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Syria ready for US 'aggression'

President Bashar al-Assad has said Syria is capable of confronting any "external aggression", Reuters reports, citing state television. The United States are seeking approval from Congress to take military action.

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Syria samples could take two weeks to analyse

UN chemical weapons experts collect samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus. Credit: Reuters

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told permanent members of the Security Council that analysis of samples taken by inspectors in Syria could take two weeks, a diplomat said.

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