Russia has seized upon an apparently spontaneous comment made by US Secretary of State John Kerry to push for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons. If Syria did so, the US would not attack it, Kerry said.
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.
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.
In a surprising escalation of tensions over an ongoing political crisis, Trump has raised the prospect of military action in Venezuela. The Pentagon has said the White House has not issued any orders to the military.
Donald Trump isn't famous for his measured words, but his recent threat to North Korea has taken the rhetoric to a new level. Both sides could easily make a mistake in this dangerous conflict, says DW's Miodrag Soric.
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