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Syria revolution four years on: UN's credibility on line as humanitarian aid fails to appear

A resolution approved unanimously in December extended cross-border deliveries to rebel-held areas, but aid groups say diplomacy has not translated into action

Centre-left politicians, such as Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog (centre) and Tzipi Livni (right), are focused on reducing food and housing costs

Israel election: Why the cost of food and lack of affordable housing are a bigger threat to Benjamin Netanyahu hopes than Iran

Soaring shopping bills may be the PM's undoing in next week's vote

Kazida Sultana, Amira Abase, and Shamima Begum (left to right)

Turkey detains 'foreign spy' for allegedly helping missing British schoolgirls travel to Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister made announcement in interview

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom gestures during an interview with Sweden's TT News Agency at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in central Stockholm on March 11

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Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallstrom has emerged as an outspoken figure, not averse to taking moral stands

Intelligence service believe the fighter (R) was Sabri Essid and are investigating whether the boy is his son
Mustaf Kiyiobeishi, 72 years old from the Syrian village of Hama. I

Syria plunged into darkness: Satellite images show how 83% of lights have gone out

Four years of conflict has left the country in almost complete darkness

What is believed to be chlorine gas fills the air after a roadside bomb is detonated

Isis militants resort to 'using chlorine gas bombs' to attack soldiers in Iraq

Footage shows orange plumes of smoke emerging from roadside bombs

Jake Bilardi dropped out of school in Melbourne and travelled to Iraq to join Isis last year

War with Isis: Australian teenager dies in Iraq suicide bomb attack for militant group

Jake Bilardi converted to Islam after the death of his mother in 2009

'Disturbing' Syria torture images go on display at UN headquarters

Photographs were smuggled out by former military photographer who defected to West (warning: graphic content)

Iraqi pro-government fighters celebrate as they advance into Tikrit

War with Isis: Iraqi security forces recapture part of Tikrit as militants' grip begins to loosen

Heavy fighting erupts as army and militia advance upon Saddam Hussein's home city

The charges are read out to a crowd

Isis 'publicly beheads three men for homosexuality and blasphemy' in Iraq

Supporters say men were executed in Nineveh

The artist and activist Atena Farghadani, 26, has been jailed over her protests against the new laws, Amnesty said

Iran to turn women into 'baby-making machines' by banning vasectomies and contraceptives

New laws would also make it harder for women to get jobs until they'd had at least one child first

Isis video shows child militant shooting dead 'Israeli spy' Muhammad Said Ismail Musallam

Musallam had travelled to Syria to fight alongside Isis but was captured and accused of being a spy when he tried to flee

An anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of Manama, last year

Government refuses to release details of relationship with authoritarian Bahrain

Campaigners asked the Information Rights Tribunal to intervene

Mohammed Emwazi moved to the UK from Kuwait aged six

MI5 contact did not radicalise ‘Jihadi John’, David Cameron insists

Philip Hammond attacked apologists for Isis in his speech in London

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