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British backing for African forces tackling Islamist insurgents will be doubled today as more than 50 countries head to London to discuss ways of stabilising the country.

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The UN Secretary-General accused the Syrian regime of potential crimes against humanity as activists reported violence in Deraa, the city where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 11 months ago.

Syria steps up bombardment of Homs

Syrian forces fired mortars and rockets that killed scores of people in the rebellious city of Homs, activists said, the latest strike in a week-long assault as President Bashar Assad's regime tries to crush increasingly militarized pockets of dissent.

Envoy attacks Syria regime violence

Britain's ambassador to Syria has hit out at the regime's “shocking” violence against its own people.

Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad

Syria: Assad 'must stop violence'

The UN Secretary General today demanded that Syria's president stop killing his own people, saying the revolutions of the Arab Spring show that people will no longer accept tyranny.

Philippines flood death toll approaches 1000

The Philippines government shipped more than 400 coffins today to two flood-stricken cities in the south where the death toll neared 1,000 as President Benigno Aquino III declared a state of national calamity and relief agencies rushed to help.

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Human rights abuses are rife in lawless new state, UN report says

Thousands of people, including women and children, are being illegally detained by rebel militias in Libya, according to a report by the Secretary General of the United Nations. Many of the prisoners are suffering torture and systematic mistreatment while being held in private jails outside the control of the new government.

Leading article: Another, less rose-tinted, view of Libya

Until now, the Prime Minister and others have presented the intervention in Libya as proof that the lessons from Iraq had been learnt. Specifically, they have claimed, the anarchy that followed the ousting of Saddam Hussein was avoided. A UN document we disclose today suggests this boast may have been made too soon.

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Antonio Cassese was an internationally renowned Italian judge who headed two international war crimes tribunals.

Ban Ki-moon wins second term as UN chief

The United Nations General Assembly has voted unanimously to give Ban Ki-moon a second term as secretary-general.

UK calls for Sri Lanka to probe 'Killing Fields' war crimes allegations

The British Government has renewed calls for an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes against Sri Lanka after a documentary showed civilians being shelled and troops summarily executing prisoners. Britain said it would lead international action if the Sri Lankan authorities failed to respond.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon wants second term

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