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Pacific Ocean Marshall Islands launch lawsuits against nations with nuclear arms over testing effects

The Islands were the site of US nuclear tests for 12 years after WWII

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Tony Blair urges British intervention against Islamic extremists around the world

The former PM believes Western 'engagement' needs to go beyond the political

The Iranian Foreign Minister (second left) with the US Secretary of State in Geneva last year, where a preliminary deal was struck

Iran nuclear talks: Quiet optimism over deal between Islamic State and the West on weapons programme

US releases $1bn of Iranian assets as IAEA reports the country has reduced uranium stockpile

Ukraine crisis: Photographs 'show Russian troops' in eastern Ukraine

Ukraine claims Russian 'special forces troops' are in government buildings seized by separatists

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine's acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev

Ukraine crisis: Joe Biden warns Russia ‘time is short’ for it to ease tensions

US Vice-President threatens Moscow with further sanctions if it does not comply with Geneva Accord

A masked pro-Russian man stand guard near a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine April 21, 2014. An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.

Pope Francis prays for peace in Syria and Ukraine in Easter Sunday mass

Pope Francis prayed for peace in Syria and Ukraine in his traditional Easter Mass in St Peter's Square on Sunday.

Tony Blair, pictured speaking in his role as founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation at the University of Pristina in 2012
UNHCR’s Amin Awad said the sums of money pledged to Syria were similar to bailing out just one bank

Exclusive: Nations fail to honour their financial pledges to Syrian refugees with only a fifth of the $6.5bn requested by the UN being delivered

Promised funds remain unpaid as the head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees warns of more suffering and security threats ahead

Without further action, temperatures will increase from about four to five per cent compared with pre-industrial levels

Leaked climate change report: Scientific body warns of 'devastating rise of 4-5C if we carry on as we are'

The Independent on Sunday has seen a draft of the latest IPCC report, which says the world is not doing enough to combat problem. But, with sufficient political will, all is not lost

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Tory Minister Alan Duncan slammed for saying 'primitive cultures' have anti-LGBT problem

LGBT campaigners called Mr Duncan's comments "inappropriate"

Civilians near the Austrian lines in Serbia are strung up – probably as a reprisal for guerrilla resistance to the invaders

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Austro-Hungarian army executes civilians in Serbia

No.5 Serbia, September 1914: Any illusions about the romance of war rapidly evaporated when the  Austro-Hungarian army invaded Serbia. Overwhelming force was met with implacable resistance, spawning a vicious cycle of atrocities. Tony Paterson continues our series by focusing on a moment that stood for all too many more

German infantry advance through Belgium in August 1914

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Germans advance into Brussels

No.4  Belgium, 21 August 1914: Our 100-day series marking the centenary of the First World War continues with a report by US journalist Richard Harding Davis on the German war machine’s unstoppable progress into neutral Belgium

Donald Tusk, Poland's Prime Minister, speaks to the Belgium PM

Ukraine crisis: Nato beefs up presence in Poland after Russia's annexation of Crimea

Nato will strengthen its presence in Poland within weeks as the military alliance seeks to allay fears along Ukraine's western border over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The spread of the TR4 fungus represents an expanded threat to global banana production

Bananageddon: Millions face hunger as deadly fungus Panama disease decimates global banana crop

Disease spreads from Asia to Africa and may already have jumped to crucial plantations in Latin America

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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