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

Climate change: International differences are ahead

China rules out new climate 'regime', setting up US conflict

China, India, South Africa and Brazil say a climate agreement expected to take effect in 2020 won't be a "new regime," potentially setting up a confrontation with the United States, which is seeking to eliminate a firewall in negotiations between developed and developing nations.

Syrian rebels celebrate the victory on top of a tank they took after storming a military base in Aleppo yesterday. William Hague, left, said the UK recognised the rebels as the 'sole legitimate representative' of the Syrian people today

William Hague: UK recognises and will support Syrian rebel group in fight against Assad

Britain is to offer support to a coalition of Syrian rebels after recognising it as the “sole legitimate representative” of the Syrian people, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced today.

Iran's foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran hosts meeting on Syrian conflict

Under the motto "No to violence, yes to democracy," an estimated 200 Syrian and regional politicians gathered in Tehran on Sunday to discuss a possible end to the violence that has engulfed Syria since March 2011.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian president warns West against military intervention

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a stark warning Thursday to Western nations that may be thinking of intervening militarily in the bloody conflict that has devastated the country.

The wreckage from a car bomb in the Mezzeh district of Damascus, in which 11 people died and dozens were wounded

Syria’s opposition council rejects West-backed plan

The conflict is likely to be won on the battlefield, not at the negotiating table

An injured man receives treatment following the blast yesterday

At least 12 people wounded as car bomb explodes near major hotel in Damascus

A car bomb exploded near a major hotel in the Syrian capital, Damascus, today, wounding several people.

Syrian rebels accused of war crime after video is posted appearing to show opposition forces shooting captured Assad troops

Video showing apparent war crime raises questions about oppposition groups

Apple corps: highflyers face red tape tangle at JFK

Simon Calder: Gunners’ own goal: taking to the air for a Canaries clash

The man who pays his way

Take off: Qatar Airways is in the ascendant

'Sars-like virus' man in stable condition

A man who contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus is now in a stable condition.

Arab League offer Assad a 'safe exit' from Syria if he steps down

The Arab League's secretary general has offered Syrian president Bashar Assad a “safe exit” for him and his family if he steps down.

Spain won Euro 2008

Uefa president Michel Platini provides boost for Scotland, Wales and Ireland Euro 2020 bid

A possible bid by Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland for Euro 2020 has been given a boost after UEFA president Michel Platini made it clear he would not vote for Turkey to host the tournament if Istanbul wins the contest to stage the Olympics.

Doha and Baku out of running for 2020 Olympic Games

The cities of Doha and Baku have been cut from the list of candidates to stage the 2020 Olympic Games.

Syrians to shun 'sham' election

Syrians are expected to largely shun the polling booths today in an election widely written off as a sham that will do nothing to loosen President Bashar al-Assad's grip on power.

Agnieszka Radwanska displays the Sony Ericsson Open trophy after beating Maria Sharapova in the final

Triumphant Radwanska goes farther without father

It took Agnieszka Radwanska 17 years to decide that her father, Robert, was not the best man to be her full-time travelling coach. It has taken the 23-year-old Pole just three months to appreciate the wisdom of her decision to stop touring with her father and to work instead with Tomasz Wiktorowski, Poland's Fed Cup captain, and Borna Bikic, who used to coach Jelena Dokic.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links