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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.

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Muslim refugees in Burma will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least 12 months, warns minister Alan Duncan

A British minister who visited tens of thousands of Muslim refugees in Burma said he believes they will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least another 12 months as there is no quick-fix solution to the crisis.

Leaders of the world's most powerful nations papered over their differences on Syria to agree a joint position at the G8 summit

G8: World leaders appeal to allies of Assad to force the Syrian President to surrender power

Loyalists could have a future in a new Syria if they topple their President

North Korea sanctions 'hit humanitarian aid'

New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons programme are having unintended consequences.

David Miliband embraces Ed after his leadership win

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Ed Miliband tells Andrew Grice he regrets that David is New York-bound, and does not rule out a comeback

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Taliban insurgents are overwhelmingly hostile towards aid workers

Blurred vision: Why aid money shouldn't be diverted to the military

The military exist for our national security, aid workers work to alleviate poverty. One may benefit the other, but they shouldn't share jobs

'I'm a Marine get me out of here!': Stomach-churning images show US soldiers drinking cobra blood

Soldiers pictured are among 13,000 taking part in an annual jungle challenge

Gives overseas aid to MoD and BBC, says think-tank

A third of the money the Government spends on overseas aid should be diverted to the military budget so that Britain’s armed forces can respond better to natural catastrophes like earthquakes and tsunamis, a right-wing policy institute argues.

Checque in 2005: he served in Iraq before going to Afghanistan

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The names of US, British or other military Special Forces rarely become known for obvious reasons. Unusually, however, US Navy petty officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque, 28, became almost a household name in the US after he was shot in the head in Afghanistan while trying to rescue a fellow-American kidnapped by the Taliban.

US diplomats evacuated from Central African Republic

US diplomats in the Central African Republic are being evacuated to Kenya as fears increase that rebel forces will soon advance on the capital, Bangui.

Protesters in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, demanding the French do more to help stop the rebel advance

Aid workers stay behind to protect rescued child soldiers

Advancing rebels are 45 miles from capital of Central African Republic

Protesters in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, demanding the French do more to help stop the rebel advance

Aid workers stay behind to protect rescued child soldiers

Advancing rebels are 45 miles from capital of Central African Republic

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South Korea appears cautiously open to dialogue with the North

The election Wednesday of Park Geun-hye as South Korea's president signals a new period of cautious — and conditional — rapprochement with North Korea, the nuclear-armed police state that Park's predecessors have utterly failed to tame.

UN launches $1.5bn aid drive to help Syrian war victims

The UN is appealing for $1.5bn (£920m) to fund relief efforts  for those affected by the conflict  in Syria.

Free, but not safe: The former child soldiers forced to flee rebel surge

The centre for rescued child soldiers was calm when we visited earlier this week. But a terrifying advance by their old masters shows the peril these young people still face

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