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A man cries at a site hit by what activists said was a Scud missile in Aleppo's Ard al-Hamra neighbourhood, in this 23 February 2013 file photo. The United States believes with varying degrees of confidence that Syria's regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale, the White House said on Thursday

David Cameron says evidence 'growing' that chemical weapons used in Syria

But PM said it was unlikely it would lead to British troops on the ground

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria

John Kerry says Assad's Syria regime HAS used sarin chemical weapons against rebels - despite Barack Obama insisting that was a 'red line' for US

Chuck Hagel and John Kerry reveal nerve gas has been used – but they will not invade for now

Hollywood actors Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart (centre) with soldiers from F Company the Scots Guards at Wellington Barracks in London.

Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart visit British troops to promote Olympus Has Fallen

Hollywood heroes Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart dropped in to see British troops last night, ahead of a special screening of their new movie.

President Obama will forgo five per cent of his salary

Barack Obama forgoes 5% of salary to 'show solidarity' with government workers

Barack Obama is to forgo 5 per cent of his official salary in a move designed to show common cause with government workers hit by the so-called sequestration – budget cuts that are eliminating overtime for some and forcing others to take an unpaid leave of absence.

Gerard Butler at the Olympus Has Fallen premiere

Gerard Butler: My new film Olympus Has Fallen would be boring if it was set in Downing Street

Gerard Butler tonight joked he did not think his new action film would have been as exciting set in Downing Street.

What took Hilary Clinton so long to support gay marriage?

Yesterday Hilary Clinton announced a u-turn in her personal beliefs on gay marriage - she's now in favour - sparking more rumours that a 2016 run at the Presidency is in her sights. But what took the former VP so long to switch over?

Small Georgia town planning to approve a measure mandating gun ownership

Less than three months on from the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the fervent calls for gun control that followed, a small Georgia town is on the cusp of approving a measure mandating gun ownership for every household.

Today, America faces up to an uncertain future. Increasingly partisan infighting on Capitol Hill is set to see a deadline to avert $85bn in budget cuts pass without accord. Welcome to the...

Austerity America: The United States face an uncertain future

Increasingly partisan infighting on Capitol Hill has seen the deadline to avert $85bn in automatic budget cuts pass without accord

General John Allen chooses retirement over top Nato job

US General John Allen, who oversaw the Nato war effort in Afghanistan until earlier this month, has decided to retire instead of pursuing his nomination as head of the military alliance.

Barack Obama’s holiday no-fly zone breached three times during Presidents' Day weekend break

Three apparent breaches of a no-fly zone above President Barack Obama’s holiday spot along Florida’s Atlantic coastline are being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Obama is expected to make class fairness the overarching theme in his address

Guns, immigration and climate change: Barack Obama is determined to deliver on the tricky issues this term

President to announce he will push ahead with his promises in State of the Union

President Barack Obama shoots clay targets with a shotgun on the range at Camp David, Maryland. Obama has put forth great effort to pass legislation to ban assault rifles in the wake of the Newtown

Gun totin' Obama silences critics

One might imagine the last thing that Barack Obama’s advisers would want as he pushes for tighter gun laws is for the President to be seen with a shotgun wedged against his shoulder.

BAT makes a White House signing

British American Tobacco, the cigarette maker, scored a coup by appointing one of the world's most famous doctors to its board.

Florida socialite Jill Kelley

Jill Kelley breaks her silence over David Petraeus scandal

The woman who unwittingly brought down General David Petraeus has broken her silence to reject “outrageous” claims that she exchanged 30,000 emails with a second top officer.

Gun control, terrorism, gay rights and climate change: Obama sets out his bold battle plan for the next four years

President’s uncompromising address threw down gauntlet to the Republicans

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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