A UN vehicle transporting a team of weapons inspectors arrives at a hotel in Damascus

Syria chemical weapons: Experts start destroying Bashar al-Assad's arsenal

The inspection team only crossed into Syria from neighbouring Lebanon on Tuesday

Syria crisis: Team overseeing destruction of chemical weapons begin work

The team overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons have begun work as deadly clashes raged on the edge of Damascus.

A UN vehicle transporting a team of weapons inspectors arrives at a hotel in Damascus

Syria crisis: Inspectors begin ambitious task of overseeing destruction of Assad's chemical weapons program

An advance group of international inspectors arrived in Syria on Tuesday to begin the ambitious task of overseeing the destruction of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program, kicking off a mission that must navigate the country's bloody civil war as well as the international spotlight.

We are fighting al-Qa’ida, Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem tells UN

The Syrian Foreign Minister has told the UN General Assembly that his government is fighting a war against militants linked to al-Qa’ida who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to the family.

President Hollande was 'hours' from launching fighter jets headed for Syria when Barack Obama called off strikes

French were 'hours' from military strikes on Syria before phone call from Obama

Fighter jets were preparing for scheduled take off when President Hollande took 'stunning' call from US telling him to hold fire

UN investigates further chemical weapons attacks inside Syria

Three cases suspected­ after regime’s strike on outskirts of Damascus on 21 August that prompted US threat of military action

French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius

Paralysis over action in Syria fuels calls for reform of moribund UN Security Council

Staring delegates at the General Assembly in the face this week is a crisis at the heart of the UN system, namely the sclerosis besetting the 15-member Security Council as demonstrated vividly by its inability to respond so far to the civil war in Syria. Not a few among them are taking notice.

UN chemical weapons inspectors to return to Syria

The United Nations has announced that the team of chemical weapons inspectors led by the Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom will return to Syria on Wednesday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Barack Obama expected to engage with Iran's President Hasan Rouhani in UN nuclear talks

Leaders of US and Iran haven't had face-to-face contact in more than 30 years

Activists wear gas masks as they look for dead bodies and collect samples to check for chemical weapon use in the Zamalka area

Syria crisis: Assad regime submits details of chemical weapons to watchdog

Submission was a condition of US-Russian agreement

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syria crisis: President Assad denies his government carried out deadly chemical attack in US TV interview

Mr Assad also paid tribute to Russia for blocking resolutions targeting the regime in the UN Security Council

President Assad meets the former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in Damascus, who is heading a US delegation to Syria

Syria crisis: West backs down on demand for threat of war in UN resolution

The move means intervention in the conflict is unlikely in the near future

Parents grieve over the body of their child killed in a suspected chemical attack in Damascus

Syria crisis: Regime has given Russia 'proof' of rebel chemical weapon use

Foreign Minister Lavrov remains at odds with French over culpability for deaths

Syria crisis: UK weapons experts could be sent to assist international efforts to rid Assad regime of chemical weapons

Foreign Secretary William Hague rules out UK troops being deployed to provide experts with security

Turkey shoots down Syrian helicopter after it crosses border

A Syrian military helicopter was shot down by a Turkish jet fighter on Monday after it strayed over the border, both countries said.

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