At first the talks were delayed for 24 hours, then Syria’s foreign minister threatened to walk out. But last night the two sides agreed to be in the same room. Kim Sengupta reports from Geneva on the UN mission to end the bloodshed
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Wednesday 13 November 2013
Peter Higgs said that Tom Kibble, his erstwhile competitor at Imperial College in London, should have been awarded a share of his prize
Wednesday 13 November 2013
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Monday 11 November 2013
Britain's new charge d'affaires to Iran is expected to visit the country later this month amid further signs of a thawing in relations.
‘Murder is murder’: Armed forces chief says it would be wrong to call for exemption in case of convicted Marine A
Sunday 10 November 2013
‘No one’ serving in Afghanistan has asked for clemency in case of murdered insurgent, says Defence Secretary Philip Hammond
Tuesday 05 November 2013
The United Nations’ top Syria envoy has said that diplomats had failed to agree on a date for new peace talks.
Syria crisis: Inspectors begin ambitious task of overseeing destruction of Assad's chemical weapons program
Tuesday 01 October 2013
An advance group of international inspectors arrived in Syria on Tuesday to begin the ambitious task of overseeing the destruction of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program, kicking off a mission that must navigate the country's bloody civil war as well as the international spotlight.
Syrian crisis: UN Security Council agreed on ‘core points’ of resolution to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons
Thursday 26 September 2013
Russia warns that work is 'still going on' after foreign ministers from the five permanent members meet Ban Ki-moon in New York
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Staring delegates at the General Assembly in the face this week is a crisis at the heart of the UN system, namely the sclerosis besetting the 15-member Security Council as demonstrated vividly by its inability to respond so far to the civil war in Syria. Not a few among them are taking notice.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
The move means intervention in the conflict is unlikely in the near future
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Foreign Minister Lavrov remains at odds with French over culpability for deaths
Sunday 15 September 2013
In a dramatic breakthrough during US-Russian talks, Syria has been given a week to account for all chemical weapons and let inspectors in
Tuesday 10 September 2013
European leagues set to agree to switch
Tuesday 27 August 2013
Tribunal warns that the Government acted illegally by denying public participation
Sunday 18 August 2013
Tens of thousands of refugees from Syria’s Kurdish-majority north-east have streamed into Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdistan region after authorities opened the border ending months of limited access.
Thursday 15 August 2013
A prize of 10,000 Swiss francs, or £7,000 sterling, is being offered by the Swiss Public Welfare Society to whomever writes the best new lyrics to the Swiss national anthem. The one currently in use, the Schweizer Nationalhymne or Swiss Psalm, has lyrics by Leonhard Widmer (1809-67) which err on the side of religiosity and weather: "When the morning skies grow red/And o'er their radiance shed/Thou, O Lord, appeareth in their light/When the Alps glow bright with splendour/Pray to God, to him surrender/For you feel and understand/That he dwelleth in this land." Critics have remarked that it's a nice hymn, but contains scant details about Swiss life.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
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