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France’s president Francois Hollande (C) stands on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Mr Hollande had assumed airstrikes against Syria would be under way before today’s parliamentary debate on the issue. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

A parliamentary vote on French military intervention in Syria may be the only way for French president François Hollande to defuse the political crisi(...)

The UN’s main responsibility is to maintain international peace,  not to protect citizens from their rulers. Photograph: Gettty Images

The United Nations Security Council is, in many ways, an affront to democracy. It is after all, a self-appointed club of the strong and mighty with oc(...)

Alan Shatter said Irish troops would have adequate resources while on deployment. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

MMinister for Defence Alan Shatter has sought to allay concerns over the safety of Irish troops about to be deployed on a United Nations mission to th(...)

Smoke rises from al-Jazmati area after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/Reuters.

Damascenes are obsessed with US threats of strikes against government targets in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons against the capital’s(...)

US President Barack Obama meets in the Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss strategy in Syria. Photograph: Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images

US secretary of state John Kerry today asserted the United States has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and that the “case is building” for a militar(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry said today there is “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the Syrian government used poison gas against its citizen(...)

“We have been assured by the United Nations that every arrangement that is possible will be put in place to ensure their safety and security,” said  Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The safety and security of Irish troops in the Middle East region has been paramount in the Government’s discussions with the United Nations on the Sy(...)

Members of Parliament are seen attending a session of Parliament in the House of Commons, called to discuss the Syria crisis. Reuters

  The British government’s pledge to intervene militarily in Syria lay in ruins last night after a motion to intervene in principle in (...)

A dangerous escalation

The rush to military action against Syria led by the United States, Britain and France following the use of chemical weapons on civilians there is ill(...)

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