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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem (right) meets UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane in Damascus.

UN inspectors are set to begin investigations today into allegations chemical weapons were deployed east of Damascus last week.The agreement between D(...)

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

International alarm over reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria has triggered an emergency session of the United Nations security council, but e(...)

Egypt’s interim vice president Mohamed El Baradei, who resigned yesterday, speaks at a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Cairo in July. Ms Ashton called on the security forces to “exercise utmost restraint and on all Egyptian citizens”. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

The EU and US have castigated yesterday’s use of force by the Egyptian authorities to disperse Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Nasr City and Giza. EU fo(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter looks at damaged buildings and debris on a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood. Russia said talks on a peace unlikley before October. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters.

Russia wants a Syria peace conference to be held as soon as possible but it is unlikely to go ahead before October because there is a busy diplomatic(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is on a tight rein in these “talks about talks”,  with the blessing of Fatah but not Hamas. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Reuters

Palestinians harbour few expectations of talks about talks with Israel that began last night over dinner in Washington and are to continue today. (...)

A Palestinian artist painting a mural in Gaza City in support of Palestinian prisoners  in Israeli jails. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Israel has agreed to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks, but will not yield to other demands the Palestinians say must be me(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: some Palestinian officials claimed the meeting participants were leaning towards accepting Mr Kerry’s formula for restarting peace talks with Israel. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Pool via The New York Times

Palestinian leaders have delayed a decision about restarting peace talks with Israel, and will reconvene today in Ramallah.Conflicting reports emerge(...)

Civilians and forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad celebrate in Qusayr after the forces took control of the town from rebel fighters. Photograph:  Rami Bleibel/Reuters

Syrian troops backed up by tanks and armoured vehicles yesterday recaptured the Quneitra crossing-point on the ceasefire line between Syria and the(...)

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol near the site of the army checkpoint where three Lebanese soldiers were killed near the town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers at an army checkpoint today before fleeing towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials said. Photograph: Ahmad Shalha/Reuters

Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria today dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray amon(...)

Former Irish president Mary Robinson and former US president Jimmy Carter. Photograph: Jeff Moore/The Elders

It began with a conversation between British tycoon Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel as they flew home after a fundraising concert for a (...)

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