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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(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters check the amount of ammunition they have for their weapons near Aleppo international airport. With an impending military attack on Syria now all but certain, UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon urged western leaders to await the outcome of the four-day missionto to determine the use of  chemical weapons, which is expected to finish tomorrow.

Britain and the US were under pressure last night to delay military action in Syria until the United Nations completes its investigation into the a(...)

Arab League and United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  after a TV interview at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The leaders of the Arab world have blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people last week, but declined (...)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry departs after addressing the media on the Syrian situation. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Britain and the United States appeared to be on the brink of military intervention in Syria yesterday, as British prime minister David Cameron recalle(...)

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(...)

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