Russia, West Remain Divided on Syria Gas Attack
Russia and Western powers remain divided on who was responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Syria, but are continuing to work together toward a United Nations resolution on the removal of Syria's chemical arsenal.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday the attack last month near Damascus was likely a "provocation" by rebels seeking to draw in outside military help.
His French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, told a joint news conference after their meeting in Moscow that evidence presented in a report by U.N. investigators released Monday "seems to leave no doubt" that Syrian forces were the ones who deployed chemical weapons.
The inspection report presented to the U.N. Security Council does not assess blame for the attack. But the report's underlying evidence, including the trajectory of poison-filled rockets, was cited by the United States and its Western allies as proof of the Syrian government's responsibility.
Authorities: Suspected Gunman in Deadly Washington Shooting Acted Alone
Authorities in Washington, D.C. say an information technology employee working for a military contractor was the lone suspect in Monday's shooting rampage at a U.S. naval facility that left 13 people dead, including the gunman.
Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters hours after the tragedy there was no evidence a second person was involved with Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old resident of ((the southwestern city/state of)) Fort Worth, Texas, who was killed during a gun battle with police shortly after his shooting spree began.
Police say Alexis entered the U.S. Naval Yard in the nation's capitol with a valid identification card, armed with a military-style automatic assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun, and opened fire inside the Naval Sea Systems Command, which is responsible for buying, building and maintaining ships and submarines. About 3,000 people work in the building, many of them civilians.
The New York City native served in the U.S. Navy as a reserve sailor from 2007 to 2011. News outlets say Alexis was arrested in two separate shooting incidents, once in 2004 in Seattle and the second in Fort Worth in 2010. He has been described as having problems controlling his anger.