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People walk along a damaged street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, Syria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Iranian supreme guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday accused the US of using the August 21st chemical weapons attack as a pretext to mount military (...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right) pictured with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said in Tehran last month. Photograph: IRNA/Handout via Reuters

Iran’s most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today the United States was using a chemical attack in Syria’s civil war as a pretext to (...)

Free Syrian Army fighters eating together in Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/Reuters

When protests erupted across Syria in March 2011, the country’s long-abused opposition was presented with a chance 40 years in the making. A popular r(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: communications with several unidentified aides probed by US spy agency.  Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s government summoned the US ambassador to respond to new revelations of US surveillance of president Dilma Rousseff and her senior aides, comp(...)

US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham after meeting with US President Barack Obama on possible military action against Syria. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Reuters.

  US secretary of state John Kerry and secretary of defence Chuck Hagel will appeal at an influential Senate panel hearing today for(...)

A Syncrude Canada Ltd oil refinery in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Oil prices are on track for their biggest monthly gain in a year. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg.

Brent crude oil slipped below $115 a barrel today as fears over supply disruptions in the Middle East eased after Britain said it will not join any mi(...)

US president Barack Obama said a ‘tailored, limited’ strike could be enough to send a strong message to Syria that the use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Brent crude dropped toward $115 a barrel today as the possibility of a delay in a US-led military strike on Syria helped calm worries on Middle East o(...)

An activist at  Whitehall near the junction with Downing Street yesterday during an event organised by the Stop the War Coalition to protest against  potential UK involvement in an  attack on Syria.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

If the United States attacks Syria, it will be the first time it strikes a country that is capable of waging retaliatory cyberspace attacks on US tar(...)

A dangerous escalation

The rush to military action against Syria led by the United States, Britain and France following the use of chemical weapons on civilians there is ill(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter passes by the convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts

UN chemical weapons inspectors yesterday visited sites in the eastern Ghouta near Damascus as UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the team should be(...)

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