Nebenzia and Haley shake hands before the Security Council meeting. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Russia and the United States tangled Tuesday at the U.N. Security Council over Syria as they blocked attempts by each other to set up international investigations into alleged chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged country. The United States and other Western powers are considering taking military action over a suspected poison gas attack Saturday on a rebel-held Syrian town that long had held out against President Bashar Assad's forces. Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted resolution to create a new inquiry to ascertain blame for such attacks. At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma, according to a Syrian relief group.International chemical weapons experts will go Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack, their organization said Tuesday, as the United States and other Western powers consider military action over the incident.It was not immediately clear whether the announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons would delay or prevent a U.S. strike in Syria.The Syrian Foreign Ministry also said Syria will help the OPCW to investigate the alleged attack.
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