US: No Americans Killed in Pakistan Blast
The U.S. embassy in Islamabad denies that any Americans were killed in a deadly blast Monday in northwest Pakistan.
Earlier, Pakistani officials said a suicide car bomber had killed two Americans in the explosion in the city of Peshawar, near Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal region along the Afghan border. Some reports said two Pakistanis died.
There are conflicting reports on whether more than two people were killed in the attack, which authorities say left several people wounded.
Officials say the attacker rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a U.S. government car. Police say the bomber's vehicle was loaded with 110 kilograms of explosives.
The explosion happened in an area of Peshawar that is home to several foreign aid organizations and the United Nations.
The bomber struck the vehicle after it left the U.S. consulate.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Pakistani Taliban, the Afghan Taliban, al-Qaida and affiliated militant groups are entrenched in the tribal regions and take advantage of the porous border to launch attacks against NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
France: Chemical Weapons Would Bring 'Massive' Response to Syria
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says Western powers would have a "massive" response to any use of chemical or biological weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
Fabius said in broadcast interviews Monday there is broad agreement about such a response, calling chemical weapons "a very big danger."
His comments come as the head of the International Red Cross travels to Syria for a three-day visit that will include meetings with Mr. Assad and other officials. The group says the talks will focus on the "rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation" in Syria and the challenges in reaching those impacted by the conflict.
Meanwhile, the new United Nations-Arab League envoy tasked with bringing a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis says he has "no illusions" that his job will be easy.