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Lebanese Army soldiers patrol near the site of the army checkpoint where three Lebanese soldiers were killed near the town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers at an army checkpoint today before fleeing towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials said. Photograph: Ahmad Shalha/Reuters

Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria today dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray amon(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (R) looks on as Turkey’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses a joint news conference in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

There will be no supply of arms to Syria by European Union member states in the short term, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore ha(...)

Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili. Mr Jalili is one of eight approved candidates in the upcoming election. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to fight a decision by election overseers to disqualify his top aide from the upcoming presidential ra(...)

Syria’s president Dr Bashar al-Assad (right) sits during an interview with journalists from Argentina in Damascus in this handout photograph distributed by Syria’s national news agency Sana. Photograph: Reuters/Sana

Syrian troops supported by Hezbollah militants launched an offensive to retake a major town near Lebanon from rebels today, the heaviest fighti(...)

Syrian refugees wait in line for a daily bread ration distributed by the World Food Program at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has urged world powers to organise Syrian peace talks “as soon as possible”, to seek an end to a c(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as their move towards their positions in the al-Ziyabiya area in Damascus earlier this month. Photograph: Ward Al-Keswani/Reuters

Let’s be clear: There are no good options left in Syria. The government of Bashar al-Assad has a large arsenal of weapons as well as the(...)

Yesterday’s agreement between the US and Russia to press for new Syrian peace talks, although in the diplomatic pipeline for a while, is also a(...)

A Free Syrian Army commander reacts after they failed to capture a Syrian Amry tank during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s neighbourhood of Salaheddine. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

State forces and militias loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad stormed the coastal village of Baida today, killing at least 50 people incl(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel waves before boarding an aircraft for a trip to the Middle East  at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Photograph:  Jim Watson/Getty Image

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel said today Israel and the US agree Iran must be stopped from attaining the ability to build a nuclear bomb w(...)

Protesters are seen on a street after setting fire to garbage containers during clashes with riot police in Budaiya, west of Manama today. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Bahrain police fired tear gas in clashes with rioting youths after thousands of opposition supporters rallied peacefully for democracy today, t(...)

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