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Syria peace talks: John Kerry leads calls for removal of President Bashar al-Assad

The Geneva II peace talks witness bitter opening exchanges from both sides

Syrian opposition back out of peace talks after UN invites Iran to attend

‘Geneva II’ conference could be in jeopardy after UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon invites Iran to preliminary meeting

Geneva II: Iran not in first round of nations for UN Syria peace talks

Iran is not among the “first round” of nations invited to attend Syria peace talks in Switzerland later this month, a UN spokesman said.

Civilian helicopters evacuated U.S. citizens from the violent South Sudan city of Bor, capital of Jonglei state, seeing bouts of heavy machine gun fire, but 3,000 citizens from countries like Canada, Britain and Kenya remain trapped there

Britons among 3,000 foreigners trapped in South Sudan city of Bor as violence escalates

British, Canadian and Kenyan citizens are among 3,000 foreigners trapped in a South Sudan city experiencing bouts of heavy machine gun fire, one of the most violent areas of a weeklong conflict that has likely killed more than 1,000 people, a top UN official said Monday.

Foreign Office to evacuate 150 Britons from South Sudan

British nationals will be airlifted out of the capital Juba today amid fighting

Up to 500 killed in South Sudan as violence spreads, says UN

There are now fears the country is on the brink of civil war ‘along ethnic lines’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, receives a report about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria from Ake Sellstroem

UN weapons inspectors confirm chemical weapons were used in Syria – and probably in several locations

Chemical weapons were used in Syria, UN weapons inspectors have said, and probably in several locations.

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As people poured in to take their seats, a party atmosphere took hold

In pictures: South Africans gather for Nelson Mandela memorial service in Soweto

South Africans and people from around the world have began filling the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, ahead of a massive memorial service for the country's former president, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, aged 95.

A UN vehicle transporting a team of weapons inspectors arrives at a hotel in Damascus

Syria chemical weapons: Experts start destroying Bashar al-Assad's arsenal

The inspection team only crossed into Syria from neighbouring Lebanon on Tuesday

Visitors witness a huge chunk falling from Monaco Glacier, Spitsbergen, Norway in Jul 2013

IPCC report: The financial markets are the only hope in the race to stop global warming

The chairman of the IPCC warns that the only way to reduce large-scale fossil-fuel use is to 'price' carbon emissions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before the start of the Security Council meeting

Russia and US agree draft UN resolution to rid Syria of chemical weapons in 'important diplomatic step'

The UN Security Council could vote as soon as Friday night after Russia and the US agreed a draft resolution to rid Syria of chemical weapons, according to diplomats in New York.

Activists wear gas masks as they look for dead bodies and collect samples to check for chemical weapon use in the Zamalka area

Syria crisis: Assad regime submits details of chemical weapons to watchdog

Submission was a condition of US-Russian agreement

President Assad meets the former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in Damascus, who is heading a US delegation to Syria

Syria crisis: West backs down on demand for threat of war in UN resolution

The move means intervention in the conflict is unlikely in the near future

A man helps a boy through rubble in the eastern Hama countryside

Syria crisis: Elite Assad troops of 'Unit 450' accused of hiding chemical arsenal

Regime’s formal offer to meet terms of weapons treaty could be undermined by alleged activities of ‘Unit 450’

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