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A member of the “Free Men of Syria” (Ahrar Suriya) brigade, operating under the Free Syrian Army,  makes improvised weapons  at a workshop near Aleppo. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

Russia said this morning it regretted a decision by Washington to postpone talks on an international peace conference for Syria, underlining growing d(...)

A Syrian refugee girl looks from a tent at the Domiz refugee camp in the northern Iraqi province of Dohuk. The number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland reached 1 million today. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

US and allied intelligence agencies have made a preliminary assessment that chemical weapons were used by Syrian forces in an attack near Damascus thi(...)

A Palestinian boy holds a candle during a vigil to show solidarity with Syrian civilians in the West Bank city of Ramallahafter hundreds were killed yesterday in rebel-held Damascus suburbs. The United Nations has demanded that Syria gives its chemical weapons experts immediate access to the suburbs where poison gas appears to have killed hundreds just a few miles from the UN team’s hotel. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

The United Nations demanded Syria give its chemical weapons experts immediate access tonight to rebel-held Damascus suburbs where poison gas appears t(...)

Smoke is seen over Ramses Square tonight after Islamist protests descended into a bloodbath across Egypt with around 50 killed alone on a “Day of Rage” called by followers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Photograph: Steve Crisp /Reuters

Islamist protests descended into a bloodbath across Egypt today, with about 50 people killed in Cairo alone on a “Day of Rage” called by followers of (...)

Supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo today, while families tried to identify hundreds of mut(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon praised Panama yesterday for seizing a North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba, adding that the UN sanctions committee would take up the issue promptly. Cuba said the weapons were being sent back to North Korea for repair and included two anti-aircraft missile batteries, nine disassembled rockets, two MiG-21 fighter jets, and 15 MiG-21 engines, all Soviet-era military weaponry built in the middle of the last century. Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

North Korea broke four days of silence early today over a rusty North Korean freighter impounded by Panama for concealing a load of Cuban weapons, ins(...)

A Syrian child holds her sibling at a camp in Baalbek, Lebanon, for Syrians who have fled the fighting in their country. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has escalated to an average of 6,000 a day during 2013 – a rate not seen since the genocide in Rwan(...)

Panama seized a North Korean cargo ship it suspects was hiding missile equipment in a shipment of brown sugar from Cuba, after a standoff in which the(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has  reportedly said if Edward Snowden wanted to remain in Russia, he must “stop his work aimed at harming our American partners”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

US whistleblower Edward Snowden is reported to have applied for political asylum in Russia. Reuters said a “Russian immigration source” had provided t(...)

US President Barack Obama speaks under a tent  in a joint news conference with Senegal’s president Macky Sall. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said today he had not yet spoken to Chinese president Xi Jinping or Russian president Vladimir Putin about the US request to(...)

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