Ship with Syrian chemical weapons arrives in Italy

A Danish freighter carrying Syrian chemical weapons arrived at a port in southern Italy on Wednesday ahead of their destruction at sea.

Syria has almost zero chemical arms potential: Russian Foreign Ministry

The Syrian government has reduced its chemical weapons potential close to zero, state-run RIA news agency quoted an unnamed official at the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday.

Syria to remove chemical weapons by March: Russia

Russia`s deputy foreign minister says Syria could complete its shipment of chemical weapons out of the country by March.

Ships return to dock as Syria chemical deadline missed

Disarmament teams returned Scandinavian escort vessels to port Monday as they accepted an end-of-year deadline for the removal of Syrian chemical weapons could no longer be met, a Norwegian spokesman said.

Syria chemical deadline `unlikely` to be met: UN

Syria is "unlikely" to meet a December 31 deadline to transport its most dangerous chemical arms out of the country, the United Nations acknowledged Saturday.

2013 - A milestone year for the United Nations

The powerful UN Security Council in October agreed on a deal to eliminate Syria`s chemical weapons stockpiles by mid-2014 after days of back-room negotiations.

OPCW warns of delay in moving Syria chemical weapons

A roadmap adopted earlier this month by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to rid Syria of its chemical stockpile, says "priority" weapons have to be removed from the country by December 31.

Syrian chemical weapons removal programme on track: Official

The head of the joint United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons team charged with eliminating chemical weapons in Syria said Wednesday that despite obstacles, the programme to remove and destroy chemical agents at sea was on track.

US offers to destroy Syria`s chemicals at sea: OPCW

The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a US ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Saturday, and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out.

Watchdog says Syria weapons destruction at sea possible

A spokesman for the global chemical weapons watchdog says destroying Syria`s stockpile of poison gas and nerve agents at sea is a possible alternative to finding a country willing to host the destruction.

Albania rejects request to destroy Syrian weapons

Albania rejected a request from the United States for the tiny impoverished Balkan nation to host the destruction of Syria`s chemical weapons stockpile, a major blow to international efforts to destroy the arsenal by mid-2014.

Watchdog meets on Syria chemical arsenal destruction plan

The world`s chemical weapons watchdog met today to approve a final timetable for ridding Syria of its entire arsenal by mid-2014, amid hopes that long-delayed peace talks could be held soon.

Syria chemical weapons watchdog misses key deadline to visit sites

The international watchdog appointed to oversee the destruction of chemical weapon stockpile has missed an early deadline to visit the declared sites cited for the Damascus` chemical program.

Norway rejects US request to destroy Syria`s chemical weapons over technical reasons

The Norwegian government has rejected a United States request to receive Syria`s chemical weapons for destruction, citing technical and legal reasons.

Norway mulls taking bulk of Syria chemical arsenal

Norway says it is weighing whether to take the bulk of Syria`s chemical weapons stockpile for eventual destruction.

Dutch official to head Syria chemical arms mission

The United Nations today named Dutch official Sigrid Kaag to head the risky international mission to eradicate Syria`s chemical weapons.

50 Syrian migrants detained in Italy

Fifty Syrian migrants were detained early Tuesday aboard a bus near the northern Italian city of Turin, and are believed to have been heading for the French or Swiss border.

UN names envoy for Syria chemical weapons

The head of the United Nations named Sigrid Kaag to lead the UN`s joint mission with the chemical weapons watchdog tasked with eliminating Syria`s arsenal, diplomats said.

Syria crisis: Chemical watchdog urges truce to destroy chemical weapons

To be able to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons within the given deadline, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW) has urged "temporary" truce between the Bashar al-Assad government and Syrian rebels on Wednesday.

Syria`s cultural heritage among threatened sites

The World Monuments Fund`s watch list for 2014 includes 67 sites in 41 countries and territories, from Japan to the United States.