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  • But earlier he stressed the difficulty of such a project without international support and a mandate from the United Nations, which is still probing chemical weapons attacks.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013, photo, Michael Donald Kirby, left, the chairman of the U.N. commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea, listens to Ahn Myung-chul, right, who worked as a guard and driver at several political prisoner camps in the 1990s before defecting to south, during the U.N. hearing in Seoul, South Korea.

    North Korean defectors' testimony at hearings in Seoul produces both brutal accounts of torture, rape and murder and reminder of previous failed crackdowns.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT
  • In this citizen journalism image provided by the Media Office Of Douma City, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man mourns over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces, according to activists, in Douma town, Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.

    For months now, rebels, along with the United States, Britain and France, have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in its campaign to try to snuff out the rebellion against President Bashar Assad.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT
  • Syrian military soldiers stand guard at a check point on Baghdad street, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Syrian opposition groups claimed scores have died on Wednesday in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used "poisonous gas." The government denied the reports. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Anti-government activists accused the regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that killed at least 100 people, including many children, during intense artillery and rocket barrages on the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT