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Syria 'chemical weapon' claims

Syria's Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi said the country's armed forces would never use internationally banned weapons, after the government and rebels traded blame for what both sides said was a chemical weapon attack near Aleppo.

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UN to launch probe of Syria chemical weapons claims

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the United Nations will launch an investigation - as requested by the Syrian government- into allegations that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Credit: Rainer Jensen/DPA/Press Association Images

"I have decided to conduct a United Nations investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria", Ban told reporters.

He said the investigation will look into "the specific incident brought to my attention by the Syrian government".

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