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Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that in Moscow’s view the only solution to the Syrian crisis was a diplomatic one. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

As western countries prepared to put pressure on president Vladimir Putin during the upcoming G20 summit in St Petersburg, there was no indication of (...)

A supporter of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad holds a placard during her participation with others in “Over our Bodies”, a campaign to organise human shields against possible US strikes, at Qasion Mountain overlooking the capital Damascus. Photograph:  Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Tensions over the Syrian crisis spiked briefly yesterday when Russian radar reported that two ballistic “objects” had been fired over the eastern Medi(...)

John Boehner, speaker of the US House of Representatives,  who  said  yesterday he supported the US president’s call for action against the Assad regime in Syria, renewing jitters among investors. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Iseq closed down just a fraction yesterday, as a week-long rally in European shares stalled because of ongoing concerns about potential western mi(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence Alan Shatter performing a ministerial review of the 43rd Infantry Group before their departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in the Golan Heights in Syria. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish troops have all the training and specialist equipment they need to deal with any possible chemical warfare incident during their deployment to S(...)

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(...)

The UN’s main responsibility is to maintain international peace,  not to protect citizens from their rulers. Photograph: Gettty Images

The United Nations Security Council is, in many ways, an affront to democracy. It is after all, a self-appointed club of the strong and mighty with oc(...)

Alan Shatter said Irish troops would have adequate resources while on deployment. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

MMinister for Defence Alan Shatter has sought to allay concerns over the safety of Irish troops about to be deployed on a United Nations mission to th(...)

France’s defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives at the Hotel Matignon offices to attend a meeting with ministers and members of parliament in Paris September yesterday. France aims to build a coalition of countries to back military action against the Syrian government in response to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus, France’s prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French government sought to bolster the case for military action against Syria last night, releasing a declassified summary of French intelligence(...)

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(...)

Smoke rises from al-Jazmati area after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/Reuters.

Damascenes are obsessed with US threats of strikes against government targets in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons against the capital’s(...)

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