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# Civil War

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# rising tensions
John Kerry warns Syria of “consequences” for using chemical weapons
The US Secretary of State said the “indiscriminate slaughter” by chemical weapons was inexcusable and undeniable.
# Syria
Syrian opposition accuses regime of killing 1,300 in chemical weapons attack
Pro-opposition groups say that government forces used a “poisonous gas” in an attack earlier today but the government says the reports are “totally false”.
# Social Media
Syrian leader Bashar Asssad joins Instagram in 'despicable PR stunt'
“It is repulsive that the Assad regime would use this to gloss over the brutality and suffering it’s causing”.
# great irish journeys
Michael Collins' heartbreak and naivety explored in new documentary
The final journey of the ‘big fella’ is travelled by the RTÉ broadcaster John Creedon in a programme to be shown this evening.
# G8
G8 leaders 'close' to agreement on Syria amid calls for 'concrete' solution
World leaders are attempting to hammer out a joint communique that is agreeable for Russia and the US who differ on the Syrian conflict.
# we can rebuild you
Iraq tries to win tourists back by rebuilding ancient arch
The world’s largest brick-built arch has survived for more than 1,400 years – but it has fallen into disrepair in recent years.
# art of conflict
Vince Vaughn has made a film about the Northern Ireland murals...
… yes, really. (And you can watch it on tv from today).
# Civil War
Real Madrid cancel today's press conference as tensions grow
Following another explosive press conference before the midweek game against Malaga, the club are desperate to ease tensions at the Bernabeu.
# crisis
Syrian refugees 'now make up 10 per cent of population of Lebanon'
Oxfam said the figure is comparable to the entire population of Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Derry all moving to Dublin.
# Civil War
Study finds 26 Irish people have fought in Syria
Researchers in London found that between 2,000 and 5,500 people from other countries have joined the rebel forces to fight against the Assad regime.
# Syria
Assad vows to 'cleanse' Syria after attack
The statement was made after a suicide bomb at the Iman Mosque in Damascus.
# Lost Generation
Whole generation of Syrian children could be lost, says UN
Two years to the day since the conflict began, the UN says there’s a generation of children who have known only fighting.
# Civil War
There are now one million Syrian refugees
“This tragedy has to be stopped,” says UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. The refugees arrive “traumatised, without possessions and having lost members of their families”.
# Civil War
Russia in ground-breaking talks with Syrian opposition
The development brings with it a glimmer of hope for the end of the bloody conflict.
# Syria
Tánaiste calls for Syrian crisis to be referred to International Criminal Court
Eamon Gilmore has joined three other Foreign Ministers to pen an opinion piece, published by CNN.
# Nepal
Man arrested in Sussex over Nepal Civil War torture claims
The landmark case is being watched closely by human rights activists in Nepal.
# Syria
Death toll in Syria surpasses 60,000
The new figure comes from the United Nations’ “exhaustive analysis”.
# review 2012
IN PICTURES: a year of fighting in Syria
In the midst of the conflict, death and hurt, some rare smiles and moments of joy are captured by some of the world’s bravest photographers.
# Civil War
Obama recognises Syrian rebels as the 'legitimate' representative of the country
The US President said Syria’s opposition is the legitimate representative of the country’s people – the most significant US intervention so far in the brutal civil war.
# Historic
Free State came into being 90 years ago this week
Flashback to the turbulent beginning of Saorstát Éireann, which was hurtling towards civil war even as it gained statehood.
# Civil War
Syria ceasefire in tatters as fighting rages
The death toll on the first of of Eid al-Adha reached 146, according to reports.
# Lebanon
Two killed as large explosion rattles Beirut
Local media are reporting that at least two people have been killed and 15 injured in the explosion.
# Syria
Syria: UN envoy calls on government to start truce
Lakhdar Brahimi said that rebel representatives told him they will also observe the truce if the government takes the first step.
# Blue Steel
Schmidt calls on new faces to up intensity levels after Munster test
The Leinster coach also claimed to have been unsighted for the Casey Laulala try that was controversially ruled out.
# hidden history
Hidden History: the first casualty in the American Civil War was a Tipp man
A radio documentary reveals new information about Private Daniel Hough, the first casualty of the American Civil War.
# growing concern
'We have to glue ourselves back together': Victory comes at a cost for Schmidt
The Leinster coach has even more injury concerns this morning, including Brian O’Driscoll and Isa Nacewa.
# at a loss
Penney unhappy with non-try decision, curses lack of Munster pressure
The New Zealander wanted a TMO at the very least when Casey Laulala crashed over late in the game.
# Civil War
Pro12: Four things we learned from this weekend's inter-pros
Friday night in Ravenhill was a procession, but tonight’s derby was anything but.
# Civil War
Pro12: Six things to watch out for in tonight's Leinster v Munster clash
We can’t bloody wait.
# Civil War
Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's inter-provincial rugby action
It’s the biggest weekend of the season so far. Ulster host Connacht. Leinster welcome Munster. Let’s get it on.
# bring the pain
‘Fitter, stronger than ever’: McLaughlin has a plan to beat Munster
The Leinster and Ireland flanker is hoping his personal run of good form can turn his province’s fortunes around.
# prop life
Leading from the front: Ross ready to start playing hardball
“If you can’t get up for Munster you might as well not be playing rugby.” Says the cornerstone of Leinster’s set-piece.
# reboot
Pro12: Schmidt seething with Leinster's 'lack of effort' in Galway
The Kiwi has read the riot act and will demand a return to form against Munster this Saturday.
# Pro12
Sidelined: Kearney, Roux ruled out of Munster clash
Meanwhile, serious doubts remain over Gordon D’Arcy and Eoin Reddan as Joe Schmidt says he will “wait and see.”
# Syria
Syria: Air strike kills 30 as over 150 reported dead in nationwide violence
Clashes across the country have continued today as some estimates now put the death toll from the civil war at over 29,000 since early last year.
# Syria
UN envoy: Syria crisis is a threat to the world
The conflict’s death toll continues to rise with overnight air strikes killing 12 civilians and wounding 60 more.
# crisis
Syria latest: Aleppo bombs, UN envoy and water crisis
Residents of the country’s second city are experiencing serious water shortages as a main water pipeline has been destroyed.
# Syria
Syrian filmmaker killed in Aleppo: opposition
A young filmmaker has been killed while shooting a video in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
# Civil War
A butcher, a barber and a policeman: meet Syria's rebels
Butchers, barbers and students are now getting used to guns, tanks and warfare.
# Syria
US will intervene in Syrian crisis - but only if Assad uses chemical weapons
President Obama says the issue of Syrian WMDs is two-fold, raising fears that chemical or biological weapons may fall into the hands of anti-Israeli extremists.