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Secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon arrives in Russia ahead of the G20 summit. Photograph:  Alexey Kudenko/RIA Novosti via Getty Images

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon will attend the Group of 20 summit in Russia to keep alive an initiative for a peace conference on Syria.(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said a response to the crisis in Syria ’has to be through the UN’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said he was taking “some hope” from statements by Russian president Vladimir Putin on Syria in(...)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes US President Barack Obama before the first working session of the G20 Summit in Constantine Palace in Strelna near St Petersburg, today. Photograph: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power declared this evening that the US has has given up trying to work with the UN Security Council on S(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during a meeting with the presidential council for civil society and human rights at the Kremlin in Moscow yesterday. Putin warned that an attack on Syria without authorisation from the United Nations Security Council would violate international law. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov via The New York Times

Although he made some conciliatory statements in his interview with Channel One on Russian television and the Associated Press news agency on the eve (...)

Protesters hold red hands up as US secretary of state John Kerry speaks before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington today.  President Barack Obama  issued a blunt challenge to sceptical US lawmakers today to approve his plan for a military strike on Syria, saying inaction would put America’s prestige and their own credibility at risk. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama issued a blunt challenge to sceptical US lawmakers today to approve his plan for a military strike on Syria, saying inaction(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin at a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow today. Photograph:  Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin described the former US intelligence contractor sought by Washington on espionage charges as a “strange guy” but said(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while speaking about Syria during a joint news conference with Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt  in Stockholm today. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama said today he hoped Russian president Vladimir Putin would change his position of opposing military action against military tar(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that in Moscow’s view the only solution to the Syrian crisis was a diplomatic one. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

As western countries prepared to put pressure on president Vladimir Putin during the upcoming G20 summit in St Petersburg, there was no indication of (...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: communications with several unidentified aides probed by US spy agency.  Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s government summoned the US ambassador to respond to new revelations of US surveillance of president Dilma Rousseff and her senior aides, comp(...)

Smoke rises from al-Jazmati area after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/Reuters.

Damascenes are obsessed with US threats of strikes against government targets in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons against the capital’s(...)

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