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Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook departing Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday.  Photograph: AFP/Navy Office of Information/MC2 Alyssa Weeks

Tensions between Washington and Moscow reached fever pitch on Wednesday as Donald Trump warned that the US was about to launch a missile strike on Syr(...)

Men walk along a street, with Nur-Astana mosque seen in the background, in Astana the day before the talks begin. Photograph:  Kirill Kudryavtsevki/AFP/Getty Images

A Syrian rebel group called on Russia to withstand pressure from Iran and the Syrian government to help ensure that a ceasefire agreed last month hol(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin with his US counterpart Barack Obama at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China last month. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended an agreement with the US for disposal of weapons-grade plutonium because of “unfriendly” acts by (...)

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Al Rahman legion covers his ears during the launching of a mortar at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Photograph: Yousef Homs/Reuters.

United Nations war crimes investigators plan to publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new ways to bring them to ju(...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013.

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Israel responds to Hizbullah attack with air and ground strikes on southern Lebanon. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Israeli leaders convened on Wednesday night to consider their response after two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a Hizbullah atta(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry arrives for a news conference with Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa (left) at the Pancasila building in Jakarta today. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Pool/Reuters.

US secretary of state John Kerry has issued a statement blaming the Syrian government for the deadlock in peace talks but asserted that the Uni(...)

People run at a site hit yesterday by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by UN experts in Syria, where a two-year civil war has killed more than 10(...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right) pictured with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said in Tehran last month. Photograph: IRNA/Handout via Reuters

Iran’s most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today the United States was using a chemical attack in Syria’s civil war as a pretext to (...)

French president Francois Hollande will use next week’s G8 summit in Co Fermanagh to ask Russian president Vladimir Putin to pressurise Syria to take part in peace talks. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The French feel strongly about one particular aspect of the three Ts – trade, tax and transparency – that British prime minister David Cameron has mad(...)

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