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.

Tensions rise at Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal

The international genocide tribunal in Cambodia, established to try former Khmer Rouge leaders allegedly involved in crimes against humanity, is facing a severe crisis amid accusations the Cambodian authorities are blocking the prosecution of several ageing suspects.

Sri Lankan monks protest over UN report

Hardline nationalists from the JHU party of Buddhist monks staged a sit-in protest in Colombo yesterday against a report by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for both sides in the country's civil war to be investigated for war crimes.

Hopes fade for full UN investigation into Sri Lankan 'war crimes'

A formal UN investigation into what it says are "credible allegations" the Sri Lankan authorities may have committed war crimes will only proceed if the government in Colombo agrees to an inquiry or if member states call for one, the UN Secretary-General has said. Both scenarios are highly unlikely, which means claims Sri Lankan troops systematically shelled "no-fire zones" and hospitals and were responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians are unlikely to be addressed.

Thai and Cambodian troops clash over border

Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a third successive day yesterday over their disputed border, with gunfire and explosions echoing through mountainous jungle for several hours despite a call for a ceasefire by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Besieged Gbagbo still refusing to surrender

Ivory Coast's besieged strongman Laurent Gbagbo clung defiantly to the last vestiges of his power in a bunker beneath the presidential palace yesterday, refusing to surrender to his rival Alassane Ouattara's forces even though all escape routes seemed to be closed.

Anger over Koran burning spreads in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been hit by more violent protests against the burning of a Koran in the US, a day after seven UN workers were brutally murdered.

Government accused as Sri Lankan news office is torched

The building housing a news website that had been repeatedly critical of the Sri Lankan authorities has been destroyed in what activists say is just the latest assault on media freedom in the country.

CIA drew up 'spy list'

A wish list of information that the US State Department was asked to find out about on Ban Ki-moon, the general secretary of the United Nations, and was described as a "spy's shopping list" was drawn up by the CIA, it was claimed. Information demanded by the list included data such as credit card numbers.

Alistair Dawber: Pity Hillary - now she has to face the leaders insulted by America

She might have wanted to keep her head down, but instead the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, yesterday landed in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for a meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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Canadian manager joins bidders for Regent Street

Canadian fund manager PSP has emerged as the fourth shortlisted party vying to buy part of the Crown Estate's £1.6bn Regent Street portfolio.

Pakistan appeal donations to be revealed

The "unprecedented nature" of the public response to an appeal to help people in flood-ravaged Pakistan will be revealed today.

Adrian Hamilton: Aid trickles while the waters flood

According to Pakistan's representative at the UN, the world's failure to stump up enough money for the flood disaster in his country is down to David Cameron's remarks that it was an exporter of terrorism. But his country doesn't need outside critics to put people off giving. Half his own citizens are shouting from the rooftops they have fled to that their own government has failed to respond adequately to the crisis and that most of the aid will end up in the coffers of the ruling elite.

Leading article: A foolish failure to assist

Things are going from bad to worse in Pakistan. The monsoon flood waters have surged into new areas. One-fifth of Pakistan – an area the size of Italy – has been hit and around 20 million people are now said to be affected. Some 6 million are at high risk from deadly, water-borne diseases. Two million people have fled their homes. It is the worst disaster that the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has ever seen, he said as he left the country at the weekend.

Speed up aid to Pakistan, shocked Ban Ki-moon tells donors

Foreign donors were urged by the UN chief to quicken their aid to flood-hit Pakistan as experts warned there was an urgent threat of cholera and other water-borne diseases spreading further.

Ban Ki-moon in Pakistan as flood crisis worsens

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in flood-ravaged Pakistan today to boost relief efforts as the 20 million people made homeless grew increasingly desperate.

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