Direct clash between US, Russia in Syria unlikely

According to a 2015 Deutsche Bank report, "secretive" wealth worth around £1 billion (US$1.4 billion) per month is flowing into the United Kingdom, with significant levels of this coming from Russian Federation.

"If the USA confirms chemical weapons were used, I think we get a strike on Syria".

The rival proposals put the Security Council on course for a clash that could trigger vetoes of both measures. The U.S. S&P 500 E-mini futures gained 0.93 per cent.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly before the closing bell in New York, U.S., April 6, 2018.

And while Haley - along with the United Kingdom and French ambassadors - walked out of the chambers prior to his remarks, Syria's ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, took the opportunity to slam the USA when it was his turn to speak before the council. He called that body "a puppet in the hands of anti-Damascus forces".

A watchdog agency, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, announced that it would "shortly" send a fact-finding mission to Douma, after receiving a request from the Syrian government and its Russian backers to investigate the allegations.

Warning that any military action against Syria's government could have "grave repercussions", the Russian ambassador also accused US, France and Britain of "hawkish rhetoric" and "boorishness against my country", adding that their lack of a clear strategy for Syria was "appalling".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is recuperating at home after last year's brain cancer diagnosis, tweeted that Trump's words may have set the stage for another chemical attack. He criticized Russian Federation for what he suggested was its failure to ensure the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under terms of a 2013 agreement. "No illegal action will remain unanswered".

The Syrian air base was struck by missiles a little more than 24 hours after the alleged chemical attack. We tell everything. We're sending troops.

In a related development, Reuters, quoting United States government sources, has reported that an initial assessment has not determined whether a reported chemical attack in Douma was carried out by Syrian government forces.

Rusal said in a statement on Friday that the sanctions could trigger technical defaults on some of its debts. The group is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997, which has been signed by 192 member states. "Even as the Trump administration and the USA establishment rejoice in another punishing blow at the Putin regime, Vladimir Putin sees his hand strengthened in his effort to nationalize the Russian elites", he told the NewsHour.

Senior Tory MP Bernard Jenkin said the "absurd" comments further belittled Putin's attempts to avoid responsibility for the "outrageous attack".

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