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US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Jordan's King Abdullah at the airport in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq today where a senior US official said he would urge prime minister Nuri al-(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore and Catherine Ashton, Vice-President of the European Commission, attend a press conference at the conclusion of the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers  at Dublin Castle today. Photograph: Justin MacInnes / MacInnes Photography/Department of the Taoiseach

The European Union was left divided today over how to increase its help to the Syria n opposition after talks between foreign ministers failed(...)

Iraqis examine damage inflicted on their house by a car bomb attack in AL-Mashtal district in Baghdad last Tuesday. Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Baghdad and south of Iraq’s capital, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

On March 19th, 2003, the United States, under President George W Bush, and with the support of Britain and a number of other states, led an inv(...)

UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi: “The Russians and Americans are now talking to one another, and that is very positive.” Photograph: Reuters

When Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore expressed Ireland’s opposition to lifting the Eu ropean Un ion arms embargo on wea(...)

Lebanon's prime minister Najib Mikati kisses deputy prime minister Samir Moqbel after announcing his resignation at the Grand Serail, the government headquarters in Beirut today.  Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters
Lebanese prime minister resigns
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  • March 22, 2013, 21:50

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced his government's resignation on Friday after a cabinet dispute with Shi'ite group Hezbollah ove(...)

A blast at a mosque in central Damascus today has killed high-level cleric Mohammed al-Buti (pictured), state television said. Buti, believed to be in his 90s, was a staunch supporter of President Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Reuters/SANA

An explosion at a mosque in the Syria n capital has killed at least 42 people, including a senior pro-government Muslim cleric, and wounded 84,(...)

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said today that the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a ‘crime against humanity’ . Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

The United Nations will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which would be “a crime against humanity”, secretary-ge(...)

Israeli doctors stand at the bedside of a Syrian at Rambam Hospital in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. Israeli soldiers gave medical treatment today to four Syrians wounded in fighting near the ceasefire line on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the army said. Photograph: Pioter Fliter/Rambam Hospital/Reuters

Syria ’s main opposition group has demanded a full international investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in the country’s north.(...)

A woman and a child injured in  an alleged chemical weapons attack, are treated at a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo today. Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

Syria's government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo today in what would, i(...)

Iraqi policemen examine the remains of a car bomb in Baghdad's Sadr City today. Photograph: Qahtan al-Sudani/Reuters

Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shia districts of Baghdad and south of Iraq's capital today, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversa(...)

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