French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: “This method [of production] bears the signature of the regime and that is what allows us to establish its responsibility in this attack.” Photograph:  Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: the US is “planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using [chemical weapons]”.  Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/Reuters/Pool

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had information that the United States was planning to launch new missile strikes on Syria, and t(...)

Syrians dig a grave to bury the bodies of victims of a a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib province, Syria, on Wednesday. Photograph:   Fadi Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images

Arriving at the bomb site nearly two hours after planes had struck, Mohammed al-Dagheem had no idea he could still be in danger. “There was a smell –(...)

A Syrian child receives treatment after an alleged chemical attack, at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria. Photograph:  EPA

UN war crimes examiners say they are investigating a suspected poison gas attack that killed more than 50 people in a rebel-held area of northern Syri(...)

Scenes from the war in Syria. Illustration: Marc Corrigan

Next week the Syrian conflict will enter its seventh year. What began in March 2011 as an uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad turne(...)

Members of the UN Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York in February. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Russia on Tuesday cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers(...)

A file photograph from  April 2016 shows damages near the Arch of Triumph in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria. On Saturday Islamic State  fighters re-entered Palmyra after the Syrian government forces gained control over the Unesco World Heritage site  in  March 2016. Photograph: EPA

Isis have regained control of the city of Palmyra in Syria, nine months after it was driven out by Russian-backed government forces, opposition activi(...)

The area near the damaged al-Hakeem hospital in the rebel-held area of Aleppo. Photograph: Reuters

A barrel bomb killed a family of six in rebel-held eastern Aleppo early on Sunday, a war monitor, a rebel and two medics said. Meanwhile, rebel shelli(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. File photograph: Sana/EPA

An international inquiry has found Syrian government forces responsible for a third toxic gas attack, according to a confidential report submitted to (...)

A UN chemical weapons expert gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya on August 26th, 2013. File photograph: Ahmad Alshami/Reuters

Chemical weapons experts have found traces of deadly nerve agents used to make chemical weapons at a site in Syria where the agents were not supposed (...)

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