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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(...)

A Syrian child refugee cries as he stands at a queue waiting to receive aid from Turkish humanitarian agencies at Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Israel and the US conducted joint tests of their missile operations in the Mediterranean Sea today. The tests, which were detected by Russian r(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinians are negotiating statehood with Israel on the basis of the pre-1967 West Bank border, and the talks are making headway.  Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

A sixth round of peace talks is to be held between Israeli and Palestinian representatives today, with both sides saying that progress is being made.(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag yesterday containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

UN experts completed a third day of inspections in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus yesterday, seeking evidence of chemical weapons attacks, as(...)

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 (...)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus yesterday. He said his country had defences that would “suprise” its antagonists. Photograph: AP

Western envoys have told opposition Syrian National Coalition leaders in Istanbul to expect strikes on Damascus within days, as Syrian foreign ministe(...)

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter (left) provides cover for his fellow fighter inspecting a body, which according to the FSA was one of the forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, during an offensive to seize Aleppo’s town of Khanasir. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting president Bashar al-Assad, accor(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert (right) gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday.  Photograph: Ahmad Alshami/Reuters

UN experts yesterday visited the besieged western Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, allegedly targeted with chemical weapons last week, and began taking (...)

Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria yesterday. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The increasingly bellicose statements on Syria coming from London and Washington will sharpen the focus of today’s meeting of top US, British, French (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rests next to his weapons in al-Swaika district in Aleppo at the weekend. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Rebel groups in Syria’s north say they have received their largest shipment of weapons yet, in a fillip to an anti-government campaign that had stalle(...)

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