News People take part in a simulation entitled 'A Day in the Life of a Refugee: Exploring Solutions for Syria'

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.

Rebels from the M23 group arrive in Goma yesterday

Rwanda's invading army

The M23 rebels are on the march, capturing  a key Congolese city after overrunning UN troops. But who is really backing them?

Britain hopes to decide within days whether to recognise new Syrian opposition, says William Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague today hailed a potential turning point for Syria as he met the leaders of a coalition opposed to president Bashar Assad.

This Sri Lanka massacre shows UN has not learned from its failures in Rwanda

Operatives allowed themselves to be bullied by a murderous government

Government to cut foreign aid to India as part of 'new approach' to funding poorer countries

The Government is to cut its longstanding commitment to provide foreign aid to India because the country's growing economy means it no longer needs British support, it emerged today.

Andrew Mitchell with Paul Kagame in Rwanda. Kagame’s regime is accused of funding a brutal rebellion in Congo, right

Memos reveal how Andrew Mitchell ignored advice on Rwandan aid

Embattled minister overruled department to help controversial leader Paul Kagame

Helen Johnston was held captive in an Afghan cave complex

Kidnappers were ready to execute a hostage, telephone calls revealed

Taliban plans forced SAS to bring forward daring rescue mission

UK hostage recovers after special forces rescue

A British aid worker held hostage in Afghanistan is recovering from her ordeal today after special forces swooped on a remote hide-out.

Khalil “Ken” Dale has been brutally murdered by the Pakistani Taliban

Taliban link to brutal murder of aid worker

The mutilated body of a British aid worker who was kidnapped earlier this year in Pakistan has been found in the south-western city of Quetta.

Syrian refugees at a camp on the Turkish-Syrian border

Assad push on Syrian rebels sets off exodus of refugees

Thousands flee to neighbouring Lebanon as regime cracks down ahead of ceasefire

Russia softens and offers to back Annan's Syria plan at UN

Russia offered heavily-qualified support yesterday for a United Nations initiative to end the bloodshed in Syria, as opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's regime faced an intensifying struggle to oust him.

Burmese army accused of murder and rape

As Burma prepares for by-elections, a new report accuses the army of the rape, torture and murder of ethnic people, with Human Rights Watch (HRW) saying that the abuse of civilians has deepened since fighting against ethnic Kachin rebels in the country's north-east was triggered last year after a 17-year ceasefire. Up to 75,000 people have been forced from their homes.

US and Russia clash over Syria at UN

The United States and Russia clashed over Syria at the U.N. today after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the divided Security Council to speak with one voice and help the Middle Eastern nation "pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe."

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos visits Syria

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos headed to the shattered central Syrian city of Homs today, where activists have accused regime forces of trying to cover up evidence of a month-long military assault and alleged execution-style killings.

China urges Syrian government and rebels to start dialogue

China urged the Syrian government and rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad to end all acts of violence, especially against civilians.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

Tunisia 'offers asylum to Bashar Assad'

Tunisia's president has said he is ready to offer asylum to Syrian leader Bashar Assad as part of a negotiated solution to the Syrian conflict.

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