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Syria crisis: 'Torture' photos shown to UN Security Council (15.04.2014)

Graphic photographs of prisoners allegedly tortured by Syrian government forces have been shown to members of the UN Security Council. … The meeting was called by France, which wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes against humanity.

Claims of new poison gas attack in Syria (12.04.2014)

The government and opposition forces in Syria have accused each other of using poison gas in an attack on a village on Friday.

Syria chemical weapons: Time running out for destruction (10.04.2014)

Time is fast running out for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stocks, the international body in charge of their destruction says. Syria promised to hand over its remaining stocks of chemical weapons ingredients by 27 April.

Netanyahu orders cutbacks in contacts with Palestinian Authority (09.04.2014)

Israel announced on Wednesday a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians and also threatened economic steps after they signed international conventions, deepening a crisis menacing U.S.-brokered peace talks.

U.N. rights chief says Syria government abuses ‘far outweigh’ rebels (08.04.2014)

Human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed opposition groups, U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Tuesday, prompting the Syrian U.N. envoy to accuse her of acting like an irresponsible "lunatic."

U.S. looking for way forward in faltering Mideast peace talks (03.04.2014)

The Obama administration scrambled on Wednesday to rescue faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after what it called "unhelpful, unilateral actions" by both sides.

No end in sight to Iraq's crisis, analysts say (28.03.2014)

With just a few weeks to go until elections are held in Iraq, the electoral commission has resigned, violence is reaching new highs and the political elite remains deeply divided along sectarian lines.

Watchdog: Half of Syria's chemicals removed (27.03.2014)

Chemical weapons agency says 53.6 percent of stockpiles have been destroyed or shipped overseas.

Kerry trying to boost Mideast peace talks amid challenges (27.03.2014)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will continue working with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the coming days, as he tries push their peace talks through a set of challenges that threaten to derail process.

Iraq's election commissioners resign weeks before polls (25.03.2014)

The board of Iraq's election commission has resigned in protest at what it says is political and judicial interference ahead of April legislative elections.