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French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault makes the case for intervention in Syria on moral grounds during a parliamentary debate at the national assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

The French national assembly debate over military intervention in Syria turned preconceptions of a pacifist left and hawkish right upside down. The 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 (...)

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(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande (C) stands on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Mr Hollande had assumed airstrikes against Syria would be under way before today’s parliamentary debate on the issue. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

A parliamentary vote on French military intervention in Syria may be the only way for French president François Hollande to defuse the political crisi(...)

The UN’s main responsibility is to maintain international peace,  not to protect citizens from their rulers. Photograph: Gettty Images

The United Nations Security Council is, in many ways, an affront to democracy. It is after all, a self-appointed club of the strong and mighty with oc(...)

Alan Shatter said Irish troops would have adequate resources while on deployment. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

MMinister for Defence Alan Shatter has sought to allay concerns over the safety of Irish troops about to be deployed on a United Nations mission to th(...)

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(...)

US President Barack Obama meets in the Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss strategy in Syria. Photograph: Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images

US secretary of state John Kerry today asserted the United States has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and that the “case is building” for a militar(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry said today there is “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the Syrian government used poison gas against its citizen(...)

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