Syria talks

Sep 19, 2015

Russia, U.S. defense chiefs break ice with Syria talks

Russia and the United States launched military talks on the Syrian conflict on Friday as Moscow stepped up its buildup of forces in the war-torn country. The phone conversation between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter ended an ...

Sep 11, 2015

Russia ceases blocking probe into Syria chemical attacks

Russia has lifted its objections to a U.N. investigation into chemical attacks in Syria, clearing the way for the probe to begin, diplomats said Thursday. The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution August 7 approving a joint investigation by the United Nations and ...

Rich gulf Arab nations' refugee response questioned

| Sep 7, 2015

Rich gulf Arab nations' refugee response questioned

When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, fellow Persian Gulf states raced to shelter thousands of displaced Kuwaitis. Fast forward 25 years, and the homeless from nearby Syria’s war have found scant refuge in the Arab world’s richest states. For critics of the gulf’s affluent ...