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 17 October 2012
The planet is the closest and smallest among about 800 'exoplanets' that scientists have identified beyond the Solar System since 1995 when they detected the first extra-solar planet.
Saturday 06 October 2012
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Friday 28 September 2012
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Friday 24 August 2012
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Friday 27 July 2012
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Sunday 01 July 2012
International powers agreed yesterday that a transitional government should be set up in Syria to end the bloodshed there, but they left open the question of what part President Bashar al-Assad might play in the process.
Thursday 21 June 2012
Britain and the US may soon be pressured to consider clemency for President Bashar al-Assad as part of a new political transition package for Syria.
Wednesday 06 June 2012
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Tuesday 08 May 2012
International envoy Kofi Annan says world powers share a “profound concern” that Syria's violence is spiraling into civil war but have pledged to deploy 300 truce monitors there by the end of the month.
Friday 06 April 2012
Twenty years after the siege of Sarajevo began, thousands of survivors remain displaced
Tuesday 27 March 2012
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Saturday 17 March 2012
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Thursday 01 March 2012
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Thursday 23 February 2012
The United Nations has a secret list of top Syrian officials who could face investigation for crimes against humanity carried out by security forces in their crackdown against an anti-government uprising, a panel of UN human rights experts said.
Thursday 16 February 2012
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