Rukhsana Bibi grieves over her daughter, a health worker, yesterday

Killed as they tried to save lives: Pakistan polio workers targeted

Vaccination programme suspended after five women are shot dead

Syrian rebels are running low on weapons and supplies

'They make promises but nothing happens': Syrian rebels urge western backers to urgently intervene against Assad

Britain part of international coalition drawing up plans to provide air and naval power to the opposition

Britain hopes to decide within days whether to recognise new Syrian opposition, says William Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague today hailed a potential turning point for Syria as he met the leaders of a coalition opposed to president Bashar Assad.

This Sri Lanka massacre shows UN has not learned from its failures in Rwanda

Operatives allowed themselves to be bullied by a murderous government

UK to end financial aid to India by 2015

British aid to India is to be brought to an end in 2015 in recognition of the booming sub-continent’s “changing place in the world”.

Romney's ‘staged’ Sandy relief event

With Sandy blown, the race must go on. But it's certainly not making life as a campaign manager any easier. When Mitt Romney turned a recent event into a disaster relief rally, aides worried that supporters would ruin the photo-op by arriving without supplies to donate.

How much more bloodshed and brutality must Syria endure before the world fulfils its moral duty?

A traumatised population has suffered long enough. Countries who have influence in Syria should be doing much more to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid

Meles Zenawi has not been seen in public since June

Mystery of Ethiopia's missing prime minister

Ethiopia's missing prime minister has been taking part in diplomatic efforts to resolve the Sudan crisis from his sick bed, according to African Union officials.

'Dead' Bangladeshi man found in Karachi jail

A man who disappeared 23 years ago, leading his family to believe he had died, has returned home after being found in a prison in Pakistan.

German composer Hans Zimmer

Batman composer records tribute song for shooting victims

Batman composer Hans Zimmer has recorded a song called "Aurora" to raise money for the victims of the Dark Knight Rises shooting.

Rebels near Aleppo

Halt Aleppo massacre, leaders urge Syria

World leaders tonight called on President Bashar Assad to stop the massacre of civilians in Syria's second city.

Afghan militants kidnap two charity workers and their guides

Two foreign medical workers and their three Afghan translators have been abducted in a remote part of north-east Afghanistan.

Devoted to others: Dale in Egypt last December

Khalil Dale: Aid worker who spent his career in the world's trouble spots

Khalil Dale was an English aid worker who for decades devoted himself to humanitarian work in some of the world's most dangerous trouble spots before meeting a brutal death in a Pakistan border town. He was abducted by armed men in January; his body was found on 29 April. His killers coldly explained that they had killed him because their demands for a ransom had not been met.

Hospital staff carry the coffin of Red Cross worker Khalil Dale to an ambulance in Quetta, Pakistan, yesterday

Aid worker's killers threaten to release video of his execution

Red Cross appeals to Pakistan media not to broadcast Taliban film of Khalil Dale's death

PM condemns beheading of British doctor Khalil Dale

The murder of a British aid worker whose body was found dumped in an orchard in Pakistan has been condemned by the Prime Minister as a “shocking and merciless act”.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness