A Syrian boy receives treatment at a hospital in  Aleppo on Saturday. Official Syrian media accused the armed opposition of launching an attack with “toxic gas” on the northern city, but a leading rebel alliance has denied any involvement. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

The global chemical weapons agency will investigate an alleged gas attack in Aleppo, Syria on Saturday that reportedly wounded up to 100 people, the h(...)

Austrian ambassador to Russia Johannes Eigner leaves the Russian foreign ministry headquarters in Moscow after it was declared that Austria suspects a recently retired military officer in spying for Russia for decades, on Friday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Austria condemned Russia for espionage on Friday after launching an investigation of a retired army colonel suspected of spying for Moscow for many ye(...)

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for the European Council summit in Brussels. There is backing  for the idea of extending the UK transition period by a year – although the UK would have to ask for it. Photograph: EPA

There are EU summits which take decisions. They are, after all, the supreme decision-making authority of the union. And there are those consigned(...)

Four men arriving from Moscow at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as the Netherlands expelled four alleged Russian agents in April. Photograph: Ho/Dutch Defence Ministry/AFP

It must go down as one of the most embarrassing months ever for Russia’s military intelligence. In the 30 days since UK prime minister Theresa May re(...)

Mobile phones and a camera recovered from four GRU officers who were alleged to have to have hacked the WiFi networks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Photograph: PA

Russia has been accused of acting like a “pariah state” by the UK defence secretary after allegations intelligence officers from the Kremlin tried to (...)

(L/R): Head of Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service Onno Eichelsheim, Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld and British ambassador Peter Wilson attend a press conference of the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) at The Hague. Photograph: Bart Maat/ ANP/AFP

The Netherlands has said it foiled a plot by Russian military intelligence to launch a cyber attack against the international chemical weapons watchdo(...)

 People walk in the recently recaptured Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Youssef  Badawi/EPA

A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has visited a site in Douma, Syria, to collect samples as it(...)

Smoke rises from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Friday. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

The Syrian army has bombarded jihadis and other rebels in the last area outside government control near Damascus, as President Bashar al-Assad moved t(...)

 Russian soldiers and Syrian government forces oversee the evacuation of rebel fighters from the Army of Islam and their families from the town of Dumayr, northeast of Damascus, on Thursday. Photograph Sana (official Syrian news agency)/via AP)

The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one an(...)

The former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus pictured  on Tuesday,  after the Syrian army declared  all anti-regime forces had left Eastern Ghouta. Douma was also the site of a recent alleged chemical weapons attack.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

It is not clear when an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons fact-finding mission will be able to travel safely to Douma, the Syrian c(...)

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