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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Damascus: Shelling continues as a capital awaits

by - Former International Editor

There have been two loud explosions in Damascus but it's the usual shelling from army positions into rebel held areas, not the expected American barrage.

There is a plume of black smoke from a Damascus suburb, the call to prayer from the muezzin is sounding and traffic is flowing no less than usual. A capital awaits.

Not only did the UN inspectors leave a day early - their chief two days early - they left before dawn on Saturday. A hasty exit. Echoes of Iraq.

UN chemical weapons team arrives at Beirut airport

Members of the United Nations team arrived at Beirut International airport earlier today. Credit: Reuters

The United Nations chemical weapons team has arrives in Lebanon after completing investigations in Syria, Reuters reports.

The team had crossed the land border from Syria into Lebanon earlier in the day after completing its four-day investigation.

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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.

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."

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