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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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