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Military action against Syria should remain an option as the international community attempts to enforce proposals for president Bashar Assad’s regime(...)

Ake Sellstrom (L), head of the chemical weapons team working in Syria, hands a report on the August 21st massacre to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/UN

UN chemical investigators today confirmed the use of sarin gas in an August 21 poison gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus, noting that weather condi(...)

A breakthrough on Syria?

Syria’s acceptance of a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control offers a way to prevent their use in the Syrian civil(...)

US president Barack Obama walks between meetings on Syria with US Senate Republicans and Democrats, on Capitol Hill in Washington today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Syria accepted a Russian proposal yesterday to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from US military strikes but serious differences emerged(...)

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(...)

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