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There are now fears the country is on the brink of civil war ‘along ethnic lines’

A French soldier patrols the streets of Bangui in the Central African Republic

After days of sectarian violence, French troops bring calm to the Central African Republic

Fighting between rival militias and random attacks on civilians has killed at least 400 people in three days

There are 400 French soldiers already on the ground in the Central African Republic

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

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Barack Obama expected to engage with Iran's President Hasan Rouhani in UN nuclear talks

Leaders of US and Iran haven't had face-to-face contact in more than 30 years

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syria crisis: President Assad denies his government carried out deadly chemical attack in US TV interview

Mr Assad also paid tribute to Russia for blocking resolutions targeting the regime in the UN Security Council

President Assad meets the former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in Damascus, who is heading a US delegation to Syria

Syria crisis: West backs down on demand for threat of war in UN resolution

The move means intervention in the conflict is unlikely in the near future

Parents grieve over the body of their child killed in a suspected chemical attack in Damascus

Syria crisis: Regime has given Russia 'proof' of rebel chemical weapon use

Foreign Minister Lavrov remains at odds with French over culpability for deaths

Syria crisis: UK weapons experts could be sent to assist international efforts to rid Assad regime of chemical weapons

Foreign Secretary William Hague rules out UK troops being deployed to provide experts with security

David Cameron told MPs that he is sceptical about Russia’s intentions

Is Syria's plan just a 'ruse'? David Cameron seeks urgent UN resolution to test proposal

PM fears plan to move Syria’s chemical weapons to internationally controlled sites inside the country could be 'delaying tactics' to buy time for Assad regime

John Kerry: rallying support for Obama’s hard line on Syria

John Kerry to meet William Hague in London for Syria talks

US Secretary of State will meet British Foreign Secretary as America continues its hardline campaign to rally support for military strike against Assad

President Obama said the United States is ready to launch military action against the Syrian government

Syria crisis: Obama turns decision on military action over to Congress

President makes strong case for air strikes – but there is no guarantee the legislature will back him

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to journalists in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

Syria crisis: Obama chemical weapons claim is 'utter nonsense', says Russian President Vlamidir Putin

The Russian President also called on the Obama administration to present the evidence behind its claims

David Cameron's plans for military action in Syria shot down in dramatic Commons vote

Foreign policy in disarray and Prime Minister humiliated as he is forced to rule out British support of US-led military action

Security official shot dead in the Black Sea resort of Sochi - the site of next year's Winter Olympics

A security official was killed by unidentified gunmen in Russia’s Ingushetia republic today, the latest violence in a region plagued by an Islamist insurgency and near the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

A Free Syrian Army fighter at a seized government camp near Idlib

West considers action on Syria as America says it will arm rebels after nerve-gas attacks

Britain and US spell out catalogue of chemical weapons atrocities as the threat to supply arms to Assad’s enemies risks rift with Russians

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