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Syria crisis: UN inspectors leave as Russia dismisses US claims

31 August 2013 Last updated at 12:23 BST

UN inspectors investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria have left Damascus.

They crossed into neighbouring Lebanon hours after President Barack Obama said the US was considering a "limited narrow act" against Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed US claims that Syria's regime was behind the attack, describing them as "utter nonsense".

Emily Buchanan reports.