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British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel (mingle before the first working meeting of the G20 summit.

British prime minister David Cameron has said British laboratory tests have confirmed that the lethal sarin nerve gas was used in the chemical attack (...)

US president Barack Obama speaks next to vice president Joe Biden (L) at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington this evening. Photograph:  Mike Theiler/Reuters.

US president Barack Obama will seek congressional backing for taking military action against Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. Speaking at the White Hou(...)

Low-cost airline Ryanair slipped 0.3 per cent to €6.61 in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

European equities fell, extending their weekly losses, as a drop in oil and gas stocks following the UK parliament’s rejection of a motion for militar(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In a further boost to its support of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has announced it is continuing to supply weaponry to Syrian government forces. (...)

Protesters from leftist parties shout slogans during a demonstration against military strikes on the Syrian government and to show their support for the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, after Friday prayers in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Majed Jaber/Reuters

UN inspectors yesterday visited a military hospital in Damascus to interview soldiers said to have been affected by a chemical attack by rebels or fun(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

Ake Sellstrom (C), the head of a U.N. chemical weapons investigation team, stands outside Yousef al-Azma military hospital in Damascus. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

As the United States readies itself for a military strike against Syria’s Assad regime that is becoming more inevitable by the day, the Obama administ(...)

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about possible US action against Syria during a meeting with the leaders of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania at the White House in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama is still weighing whether to take military action against Syria as his administration released an intelligence report that a(...)

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(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, inspects one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Zamalka yesterday. Photograph:  Mohammad Abdullah/Reuters

Chemical weapon storehouses cannot simply be blasted into oblivion, experts have said.They say that is why the United States is probably targeting som(...)

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