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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes US President Barack Obama before the first working session of the G20 Summit in Constantine Palace in Strelna near St Petersburg, today. Photograph: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power declared this evening that the US has has given up trying to work with the UN Security Council on S(...)

Protesters hold red hands up as US secretary of state John Kerry speaks before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

A US Senate committee approved limited US military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a contentious debate in the full Senate next week o(...)

Protesters hold red hands up as US secretary of state John Kerry speaks before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington today.  President Barack Obama  issued a blunt challenge to sceptical US lawmakers today to approve his plan for a military strike on Syria, saying inaction would put America’s prestige and their own credibility at risk. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama issued a blunt challenge to sceptical US lawmakers today to approve his plan for a military strike on Syria, saying inaction(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while speaking about Syria during a joint news conference with Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt  in Stockholm today. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama said today he hoped Russian president Vladimir Putin would change his position of opposing military action against military tar(...)

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(...)

US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham after meeting with US President Barack Obama on possible military action against Syria. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Reuters.

  US secretary of state John Kerry and secretary of defence Chuck Hagel will appeal at an influential Senate panel hearing today for(...)

In this May 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

    The words “Hollande Trapped” appeared in several front-page newspaper headlines to describe President Francois Hollande’s (...)

President Barack Obama  has promised to take punitive action against Syria over last month’s poison gas attack in Damascus but wants Congress to vote on the issue first. Photograph: New York Times

The rebel Free Syrian Army has claimed it is benefiting from a delay in an expected US-led strike on Syria, and has guaranteed President Bashar al-As(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (centre) meets Alaeddin Boroujerdi (left), head of the Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy, in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Sana

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said yesterday that Syria would respond to “any external aggression” in response to US president Barack Obama’s decla(...)

US president Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement on Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday. He changed his mind about military intervention in Syria while strolling around the White House grounds with his top adviser, chief of staff Denis McDonough, on Friday evening, NBC News said. Photograph:  Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s surprise move to defer military action against Syria pending the approval of Congress turns an international crisis over the alleged us(...)

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