Syria ready for US 'aggression'

President Bashar al-Assad has said Syria is capable of confronting any "external aggression", Reuters reports, citing state television. The United States are seeking approval from Congress to take military action.

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Syria samples could take two weeks to analyse

UN chemical weapons experts collect samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus. Credit: Reuters

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told permanent members of the Security Council that analysis of samples taken by inspectors in Syria could take two weeks, a diplomat said.

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Refugees call for the world to act now on Syrian crisis

Syrian refugees who fled their homes in Damascus shortly before the chemical weapons attack told ITV News that the world must act now to prevent further atrocities.

Sapha, who is just one of 140,000 Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp in Jordan, was forced to flee the war-torn country without three of her children.

She told our Correspondent Martin Geissler: "It's awful. My body is here but my heart is at home. I don't know where my children are. I don't know what's happened to them. It's tearing out my heart."

UN inspectors finish collecting samples in Syria

UN chemical weapons experts collect samples in Syria. Credit: Reuters

UN chemical weapons experts have finished collecting samples from the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, a UN spokesman said.

The spokesman added that experts are trying to expedite analysis of the samples but they must maintain scientific integrity and it is unclear how long this process will take.

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Assad's forces 'move Scud missiles and launchers'

President Assad's forces have removed Scud missiles and launchers from a base in Syria. Credit: Reuters

Syrian forces have removed several Scud missiles and dozens of launchers from a base in Damascus, opposition sources told Reuters.

The weapons are thought to have been moved from the foothills of the Qalamoun mountains, one of Syria's most heavily militarised districts, in a bid to protect them from a potential missile strike by the international community.

'Highly likely' Assad regime responsible for attack

Britain would be permitted to take military action against Syria on humanitarian grounds, according to legal advice the Government has published.

Downing Street has released the legal basis for intervention ahead of a Commons debate today which endorses a targeted strike even if Russia and China block an agreement at the United Nations.

It has also released evidence from the Joint Intelligence Committee, which found that a chemical weapons attack did occur in Damascus last week and that it is "highly likely" that Bashar Assad's regime was responsible.

Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports:

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