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UN weapons inspector Ake Sellstrom hands his report to UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon

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File image: Bashar al-Assad has given his first American TV interview in two years, and denied his regime was behind the Damascus chemical weapons attack

Syria crisis: President Assad agrees to give up chemical arsenal – with conditions

Syria insists US must lift attack threat and stop arming rebels

Syria crisis: David Cameron defends 'strong stance' over chemical weapon attack

PM says proposal by Russia to send inspectors to seize arms would not have happened without the determination to stand up to Assad regime

Syria crisis: Executions, hospital bombings and at least 8 massacres - UN report on Assad's regime and rebels

Commission's four independent experts are also investigating nine more suspected mass killings since March

Syria civil war: Russia tables plan for chemical weapons handover to rival French proposals, as Obama tells American public he will give diplomacy a chance

France’s scheme gives Assad a 15-day time limit before risking the use of force, while Russia says it will discuss its proposals with the US on Thursday

David Cameron told MPs that he is sceptical about Russia’s intentions

Is Syria's plan just a 'ruse'? David Cameron seeks urgent UN resolution to test proposal

PM fears plan to move Syria’s chemical weapons to internationally controlled sites inside the country could be 'delaying tactics' to buy time for Assad regime

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, announced the proposal after talks in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Moallem

Barack Obama: I'll put Syria military strikes 'on hold' if Assad surrenders chemical weapons

Proposal wins support from UN Secretary General and adds new and unexpected dimension to the situation

Failure to launch military strike against Syria will be taken as a sign of Western weakness, says Nato chief

Anders Fogh Rasmussen says direct strikes against Assad's regime were the only way to prevent him - and other rogue states - using chemical weapons

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks as Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague, left, listens during a news conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London

Syria conflict: John Kerry warns Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over chemical weapons and avoid attack

Russia backs plans for the stockpile to be placed under international control and says it has put the idea to Syria, as the US Secretary of State speaks alongside William Hague in London

Syria crisis: Assad warns US it will ‘pay the price’ if threatened missile strikes happen

In first American TV interview for two years, Syrian dictator tells America: ‘You will pay the price if you are not wise with dealing with terrorists’

Syria civil war: John Kerry and Arab leaders agree ‘global red line was crossed’

Ahead of talks with the Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday, the US Secretary of State says the world must not stand by as 'silent spectators to slaughter'

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