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Syrian rebels turn on their political leadership after EU lifts weapons embargo

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Syria weapons embargo lifted: No decision yet on arming rebels, says William Hague

Britain can start arming Syrian rebels straight away but currently there are no plans to do so, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.

UN warns DR Congo rebels it will intervene

The United Nations Secretary General has warned armed rebels in Eastern Congo that the organisation's new “intervention brigade” would prevent any repeat of the fighting which has driven thousands of refugees out of camps this week. In a visit to the embattled lakeside city of Goma, Ban Ki-moon said the 3,000-strong force which has begun deployment will “enforce the peace”.

UN's Carla Del Ponte says there is evidence rebels 'may have used sarin' in Syria

UN officials insist inquiry 'has not reached conclusive findings'

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Gangnam Style star Psy is immortalised in biographical comic book

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William Hague 'concerned' that Assad forces have used chemical weapons in Syria

Britain has become increasingly concerned that there is clear evidence government forces have used chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, the Foreign Secretary said.

France begins troop withdrawal ahead of UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

France has started withdrawing its troops from Mali after an operation to help local forces push back an offensive by Islamist rebels, an army spokesman said.

Millions of North Koreans have returned to collective farms to make fertiliser

North Korea's reservists 'called back to help with spring harvest'

The warning, announced on North Korean state television, is the latest salvo in weeks of sustained bellicosity that have raised the threat of conflict to its highest level in years. But on the ground the grave words were largely ignored – foreign businesses and schools were operating normally and consulates gave no indication they were taking the threat seriously.

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Suicide car bomber kills 15 in Damascus

A suicide bomber detonated a  car packed with explosives in Damascus today, killing at least 15 people, setting cars and buildings on fire and sending plumes of smoke over the capital.

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Burma declared a state of emergency in the central city of Meiktila today after sectarian violence left at least 20 dead, reinforcing fears that the newly democratic country is struggling to contain simmering hatred between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims.

UN plea over 'chemical attack' in Syria

Damascus has asked the United Nations Secretary-General to appoint an independent technical mission to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack by rebels in the country’s north.

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John Kerry set to criticise PM over 'particularly offensive' comments

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Haitians rage as UN rejects payout for cholera victims

Survivors of epidemic, which has killed 8,000 people, condemn ‘immoral’ decision to claim immunity

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