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
Like this page on Facebook for updates
Tuesday 30 July 2013
Here’s an idea for an online start-up: TrapAdvisor, warning online travel operators about possible fake reviews. It might have helped the folk at TripAdvisor realise there was something fishy about Oscar’s.
Monday 29 July 2013
Britain’s biggest budget airline cancelled a late-night flight – then told passengers to wait 86 years and one day for a replacement.
Tuesday 23 July 2013
Hoshyar Zebari tells Patrick Cockburn that Syria’s President will ‘survive’ rebel uprising
Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine paid illegal kickbacks to fund former French PM Edouard Balladur’s failed presidential bid
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine has confessed to having paid illegal kick-backs to fund the presidential campaign of former French prime minister Edouard Balladur.
Sunday 02 June 2013
World View: All the players have their own agendas, and none seems to involve a ceasefire... just yet
Sunday 02 June 2013
A deadly virus alarms scientists, as a new flu strain appears in China
Friday 24 May 2013
Meeting would be the first time the Syrian government has met face-to-face with rebel groups since the start of the two year-long civil war
Saturday 20 April 2013
1. Paris St Germain and Marseilles.
Thursday 11 April 2013
When you have little or no opportunity to shop around, it's easy to get ripped-off
Saturday 30 March 2013
French inspectors had wanted to speak to Zaid Al-Hilli for months
Sunday 17 February 2013
It's too early to say for sure, but the current ski season, now halfway through, is looking as if it will be the one that sees a return to growth in skier numbers after four seasons of decline. Specialist travel agency Ski Solutions (020-7471 7749; skisolutions.com) is among those reporting record-breaking January sales, with bookings up 23 per cent.
Wednesday 02 January 2013
Petrol station strike comes as shocking authoritative figure is released
Thursday 20 December 2012
The 21-month-old civil war in Syria is rapidly devolving into an "overtly sectarian" and ethnic conflict, a UN investigatory panel has concluded, raising the specter of reprisal killings and prolonged violence that could last for years after the government falls.
Argyll grandmother takes UK and EU to the United Nations over plans to turn Scotland into windfarm 'hedgehog'
Monday 10 December 2012
Christine Metcalfe claims UK Government and the EU have breached a fundamental tenet of citizens’ rights under the UN’s Åarhus Convention
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Conspiracy theories are given credence by constraints of French law. By John Lichfield
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia