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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(...)

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(...)

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