• Pressure building to condemn Syria over chemical weapons

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pressure is building for the United Nations to condemn Syria over the use of chemical weapons as the Security Council prepares to discuss a report by weapons inspectors that found the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons on at least two occasions and is suspected of deploying them in at least three other instances.

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 file photo, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin speaks at United Nations headquarters. Churkin said Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, there doesn't have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s U.N. ambassador said Thursday there doesn’t have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country.

  • France: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s deputy U.N. ambassador says an international team is blaming the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for chemical weapons attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015.