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A man stands on the rubble of buildings damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged area of Homs. Photograph: Reuters/Yazan Homsy

While much world attention has unsurprisingly been focused on the sound and fury coming out of Washington over the debt ceiling and the possible defau(...)

A file image of members the  United Nations Security Council  voting.  Saudi Arabia said today it would not take up its seat on the body. Reuters

Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented show of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East iss(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (left) laughs with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva today. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/Reuters

Iran said it presented “logical” proposals in talks with six world powers in Geneva today aimed at achieving a breakthrough in a decade-old standoff (...)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta  talks to Kenyan delegates about Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court, in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, at the weekend.  Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

African leaders stopped short of withdrawing their nations from the International Criminal Court (ICC) this weekend, but they rallied around Kenya’s (...)

UN vehicles transporting a team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are pictured as they return to their hotel in Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

A team of chemical weapons experts has made “encouraging initial progress” as it works towards the elimination of Syria’s poison gas arsenal, the Unit(...)

UN experts charged with starting the process of verifying and eliminating chemical weapons arrived in Syria today for the mission endorsed by the UN S(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the United Nations Security Council after it unanimously voted in favor of a resolution eradicating Syria’s chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Russia wants to revive plans for a conference on ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction now that Syria has pledged to abandon its chem(...)

President Bashar al-Assad said Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons. Photograph: Reuters

Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, president Bashar al-Assad told Italian television station RaiNews24 today.“We joined th(...)

Israeli soldiers from the paratroopers brigade take part in a drill in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

More than 100 Irish soldiers have been deployed for a six-month stint in the Golan Heights in war-torn Syria. The troops from the 43rd Infantry Group (...)

United Nations  vehicles carry  members of a chemical weapons investigation team in the Syrian carry Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a breakthrough agreement to eliminate all of Syria’s chemical weapons. The council(...)

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