News People take part in a simulation entitled 'A Day in the Life of a Refugee: Exploring Solutions for Syria'

The most agonising choice many attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos face is whether to go for a Martini or a smooth Riesling at the countless lavish parties that take place after hours.

Balachandran Prabhakaran after he was captured

Handed a snack, and then executed: the last hours of the 12-year-old son of a Tamil Tiger

Photographs show boy was held before he was killed at close range.

It’s time to offset the UN’s carbon footprint

The UN created the world’s most effective offset mechanism but astonishingly fails to use it for its own carbon emissions. This has to change

Ban Ki-Moon wants drones to back up Congolese troops

UN wants drones over Congo to keep the peace

African mission plea for more firepower after being humiliated by rebel advance in DRC

'The people of the Falklands are British' says Foreign Office as David Cameron rebuffs Argentina over 'colonialism' attack

Argentinian president launched a fierce attack on British "colonialism" and demanded the return of "Las Malvinas", in a letter published as an advert

Burmese government admits air strikes in northern Kachin state

The Burmese government says it has used military jets to attack rebel fighters in northern Kachin state – its first admission of an intensification in the conflict that has raised doubts about the country’s reformist credentials.

Protests continue as Delhi gang-rape victim is cremated

A young woman who died after being gang-raped and beaten on a bus in India was cremated today amid an outpouring of anger and grief across the country by millions of people demanding greater protection for women from sexual violence.

Protesters target French embassy in Central African Republic

Angry protesters carrying clubs threw rocks at the French Embassy in Central African Republic, criticising the former colonial power for failing to do more to stem a rapid rebel advance as fears grew that the insurgents aim to seize the capital.

'Gangnam Style' becomes first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views

Korean pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style" video has become the first YouTube video to surpass a billion views.

UN agrees plan to oust extremists in Mali

The UN Security Council has approved an African-led military operation to oust al-Qa’ida-linked extremists from northern Mali – but not before the training of the country’s security forces and progress on political reconciliation and elections.

The disputed Senkaku islands

China uses geology to challenge Japan on disputed islands

After making its first aerial incursion into Japanese-controlled airspace near disputed islands, China compounded tensions with Japan by bolstering its territorial claims at the United Nations.

This picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 12, 2012 shows the rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control center in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in North Korea. North Korea confirmed it had launched a long-range rocket and succeeded in its mission of placing a satellite into orbit.

Confusion over North Korean 'satellite' amid US claims object is 'tumbling out of control'

According to US officials the object has an unstable trajectory and could crash land back to earth

The Iranian state TV’s Arabic-language channel Al-Alam shows a ScanEagle drone that was supposedly put on display

Four-foot long, launched by catapult, shot down by Iran? War of words rages over US drone 'captured' by Revolutionary Guard

The elite Revolutionary Guard in Iran claimed today to have captured a US drone over the Gulf, igniting a fresh wave of anti-American bellicosity and highlighting tensions between the countries as the stand-off over Iran’s uranium-enrichment efforts remain unresolved.

South Korean rapper Psy, famous for 'Gangnam Style'

PSY's Gangnam Style becomes most watched YouTube video of all time with 805 million views

South Korean rapper PSY's Gangnam Style has become YouTube's most viewed video of all time.

King of Bahrain

Man who insulted the King of Bahrain on Twitter sentenced to six months in jail

A man who insulted the King of Bahrain on Twitter has been sentenced to six months in jail as the tiny island nation ramps up its crackdown on dissent amid increasingly violent protests.

The aftermath of a car bomb in Jaramana, southern Damascus

Air strikes and car bomb signal bloody end to Syria's failed truce

UN envoy flies to Russia in attempt to resolve worsening violence

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