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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