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In Iraq, where weapons are stored in urban centres and unexploded bombs litter border areas, fears of a catastrophe are acute.

The tragedy in Beirut has reignited calls by Iraqis for militant factions and groups linked to the government to remove their weapons stockpiles from residential areas.

Syria condemned at chemical <em>weapons</em> watchdog over sarin attacks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria condemned at chemical weapons watchdog over sarin attacks

Only Russia, China and Iran voted against the decision to take action on an OPCW investigation that found the Syrian air force attacked civilians with sarin gas and chlorine

Western powers seek condemnation of Syria over sarin attacks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Western powers seek condemnation of Syria over sarin attacks

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) executive council is pushing to take action against Damascus for ...

US pushes for 'indefinite' Iran arms embargo

The New Arab Staff

US pushes for 'indefinite' Iran arms embargo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo against Iran indefinitely, as Russia and China ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US shares proposal to 'indefinitely' extend Iran arms embargo

US Ambassador Kelly Kraft said she has shared a draft of a UNSCR with Russia that would extend an arms embargo against Iran.

The New Arab & agencies

In UN session, Syria denounced over chemical weapons

Britain, Estonia and Germany slammed Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons in a closed door Security meeting held over ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Assad regime finally acknowledged as chemical culprit

The OPCW for the first time attributed blame for Syria chemical attacks, but activists are sceptical about its significance.

The New Arab & agencies

Watchdog 'explicitly blames' Syria regime for chemical weapons attacks

For the first time since the Syria conflict erupted in 2011, the global chemical weapons watchdog explicitly blamed President Bashar ...

Iran enriched uranium <em>stockpiles</em> five times over deal limits

The New Arab & agencies

Iran enriched uranium stockpiles five times over deal limits

Iran has stockpiled enriched uranium vastly over the limits of deal with world powers.

The New Arab

Chemical weapons organisation to publish report on Syria attacks

The OPCW will prepare a report on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Saudi Arabia is 'importing fuel' after 'Iran attacks'

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Saudi Arabia is 'importing fuel' after 'Iran attacks'

Aramco Trading Co. has purchased diesel cargoes in the week following attacks on Saudi oil processing facilities, according to reports.

Trump: Iran 'playing with fire' by exceeding uranium limit

The New Arab & agencies

Trump: Iran 'playing with fire' by exceeding uranium limit

US President Donald Trump warned Monday that Iran is 'playing with fire' after Tehran said it exceeded a limit on enriched uranium reserves ...

US will 'never allow' Iran to develop nuclear <em>weapons</em>

The New Arab & agencies

US will 'never allow' Iran to develop nuclear weapons

The United States will "never allow" Iran to develop nuclear weapons, the White House warned, after Tehran said it had exceeded a limit ...

Iran reports progress in nuclear talks, but 'not enough'

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Iran reports progress in nuclear talks, but 'not enough'

Iran has said that nuclear talks with world powers are making progress but not enough to make the country change tack.

Paul Iddon

Trump must stop helping build a nuclear Saudi Arabia

Comment: If the US wants ease Middle East tensions, it should stop selling weapons and transferring expertise to Saudi Arabia, writes Paul Iddon.

Khaled Diab

America vs America: The US' (self-)destructive arms race

Comment: Reining in America's weapons addiction would save American lives abroad and at home, writes Khaled Diab.

The New Arab & agencies

IAEA says Iran continues to meet nuclear obligations

Iran continues to comply with the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers even after the withdrawal of the United States, the United ...

The New Arab & agencies

Libya to return remains of Copts beheaded by IS

The Egyptian Christians were beheaded on a beach in Sirtre, Libya in February 2015, a move which drew international outrage.

Trump's Syria 'action' is a triumph for Assad

Sam Hamad

Trump's Syria 'action' is a triumph for Assad

Comment: The coalition's attack on Assad's chemical weapons bases demonstrates they have no intention whatsoever of making a meaningful ...

The New Arab

US-led strikes 'failed to deter' Assad from chemical warfare

US-led missile strikes against the Syrian regime have failed to destroy its chemical stockpiles and have not deterred their use in ...

Russia says chemical attack investigation in Syria's Douma 'unnecessary'

The New Arab

Russia says chemical attack investigation in Syria's Douma 'unnecessary'

A push by the United States, France and Britain at the United Nations to establish a new chemical weapons investigation in Syria is ...

Bigger, not better: Assessing Trump's latest bombing of Syria

Paul Iddon

Bigger, not better: Assessing Trump's latest bombing of Syria

Analysis: If past strikes are anything to go by, this latest round of missiles is unlikely to deter Assad from gassing his people again in the ...

Syria intervention deepens the UK's political divide

The New Arab

Syria intervention deepens the UK's political divide

The UK's participation in missile strikes on the Syria regime has divided the country, after May broke with convention by ordering military ...

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