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Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria yesterday. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The increasingly bellicose statements on Syria coming from London and Washington will sharpen the focus of today’s meeting of top US, British, French (...)

Columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighbourhood, east of Damascus, yesterday. Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations yesterday  to allow a team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The United States has dismissed a belated promise by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to allow United Nations inspectors to visit the site of last week’(...)

Children pretend to  carry a coffin as they play along a street in Raqqa province, eastern Syria. Photograph: Nour Fourat/Reuters

Syrian opposition figures plan to present today in Istanbul a road map for political transition and a process of national reconciliation to secure jus(...)

 President Barack Obama boards Marine One to fly to Camp David yesterday at Andrews AirForce Base. Photograph: Getty

President Barack Obama’s top national security advisers met at the White House last night to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that ca(...)

Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Martin Dempsey, in a letter to the chairman of the US Senate armed services committee, warned against intervention in the Syrian conflict. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

Martin Dempsey, the US’s highest-ranking military officer, has warned against intervention in the Syrian conflict. In a letter to the chairman of the (...)

Supporters of Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi  shout slogans during a protest in support of Morsi near Cairo University. Photograph:  REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has called on the armed forces to withdraw an ultimatum for him to share power with his political opponents and said(...)

Auction ResultsMonday, May 27th Whyte’s, Important Irish Art, RDS, Dublin. Bringing In The Turf by William Conor, €21,000 (€18,000- €22,000); Connema(...)

‘I have yet to see people who worked so hard for so little gain. It meant incessant toil with the spade” was how the painter Paul Henry describ(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry gestures before South Korea's foreign minister Yun Byung-se this morning at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photograph: Paul J Richards/Reuters

The US will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and will come to the defence of the South if necessary, secretary of state John Kerry said (...)

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