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

In the game: Vladimir Putin’s Russia is resurgent just as Barack Obama’s US has become weaker

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have put Russia back on the top table

World View: Deal in Geneva shows the Kremlin’s influence is at its greatest for more than 20 years

Free Syrian Army fighters sit at their guard post

Planning, not rifles, is what the Syrian rebels say they need from the fickle US

As Assad and Putin ‘outmanoeuvre’ Obama, fighters expect more from their Western ally. By Kim Sengupta

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

Syria civil war: Russia demands United Nations report on risk of nuclear ‘catastrophe’

Letter to international atomic watchdog warns of fallout if missiles hit Damascus reactor, amid fears nuclear materials could fall into the hands of terrorists

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

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’

Civilians flee rebels re-taking Christian town of Maaloula in Syria civil war

Rebels led by al-Qa’ida-linked fighters gained control of a Christian town north-east of the capital, Damascus, Syrian activists said on Sunday, while government media continued to claim that regime forces were winning.

Syria civil war: Assad 'may not have sanctioned gas attack'

Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack near Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar al-Assad, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence.

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'

TS Eliot: The pop star's poet

TS Eliot: The pop star's poet

As Johnny Flynn a releases a new track, After Eliot, Chris Mugan traces the Modernist's longstanding influence on popular music

Syria civil war: Russia sends another navy ship to the Mediterranean

The deployment follows a spy ship sent to the region on Monday

David Cameron, George Osborne, and Mark Carney arrive at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg

G20 summit: David Cameron urges protection from chemical attacks in Syria's civil war as Obama arrives to awkward greeting from Putin

As the world's leaders gather - and Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin exchange a much-anticipated greeting - Mr Cameron warns of the 'worst refugee crisis this century'

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault addresses the French National Assembly on Syria

Syria crisis: Deep conflicts surface as French debate military strike

Government accused of hitching itself to an American ‘adventure’ without UN backing

General Ali Habib was reportedly assisted by a Western country

Syria crisis: General deserts Damascus and flees to Turkey

If confirmed, Ali Habib would be the highest ranking figure from the minority Alawite sect to defect since the uprising began

Hollande: 'Reading the interview only increased my determination'

Syria crisis: Assad interview has increased my determination, says France President François Hollande

French President infuriated by 'threats' from Syrian leader - but he may follow Obama's example and wait for a vote

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