Erdogan and Putin back investigation into Syria chemical attack
"They say still that it is not very safe, but they can not put forward convincing arguments", he said.
Syria and Russian Federation have suggested a conventional airstrike by the Syrian army may have hit a depot storing chemical weapons possessed by extremists.
But in his latest interview, Assad insisted it was "not clear" whether an attack on Khan Sheikhoun had even happened.
An investigation is now being requested by the OPCW.
"We will keep monitoring the issue, since the only possible reason for using military force on the territory of Syria is to fight terrorism", Lavrov said.
The World Health Organization concluded the symptoms experienced by the victims were consistent with exposure to nerve gas.
Shortly after, under pressure from the West, Syria agreed to a Russian proposal to give up control of its chemical weapons.
Thousands of evacuated Syrians stuck as transfer stalls
A senior opposition official said 20 fighters who guarded the buses were killed as well as dozens of passengers. One of those stranded is Ahmed Afandar from Madaya who has described the situation as "disastrous".
"You can not talk about partnership between us, who are fighting the terrorists and others who are supporting explicitly the terrorists", he added.
The anonymous official reportedly told the American news channel that the U.S. intelligence community had intercepted communications "featuring Syrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week".
The air base Al-Shairat looked like this before 59 Tomahawk rockets were fired at the site.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a trilateral meeting in Moscow, called last week's USA strike on a Syrian military base a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law and warned that any further such action would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security".
The cruise missiles were launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross warships stationed in the Mediterranean Sea.
Syria's Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja'afari address Security Council after a resolution vote condemning Syria's use of chemical weapons failed to pass, Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. Previous attacks in Syria targeted the so-called "Islamic State". Moscow offered the explanation that regime aircraft hit a chemical weapons facility controlled by rebels on the ground.
The global chemical weapons watchdog is testing samples from the suspected nerve gas attack and could produce a report on the matter within three weeks, the British delegation to the commission said Thursday.
On Tuesday morning a residential district in Chan Sheikhun in Idlib province was bombed and poison gas was released.
Slain Massachusetts jogger's hands held DNA that led to suspect's arrest
The suspect's DNA is a 1:108 quintillion match to that found on Marcotte's hands when she fought her killer last summer. Colon-Ortiz is facing charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery, and assault with intent to rape.
The fact-finding mission was sent by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague to gather bio-metric samples and interview survivors, sources told Reuters on Thursday.
It was the 8th time Russian Federation has used its veto power.
Western powers blame the gas attack, which killed scores of civilians - many of them children - on Assad's forces.
"We are deeply anxious by our partners in the UN Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation", Lavrov said.
Moscow is a key ally of the Syrian government, and has intervened militarily on its behalf since September 2015.
He said his forces had not been diminished by the United States strike.
It was the Syrian government's second version of events in the space of nine days.
Philippine appellate court affirms conviction of US Marine
Pemberton was sentenced to six to 12 years of imprisonment after he was found guilty for homicide - not murder. A court in the Philippines has upheld a jail sentence for a US Marine found guilty of killing a trans woman.
Police probe motives behind fatal San Bernardino classroom shooting
The family of Jonathan Martinez , the 8-year-old student killed in the shooting, did not wish to speak publicly, Marsden said. But those close to Smith told police she said Anderson's behavior had become odd and he had threatened her, Burguan said.
Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court; Conservatives Celebrate
The final confirmation vote on Gorsuch is expected Friday, and he should be sworn in soon to hear the final cases of the term. And in many ways the showdown had been pre-ordained, the final chapter in years of partisan warfare over judicial nominees.
Jackson says that a trade might be best for Carmelo, Knicks
Undermine the team's head coach? Exit meetings after the National Basketball Association season is over are standard. It appears that Jackson meant good with his statement but Anthony might have understood it differently.
Putin and Tillerson agree that US-Russia relationship isn't going so well
And while Tillerson appeared Wednesday before reporters with Lavrov, he met beforehand for roughly two hours with Putin himself. Tillerson is on a thus-far-futile mission to persuade Putin to abandon support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Adam Sandler Pays Tribute to Charlie Murphy in Touching Interview
In addition to his work with Chappelle, Murphy appeared in films such as CB4 and shows such as The Boondocks and Black Jesus . At Mayer's show Wednesday night, Chappelle requested Mayer perform "You're Gonna Live Forever in Me" in Murphy's honor .
Samsung Galaxy S7 Run Into Problems, Post-Android 7.0 Nougat Update
Besides the updated Android OS build, the update includes the February 2017 security update and system performance enhancements. The Galaxy Note 5 is moving to version N920AUCU4EQC6 while the S6 edge + is updating to version G928AUCU4EQC6.
'Political Bull': Justice vetoes $4.1 billion state budget
Justice accused the legislature of playing politics with the bill, presenting him with an unwise document in the hopes that he would veto it.
Oil Demand Growth Seen Slowing for a Second Year
The combination of factors could keep a lid on oil prices, which have risen in the past six months after a three-year slump. Still, the IEA said, global oil supply and demand appear to be rebalancing after more than two years of oversupply.
Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener
Montgomery is the Yankees' fifth starter for the time being, though many thought his debut would take place Sunday against the St. Pineda was so good that by the seventh inning, with a reasonable pitch count, Girardi was playing out scenarios in his head.
Ice cream-eating squirrel - nicknamed Putter - amazes North Carolina beach-goers
No matter the weather, a squirrel at Holden Beach in Brunswick County has to have her ice cream. The Martins say Putter has become a special piece of the family.
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