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North Korea sent banned chemical items to Syria: U.N. experts' report

The Japan Times

UNITED NATIONS – North Korea has been sending supplies to Syria that could be used to produce chemical weapons, according to information referenced in a U.N. experts' report.


Russia Says Evidence of Syria Chemical Attacks Was Faked

U.S. News

A Russian military officer displays a chemical lab during a briefing by Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries in Kubinka Patriot park outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. Russian officials said the lab was used by the rebels to produce mustard gas and contained equipment made in Western Europe. Russia said Friday that the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians. Russia's foreign and defense ministries also charged that the international chemical weapons watchdog has failed to objectively investigate the alleged chemical attacks and is subject to political control.


An indoor chemical cocktail

Science

In the past 50 years, many of the contaminants and chemical transformations that occur in outdoor waters, soils, and air have been elucidated. However, the chemistry of the indoor environment in which we live most of the time--up to 90% in some societies--is not nearly as well studied. Recent work has highlighted the wealth of chemical transformations that occur indoors. This chemistry is associated with 3 of the top 10 risk factors for negative health outcomes globally: household air pollution from solid fuels, tobacco smoking, and ambient particulate matter pollution (1). Assessments of human exposure to indoor pollutants must take these reactive processes into consideration.


Gunmen Shot at U.N. Team Near Site of Reported Chemical Attack, Official Says

NYT > Middle East

A United Nations security team was fired on in the Syrian town of Douma, raising doubts on Wednesday about when international investigators would be able to visit the site of what was suspected to have been a chemical attack. Eleven days have passed since rescue and medical workers in Douma reported an attack that left victims choking and foaming at the mouth, killing at least 43 people. Blaming the government of President Bashar al-Assad for the attack, the United States, Britain and France launched coordinated strikes on Syrian military facilities on Saturday, describing them as punishment for what they called Mr. Assad's use of chemical weapons. The Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies have denied that any chemical weapons were used and blamed rescue workers and rebels for what they called concocted videos said to show the suffering of victims as a way of demonizing the Syrian government. But the lack of access to the site has left lingering questions about whether chemical weapons were used and if so, what type or types.


Residents Say Tests Find Toxic Chemicals After Plant's Fire

U.S. News

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from a chemical plant in Crosby, near Houston, Texas. Nearly 20 Houston-area residents say test results have detected toxic substances in soil, water and ash samples taken miles from the chemical plant that flooded during Hurricane Harvey, caught fire and partially exploded. The findings were disclosed Monday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2017, in a letter the residents' lawyers mailed to the chief executive of the plant's owner, Arkema Inc., and several regulatory agencies, giving notice that they planned to sue.