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International inquiry blames Syria for third gas attack

An international inquiry has blamed Syrian government forces for a third toxic gas attack, according to a confidential report to the UN Security Council seen by Reuters.

The report was the fourth from the 13-month-long inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the global chemical weapons watchdog.

It blamed Syrian government forces for a toxic gas attack in Qmenas in March last year.



Breakdown of CETA talks shows challenges of Brexit deal

The breakdown of talks intended to create a free trade zone between Canada and the EU has highlighted the challenge faced by Theresa May as she attempts to strike her own deal with the bloc after the vote for Brexit.

One small region of Belgium is blocking a planned CETA trade deal with Canada that was seven years in the making - and it will have a similar power of veto over any agreement with Britain.

If the UK votes for a hard Brexit then it will need to have inked an agreement with the bloc within just two years - but European leaders are already warning that could be virtually impossible.

"If there are all these problems to have a simple trade agreement with Canda, just imagine a trade agreement with the United Kingdom," said Malta's president Joe Muscat.

Device found on London tube had 'wires and a clock'

  • Video report by ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo

A suspicious device found on the Tube was handed to the driver who saw it contained wires and a clock, according to reports.

The device discovered on Thursday is currently being forensically examined and investigators are awaiting the results of the tests.

Scotland Yard said: "The Met and BTP [British Transport Police] have been working tirelessly since the item was found to follow up all potential leads.

"Officers are keeping an open mind regarding any possible motive. They are not looking for anyone else in relation to this investigation at this stage."

Forensic police are still investigating whether the suspicious device discovered on the Tube was a viable bomb.

A 19-year-old man has been Tasered and arrested by armed police under the Terrorism Act.

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