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    Syrian monitor states Islamic State fighters evacuated enclave but state media denies it


    A war monitor said buses evacuated Islamic State fighters from an enclave south of Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal deal, though state media denied the report and said the Syrian army was fighting to finish off the...

    A war monitor said buses evacuated Islamic State fighters from an enclave south of Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal deal, though state media denied the report and said the Syrian army was fighting to finish off the insurgents.
    'A day of gas' in a gaza ambulance

    'A day of gas' in a gaza ambulance


    The first patients don't come until 5:39pm. They crowd around the ambulance, choking on tear...

    The first patients don't come until 5:39pm. They crowd around the ambulance, choking on tear gas.
    EU energy chief tells Iran: we'll stick with nuclear deal if you do

    EU energy chief tells Iran: we'll stick with nuclear deal if you do


    The European Union's energy chief sought to reassure Iran yesterday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose...

    The European Union's energy chief sought to reassure Iran yesterday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose sanctions.
    Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi election

    Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi election


    Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral...

    Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission.
    'Great hatred, little room' - no end in sight to the agony in Gaza

    'Great hatred, little room' - no end in sight to the agony in Gaza


    The headline in liberal-leaning Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz' was succinct: "Jerusalem Celebrates, Tel Aviv Parties and Gaza Bleeds - a Surreal 24...

    The headline in liberal-leaning Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz' was succinct: "Jerusalem Celebrates, Tel Aviv Parties and Gaza Bleeds - a Surreal 24 Hours."
    Demonstrations continue 'as goal not achieved yet'

    Demonstrations continue 'as goal not achieved yet'


    Hamas plans to continue protests along the Gaza border and hopes that a mass demonstration on June 5 will rival the size of this week's protests, a spokesman said...

    Hamas plans to continue protests along the Gaza border and hopes that a mass demonstration on June 5 will rival the size of this week's protests, a spokesman said yesterday.
    Israel PM speaks out as war of words erupts with Turkey

    Israel PM speaks out as war of words erupts with Turkey


    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hamas was paying Gazans to try to infiltrate...

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hamas was paying Gazans to try to infiltrate Israel.
    Assad forces bombard Isil-held Palestinian refugee camp

    Assad forces bombard Isil-held Palestinian refugee camp


    Syrian and Russian forces have launched a large-scale attack on a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Isil, as the regime closed in on the last rebel-held territory in the Syrian...

    Syrian and Russian forces have launched a large-scale attack on a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Isil, as the regime closed in on the last rebel-held territory in the Syrian capital.

    Guatemala now opens new embassy in Jerusalem as protests continue over Gaza 'massacre'


    Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States, as international condemnation continued over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli...

    Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States, as international condemnation continued over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.

    Turkey expels Israeli consul in spat over Gaza violence as protests continue


    Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, in a diplomatic spat which follows the killings of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli...

    Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, in a diplomatic spat which follows the killings of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.
    US blocks UN call for inquiry into killings

    US blocks UN call for inquiry into killings


    The United States has blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza...

    The United States has blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border.

    Cabinet decides not to recognise Palestine despite Gaza deaths


    Ministers have discussed the possibility of recognising the state of Palestine within weeks, but the proposal was ultimately rejected by Tánaiste Simon...

    Ministers have discussed the possibility of recognising the state of Palestine within weeks, but the proposal was ultimately rejected by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

    Palestinians in mourning after bloodiest day since 2014 war


    A Palestinian was shot dead near the Gaza-Israel border yesterday after thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops the day before, local health officials...

    A Palestinian was shot dead near the Gaza-Israel border yesterday after thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops the day before, local health officials said.

    Israel's bloody quelling of protest will lose support for fight against Hezbollah


    This week's carnage in Gaza seems like another imbalanced confrontation between the Israeli state and Palestinians, but these recent deaths must be examined from the perspective of rising tensions between Iran and...

    This week's carnage in Gaza seems like another imbalanced confrontation between the Israeli state and Palestinians, but these recent deaths must be examined from the perspective of rising tensions between Iran and Israel.

    Joy in Jerusalem, despair in Gaza: the jarring juxtaposition that threatens further chaos


    On Monday afternoon, a US delegation that included President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and other White House officials celebrated the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "glorious day" that...

    On Monday afternoon, a US delegation that included President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and other White House officials celebrated the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "glorious day" that had "made history".
    'It is too early for her' - tear gas 'kills baby'

    'It is too early for her' - tear gas 'kills baby'


    In Gaza City, hundreds marched at the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian...

    In Gaza City, hundreds marched at the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.
    Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of wounded protesters

    Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of wounded protesters


    Worried families crowded the halls and spilled out of rooms in Gaza's hospitals on Tuesday, as patients wounded at a border protest awaited treatment for injuries suffered on Monday, the deadliest day for Palestinians in...

    Worried families crowded the halls and spilled out of rooms in Gaza's hospitals on Tuesday, as patients wounded at a border protest awaited treatment for injuries suffered on Monday, the deadliest day for Palestinians in years.
    Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza as thousands turn out for funerals

    Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza as thousands turn out for funerals


    Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian near the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday after thousands of Palestinians turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, local health officials...

    Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian near the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday after thousands of Palestinians turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, local health officials said.
    Israeli forces kill at least 58 people and injure 2,700 in Gaza 'massacre'

    Israeli forces kill at least 58 people and injure 2,700 in Gaza 'massacre'


    Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of...

    Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.
    Israel kills 55 Palestinians as US opens Jerusalem embassy

    Israel kills 55 Palestinians as US opens Jerusalem embassy


    The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was overshadowed yesterday by bloodshed in Gaza, where at least 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the deadliest day since the end of the 2014 Gaza...

    The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was overshadowed yesterday by bloodshed in Gaza, where at least 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the deadliest day since the end of the 2014 Gaza conflict.
    Reaction: Coveney dismayed by ‘disproportionate’ use of force and calls for UN inquiry

    Reaction: Coveney dismayed by ‘disproportionate’ use of force and calls for UN inquiry


    Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney expressed dismay at the use of "disproportionate" force by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters and called for a UN probe into the...

    Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney expressed dismay at the use of "disproportionate" force by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters and called for a UN probe into the violence.

    Border protest an attempt by Hamas to channel rage in Gaza away from itself


    Yahya Sinwar is a man used to being boxed in. The 55-year-old leader of Hamas in Gaza spent half his life in an Israeli prison cell for abducting and killing two Israeli soldiers. Today, the militant fighter finds himself in another tight spot with few...

    Yahya Sinwar is a man used to being boxed in. The 55-year-old leader of Hamas in Gaza spent half his life in an Israeli prison cell for abducting and killing two Israeli soldiers. Today, the militant fighter finds himself in another tight spot with few good options.
    Over 50 dead as Israeli forces kill Palestinian protesters in Gaza

    Over 50 dead as Israeli forces kill Palestinian protesters in Gaza


    Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fueled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism that it undermines peace...

    Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fueled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism that it undermines peace efforts.
    Israeli forces kill 16 in protests as anger mounts over U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

    Israeli forces kill 16 in protests as anger mounts over U.S. embassy in Jerusalem


    Israeli troops killed at least 16 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in...

    Israeli troops killed at least 16 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem.
    Israeli football club change their name in honour of Donald Trump

    Israeli football club change their name in honour of Donald Trump


    Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem have announced a change of the club's name to 'Beitar Trump Jerusalem' in honour of the "courageous" American...

    Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem have announced a change of the club's name to 'Beitar Trump Jerusalem' in honour of the "courageous" American president.
    Ivanka Trump lands in Israel for controversial move of US embassy as tensions remain high

    Ivanka Trump lands in Israel for controversial move of US embassy as tensions remain high


    Ivanka Trump arrived in Israel yesterday for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem hours after the Israeli defence forces destroyed a tunnel near the main pedestrian crossing of the Gaza...

    Ivanka Trump arrived in Israel yesterday for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem hours after the Israeli defence forces destroyed a tunnel near the main pedestrian crossing of the Gaza strip.

    Iran turns east, more than ever


    Tehran traffic is gridlocked half the time, and the city spends most of the year engulfed in smog, so it's not surprising that locals travel underground when they can - on a metro system that sometimes carries two million people a...

    Tehran traffic is gridlocked half the time, and the city spends most of the year engulfed in smog, so it's not surprising that locals travel underground when they can - on a metro system that sometimes carries two million people a day.
    Israel warns Assad to kick Iranian forces out of Syria

    Israel warns Assad to kick Iranian forces out of Syria


    Israel's defence minister has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause...

    Israel's defence minister has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause problems.
    Fears of war as Israel strikes back at Iran

    Fears of war as Israel strikes back at Iran


    Israel and Iran lurched closer to all-out war yesterday after the Israeli military claimed it struck "almost all" of Iran's bases in Syria in response to what it said was an Iranian rocket barrage fired at the Golan...

    Israel and Iran lurched closer to all-out war yesterday after the Israeli military claimed it struck "almost all" of Iran's bases in Syria in response to what it said was an Iranian rocket barrage fired at the Golan Heights.
    Irish troops forced to take cover during missile attack

    Irish troops forced to take cover during missile attack


    Almost 100 Irish peacekeeping troops had to take cover in heavily reinforced bunkers for five hours during a series of missile attacks across the Golan Heights early yesterday...

    Almost 100 Irish peacekeeping troops had to take cover in heavily reinforced bunkers for five hours during a series of missile attacks across the Golan Heights early yesterday morning.
    Israel hits dozens of targets in Syria after accusing Iran of rocket attack on Golan Heights

    Israel hits dozens of targets in Syria after accusing Iran of rocket attack on Golan Heights


    Israel and Iran lurched closer to an all out war in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces allegedly fired rockets into the Golan Heights and Israel responded with some of its heaviest airstrikes in...

    Israel and Iran lurched closer to an all out war in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces allegedly fired rockets into the Golan Heights and Israel responded with some of its heaviest airstrikes in years.
    Syrian state media says dozens of Israeli rockets fired into Syria

    Syrian state media says dozens of Israeli rockets fired into Syria


    Israel launched dozens of rockets into Syria early on Thursday, destroying a radar installation and hitting an ammunitions dump, Syrian state media reported after Israel's military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the...

    Israel launched dozens of rockets into Syria early on Thursday, destroying a radar installation and hitting an ammunitions dump, Syrian state media reported after Israel's military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the border.

    Netanyahu meets Putin amid new round of strikes in Syria


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Moscow yesterday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss military co-ordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Moscow yesterday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss military co-ordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on Israel.
    Hezbollah and allies celebrate majority in Lebanese election

    Hezbollah and allies celebrate majority in Lebanese election


    Hezbollah has hailed a "great victory" in Lebanon's election, after the Iran-backed group and its allies looked set to secure a majority in...

    Hezbollah has hailed a "great victory" in Lebanon's election, after the Iran-backed group and its allies looked set to secure a majority in parliament.

    Johnson flies to US in bid to rescue Iran nuclear deal


    British, American and European diplomats are close to agreeing a joint approach to reining in Iran's territorial ambitions and missile programme, according to Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who is due to arrive in Washington for last ditch...

    British, American and European diplomats are close to agreeing a joint approach to reining in Iran's territorial ambitions and missile programme, according to Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who is due to arrive in Washington for last ditch talks to save the Iran nuclear deal.

    Hezbollah and allies on course for vote win in Lebanon


    The Iran-backed Shia group Hezbollah and its political allies are on course to win more than half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years, according to preliminary results cited by politicians and Lebanese...

    The Iran-backed Shia group Hezbollah and its political allies are on course to win more than half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years, according to preliminary results cited by politicians and Lebanese media.
    US Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem ahead of opening

    US Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem ahead of opening


    At least three US Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem yesterday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's...

    At least three US Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem yesterday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.
    Saudi-led air strikes hit presidential palace in Yemen capital, killing at least six people

    Saudi-led air strikes hit presidential palace in Yemen capital, killing at least six people


    Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels have targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital, leaving at least six people dead and 30 wounded, according to health...

    Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels have targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital, leaving at least six people dead and 30 wounded, according to health officials.
    Pakistan's interior minister shot by assassin - officials

    Pakistan's interior minister shot by assassin - officials


    PAKISTAN'S interior minister Ahsan Iqbal survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, officials said, an incident likely to heighten political tensions ahead of general elections expected in late...

    PAKISTAN'S interior minister Ahsan Iqbal survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, officials said, an incident likely to heighten political tensions ahead of general elections expected in late July.

    North Korea says de-nuclearisation pledge not result of US-led sanctions


    North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public...

    North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.
    Talking tough about Iran

    Talking tough about Iran


    Iran has an exaggerated reputation in the Middle East for Machiavellian cunning and an ability to outmanoeuvre its enemies. Britain used to be regarded in the same light in the region: its most ill-considered actions were admired as devilishly clever...

    Iran has an exaggerated reputation in the Middle East for Machiavellian cunning and an ability to outmanoeuvre its enemies. Britain used to be regarded in the same light in the region: its most ill-considered actions were admired as devilishly clever plots when all it was doing was taking advantage of the blunders of its opponents.
    We don't want a war with Iran, says Netanyahu

    We don't want a war with Iran, says Netanyahu


    ISRAEL'S prime minister said yesterday that he was not seeking a military confrontation with Iran, even as he continued his public campaign to convince Donald Trump to strengthen the 2015 nuclear deal or pull the US out of...

    ISRAEL'S prime minister said yesterday that he was not seeking a military confrontation with Iran, even as he continued his public campaign to convince Donald Trump to strengthen the 2015 nuclear deal or pull the US out of it.

    Secret Mossad raids that spirited away half a ton of documents


    The dilapidated warehouse in southern Tehran seemed an unlikely place for Iran to store its most sensitive nuclear secrets. But according to Israeli officials, the storage facility in the Shorabad neighbourhood had been chosen precisely because of its...

    The dilapidated warehouse in southern Tehran seemed an unlikely place for Iran to store its most sensitive nuclear secrets. But according to Israeli officials, the storage facility in the Shorabad neighbourhood had been chosen precisely because of its unassuming appearance.
    Israel says nuclear deal 'is based on Iranian lies'

    Israel says nuclear deal 'is based on Iranian lies'


    Israel has accused Iran of lying to the world about its nuclear weapons programme both before and since the 2015 nuclear deal after Israeli intelligence stole 100,000 files from a secret "atomic archive" in...

    Israel has accused Iran of lying to the world about its nuclear weapons programme both before and since the 2015 nuclear deal after Israeli intelligence stole 100,000 files from a secret "atomic archive" in Tehran.
    BBC journalist among dozens killed in day of carnage

    BBC journalist among dozens killed in day of carnage


    One of the BBC's reporters in Afghanistan has been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province, the broadcaster...

    One of the BBC's reporters in Afghanistan has been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province, the broadcaster said.

    European leaders unite on Iran deal as Pompeo hints at pull-out by US


    The new US secretary of state has described Iran "as the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world" yesterday in a further signal that America intends to pull out of the Iran nuclear...

    The new US secretary of state has described Iran "as the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world" yesterday in a further signal that America intends to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
    Refugees caught in 'death camp' as Assad forces attack

    Refugees caught in 'death camp' as Assad forces attack


    The largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria has been "transformed into a death camp" as Assad regime forces press ahead with a major offensive against Isil fighters who control the area, the UN has...

    The largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria has been "transformed into a death camp" as Assad regime forces press ahead with a major offensive against Isil fighters who control the area, the UN has warned.
    Iran warns it will abandon nuclear deal if US pulls out

    Iran warns it will abandon nuclear deal if US pulls out


    US President Donald Trump and Iran's top diplomat traded sharp warnings yesterday, with Mr Trump threatening "bigger problems" than ever if Tehran restarts its nuclear...

    US President Donald Trump and Iran's top diplomat traded sharp warnings yesterday, with Mr Trump threatening "bigger problems" than ever if Tehran restarts its nuclear programme.
    Isil suicide bomber kills 57 as Afghans queue for voting cards

    Isil suicide bomber kills 57 as Afghans queue for voting cards


    Isil claimed responsibility for the attack on a project of key importance to the credibility of President Ashraf Ghani's government in...

    Isil claimed responsibility for the attack on a project of key importance to the credibility of President Ashraf Ghani's government in Afghanistan.
    Be sceptical of those who claim to know exactly what is happening on the ground in Syrian war

    Be sceptical of those who claim to know exactly what is happening on the ground in Syrian war


    During the bombing of Baghdad in January 1991, I went with other journalists on an Iraqi government-organised trip to what they claimed was the remains of a baby milk plant at Abu Ghraib which the US had just destroyed, saying that it was really a...

    During the bombing of Baghdad in January 1991, I went with other journalists on an Iraqi government-organised trip to what they claimed was the remains of a baby milk plant at Abu Ghraib which the US had just destroyed, saying that it was really a biological warfare facility.

    Robert Fisk: Journalists go looking for the truth in the rubble of Douma as the locals appear unaware of any gas attack


    This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks - and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world's most powerful nations to bomb Syria last...

    This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks - and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world's most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week.

    Search for chemical weapons of Syria site to start


    Chemical weapons experts are due to arrive in Douma today to probe the alleged poison gas attack, Russian officials said, as the US voiced fears Moscow may already have "tampered with" evidence at the...

    Chemical weapons experts are due to arrive in Douma today to probe the alleged poison gas attack, Russian officials said, as the US voiced fears Moscow may already have "tampered with" evidence at the site.
    Comment: Let's never forgive or forget Assad's silent weapon killing indiscriminately

    Comment: Let's never forgive or forget Assad's silent weapon killing indiscriminately


    The little girl stares into the distance while her limbs convulse. She is foaming from the mouth, desperately trying to get air into her tiny lungs. It's a battle she probably won't win. The girl doesn't know why she is...

    The little girl stares into the distance while her limbs convulse. She is foaming from the mouth, desperately trying to get air into her tiny lungs. It's a battle she probably won't win. The girl doesn't know why she is dying.
    'The deafening explosions seemed right outside, the building rattled'

    'The deafening explosions seemed right outside, the building rattled'


    An aid worker has described hearing "deafening explosions" and said the building she was in rattled when allied air strikes struck their Syrian...

    An aid worker has described hearing "deafening explosions" and said the building she was in rattled when allied air strikes struck their Syrian targets.
    Airstrikes 'failed to hit most of chemical arsenal'

    Airstrikes 'failed to hit most of chemical arsenal'


    Western airstrikes have done little to degrade Bashar al-Assad's chemical arsenal and his regime still could inflict major damage, Syria's former chemical weapons chief has...

    Western airstrikes have done little to degrade Bashar al-Assad's chemical arsenal and his regime still could inflict major damage, Syria's former chemical weapons chief has said.
    Allies seek Syria ceasefire as Putin warns of 'chaos'

    Allies seek Syria ceasefire as Putin warns of 'chaos'


    France will today lead a push involving the US and UK for a peaceful path forward in the Syrian crisis, proposing a United Nations-backed...

    France will today lead a push involving the US and UK for a peaceful path forward in the Syrian crisis, proposing a United Nations-backed ceasefire.
    US says air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program

    US says air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program


    WESTERN powers have said their missile attacks on Saturday struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's progress in the 7-year-old civil...

    WESTERN powers have said their missile attacks on Saturday struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's progress in the 7-year-old civil war.
    'US remains locked and loaded' for more raids

    'US remains locked and loaded' for more raids


    The United States is "locked and loaded" if Syria uses chemical weapons again, Donald Trump has...

    The United States is "locked and loaded" if Syria uses chemical weapons again, Donald Trump has threatened.
    Syrian airstrikes could ripple out to affect world

    Syrian airstrikes could ripple out to affect world


    What of the economic consequences of an escalation of war in Syria? I say "escalation", of course, as civil war has raged across this blighted nation for the last seven...

    What of the economic consequences of an escalation of war in Syria? I say "escalation", of course, as civil war has raged across this blighted nation for the last seven years.
    Are we on the road to World War Three?

    Are we on the road to World War Three?


    Donald Trump, the US president, has thanked Britain and France for the "power of their fine military strike" after the allies responded to a chemical attack in...

    Donald Trump, the US president, has thanked Britain and France for the "power of their fine military strike" after the allies responded to a chemical attack in Syria.
    'We are your men, Bashar' - Syrians gather in capital in defiance after airstrikes

    'We are your men, Bashar' - Syrians gather in capital in defiance after airstrikes


    HUNDREDS of Syrians gathered at landmark squares in the Syrian capital on Saturday, honking their car horns, flashing victory signs and waving Syrian flags in scenes of defiance that followed unprecedented joint air strikes by the United States, France...

    HUNDREDS of Syrians gathered at landmark squares in the Syrian capital on Saturday, honking their car horns, flashing victory signs and waving Syrian flags in scenes of defiance that followed unprecedented joint air strikes by the United States, France and Britain.

    Airstrikes on Syria 'not about intervening in civil war, not about regime change' - Theresa May


    BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday she had authorised British forces to conduct precision air-launched cruise missile strikes on Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability, saying there was no alternative to military...

    BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday she had authorised British forces to conduct precision air-launched cruise missile strikes on Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability, saying there was no alternative to military action.
    What we know about Syria air strikes so far

    What we know about Syria air strikes so far


    THE US, UK and France have launched co-ordinated missile strikes on Syria following a "despicable" chemical weapons attack on the town of...

    THE US, UK and France have launched co-ordinated missile strikes on Syria following a "despicable" chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.
    'Mission Accomplished!' - Trump tweets, describing air strikes on Syria as 'perfectly executed'

    'Mission Accomplished!' - Trump tweets, describing air strikes on Syria as 'perfectly executed'


    Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's progress in the 7-year-old civil...

    Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's progress in the 7-year-old civil war.
    One killed and 500 wounded in clashes at Gaza border protest

    One killed and 500 wounded in clashes at Gaza border protest


    Thousands of Palestinians have staged a mass protest along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, some burning large Israeli flags and torching tyres while soldiers fired tear gas and live...

    Thousands of Palestinians have staged a mass protest along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, some burning large Israeli flags and torching tyres while soldiers fired tear gas and live bullets.

    Syria crisis: US concerned military response would 'escalate out of control'


    President Donald Trump and his national security aides on Thursday discussed U.S. options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington...

    President Donald Trump and his national security aides on Thursday discussed U.S. options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow.
    Varadkar condemns use of chemical weapons as 'abhorrent'

    Varadkar condemns use of chemical weapons as 'abhorrent'


    TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has condemned the use of use of chemical weapons as "abhorrent" said that a suspected attack in Syria must be fully...

    TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has condemned the use of use of chemical weapons as "abhorrent" said that a suspected attack in Syria must be fully investigated.

    Cold War tensions soar as Trump warns Russia of Syria missile attack


    US President Donald Trump has warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and claiming that relations between the two countries are at an all-time...

    US President Donald Trump has warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and claiming that relations between the two countries are at an all-time low.
    Air bases emptied as fearful Syrians brace for US assault

    Air bases emptied as fearful Syrians brace for US assault


    Activists in Syria have reported that government forces have vacated strategic potential targets - including air bases around the country - as they prepared for a possible US attack in retaliation for the alleged chemical...

    Activists in Syria have reported that government forces have vacated strategic potential targets - including air bases around the country - as they prepared for a possible US attack in retaliation for the alleged chemical assault.

    US ships loaded with rockets at €670,000 apiece


    Donald Trump's promise to carry out US strikes against Syria despite Russian warnings could result in a showdown between two of the world's most sophisticated weapons...

    Donald Trump's promise to carry out US strikes against Syria despite Russian warnings could result in a showdown between two of the world's most sophisticated weapons systems.
    US 'intensifies preparations' for Syria response

    US 'intensifies preparations' for Syria response


    President Donald Trump intensified preparations for a US response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, cancelling a planned trip this weekend to South America and conferring with European allies on retaliatory...

    President Donald Trump intensified preparations for a US response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, cancelling a planned trip this weekend to South America and conferring with European allies on retaliatory steps.

    US resolution on Syria chemical weapons attack vetoed by Russia at UN


    Russia has vetoed a US-drafted UN resolution that would have condemned last weekend's suspected gas attack near Damascus and established a new body to determine responsibility for Syrian chemical weapons...

    Russia has vetoed a US-drafted UN resolution that would have condemned last weekend's suspected gas attack near Damascus and established a new body to determine responsibility for Syrian chemical weapons attacks.

    Russia blames Israel for strike on Syrian base


    Russia blamed Israel for a missile attack on a Syrian air base yesterday morning, which came after President Bashar al-Assad triggered international outrage by carrying out a suspected chemical attack in a besieged suburb of...

    Russia blamed Israel for a missile attack on a Syrian air base yesterday morning, which came after President Bashar al-Assad triggered international outrage by carrying out a suspected chemical attack in a besieged suburb of Damascus.

    UK and U.S. say suspected Syria gas attack bears hallmarks of Assad government


    Britain and the United States agreed on Monday that a suspected poison gas attack in Syria bears the hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks carried out by Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government, a statement from the British foreign office...

    Britain and the United States agreed on Monday that a suspected poison gas attack in Syria bears the hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks carried out by Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government, a statement from the British foreign office said.
    At least 27 children killed in school bus crash in India

    At least 27 children killed in school bus crash in India


    At least 27 children were killed when their school bus skidded off a mountain road into a gorge in the foothills of the Himalayas, officials have...

    At least 27 children were killed when their school bus skidded off a mountain road into a gorge in the foothills of the Himalayas, officials have said.

    Trump warns Putin on new Syria atrocity


    Donald Trump last night warned Russia's Vladimir Putin that there would be a "big price to pay" for a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed 70 people, including...

    Donald Trump last night warned Russia's Vladimir Putin that there would be a "big price to pay" for a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed 70 people, including children.

    Nowhere to hide from horrific gas attack


    The victims were found exactly where they had been when the gas hit. Their silent killer had given little...

    The victims were found exactly where they had been when the gas hit. Their silent killer had given little warning.
    Gaza mourns for young journalist shot by IDF

    Gaza mourns for young journalist shot by IDF


    The Israeli military is facing widespread questions over why its snipers killed a Palestinian journalist who was wearing body armour clearly marked with a 'Press'...

    The Israeli military is facing widespread questions over why its snipers killed a Palestinian journalist who was wearing body armour clearly marked with a 'Press' sign.

    Well-known journalist among at least nine killed in Gaza border protest


    Thousands of Palestinians have protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning...

    Thousands of Palestinians have protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tyres.
    Israeli snipers shoot dead seven in latest protests at Gaza border

    Israeli snipers shoot dead seven in latest protests at Gaza border


    At least seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border yesterday, as thousands of demonstrators burned tyres to send towers of thick black smoke into the...

    At least seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border yesterday, as thousands of demonstrators burned tyres to send towers of thick black smoke into the sky.
    Six killed and hundreds injured by Israeli gunfire in new Gaza border protest

    Six killed and hundreds injured by Israeli gunfire in new Gaza border protest


    Palestinians have torched piles of tyres near Gaza’s border with Israel, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and drawing Israeli fire that killed six men in a second mass protest in a...

    Palestinians have torched piles of tyres near Gaza’s border with Israel, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and drawing Israeli fire that killed six men in a second mass protest in a week.
    Revealed: The country that has made spying on spouse's phone illegal

    Revealed: The country that has made spying on spouse's phone illegal


    Saudi Arabia has announced that spying on your partner’s mobile phone is a criminal offence as part of a wide-ranging new law designed to tackle...

    Saudi Arabia has announced that spying on your partner’s mobile phone is a criminal offence as part of a wide-ranging new law designed to tackle cybercrime.