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UN chemical weapons experts visit victims of an apparent gas attack, at a hospital in the Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The crisis over the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war intensified as western powers and allies of the Middle Eastern country h(...)

The end of easy money?
  • World
  • August 27, 2013, 01:00

Last May America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, indicated it would begin to wind down its money printing operations – by reducing its purchases (...)

A UN chemical weapons expert (right) gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday.  Photograph: Ahmad Alshami/Reuters

UN experts yesterday visited the besieged western Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, allegedly targeted with chemical weapons last week, and began taking (...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking for ‘special’ additions only. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Arsene Wenger was as secretive as ever when grilled about his transfer targets on Monday - but did say he would only recruit “special” players before (...)

Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria yesterday. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The increasingly bellicose statements on Syria coming from London and Washington will sharpen the focus of today’s meeting of top US, British, French (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rests next to his weapons in al-Swaika district in Aleppo at the weekend. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Rebel groups in Syria’s north say they have received their largest shipment of weapons yet, in a fillip to an anti-government campaign that had stalle(...)

Russian soldiers riding an armoured personnel carrier on August 22nd, 2008, near Igoeti, on the road from Tbilisi to Gori, Georgia. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Mobile phones ping with a peculiar message in the Georgian village of Ergneti: “Welcome to Russia! ” Tbilisi’s official territory stretches on (...)

An injured member of the Free Syrian Army rests next to his weapon in a safe house in Salah al-Din neighbourhood in central Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Gulf-based supporters have sent a 400-ton shipment of arms to Syria’s outgunned rebels, one of the biggest to reach them in their two-year-old uprisin(...)

Marouane Chamakh hopes for a fresh start at Crystal Palace. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Marouane Chamakh has admitted that a blackmail case, which involved a police investigation in 2011 shortly after he moved to England, destabilised him(...)

Zekia Abdelghari joined protesters outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin yesday protesting at the reported detention of four Irish citizens  in Cairo. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore has expressed concern about Egyptian media reports that four Irish citizens detained(...)

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