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Former NBA star restrained after losing his temper at reporters

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

Barack Obama tells US people: 'Syria is not another Iraq or Afghanistan'

President makes appeal to 'war weary' Americans

A Syrian on a street in the centre of Deir Ezzor

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Increased support will include sending expert Army personnel

David Cameron appears to have been sidelined

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

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President Dilma Rousseff has cancelled a trip to Washington by aides preparing for her scheduled visit to the US next month.

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

There is many a cautionary tale for Arab leaders – and for arrogant Western ones – about Moscow’s dealings with the Middle East

A Russian warship sails through the Bosporus in Istanbul. A group of Russians warships are en route to the East Mediterranean

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

Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2006

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

Mohammad Javad Zarif continues an apparent online strategy conveying warmer relations with Israel

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

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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

Tchaikovsky was gay but Russians love him, says Vladimir Putin as David Cameron to raise concerns over Russia’s controversial policies

Concerns raised by UK over legislation ahead of 2014 Winter Olympics

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