Syria has denied accusation that it has used chemical weapons against rebel forces. That comes after western intelligence said the Assad regime probaby has used them on two occasions in the civil war.
Syria's president believes his country is caught up in a much larger conflict than its own civil war. He warned that "things are going to be out of control" if superpowers engage in direct conflict.
Syria has assumed the chair of the UN Conference on Disarmament for a four-week period. The Syrian government has been accused of targeting civilians with chemical weapons and violating nonproliferation treaties.
France has proof that Syria used chemical weapons, "at least chlorine," said President Emmanuel Macron. Britain has stressed the need for an international response to the attack.
The death toll is expected to rise after a suspected chemical weapons attack in one of the last remaining rebel strongholds in Syria, eastern Ghouta. The government and its ally, Russia, have denied the reports.
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