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HIV and AIDs campaigners have called the amendment "draconian"

Free Syrian Army fighters gather at one of their caves in Jabal al-Zaweya, Syria, whom reject talks until President Bashar Assad leaves

Rebels reject Syrian regime’s offer of talks until Assad goes

New US Secretary of State steps up efforts to persuade opposition to attend Rome meeting

William Hague and John Kerry to clarify US stance on Falklands

Foreign Secretary William Hague will discuss the United States’ position on the Falkland Islands with John Kerry following reports that Washington will not recognise the result of next month’s referendum on sovereignty.

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British worker 'among those kidnapped in Nigeria'

Islamist group Boko Haram has been linked to about 800 deaths in the north last year

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Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s firebrand former foreign minister, began the fight for his political life in a tiny Jerusalem courtroom earlier today, as he pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.

The tombstone of Ben Zygier at the Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne, Australia

Israel finally recognises the life and death of 'Prisoner X'

Israel has partially lifted a gagging order in the mysterious case of ‘Prisoner X’ and formally recognised that an Israeli with dual citizenship had committed suicide in one of the country’s most secure prisons in 2010.

Former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, seeks refuge in Indian Embassy to avoid arrest

The former President of the Maldives has taken refuge at the Indian Embassy in Male after a court ordered his arrest.

Ben Zygier from Melbourne is thought to be Israel's infamous Prisoner X

Australia orders inquiry over reports around Israel's Prisoner X

Australia today ordered an inquiry into reports earlier this week that Prisoner X – a man who committed suicide in a top security Israeli prison in 2010 - was an Australian citizen.

Iran's supreme leader rejects direct talks with US

Iran's supreme leader has strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with United States on its nuclear programme and other issues.

Edicts from Whitehall are not enough

The report highlights shocking failures in patient care at Stafford Hospital. The central question now is whether Robert Francis’s diagnosis of the causes of these failures and his recommendations will prevent anything like this happening again.

Anger at 'Saturday Night Live' skit on Thai sex industry

A US comedy skit that makes fun of Thailand’s booming sex industry has angered the government, which is trying to block videos of the sketch on the internet.

Controversy: Chris Grayling at the Guildhall for the Lord Mayor’s Banquet last November

Justice minister, Chris Grayling, accused of legal interference

Chris Grayling's department signed a prisoner anonymity order – then he overturned it

Prime Minister to meet with Afghan and Pakistani leaders

David Cameron will meet the Afghan and Pakistani presidents tonight in the latest round of talks aimed at preventing a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan when British troops leave next year.

Irish nanny faces murder charge after allegedly assaulting a baby before its death in US

Aisling McCarthy Brady alleged to have been the sole carer for Rehma Sabir when she suffered injuries 'consistent with abusive head trauma'

John Kerry is the uncontroversial choice for the post

Israel, Palestine, Iran, Russia, China ... that's quite an in-tray for John Kerry

Thomas Friedman, who tends to be rather well briefed by the White House, calls it about right today in his welcome note to John Kerry, the former Democrat candidate for President who will replace Hillary Clinton as America's Secretary of State. Friedman says "there is no one better for the job and no worse job to have today". Except for President, presumably.

Brahimi accused of 'flagrant bias' by Damascus

Damascus denounced the international envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, as “flagrantly biased” today, casting doubt on how long the UN-Arab League mediator can pursue his peace mission.

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