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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(...)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry departs after addressing the media on the Syrian situation. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Britain and the United States appeared to be on the brink of military intervention in Syria yesterday, as British prime minister David Cameron recalle(...)

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 (...)

Ryanair lost ground on investor concerns over price of aviation fuel. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Iseq slid yesterday in line with other European exchanges as stocks across the continent suffered their biggest daily drop in two months. Oil pric(...)

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 member of the “Free Men of Syria” (Ahrar Suriya) brigade, operating under the Free Syrian Army,  makes improvised weapons  at a workshop near Aleppo. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

Russia said this morning it regretted a decision by Washington to postpone talks on an international peace conference for Syria, underlining growing d(...)

Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus, last week. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The West hardened its stance against the Assad regime yesterday, with Britain accusing the UN Security Council of shirking its responsibility to Syria(...)

UN chemical weapons experts visit victims of an apparent gas attack, at a hospital in the Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The crisis over the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war intensified as western powers and allies of the Middle Eastern country h(...)

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 (...)

US president Barack Obama: his team is reportedly  looking at the 1999 Kosovo conflict for precedents. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

If the US, Britain and their allies carry out punitive air strikes against the Syrian regime because of the use of chemical weapons they will most pro(...)

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