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Muslim children from the Rohingya ethnic group at a refugee camp in the state capital

Outbreak of ethnic violence claims 100 lives in Burma's west

Aung San Suu Kyi and others accused of failing to speak out against persecution

Turkish troops return fire after cross-border shelling from Syria

Turkish troops have returned fire after cross-border shelling from Syria for the sixth day in a row.

Turkey shells Syria after border deaths

The Syrian civil war threatened to spread beyond its borders last night as the Turkish army launched artillery attacks against Syria in response to deadly shelling that killed five people in south-east Turkey.

North Korea flood victims need immediate food aid warns UN

North Korea needs immediate food assistance after heavy rains killed scores of people and submerged swathes of farmland, the United Nations has said.

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Seven UN soldiers killed in ambush

Seven United Nations peacekeeper soldiers were killed yesterday when they were ambushed while on patrol in Ivory Coast.

European nations expel Syrian ambassadors

German, Italian and Spanish foreign ministries announced today that Syrian ambassadors are being expelled - following similar moves by Britain, France, Australia and Canada after a massacre in which the United Nations says families were shot at close range in their homes.

Suicide car bomb hits Syrian military compound 

A suicide car bomb tore through the parking lot of a military compound in Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour this morning, the latest in a wave of blasts targeting security agencies in recent months, the country's state media reported. 

Syria accused of hiding tanks from UN observers

The Syrian regime was accused yesterday of playing a cat-and-mouse game with international observers as it hid tanks and used gunfire to hold back demonstrators when the UN team toured the restive city of Hama, while the presence of the handful of monitors did little to quell violence elsewhere in the country.

UN Security Council votes to expand Syrian mission

Five UN truce monitors ventured yesterday into one of the hardest-hit strongholds of the Syrian uprising and were thronged by residents clamouring for foreign military aid to oust President Bashar Assad.

Shots fired in Syria town during UN observer visit

Two vehicles carrying UN truce monitors sped away from a large crowd of Syrian anti-regime protesters today when what sounded like a gunshot rang out in a Damascus suburb they were touring, according to amateur video posted online.

Syrian government is 'pounding rebel stronghold'

Syrian government forces are pounding a rebel stronghold with mortar fire, activists said today, violating a week-old ceasefire the international community is reluctant to declare dead despite ongoing violence.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned of 'massive repercussions' from the fighting in Syria

UN finally agrees peace plan for Syria – but will it end bloodshed?

Russia and China fall into line – but Ban Ki-moon admits fallout from conflict could spread through the region

Libyan human rights abuses 'deeply concerns' Ban Ki-moon

Illegal arrests, revenge attacks and deaths following torture in secret prisons are continuing in Libya by armed militias with the new government failing to establish an effective judicial system, according to the Secretary General of the United Nations.

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Google is commemorating International  Women’s Day with a colourful ‘doodle’ made up of symbols representing women.

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