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Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascusyesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Bassam Khabieh

International alarm over reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria has triggered an emergency session of the United Nations security council, but e(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters ride on a pick up truck decorated with an Islamist flag along a damaged street in Deir al-Zor. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

A team of United Nations chemical weapons experts arrived in Damascus today to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.(...)

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott shares a joke with members of Mernda football club in Melbourne while on the election campaign trail today. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Australia’s opposition, tipped to win next month’s general election, promised today to revive tough laws barring thousands of asylum seekers already i(...)

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

A Free Syrian Army fighter moves through a hole in a wall in the Bab al-Nasr neighborhood of Aleppo yesterday. Aleppo is one of three locations to be visited by a UN
chemical weapons inspection team. Photograph: Melhem Barakat/Reuters.

UN experts will travel to Syria imminently to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during that country’s civil war after the United Nations and (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter looks at damaged buildings and debris on a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood. Russia said talks on a peace unlikley before October. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters.

Russia wants a Syria peace conference to be held as soon as possible but it is unlikely to go ahead before October because there is a busy diplomatic(...)

Workers clean up the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

Shootings and a bombing have killed at least seven more people in Iraq today, after a day of carnage as sectarian tensions rise across the country.The(...)

An Iraqi policeman stands guard outside a Sunni mosque during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Baghdad to mark the end of Ramadan. Nine bombs exploded in the capital today, killing at least 50 people. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

A series of car bombs in mainly Shi’ite areas of Baghdad have killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 150 today, in what appeared to be coor(...)

Italian police carry the body of a migrant who drowned after a shipwreck at La Playa beach in Catania in Sicily. The bodies of six migrants were recovered on the beach, and dozens of other passengers have been rescued. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily today after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat, according to the Itali(...)

Scientific investigators, part of the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, inspect the site near an explosion as Lebanese army soldiers watch near the Lebanese-Israeli border in the village of Labbouneh, southern Lebanon, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Lebanon says it will file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council after four Israeli soldiers were injured in a mine explosion within Leb(...)

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