The calls for the international community to act over the alleged chemical attack in Syria are getting louder.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Carla Del Ponte says she intends to resign from a UN commission established to probe atrocities in Syria's civil war. The Swiss national came to prominence investigating atrocities in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
The White House has claimed that it has identified plans for another chemical weapons attack in Syria. It warned of drastic action should Assad use chemical weapons.
The nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack on a Syrian town that killed dozens, the international chemical weapons watchdog OPCW has confirmed. But it did not say who was to blame.
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