US Secretary of State John Kerry during the NATO news conference

John Kerry warns Nato to plan for possible Syrian chemical attack by Bashar al-Assad's forces

Reports of Sarin being used during an operation outside Damascus on 19 March came from Israel

Foreign Secretary William Hague walks with US Secretary of State John Kerry

William Hague 'concerned' that Assad forces have used chemical weapons in Syria

Britain has become increasingly concerned that there is clear evidence government forces have used chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, the Foreign Secretary said.

Burned cars are seen at the site of car bomb explosion in Damascus, Syria

Suicide car bomber kills 15 in Damascus

A suicide bomber detonated a  car packed with explosives in Damascus today, killing at least 15 people, setting cars and buildings on fire and sending plumes of smoke over the capital.

UN investigates possible use of chemical weapons in Syria

The United Nations will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has announced.

Both sides in Syrian civil war claim chemical weapons were used on them

The Syrian regime and rebels have traded accusations over the use of chemical weapons, allegations that if proven could force the West towards a more robust military intervention.

'Poison gas used in Syria attack' but government and rebels blame each other

Syria's government and rebels have each accused the other of a poison gas attack on a village near Aleppo.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, said the group would not use chemical weapons

Israeli air strikes reportedly hit targets on Syria-Lebanon border amid Hezbollah chemical weapons concerns

There is growing concern that groups such as Hezbollah will get hold of Damascus’s stockpile of chemical weapons

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Britain and US fear Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of extreme Islamist groups

The prospect of Syria’s chemical arsenal falling into the hands of extremist Islamists among the rebels fighting the country’s bloody civil war is a matter of mounting concern for the West.

Burmese government admits air strikes in northern Kachin state

The Burmese government says it has used military jets to attack rebel fighters in northern Kachin state – its first admission of an intensification in the conflict that has raised doubts about the country’s reformist credentials.

Exclusive: UK military in talks to help Syria rebels

International coalition could offer air and sea support as well as military training

Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons

Bashar’s father Hafez al-Assad was brutal but never used chemical arms. And do you know which was the first army to use gas in the Middle East?

Use of poison gas would be an outrage, warns UN

Several Western countries have this week warned President Bashar al-Assad not to resort to chemical weapons

Participants pose for a group picture during a meeting to form a new Syrian opposition group called the National Coalition of Forces of the the Syrian Revolution and Opposition

US and Europe accelerate plans for Syrian transition

The United States and like-minded governments are rushing to fund and legitimize a newly-formed Syrian opposition group amid fear that plans for a political transition are being outpaced by rebel military gains, US and European officials said.

Syria warned over use of chemical weapons

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged Syria's regime against using its stockpile of chemical weapons today, warning of “huge consequences” if President Bashar Assad resorts to such weapons of mass destruction.

Editorial: Phoney war with Syria is better than a real one

Signs that Assad might use his chemical weapons could change the rules
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