British prime minister Theresa May: will tell MPs she took the air strike action to alleviate further humanitarian suffering in Syria caused by chemical weapons attacks and that it was in Britain’s national interest to do so.   Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Theresa May will on Monday seek an emergency debate in the House of Commons about last weekend’s air strikes against Syria, giving MPs a chance to exp(...)

A satellite image taken in January 2015 of what the US says is a building modified to support a crematorium in Syria. Photograph: State Department/DigitalGlobe/AP

The US has evidence Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s government has built a crematorium at a large military prison outside the capital Damascus, a s(...)

A picture taken inside one of the busses attacked on Saurday. Photograph: AFP/Omar haj kadour

The death toll from a bomb attack on a crowded bus convoy outside Aleppo has reached at least 126 in the deadliest such incident in Syria in almost a (...)

A Syrian child receives treatment after an alleged chemical attack, at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria. Photograph:  EPA

UN war crimes examiners say they are investigating a suspected poison gas attack that killed more than 50 people in a rebel-held area of northern Syri(...)

Members of the UN Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York in February. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Russia on Tuesday cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers(...)

Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances evacuate fighters and civilians from the two besieged Shia towns of al-Foua and Kefraya in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. Photograph: Reuters

Buses evacuated several hundred fighters and civilians from two besieged areas in Syria on Monday under a deal between warring parties backed by the U(...)

Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas and the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organisation has told the (...)

Members of the Bin Ti Mohammed family, Syrian refugees who fled Aleppo, at their home in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photograph: EPA/Sedat Suna

The air at Tarboush restaurant in Istanbul is thick with Syrian Arabic. Every day, dozens of families and couples displaced by the war come for a s(...)

A Free Syrian Army trainer addresses  fighters as he conducts a demonstration on how to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons at a training camp in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Syria, yesterday. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria’s three-year civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ha(...)

Cypriot foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides (C) stands with Danish chemical warfare officers onboard the “Esbern Snare”, a Danish frigate which is one of the military escorts to cargo vessels extracting chemical weapons from Syria. Photograph: Reuters.

Russia stepped up its defence of Damascus today in a dispute with the West over delays in the elimination of Syria’s chemical arsenal, saying preside(...)

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