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David Cameron is right to go to Sri Lanka

Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka

Commonwealth summit: Sri Lanka faces calls for civil war inquiry

As Commonwealth leaders meet in Colombo, new evidence shows that government forces killed civilians in the 2009 offensive

Levels of gases in atmosphere blamed for global warming increased to record high in 2012

Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change hit a new record in 2012, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Wednesday.

M23 group to end rebellion in eastern Congo

A leader of the M23 rebel group in eastern Congo has said his movement is ending its rebellion after more than a year and a half of fighting the Congolese government.

David Cameron promotes business leaders' plan to slash Brussels red tape with blueprint to sweep away EU rules and regulations

PM prepares new blueprint for EU as row grows over migrant figures

On trial: President Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are charged over the violence after the 2007 elections

'Going after leaders is anti-African': The continent's heads of state threaten to break away from international court

The African Union's executive council has condemned the International Criminal Court's charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya as "totally unacceptable" and indicated that the continent's leaders could split from the body.

Keiko Fujimori and her father, Alberto

Peru's ex-premier Alberto Fujimori wins thousands of Twitter followers from prison

Fujimori is exploiting a legal loophole that also lets him use YouTube

Exclusive: Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko ‘extremely close’ to being released in EU deal

Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, confirms that a pardon is possible ahead of summit

Mohammed Morsi has been under arrest since last July

US military aid to Egypt suspended after Morsi overthrow

The US State Department has confirmed that portions of the aid that has traditionally flowed annually from the US to Egypt as well as the delivery of important weapons systems will be withheld in response to the overthrow of the country’s first elected president during the summer.

EU officials close to securing deal to free Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko

Ms Tymoshenko, who won widespread support for her role in her country's 'Orange Revolution', is serving a seven-year sentence for abusing her power in a gas deal with Russia

People need to decide which side they are on over links with Brussels ahead of next year's European elections, says Nick Clegg

EU exit would be 'economic suicide', says Nick Clegg as he issues call to arms for support against Eurosceptics

Deputy Prime Minister acknowledges referendum on UK's membership of European Union is inevitable

'US and Nato have not respected our sovereignty', says Karzai as he rules out security deal

Afghanistan's president today ruled out signing a security deal with the United States until disagreements over sovereignty are resolved, but said he will convene a council of elders in one month to help him make a decision on the pending agreement.

Boys play on debris from damaged buildings in the Duma neighbourhood in Damascus

Syria's chemical weapons: The deadly serious challenge begins

UN-sanctioned inspectors have already begun to destroy Syria’s arsenal. But with as much as 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other neurotoxic agents spread across dozens of different locations, the task remaining is huge

Bob Geldof at the One Young World summit

Bob Geldof: The world could end by 2030

The Boomtown Rats star gives doom-laden climate change prediction

Syria civil war: UN expects four million more Syrians to flee next year

Agencies are preparing to launch a new aid appeal

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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
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
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