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The most agonising choice many attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos face is whether to go for a Martini or a smooth Riesling at the countless lavish parties that take place after hours.

Syrian refugees wait with their belongings next to railway tracks after crossing the border into Turkey

Government accused of blocking Syrian refugees from entering Britain in order to hit immigration targets

MPs and peers from both coalition parties urge Government to change its mind

As attention turns to Geneva, Assad is starving millions of Syrians

6.3 million people are now in critical need of food

British legal professionals hold placards during a protest against cuts to the legal aid budget during a protest outside Southwark Crown Court

Don't call it a 'strike': Barristers withdraw labour and courts including Old Bailey fall silent for the first time in centuries over legal aid cuts

They feel misrepresented as 'fat cats' and are alarmed by cuts in the legal aid budget

French soldiers protect a truck of fleeing Muslims after it broke down and was surrounded by hundreds of hostile Christian residents in the Gobongo neighborhood of Bangui - Red Cross workers said they had recovered 44 bodies from the streets of the capital in the past two days

Mass graves discovered in Central African Republic as bodies pile up in streets

The Central African Republic’s spiral into murderous anarchy continued on Friday despite efforts by French and African peacekeeers to impose a ceasefire.

French President Francois Hollande speaks with French soldiers after he paid tribute to two French soldiers who were killed overnight, in Bangui

Mission will continue, says François Hollande as he flies in to war-torn Central African Republic

Five hundred have died in clashes between Muslims and Christians over the last week

A man prays in St Paul’s Cathedral, Bangui yesterday

Violence in the Central African Republic: French peacekeepers in Bangui as death toll rises

Despite the presence of the forces, clashes between rival militias were reported in Bossangoa, about 190 miles north of the capital

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the government and opposition to help the conference succeed by taking steps to stop the violence

Syria: Government and opposition agree to peace talks

Syria's warring government and opposition are to meet for the first time in an attempt to halt the fighting that has killed more than 100,000 people.

Ready to serve: restaurant owner Marchite Ygrubey

Six days on from Typhoon Haiyan – and the first restaurant reopens in Tacloban

After the horror, life takes a small step towards normality in a city wracked by hunger and thirst

Syria crisis: UN Security Council demands aid access after chemical weapons deal

The president of the UN Security Council has said many members are pressing to follow up on last week's resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons with a demand that the government allow immediate access for desperately needed humanitarian aid.

David Cameron pledges additional £52m UK aid for Syria at G20 meeting

New money to be spent on medical training and equipment for gas attack survivor

David Cameron, George Osborne, and Mark Carney arrive at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg

G20 summit: David Cameron urges protection from chemical attacks in Syria's civil war as Obama arrives to awkward greeting from Putin

As the world's leaders gather - and Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin exchange a much-anticipated greeting - Mr Cameron warns of the 'worst refugee crisis this century'

Médecins Sans Frontières pulls out of Somalia over staff deaths

The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières has said it is pulling out of Somalia after 22 years there because of attacks on its staff. The decision underscores the continued security risks despite military gains against Islamist insurgents and accompanying political progress.

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders quits Somalia

Aid group Doctors Without Borders is pulling out of Somalia after 22 years because of attacks on staff.

Flat-pack fix for refugees

Ikea contributes to World Refugee Day with flat-pack fix for refugees... if they can build it

It’s been a rocky month for Ikea. The flat-packer’s flat-packer-in-chief – founder Ingvar Kamprad – left the company at the beginning of the month, a few days after British customers had been complaining in their droves (well, 50) about the firm’s spooky gnome advert.

Syrian children sleeping inside their family's tent in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Save the Children release images of Syria's children on 'death journeys' trying to escape civil war

The charity have teamed up with photographer Moises Samen to capture children and their families crossing boarders into neighbouring countries as part of today's World Refugee Day

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