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US finishes neutralising Syria's 'worst chemical arms'

A specially equipped US ship has finished neutralising all 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community this year to avert threatened air strikes, the Pentagon has said.

It said the Cape Ray, equipped with the US-developed Field Deployable Hydrolysis System, neutralised 581.5 metric tons of DF, a sarin precursor chemical, and 19.8 metric tons of HD, an ingredient of sulphur mustard, while afloat in the Mediterranean.

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.@johnkerry: United States has finished neutralizing Syrian regime’s deadliest chemical weapons aboard the Cape Ray: http://t.co/Rn5AZNmtfT

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CW news comes ahead of tragic anniversary on 8/21: 1 year since Assad’s CW attack killed over 1000 innocent Syrians, including many children

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'To be free' - Syrian rebels in tribute to Robin Williams

Of all the tributes to the late actor Robin Williams, could this be the most poignant?

It purports to shows Syrian rebel fighters in the town of Kafranbel in Idlib governate - an area that has seen intense clashes with government forces.

The banner is emblazoned with a quotation from Genie in Disney's film Aladdin - a role voiced by Robin Williams.

Londoner charged with trying to assist terrorism

A 33-year-old man has been charged with trying to assist terrorism.

Scotland Yard said Asim Ali, of west London, is to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

It is claimed he had been linked to Imran Khawaja, 26, and others to commit acts of terrorism.

Khawaja has been charged with terrorism offences including allegedly attending a terror training camp in Syria.

It is alleged Ali gave Khawaja £300 cash from his bank account before his departure from the UK and provided advice on establishing communications using apps.

Around 15,000 Yazidis take refuge in Syrian camp

An estimated 15,000 Yazidi refugees have fled Iraq to the Newroz refugee camp in neighbouring Syria.

Since Tuesday, the UNHCR has been driving refugees the 37 miles (60km) from the border, which many have had to walk for days to reach.

Map showing the route taken by thousands of Yazidis to the refugee camp
May showing the route taken by thousands of Yazidis to the refugee campMap showing the route taken by thousands of Yazidis to the refugee camp Credit: ITV News

The refugees arrive exhausted and deeply traumatized, their feet covered in blisters, having spent days on Mt Sinjar in searing temperatures without food, water or shelter after fleeing for their lives, then walking many hours – in some cases days – to find safety.

– UNHCR statement

UNHCR, with other UN agencies, has provided tents, plastic sheets, blankets, hygiene kits and other household items. An airlift of 2,000 tents and 5,000 mattresses is expected in the coming days.

Wife of alleged jihadist soldier helped fund terrorism

The wife of a suspected British jihadist fighter in Syria has been found guilty of funding terrorism.

Amal El-Wahabi, aged 27, arranged to send 20,000 euros in cash to Turkey at the request of husband Aine Davis.

But her friend Nawal Msaad, also 27, who was found with the money stashed in her underwear as she boarded a flight at Heathrow, was cleared of the charges.

ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner has the full story.

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Woman not guilty over Syria underwear cash

Nawal Msaad, who was accused of trying to smuggle cash in her underwear on a flight to Turkey, has been cleared of funding jihadists in Syria.

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Nawal Msaad Credit: PA Wire

The 27-year-old attempted to take a stash of 20,000 euros in bank notes on a flight to Istanbul from Heathrow in January, but was stopped at the departure gate and the cash, hidden inside a condom, had fallen out into her pants.

She denied the charge of making money available with "reasonable cause to suspect that it would or may be used for the purposes of terrorism", claiming her friend Amal El-Wahabi had "stitched her up".

The jury cleared Msaad but convicted El-Wahabi following five days of deliberations.

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