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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: “The overwhelming view of the international community is that a response is required.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The United Nations Security Council, particularly Russia, has “a global responsibility’ to act against the Syrian regime, Tánaiste and Minister for Fo(...)

Commander of the Dutch peacekeepers in Srebrenica in 1995 Lieut Col Thomas Karremans, whose request for two F16 fighter jets to neutralise the Bosnian Serbs’ heavy armour was ignored. Photograph: Ed Oudenaarden/AFP/Getty Images

It is a fact of history usually forgotten when recalling the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb troops in Srebrenica in 1995 that w(...)

A supporter of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad gestures  near the US embassy in Lebanon. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has denied ordering an alleged chemical weapons attack said to have killed hundreds of civilians in the Damascus coun(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks to the media during a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

The G20 summit in St Petersburg ended poorly for US president Barack Obama yesterday as France, his closest ally for military action in Syria, pulled (...)

World leaders left the G20 summit  in St Petersburg today without reaching a consensus on Syria. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama resisted pressure to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria and enlisted the support of 10 fellow leaders for a “strong(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Barack Obama  pictured on a video screen installed in the press centre of the G20 Summit in Strelna near St Petersburg yesterday.  Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The tide of international opinion appeared to be turning further against US president Barack Obama’s plans for military action in Syria as the first d(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said a response to the crisis in Syria ’has to be through the UN’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said he was taking “some hope” from statements by Russian president Vladimir Putin on Syria in(...)

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(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault makes the case for intervention in Syria on moral grounds during a parliamentary debate at the national assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

The French national assembly debate over military intervention in Syria turned preconceptions of a pacifist left and hawkish right upside down. The s(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during a meeting with the presidential council for civil society and human rights at the Kremlin in Moscow yesterday. Putin warned that an attack on Syria without authorisation from the United Nations Security Council would violate international law. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov via The New York Times

Although he made some conciliatory statements in his interview with Channel One on Russian television and the Associated Press news agency on the eve (...)

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