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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta  talks to Kenyan delegates about Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court, in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, at the weekend.  Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

African leaders stopped short of withdrawing their nations from the International Criminal Court (ICC) this weekend, but they rallied around Kenya’s (...)

UN vehicles transporting a team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are pictured as they return to their hotel in Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

A team of chemical weapons experts has made “encouraging initial progress” as it works towards the elimination of Syria’s poison gas arsenal, the Unit(...)

UN experts charged with starting the process of verifying and eliminating chemical weapons arrived in Syria today for the mission endorsed by the UN S(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the United Nations Security Council after it unanimously voted in favor of a resolution eradicating Syria’s chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Russia wants to revive plans for a conference on ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction now that Syria has pledged to abandon its chem(...)

President Bashar al-Assad said Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons. Photograph: Reuters

Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, president Bashar al-Assad told Italian television station RaiNews24 today.“We joined th(...)

Israeli soldiers from the paratroopers brigade take part in a drill in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

More than 100 Irish soldiers have been deployed for a six-month stint in the Golan Heights in war-torn Syria. The troops from the 43rd Infantry Group (...)

United Nations  vehicles carry  members of a chemical weapons investigation team in the Syrian carry Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a breakthrough agreement to eliminate all of Syria’s chemical weapons. The council(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore: wants the United Nations to make ending extreme poverty within a generation a priority. Photographh: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will meet UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon in New York today to discuss issues including the o(...)

Smoke rises from buildings after what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in Homs on Thursday. Photograph:  Reuters/Thaer Al Khalidiya

As the pace of efforts to scrutinise Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles quickens, UN inspectors said yesterday they were investigating reports the we(...)

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(...)

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