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Turkish minister confirms sarin used in Syria attack

Tests on the victims confirmed use of the sarin nerve agent, Turkey says Credit: AP

The Turkish health minister has said tests on victims of a chemical attack on a vilage in northern Syria show they had been exposed to Sarin, according to the Anadolu news agency.

The minister said tests on the victims had confirmed use of the nerve agent.

The report comes as G7 ministers rejected a call by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson for targeted sanctions on Russian military officers over Moscow's support for the Syrian regime.

Ministers at the G7 meeting wanted more evidence of the attack to be collected before supporting the measure.

Turkey may hold Brexit-style vote over EU membership

Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may hold a vote on whether they should join the EU. Credit: AP

Turkey may hold a Brexit-style vote to decide whether the country should continue moving forward with plans to join the EU, president Tayyip Erdogan has said.

He indicated that any such vote could take place after April 16.

Turkey is slowly moving through accession talks to join the bloc, but discussions have lasted over a decade due to tensions over Cyprus, human rights and other issues.

Relations between Ankara have been particularly strained in recent months as Turkey takes much of the brunt of the refugee crisis and Mr Erdogan faces criticism for attempts to shore up his personal powers.

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