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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(...)

Vehicles bearing Syria’s national flag and playing pro-President Bashar al-Assad songs, parade through the streets in Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The powerful brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is suspected of authorising the chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of Syrian civili(...)

Arab League and United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  after a TV interview at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The leaders of the Arab world have blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people last week, but declined (...)

Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, on Sunday last. Photograph: Hassan Ammar

Shops in Damascus are open, and traffic chokes the main thoroughfares. But, after more than two years of civil war, the mood is growing restive as Syr(...)

A Free Syrian Army  fighter  provides cover while his comrade inspects  a body in Aleppo this week. Photograph: Reuters

We are in August, which rather than TS Eliot’s April, seems to be the cruellest month. This time next year will mark the centenary of the outbreak of (...)

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