It looks likely that the year-end deadline for the removal of key components of the Syrian regime's chemical weapons from the country will be missed. The UN blames technical issues and bad weather.
A new framework to allow sanctions over chemical weapon use could see restrictions placed on Russia over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. Potential sanctions could involve travel bans and asset freezes.
After serving four years as the UN's go-to person for the conflict in Syria, Staffan de Mistura is leaving the post. His predecessors previously quit in frustration over the global deadlock on ending the war.
An anticipated Syrian government offensive against the jihadi hotbed of Idlib province threatens to draw in multiple foreign powers and unleash massive suffering. Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be displaced.
After the UK and Australia accused Moscow of worldwide hacking attacks, the Netherlands has revealed an attempted attack on the UN chemical weapons watchdog. Russia says its accusers are living in a fantasy.
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