Civilians in Iraq have reportedly been exposed to blister agents in fighting between Islamic State fighters and US-backed Iraqi forces.
The characteristics of chemical weapons also make them weapons of terror. They do not only injure the body. The threat of chemical weapons harms the minds of soldiers and civilians.
A precise, lethal chemical weapon hit in a foreign capital is a reminder that North Korea knows what it's doing.
Members of the youth wing of the National Front, Malaysia’s ruling coalition, hold placards during a protest at the North Korea embassy following the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur.
Using nerve agents is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but North Korea is not a party to it.
More than 70 years after the Hiroshima bombing, a majority of countries are pushing for a legally-binding treaty against nuclear weapons.
In early December, the nations of the world are poised to take an historic step on nuclear weapons. Yet Australia sticks out like a sore thumb among Asia-Pacific nations in arguing against change.
The US will only take action on WMD when it suits them.
The threat of chemical weapon attacks is on the rise globally.
Governments often have limited knowledge of chemical production as it is the preserve of the private sector. Often these facilities are not as well secured as government facilities.
Very few countries remain outside the world's chemical weapons control regime. Why would Israel want to keep company with North Korea?
The Syrian government has allegedly included chlorine in its attacks on Aleppo.
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The Assad government is accused of using chlorine gas as a weapon against its own people.
A girl stands near fighters in Aleppo. August 7, 2016.
The survival of civilians seem forgotten in a new U.S. and Russian agreement to root out IS and other terrorists in Syria.
Syria's chemical weapons were supposedly all destroyed in 2014, but news reports indicate that nerve gas may have been kept back.
Nearly three decades after the horrific gas attack by Saddam Hussein, Kurds are waiting for the world to recognise a genocide.
British-made weapons are still finding their way into the wrong hands. Doesn't parliament have a responsibility to stop that happening?
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Just because acid isn't generally used for mass-casualty attacks doesn't mean that it doesn't pose a very real threat.
Nothing to see here: the aftermath of a reported chlorine attack in Syria.
The war in Iraq and Syria might well now be a chemical one – but it won't make any difference to the world's response.
Never again? A poison gas attack in World War I.
A century since chlorine gas was used at Ypres, beginning the era of chemical weapons, controlling lethal agents is harder than ever.
Syrians in Jordan protest ongoing chemical attacks.
Months after Syria's chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed, chlorine attacks are continuing – and there's little sign of any war crimes charges materialising.
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Agent Orange this ain’t.
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Chemical weapons could be making a stealthy comeback.
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Did you say ants?
Animals have an easy life. They can run, hide, or bite back when predators are on the prowl. Plants cannot. Instead they have evolved to deploy a range of defence mechanisms including chemical warfare…