Western powers, led by the US, are considering military action against the Assad regime as evidence of a chemical weapons attack mounts.
The leader was responsible for the beheading of a US aid worker in Syria, said a US official. Even as the group suffers military defeat in Iraq and Syria, the UN has warned it still poses a threat to global security.
A man "fueled by an ideology of hatred" has been charged with attempting a major attack on a US synagogue. The suspect is said to have been inspired by the Pittsburgh synagogue attack in October in which 11 people died.
Russian warplanes have struck rebel targets thought to have been behind a toxic gas attack on Aleppo that left dozens of people needing hospital treatment. Moscow accused militants of firing shells containing chlorine.
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.
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