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US president Barack Obama  at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said today the United States was ready to engage diplomatically with Iran in what could be a historic opening between the lo(...)

Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arrive at at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi today, where  security forces were locked in a stand-off  with al Shabaab  militants. Photograh: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, showing it can still s(...)

Smoke rises from behind a building in Jobar, Damascus. Most of the 100,000-plus killed since early 2011 have died by what could be described as more conventional means: including aerial bombardment, shelling and sniper fire. Photograph: Msallam Abd Albaset/Reuters

Almost lost in the debate over the now confirmed use of chemical weapons in Damascus last month is the fact that only a fraction of Syria’s war dead h(...)

Two years after getting its start in a downtown Manhattan park, Occupy Wall Street, the populist movement protesting economic inequality, marked its s(...)

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(...)

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