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August 26, 2013

The UN chemical weapons investigation team arrives in Damascus on August 18, 2013. (AFP)
09:46 GMT

A UN chemical weapons investigation team left to inspect the site of an alleged poisonous attack on Monday as Britain's Foreign Secretary said that an intervention in Syria did not necessarily need a UN Security Council consensus.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a press conference in Istanbul on August 24, 2013. (AFP)
09:41 GMT

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that his country will join an international coalition against Syria, even if the UN Security Council fails to reach consensus on the issue.

The UN chemical weapons investigation team arrives in Damascus on August 18, 2013. (AFP)
08:19 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that no decision had yet been taken over a possible intervention in Syria, as UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said he believed the Syrian government had destroyed evidence of a chemical weapons attack.

Palestinian mourners cry as other carry the body of Majd Lahluh, who was killed by Israeli soliders, during his funeral at Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank city of Jenin on August 20, 2013. (AFP)
07:49 GMT

Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinian men in a refugee camp near Jerusalem early Monday as they carried out a raid on 'suspected militants' in the West Bank.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood spray graffiti on the wall reading "Rabia", meaning four in a Arabic, and which has become a symbol to remember those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp, on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
07:48 GMT

The spokesman for the Egyptian interim government Ahmed El Meslemani said that the country is ready to move forward with its 'political roadmap' that it has defeated a conspiracy against the state.

Syrian President Bashar Assad warned the United States that it would fail if it invaded Syria, as he refuted any claims that his government was involved in the use of chemical weapons against civilians. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that claims that his regime used chemical weapons were 'nonsense' and warned the US that it faces failure if it launches a military intervention in Syria.

August 25, 2013

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem (R) meets with a Angela Kane (L), the UN high representative for disarmament, in Damascus on August 25, 2013. (AFP)
17:00 GMT

Washington on Sunday said that the delayed Syrian government approval of a UN chemical weapons inspection team visiting a Damascus suburb allegedly hit with chemical weapons implies Damascus has 'something to hide'.

A Syrian couple mourn over the bodies of young children killed by an alleged chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburbs last Wednesday. (AFP)
15:47 GMT

The Syrian government on Sunday announced that it has given permission to a UN investigative team to examine a site in the Damascus suburbs where an alleged chemical weapons attack took place.

A handout image, released by the Syrian opposition’s Shaam News Network on Friday, shows a relative weeping over the body of one of his family members killed during what Syrian rebels claim to be a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in East Ghouta last week, during their funeral on the outskirts of Damascus (AFP photo)
15:25 GMT

Top Western and Arab military officials are scheduled to meet in Amman later this week to discuss 'regional security' and a possible intervention in Syria, according to the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Egyptian judge Mohamed al-Karmouti (C) announces the adjournment of the trial of Muslim Brotherhood Supreme leader Mohamed Badie and 32 other Islamists on August 25, 2013 at a Cairo court. (AFP)
13:08 GMT

The trial of high ranking Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders was postponed on Sunday because the defendents, former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and two deputies, were absent.

Syrian army tanks are seen deployed in the Jobar neighbourhood of Damascus on August 24, 2013. (AFP)
12:47 GMT

Syrian opposition forces reportedly received four hundred tonnes of Gulf-financed weapons on Sunday from Turkey, the biggest yet in the Syrian civil war.

Rebel fighters takes aim at the location of Kurdish fighters in the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
12:39 GMT

Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi on Sunday warned that any US-led military intervention in Syria in response to alleged chemical weapons use would be 'no picnic' and would cause a huge fallout in the Middle East.

An elderly Iraqi man smokes a cigarette by the wreckage of a car bomb in Baghdad in May. (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT

11 people were killed across Iraq on Sunday as gunmen killed five policemen in Nineveh province and car bombs struck the north of Baghdad.

An image grab taken from the Egyptian state TV shows Egypt's ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak sitting in the defendants' cage on August 25, 2013 during his trial in Cairo. (AFP/Egyptian TV)
11:38 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former interior minister Habib El-Adly and his aides arrived in court on Sunday for their retrial over the killing of protesters during the January 25 uprising.

A Lebanese woman puts on make-up near vehicles that were damaged in a bombing outside Al-Taqwa mosque on August 24, 2013 in the northern city of Tripoli. (AFP)
10:41 GMT

The Lebanese army has beefed up security across Tripoli following twin car bomb attacks that killed 45 people on Friday.