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US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham after meeting with US President Barack Obama on possible military action against Syria. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Reuters.

  US secretary of state John Kerry and secretary of defence Chuck Hagel will appeal at an influential Senate panel hearing today for(...)

Ake Sellstrom (C), the head of a U.N. chemical weapons investigation team, stands outside Yousef al-Azma military hospital in Damascus. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

As the United States readies itself for a military strike against Syria’s Assad regime that is becoming more inevitable by the day, the Obama administ(...)

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about possible US action against Syria during a meeting with the leaders of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania at the White House in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama is still weighing whether to take military action against Syria as his administration released an intelligence report that a(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters check the amount of ammunition they have for their weapons near Aleppo international airport. With an impending military attack on Syria now all but certain, UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon urged western leaders to await the outcome of the four-day missionto to determine the use of  chemical weapons, which is expected to finish tomorrow.

Britain and the US were under pressure last night to delay military action in Syria until the United Nations completes its investigation into the a(...)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry departs after addressing the media on the Syrian situation. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Britain and the United States appeared to be on the brink of military intervention in Syria yesterday, as British prime minister David Cameron recalle(...)

UN chemical weapons experts visit victims of an apparent gas attack, at a hospital in the Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The crisis over the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war intensified as western powers and allies of the Middle Eastern country h(...)

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’(...)

A prison guard outside a solitary confinement cell at Pelican Bay prison in California.  Since July 8th there has been widespread participation in a  hunger strike protest over indefinite solitary confinement. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Convicted killer Todd Ashker is the unlikely legal brain behind the largest prison protest in California’s history, a hunger strike which today enters(...)

Bradley Manning is escorted from the courthouse at Fort Meade. Photograph: Patrick Semansky

Attorney David Coombs emerged from the military court, relieved and emotional, to cheers from supporters. Many wore black T-shirts emblazoned with the(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm will not know whether he can walk away from his debts until well into next year after his US bankr(...)

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