Syria crisis: Russia, the peacemonger

Whatever else we think of Putin, his search for an end to carnage in Syria is hopeful

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

Album review: Sons of Kemet, Burn (Naim Jazz)

The LondonJazz website recently published an amusing Dutch review that accused British jazz of “flirting with pop music and other genres”, in a way that made it diverge from European trends. Though hardly pop, Sons of Kemet may well be a case in point. A quartet led by reeds player Shabaka Hutchings (born in London but raised in Barbados), with Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner on drums, and tuba-player Oren Marshall pumping out the basslines, they draw on pan-Caribbean influences including Jamaica’s nyabinghi drum cults and reggae horn players such as Cedric Brooks.

Murdered Luton teenager died from stab wound to the heart

Police have arrested a man in connection with the incident and are appealing for witnesses

Save The Children in Syria: "Unfortunately we often see children dying; we rarely see them targeted"

The Save The Children CEO on why humanitarian aid must be allowed access to Syria

Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech

Vladimir Putin in plea to American public as US and Russia falter over Syria resolution

Urgent talks between Russia and US to take place in Geneva

Market Report: Gulf Keystone puts on a victory spurt

Usually punters need news of fresh oil to get them excited, but yesterday it was a court case in London that sent Gulf Keystone Petroleum spurting up more than 16 per cent.

Baha Mousa: The public inquiry into his death cost £25m, the High Court said

New clues in Baha Mousa custody death inquiry

New lines of inquiry linked to the death of a hotel receptionist who was interrogated and abused by British soldiers a decade ago are to be investigated by a specialist team.

Mykhailo Fomenko keeps his answers short and silences long
The Welsh family of jailed WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning have received donations from an ex-convict

Exclusive: WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning's Welsh relatives helped by ex-prisoner to fund trips to visit her in Kansas prison

… but man jailed after Gulf War protest has so far only raised £465 to pay for flights to the US

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

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.

Government 'not gung-ho' on Syria says William Hague

Syria's use of chemical weapons is "an evil we must stand up to one way or another", William Hague said, but insisted the Government was not "gung-ho" about military action.

The Kills, by Richard House. Picador, £20

Rich in patterns and echoes, this vast novel wraps urgent stories of war in distracting riddles

A Syrian on a street in the centre of Deir Ezzor

Syria crisis: More signs US involvement in civil war may be greater than first anticipated as Obama looks to boost rebels

Increased support will include sending expert Army personnel

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