Syrian opposition groups say at least 58 people were killed in a poisonous gas attack in Idlib province on Tuesday. Military sources denied allegations that government forces had used chemical weapons.
The OPCW fact-finding mission said there were reasonable grounds that toxic chemicals had been used in the Syrian town of Douma, near Damascus in April 2018. The investigation did not assign blame.
The Syrian president has met with Iranian leaders, who praised him for strengthening the alliance between Iran, Syria and Hezbollah against the US and the West. They also discussed efforts to end the Syrian conflict.
German journalist Janina Findeisen was seven months pregnant when she traveled to Syria in 2015. She was kidnapped and held hostage for nearly a year, ultimately giving birth to her son while in captivity.
The EU has targeted individuals in Syria and Russia with links to chemical weapons attacks. The bloc has been discussing the new sanctions regime since late last year, prompted by the Skripal poisoning in the UK.
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