Voices Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they walk towards the frontline in the refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus

Of its 250,000 Palestinians, scarcely 18,000 now remain; up to 1,500 are dead, many of them due to hunger

Andy Murray has put in plenty of work on court with coach Ivan Lendl in preparation for the Australian Open

Andy Murray gets smooth ride in Australian draw before facing big two

British No 1 has arrived in peak condition for Grand Slam where fitness counts most

Andy Murray: Plays his first competitive game of 2013 in Brisbane as he defends title

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The brief Christmas which he enjoyed back in a soggy and windswept Britain must feel like a distant memory to Andy Murray. The world No 3 has already made his first appearance of the season, in the warmth of the Middle East, and now he is preparing for his second, in the searing heat of Australia's Sunshine State of Queensland.

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Australian Open

World number four has not played since Wimbledon

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France’s capital celebrates the depths of winter in elegant style, with giant ice skating rinks, festive markets and twinkling lights

48 Hours In: Las Vegas

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US backs new Syrian opposition ahead of conference

The fourth conference for the “Friends of the Syrian People” was set to open today after the US said the new Syrian opposition coalition is the “sole legitimate representative” of the Syrian people.

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Lord Monckton kicked out of international climate change conference after posing as a delegate

Christopher Monckton, a UK Independence Party activist and dogged critic of the environmentalist movement, has been turned out of an international climate change conference in Qatar after posing as a delegate.

48 Hours In: New Orleans

Winter is the ideal time to visit this grand Mississippi city, with its miraculously preserved French Quarter and diverse, delicious flavours

UN Climate Conference: Fighting climate change is moral, vital, and in our own interests

Amid the political horse trading, politicians ignore climate change at their peril

'Recklessly slow' climate talks as greenhouse gases hit new high

Ministers from nearly 200 countries beginning talks on a new global warming treaty have been warned that progress in dealing with climate change is “recklessly slow”.

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48 Hours In: Dubai

The searing heat of summer has mellowed in the Gulf states, making this Emirati city an appealing choice for some winter sun, says Nick Boulos

Deals of the week: Bath, New York, Doho

Less than £200... Combine Christmas shopping with a stay in Bath. The Abbey Hotel has a two-night break until the end of January (excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Eve), for £125 per person with breakfast and one dinner in the hotel's Allium Brasserie. Abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

Climate change: International differences are ahead

UN climate talks start in Doha

Modest expectations marked the start of UN climate talks Monday, as negotiators and experts all warned that the two-week session would only lay the groundwork for a potentially ambitious global-warming pact by the end of the decade.

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The 787 promises a dramatic improvement in passenger comfort, with more space, bigger windows and air pressurised at only 6,000 feet rather than 8,000 feet.

Talks on new climate pact start in Qatar

Attempts to create a new climate treaty failed in Copenhagen three years ago

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