Richard Hall is The Independent’s Assistant Foreign Editor. He was formerly Middle East Editor of The Daily Star, Beirut.
09 December 2013 07:00 AM
They hope a ‘hearts and minds’ campaign – promising extra aid and public services in opposition-held areas – will help counter similar efforts by more radical Muslim groups
03 December 2013 06:22 PM
The newly appointed International President of Médecins Sans Frontières has described the number of birth deformities as 'shocking'
02 December 2013 06:44 PM
Residents of a village in eastern Lebanon torched tents that were housing hundreds of refugees who had fled the war in neighbouring Syria.
Scant relief: China has pledged only £125,000 to help the Philippines recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan
13 November 2013 09:00 PM
Richard Hall examines the reasons for the world's second-largest economy's woeful aid donation
'What did I do wrong?': Why the banker who helped millions of Bangladeshis out of poverty became his country’s enemy number one
27 October 2013 12:00 AM
Muhammad Yunus has helped lift 50 million of his fellow Bangladeshis out of poverty with loans of as little as £14.50. His work has won him the Nobel Prize - and been copied around the world. So why is he now being hounded by his own government? And why are thousands set to take to the streets this week to protest against him?
21 October 2013 03:08 PM
The rebels are fighting amongst themselves, hopelessly split
10 October 2013 06:27 PM
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Extremist groups within the Syrian opposition are responsible for the mass killing of civilians, executions and hostage-taking in the countryside of north-western Syria, Human Rights Watch claims in a report released on Friday.
The rights group says an investigation into a military offensive by the rebels found strong evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
04 October 2013 06:58 PM
The world is in a terrible mess. Global warming is causing irreversible damage to the environment, poverty and greed is stifling progress and corruption is rife. The solution? It’s time to hand over the reigns to the next generation.
25 September 2013 01:22 PM
Blow for Syrian National Coalition which is recognised by more than 100 countries as a legitimate representative of forces fighting Assad regime
19 September 2013 04:13 PM
Many were keen to make a distinction between the 'real' Free Syrian Army and those claiming the mantle. Now divisions will be made clearer within the rebel movement
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
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