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Shocking satellite images show devastation in districts that back opposition to President Assad

An image grab taken off the official Syrian TV shows Red Crescent and Red Cross medics at a hospital in the Syrian city of Homs as they attempt to evacuate Syrians wounded in shelling by regime forces

Three Red Cross and one Red Crescent aid workers released from group kidnapped in northern Syria

Humanitarian agency official tweets that four of the seven kidnapped on Sunday are safe

President Obama welcomes Malala at the White House

Teenager met the president in the Oval Office as he signed a proclamation marking Friday as 'International Day of the Girl'

Nobel Peace Prize: Syrians ask ‘What peace?’ As deaths continue

The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile came amid a flurry of anger, with many Syrians incredulous that the prize could be awarded to the organisation so soon after chemical weapons were used against civilians in the country.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) building in The Hague, The Netherlands

The winner isn’t... Malala Yousafzai misses out as chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

Little-known watchdog gets Nobel recognition for work trying to rid world of chemical weapons – but critics point to recent genocide in Syria and claim award is ‘premature’ 

Syrian army recaptures two Damascus suburbs from rebels

Opposition activists said at least 70 people have been killed

A car arrives at the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, in The Hague, Netherlands

Nobel Peace Prize for Syria chemical weapons watchdog

Nobel committee reveals OPCW as official winner one hour after the result was leaked by Norweigan public broadcaster NRK

Boys play on debris from damaged buildings in the Duma neighbourhood in Damascus

Syria's chemical weapons: The deadly serious challenge begins

UN-sanctioned inspectors have already begun to destroy Syria’s arsenal. But with as much as 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other neurotoxic agents spread across dozens of different locations, the task remaining is huge

Syrian crisis: Assad 'deserves credit' for agreeing to chemical weapons destruction, says John Kerry

US cautiously praises the Syrian regime for complying with UN mission to oversee the destruction of the country's chemical stockpile

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

Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the United Nations General Assembly

US cowardice will let Israel’s isolated right off the hook

The Likudists suddenly find that the whole world wants peace in the Middle East rather than war

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.

Syria crisis: UN Security Council demands aid access after chemical weapons deal

The president of the UN Security Council has said many members are pressing to follow up on last week's resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons with a demand that the government allow immediate access for desperately needed humanitarian aid.

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

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