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

Sellstrom will look for facts

Profile: Professor Ake Sellstrom, UN team leader

Inspector will face difficult search for nerve agents

Victims of the Ghouta attack lie in a makeshift morgue

'Chemical attack' in Syria: As Damascus buries its dead, the world demands answers

The UN inspectors’ chances of finding any evidence of chemical weapons use are  shortening by the day as they remain stuck in a Damascus hotel

Image released by Syrian rebels allegedly showing victims of toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta

World leaders call for action as UN says alleged chemical attacks in Syria are a 'serious escalation'

Leaders are now beginning to react as Turkish Foreign Minister warns "all red lines" have been crossed in Syria

Syrian opposition activists claim President Bashar al-Assad's forces launched a chemical weapons attack in Damascus

Syria's darkest day? Opposition blames Assad forces as up to 1,300 killed in ‘poison gas attacks'

Many of the Damascus victims were very young children, even babies

A man inspects a site hit by what activists said were missiles fired by Syrian Air Force fighter jets loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Raqqa province, eastern Syria on 21 August 2013

The evidence of chemical attack seems compelling – but remember - there’s a propaganda war on

The evidence so far for the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army is second-hand and comes from a biased source

William Hague: Syria must allow UN inspectors to investigate 'chemical weapons attack'

Reports of hundreds dead in nerve gas attack in Damascus

Syrian refugees crossing into northern Iraq

Flood of Syrian Kurds flows over border into Iraq as battle rages for control of oil wells

Oil production is 95 per cent down on the 380,000 barrels a day output before start of rebellion in 2011

UN set to begin chemical weapons investigation in Syria

Weapons inspectors could finally be about to begin investigating claims that the regime in Syria has used chemical munitions during the country’s bloody civil war after a deal was struck to allow them into the country.

Injured men walk away from the scene of an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa

Syria opposition advances despite losing 62 fighters in ambush by President Assad's forces

Jihadists seize military airport near Aleppo and claim to have killed 200 government troops

Residents rummage through the damage and debris left of their homes for their belongings

Syria crisis: Bashar al-Assad’s use of rockets ‘amounts to war crimes’

Indiscriminate use of Scud missiles has killed hundreds of civilians, say activists

Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani vows to support Syrian regime as president Assad vows to crush rebels with 'iron fist'

Rouhani made comments during a meeting with Syrian prime minister Wael al-Halqi

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad chats with military personnel during his visit to a military site in the town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus

Syrian conflict: Only reversals on the battlefield will bring opposition to negotiating table

While President Assad, buoyed by a recent win in Homs, has praised his soldier's bravery in the face of 'the fiercest barbaric war in modern history'

President Bashar al-Assad visits a sick man is hospital

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad joins Instagram in propaganda move

Pictures show he and his wife wiping the tears from children's faces and visiting the sick in hospital

An aerial view of destruction in the al-Khalidiyah neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs

Setback for Syrian rebels as army takes Homs district

As siege for strategic central Syrian city reaches climax, opposition fears rebel fighters will not hold out much longer

Egyptian violence was a massacre, not a ‘post-revolution transition’

Sisi realises Egypt’s relations with Israel are far more important than any coup

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