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Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani (centre) is approached by staff members after a news conference in New York today. Mr Rouhani said  he wanted talks with major powers on Iran’s nuclear program to yield results in a short period of time and that the improved mood in US-Iranian relations could lead to better ties. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani held a historic phone call on Friday, in the highest level conversation between the(...)

A 3D art piece by artist Eduardo Relero shows Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama puzzling over a map of Syria, during the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Photograph: Joshua Lott/Reuters

The five permanent members of the deeply divided United Nations Security Council have agreed on a resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.The(...)

US president Barack Obama  at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said today the United States was ready to engage diplomatically with Iran in what could be a historic opening between the lo(...)

A North Korean soldier looks through a pair of binoculars while standing on a boat on the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Photograph: Jacky Chen/Reuters.

North Korea today ordered the indefinite postponement of a scheduled series of reunions for families divided since the 1950-53 Korean War, dealing a (...)

The UN resolution is intended to require Syria to comply with the US-Russia accord reached in Geneva last week, which set a timetable for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to declare, secure and then eliminate his entire arsenal of chemical weapons. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria has submitted details of its chemical weapons to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, the organisation said(...)

Secretary of State John Kerry: “It is vital for the international community to stand up and speak out in the strongest possible terms about the importance of enforceable action to rid the world of Syria’s chemical weapons.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday it was essential that a Russia-US deal on eradicating Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal be enforced and(...)

Military action against Syria should remain an option as the international community attempts to enforce proposals for president Bashar Assad’s regime(...)

Ake Sellstrom (L), head of the chemical weapons team working in Syria, hands a report on the August 21st massacre to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/UN

UN chemical investigators today confirmed the use of sarin gas in an August 21 poison gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus, noting that weather condi(...)

A breakthrough on Syria?

Syria’s acceptance of a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control offers a way to prevent their use in the Syrian civil(...)

US president Barack Obama walks between meetings on Syria with US Senate Republicans and Democrats, on Capitol Hill in Washington today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Syria accepted a Russian proposal yesterday to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from US military strikes but serious differences emerged(...)

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