Arab League backs UN action

The Arab League has called for United Nations and international measures against Syria over the recent chemical weapons gas attack.

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UN chief to meet Security Council in New York

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon returned to New York on Thursday evening and intends to engage with member states on developments in Syria, a spokesperson said.

His first meeting is due take place with the permanent members of the Security Council.

US newspapers: Obama to go it alone on Syria

Newspapers in America have said the Barack Obama is set for a solo strike on Syria after Britain rejected military intervention.

The Wall Street Journal went with the headline, "US prepares for solo strike on Syria after Britain balks" and The New York Times writes, "Obama set for limited strikes on Syria as British vote no".

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times front pages. Credit: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and newseum.org

The Boston Globe goes with the headline, "In face of resistance, Obama is ready to act alone on Syria" while The Washington Post writes, "Obama can go it alone on Syria, British cooperation in any strike seems unlikely".

The Boston Globe and The Washington Post front pages. Credit: The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and newseum.org

Turkey in 'no doubt' Assad forces behind 'gas attack'

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said intelligence gathered by Ankara left no doubt that the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were responsible for a poison gas attack near Damascus last week.

"From our point of view, totally based on our national intelligence and assessments by our national experts...There is no doubt that the regime is responsible," Davutoglu told reporters.

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50% of Americans ' in favour of missile attack on Syria'

An NBC News poll found that 50 per cent of American people oppose military action in Syria. However, those numbers flip when the military action is defined to mean launching cruise missiles from naval warships – 50 per cent favour it, while 44 per cent oppose it.

And 58 per cent agree with the statement the use of chemical weapons by any country violates a “red line” that requires a significant US response, including the possibility of US action.

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