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.

Small nations given voice on climate

The United Nations has appointed a Costa Rican diplomat as its new climate change chief after small island nations intervened to press for a choice who would represent their concerns about the risks of global warming.

Sri Lanka accused of war crimes in final onslaught

An investigation into the last months of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war released yesterday claims that government forces were responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands more civilians than previously estimated, and targeted hospitals and humanitarian operations as part of their final onslaught on the rebel Tamil Tigers.

Leading article: We should aim at tighter nuclear inspection

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), whose future will be discussed at a 189-country conference for the rest of this month at the United Nations in New York, is commonly hailed as the cornerstone of international efforts to curb nuclear weapons.

Adrian Hamilton: Obama's interests are not always ours

If he has preferences it is for a Cold War bilateralism with Russia and China

Pakistan braces for UN report on Benazir

More than two years after Benazir Bhutto was killed while seeking to make a political comeback, the UN is today due to reveal the findings of a nine-month investigation into the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister.

UN chief in bid to end Gaza blockade

UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited the blockaded Gaza Strip today, where 1.5 million people have been under lockdown by Israel and Egypt for nearly three years.

Military trial for ex-army chief who took on President

Sri Lankan 'war hero' accused of breaking election rules says: I will never give up

Falklands offer to split oil profits

Britain will take up to half the revenues if drilling programme is successful

Britain defends position on Falkland Islands

Britain and Argentina continued to lock horns over the Falkland Islands amid rising tensions about oil exploration.

Argentina goes to UN as Falklands row escalates

Argentina's foreign minister is to meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today as tensions rose over British oil exploration off the Falkland Islands.

So, what does this accord add up to? Key issues explained

The last-minute agreement is a major setback, and the world will have to regroup in its struggle to contain climate change

Errors & Omissions: All this talk of 'tackling' belongs on the sports pages

There are quite enough people around who believe, quite erroneously, that the law does not allow householders to use force against burglars. We do not need headlines like this one, which appeared on Tuesday: "Homeowner jailed for tackling burglar."

Brown offers £1.2bn in a bid to break climate deadlock

Prime Minister unveils fresh fund to help the Third World combat global warming – as Prince Charles flies in to Copenhagen to open crucial phase of talks

Hares, birds and orchids: the casualties of peace in Cyprus

Wildlife has flourished in the no-man's land that divides the country – but reconciliation could end all that

Climate change special: Twelve days to save the world

We face a threat as terrible as the rise of fascism, says Johann Hari. Now we must rise to the challenge
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
David Hasselhoff's new show 'Hoff the Record': What's it like working with a superstar?

Hanging with the Hoff

Working with David Hasselhoff on his new TV series was an education for Ella Smith