Russia to expel 60 diplomats, close US consulate
The US and the UK have accused Moscow and Beijing of trying to stall the OPCW's new ability to attribute blame for chemical attacks. Both sides traded bitter accusations of hypocrisy.
The Venezuelan president, who views Russia as a strategic ally, is ending his diplomatic efforts this year "with a flourish." The trip comes after Turkey pledged to help Venezuela with its economic crisis.
A Russian IT expert was threatened by FSB agents and forced to use his position to provide information on a firm that processes UK visas, according to investigative group Bellingcat and Russia's The Insider website.
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.
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