Activists and residents try to extinguish a fire which activists said was caused by an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in the Al-Maysar neighborhood of Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Saad Abobrahim/Reuters.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has said he has no intention of giving up power and that the issue is not up for discussion. Dr Assad reportedly told(...)

People run at a site hit yesterday by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by UN experts in Syria, where a two-year civil war has killed more than 10(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks about Syria while meeting with Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington today. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

USpresident Barack Obama said tonight a UN security council draft resolution brokered by the United States and Russia that would demand Syria give up (...)

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

By declaring last year that Dr Bashar al-Assad would cross a “red line” that could trigger a US response if he used chemical weapons, US president Barack  Obama ensured that foreign foes and allies - as well as his Republican political rivals - would view any failure to respond as a sign of presidential weakness. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Most Americans want no part of a US military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that President Barack Obama would face (...)

A man reacts yesterday at a site hit by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The longer chemical weapons inspectors wait in a Damascus luxury hotel for permission to drive up the road to the site of what appears to be the worst(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter moves through a hole in a wall in the Bab al-Nasr neighborhood of Aleppo yesterday. Aleppo is one of three locations to be visited by a UN
chemical weapons inspection team. Photograph: Melhem Barakat/Reuters.

UN experts will travel to Syria imminently to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during that country’s civil war after the United Nations and (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter looks at damaged buildings and debris on a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood. Russia said talks on a peace unlikley before October. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters.

Russia wants a Syria peace conference to be held as soon as possible but it is unlikely to go ahead before October because there is a busy diplomatic(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (2nd R), escorted by his bodyguards, greets his supporters at an anti-US protest in Beirut’s southern suburbs, in September. Photograph: Sharif Karim/Reuters.

The European Union has agreed to put the armed wing of Hizbullah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant grou(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (left) gestures as Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov tries to fix his translation equipment during a joint news conference after their meeting in Moscow yesterday. Russia and the United States have agreed to try to arrange an international conference this month on ending the civil war in Syria, and said both sides in the conflict should take part. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Reuters

Russia and the United States agreed to bury their differences over Syria and to try to convene international talks with both sides in the civil(...)

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