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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to speak to the media about the conclusion of the UN inspectors’ report on chemical weapons use in Syria. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has described a chemical weapons attack in Syria last month as a “war crime” and the “most significant co(...)

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(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Larry Downing

The White House scrambled to regain the political initiative over Syria yesterday, insisting that US military strikes remained an option despite its d(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters sit at their guard post in the eastern Hama countryside. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

The head of the opposition Syrian Supreme Military Council has said today’s US-Russian agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons was a blow to t(...)

A girl helps her brother make his way through the rubble of a damaged house  in the eastern Hama countryside. Photograph: Reuters

The United States and Russia said they will try to revive an international peace process to end Syria’s civil war but only if they can reach agreement(...)

Forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad carry the national flag as they ride on motorcycles in Qusair. Photograph:  Mohammed Azakir/Reuters

Sometimes Twitter is not just a cesspit full of people who love to hate. Last week, Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole tweeted his take on John Kerr(...)

Courthouse steps: protesters in New Delhi, where four men were yesterday sentenced to death for the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus last December. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty

A United Nations study of 10,000 men in the Asia-Pacific region set out to reveal the true extent of rape culture in the region, but its findings – pu(...)

Taipei’s most prized landmark, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

The compromises necessary to overcome political difficulties in the Far East have a habit of being reduced to slogans that have about them a strange f(...)

Protesters gather in front of the White House on September 10th, 2013 in Washington. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

SIMON CARSWELL, Washington CorrespondentUS president Barack Obama spent most of his televised address last night explaining why the US was morally rig(...)

US President Barack Obama talks to Senate pages as he leaves the Senate Democratic policy luncheon after meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol yesterday in Washington DC.

The White House and a cross-party group of US senators responded to the possibility of a political solution to the Syria crisis by offering the Assad (...)

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