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A man pushes an ill woman on a cart along a street in the war ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

Russia said today it will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control.The surprise announcement by Russian foreign minister S(...)

A supporter of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad gestures  near the US embassy in Lebanon. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has denied ordering an alleged chemical weapons attack said to have killed hundreds of civilians in the Damascus coun(...)

Protesters march in Los Angeles yesterday in  an anti-war rally. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

President Barack Obama and his administration allies are intensifying a public-relations offensive in what even Obama has called a “heavy lift” to win(...)

The US drone strike took place  in Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border. Image: Google Maps

A senior militant commander linked to the kidnap of a US soldier was killed today in a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun tribal r(...)

President Barack Obama. In the face of a public weary of a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and sceptical members of Congress who are unsure of the unintended consequences of US military strikes against Syrian government forces, the Obama team is facing an uphill struggle to make its case.

US president Barack Obama is pressing foreign leaders at the G20 summit of world leaders to support military action against Syria over alleged chemica(...)

Afghan policemen stand at the site of a blast in Jalalabad province yesterday. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Militants have attacked a US base in Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan, leading to multiple explosions, a gunfight and the closure of a key (...)

Afghan police at the site of an attack on a base operated by Polish and Afghan forces in Ghazni province last week. Photograph: Mustafa Andaleb/Reuters

Six boys were killed on a swimming outing in northern Afghanistan, apparently the victims of policemen who fired a rocket into a river, according to A(...)

At least nine Pakistani servicemen were killed today when a roadside bomb hit an army convoy passing through the troubled region of North Waziristan (A on map). Image: Google Maps.

At least nine Pakistani servicemen were killed today when a roadside bomb hit an army convoy passing through the troubled region of North Waziristan n(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

Prime minister Kevin Rudd, campaigning for elections on September 7th, said he would allow the investigation to run its course and that he had full confidence in the military. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Australia’s military is investigating a unit of special forces soldiers accused of cutting the hands from corpses of one or more insurgents killed dur(...)

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