United Nations chief warns that Mideast 'chaos' threatens global peace

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"The United States is again trying to mislead the worldwide community and is making yet one more step toward confrontation", Nebenzia told the 15-member Security Council.

He cited the Palestinian-Israeli divide, the Sunni-Shia divide "evident from the Gulf to the Mediterranean" and other divisive factors reflected in a multiplicity of conflicts.

Trump wrote on Twitter after having warned Russian Federation the previous day to "get ready" for missile strikes which he said "will be coming".

"Today, I called the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the Security Council to reiterate my deep concern about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control", he said, referring to the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.

"We can say that the Syrian government was behind the attack", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a briefing.

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He advised countries to "act responsibly in these unsafe circumstances".

During the meeting, Britain's permanent representative to the United Nations Karen Pierce said that Russian actions regarding Syria are "the latest in a pernicious chronology of disregard for global law" by Moscow.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies using chemical weapons against civilians.

Both the Security Council and the General Assembly have also recognized the importance of engaging youth, and continue seeking ways for their inclusive representation in decision-making in local, national, regional and global institutions.

Putin was quoted as urging for a "thorough and objective probe" into the reports of the chemical weapons attack. "Africa and the Middle East have the highest proportions of young people".

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In Syria, Guterres said, "we see confrontations and proxy wars involving several national armies, a number of armed opposition groups, many national and worldwide militia, foreign fighters from everywhere in the world, and various terrorist organizations".

And in what appears to be implicit criticism of Israel for its use of force against protesters, Guterres said, "The recent violence in Gaza has resulted in many needless deaths and injuries".

The Damascus suburb of Douma was recaptured by the government this week, so the experts from the UN-backed Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are expected to have easier access than on previous occasions when the alleged attacks happened in areas of ongoing fighting or those controlled by radical Islamists. Both European allies have pledged a "joint response" to the alleged chemical attack.

The US and its allies are considering of launching a missile attack on Syria after the alleged chemical attack, an action Russian Federation has stated would risk beginning a war. Troianovski reported from Moscow.

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