The town of Douma is now reportedly under full control of the Syrian government. The last bastion of rebel resistance, it was also the site of a reported poison gas attack by Syrian forces.
A new framework to allow sanctions against 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.
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.
The Kremlin has claimed that rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack with the intent of blaming it on Syria. Russia also says a British contractor is helping the militants.
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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