The offices of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)  in The Hague, The Netherlands. The last batch of Syria’s chemical weapons was removed from the country today to be destroyed, the international chemical weapons watchdog said. Photograph: Evert Jan-Daniels/EPA.

The last batch of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s declared chemical weapons have been sent out of Syria for destruction. The news came as opponent(...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report last month that Syria has enough equipment to transfer the chemicals out of the country. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a February 5th deadline, but the internat(...)

Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal al-Miqdad (C) speaks to the media in Damascus today. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Syria has missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog. The delay puts the programme se(...)

Mohamad Chatah’s son Omar (centre) carries the coffin of the former Lebanese minister during his funeral at al-Amin mosque in Martyrs’ Square in Beirut yesterday. Chatah, who opposed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, was killed in a bomb blast last Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Hasan Shaaban

Syrian air force strikes on insurgent-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo have killed at least 517 people since mid-December, including 151 (...)

Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint UN-OPCW Syria team, said today the mission faced a challenge to get the most lethal chemical agents out of Syria by the end of the year target, in the midst of a civil war which has killed 100,000 people.  . Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a US ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said today, and is looking for a suitable(...)

Demonstrators wear masks during a protest against the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons in Albania, in front of the US embassy in Tirana. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Albania has rejected a US request to host the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate the nerve a(...)

United Nations  vehicles  in  Damascus. It was announced yesterday that Syria had completed the destruction of equipment used to produce chemical weapon Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri /Reuters

Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said yesterday.It was a development that th(...)

United Nations  vehicles transporting a team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, leave their hotel in Damascus last week.  Photograph: Reuters

Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an amb(...)

The headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, in The Hague

The global chemical weapons watchdog whose inspectors are monitoring the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has been awarded the Nobel Pe(...)

A worthy choice

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a worthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize announced yesterday, by virtue of the s(...)