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Barack Obama says action in Syria would be 'designed to deter'

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President makes appeal to 'war weary' Americans

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Increased support will include sending expert Army personnel

David Cameron appears to have been sidelined

G20 summit: Isolated David Cameron is forced to shrug off Vladimir Putin ‘small island snub’ over Syria

Few signs of unity of purpose between leaders at first day of summit, but hostility remains veiled – more or less

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff cancels aides’ US trip over NSA revelations

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Vladimir Putin will happily let Obama sweat it out alone in Syria

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US destroyers 'fully ready' for Syrian action as Pentagon 'considers doubling firepower'

Move suggests a military operation that is greater in scale than has previously been suggested

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Iran's foreign minister posts 'Happy Rosh Hashanah' greeting to Jews

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee backs 'limited' US strike against Assad in Syria's civil war

Committee also votes in favour of Senator John McCain's amendments to make Assad resign

Ready for war? Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin set to lock horns over Syria at G20 summit

World's two most powerful men set to face-off over military action in Syria as US President attempts to depersonalise his 'red-line' remarks regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict

Cameron has firmly ruled out British military participation in Syria

Prime Minister's G20 snub: Barack Obama to hold private talks with Francois Hollande - but not David Cameron

David Cameron will not hold private talks with Barack Obama at this week’s G20 summit in St Petersburg after Parliament’s decision not to back US action in Syria, it emerged last night.

Chelsea Manning seeks a presidential pardon

Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for sending classified information to WikiLeaks, which she says she did “out of a love for my country and sense of duty to others”, according to documents released today.

Syria crisis: Republican Senator John McCain opposes strike resolution

Republican Senator John McCain, an outspoken advocate of intervention against Assad's regime, said today that he doesn't support the Senate resolution.

Vladimir Putin says he does not 'see anything out of the ordinary' in Russia's legislation on homosexuality

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