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UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane (2nd L) arrives in Damascus today. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian state television said government soldiers found chemical agents in rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar today and some of the troops (...)

Members of the Free Syrian army take cover inside a building in Aleppo’s Saif al-Dawla district. Photograph: Loubna Mrie/Reuters

Three hospitals near Damascus reported 355 deaths after an alleged chemical attack last Wednesday out of around 3,600 admissions with nerve gas-type s(...)

Syria’s sorrow

The images from Ghouta outside Damascus this week, showing row after row of corpses of men, women and children, none with visible signs of injury, wer(...)

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(...)

An activist wears a gas mask n the Zamalka area of Damascus, in the wake of a suspected chemical weapons attack. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has asked the Syrian government to allow UN inspectors to investigate “without delay” the latest alleged chemical att(...)

Children, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathe through oxygen masks in the Damascus suburb of Saqba. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

The areas targeted in a suspected chemical attack on Wednesday morning have been thorns in the side of the Syrian regime since the first protests brok(...)

Egyptian army soldiers and medics escort former president Hosni Mubarak after he arrives at a military hospital in the southern suburb of Maadi on the outskirts of Cairo today. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison. He was taken by helicopter from Cairo’s Tora prison to the armed forces’ Intern(...)

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(...)

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