Senator urges US not to go it alone over Syria issue

A senior US senator has called for the country to act with other nations in the wake of an alleged chemical attack atrocity in Syria to avoid getting into a "general military operation".

As the Russian foreign ministry urged the US against repeating the "mistakes of the past", Democrat Jack Reed said any American response must be international and not unilateral.

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Syrian snipers shoot at convoy

The United Nations chemical weapons team in Damascus have been shot at by Syrian snipers, a UN spokesperson said. The experts have reportedly returned to their hotel after inspecting the site of an alleged 'gas attack'.