A truck carrying a container from the Danish vessel Ark Futura drives into the hold of the U.S.-owned MV Cape Ray, at Gioia Tauro port, southern Italy, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Hundreds of tons of chemicals "likely" to have been used by Syria to make the deadly nerve gas sarin were exported by British firms in the 1980s, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday.Hague said the chemicals, which can be used legitimately for making plastics and pharmaceuticals, were exported by unnamed British companies to Syria between 1983 and 1986 .Hague said Britain would destroy a further 50 tons of material from Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, taking the total amount it has agreed to process to 200 tons.Hague said a ship carrying the chemicals was expected to arrive in Britain next week.
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