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Obama signs secret order to aid Syria rebels
New order broadly permits CIA and other US agencies to support rebels seeking to depose Bashar al-Assad from power.
Last updated: 18 Nov 2013 13:33 GMT
International community condemns the launch
The US and regional powers condemn North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket, warning it will destabilise the region.
Last updated: 12 Dec 2012 07:23 GMT
Clinton to testify over Benghazi attack
Decision comes after US president tells Republicans to "go after him" rather than pick on envoy Susan Rice over attack.
Last updated: 16 Nov 2012 02:52 GMT
US denies report on Iran nuclear talks deal
White House rejects New York Times report saying Tehran had agreed to negotiations over its nuclear programme with US.
Last updated: 21 Oct 2012 02:49 GMT
Blast in Lebanon kills top security official
Wissam al-Hassan, intelligence chief of Internal Security Forces, among eight people killed in a car bombing in Beirut.
Last updated: 20 Oct 2012 03:11 GMT
Tanks roll on Damascus as violence reigns
Heavy fighting grips capital with state source saying "all weapons will be used to finish off terrorists" by Ramadan.
Last updated: 19 Jul 2012 21:28 GMT
US says Assad 'losing control' of crisis
President Barack Obama calls Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to seek unified stance on plan to end Syria bloodshed.
Last updated: 19 Jul 2012 06:04 GMT
UN envoy visits battered Homs district
Valerie Amos, in Syria for talks aimed at securing humanitarian access, saw city that was 'completely devastated'.
Last updated: 07 Mar 2012 23:15 GMT
Syrians cross to Lebanon to escape violence
As Assad repeats pledge to fight "terrorists", UN says up to 2,000 people have fled to Lebanon to escape his crackdown.
Last updated: 07 Mar 2012 11:13 GMT
US condemns Iranian nuclear scientist killing
Tensions rise as Hillary Clinton denies any US role in apparent bomb attack while Iran calls for strong UN condemnation.
Last updated: 12 Jan 2012 13:16 GMT
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