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UN Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay speaks at a press conference before completing her visit in Colombo

Sri Lanka snubs UN as it bids for more trade links with the UK

Criticism by Human Right Commissioner was ‘jaundiced’, says Foreign Minister

Syria crisis: Assad regime asks UN to protect it from 'any aggression' from the West

In other international developments, Russia calls US chemical weapons evidence ‘unconvincing’, while France starts revealing its own intelligence for parliament scrutiny and China warns Americans not to act alone on military intervention

David Cameron leaves Downing Street

Syria crisis: David Cameron plans reshuffle after chaotic defeat in Commons

Prime Minister is reported to be furious as the full extent of the Government’s disorganisation over Syria vote becomes apparent

Syria crisis: America tells the world 'We have the evidence - now we HAVE to punish Assad'

President Obama says Syria’s actions represent a 'challenge to the world' as Secretary of State, John Kerry, claims certain knowledge of chemical attack in which at least 1,429 died

Bertrand Bisimwa: The M23 rebel leader had claimed that his forces were gaining the upper hand

Congolese rebels retreat after offensive by UN-backed troops

M23 group declares unilateral ceasefire ‘to give peace a chance’ after week of fighting

David Cameron's plans for military action in Syria shot down in dramatic Commons vote

Foreign policy in disarray and Prime Minister humiliated as he is forced to rule out British support of US-led military action

Syria: Reports of 'napalm-like' bomb attack on Aleppo playground emerge after MPs vote against military action

BBC Panorama reveals footage suggesting a fighter jet dropped an incendiary device on school children, killing at least 10

Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy

Exclusive: UN ruling puts future of UK wind farms in jeopardy

Tribunal warns that the Government acted illegally by denying public participation

U.N. chemical weapons experts visit people affected by an apparent gas attack

UN inspectors come under sniper fire as they visit alleged gas attack site

Team was hampered in its ability to move around the area to carry out a thorough investigation

The NSA's offices in Fort Meade, Maryland in the US

NSA spying row deepens after UN and EU allegations

United Nations refuses to comment directly on claims US intelligence agency hacked internal communications

A giant ibis searches for food in a pond in Mondulkiri province

Hope for giant ibis as new nest is found in Cambodia

There are believed to be only 345 giant ibis remaining in the wild, but there is hope for conservationists after a nest of the endangered species was discovered in a hitherto unknown habitat in north-eastern Cambodia.

Candidates linked to Madagascar coup barred from presidential election

Madagascar’s electoral court has barred the incumbent president, Andry Rajoelina, and the wife of a long-standing rival from contesting the next presidential election.

A 'river' of refugees flows out of Syria as Iraqi Kurdistan opens border

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.

More than 80 child soldiers, some as young as eight, have been freed from a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo

UN helps to free 80 child soldiers from militia in DR Congo

More than 80 child soldiers, some as young as eight, have been freed from a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said yesterday.

Free movement of workers may feed mistrust

So much migration puts Europe's dykes in danger of bursting

The PM plans to renegotiate the basic tenets of the EU. He may find more support in surprising quarters, including the Dutch liberal left

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