Contributions from Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the late Walter Sisulu, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his official biographer Anthony Sampson
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Monday 28 May 2012
Emergency meeting of UN discusses response to attack that killed 34 children
Tuesday 15 May 2012
yrian activists say regime forces fired on a funeral procession in the presence of UN observers, causing many casualties.
Wednesday 09 May 2012
Syria's rebel leader has threatened to resume attacks because President Bashar Assad's government has not honoured a ceasefire, a pan-Arab newspaper reported today.
Thursday 03 May 2012
Syrian government forces committed war crimes during a two-week offensive in the northern province of Idlib shortly before a ceasefire came into effect on 12 April, an international human rights watchdog has claimed.
Wednesday 25 April 2012
As the UN team drove out of the Damascus suburb of Douma yesterday, regime tanks were said to have rolled in – offering another indication that President Bashar al-Assad is adopting a strategy of brutal mass punishment for those who turn out to show observers their discontent with the regime.
Saturday 21 April 2012
Syrian troops fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters yesterday, according to activists, as state media reported that a roadside bomb killed 10 soldiers.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
Syrian troops widened their shelling attacks on opposition targets today in another sign that the UN-brokered ceasefire is unravelling, activists said.
Monday 16 April 2012
An advance team of six UN observers has arrived in the Syrian capital to monitor the country's ceasefire, which appeared to be rapidly unravelling today as regime forces pounded the opposition stronghold of Homs with artillery shells and mortars, activists said.
Monday 16 April 2012
The ceasefire in Syria so far has been patchy, inadequate, and violated by both sides, most egregiously by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, who have broken a pledge to withdraw from all towns and cities and bombarded districts of Homs again yesterday. But the – distinctly relative – calm has shown that a ceasefire, however imperfect, is an improvement on the free-for-all that proceeded it, with the glaring imbalance of power between the regime and the opposition exacting a murderous toll.
Saturday 14 April 2012
Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed unanimous United Nations Security Council backing for deployment of military observers to monitor the ceasefire in Syria as a "vital step".
Friday 13 April 2012
With both sides claiming violations, the UN warns that a single shot could derail its peace mission
Thursday 12 April 2012
David Cameron urged Russia and China today to join the world in “tightening the noose” around the Syrian regime after a key deadline passed.
Thursday 12 April 2012
As President Bashar al-Assad's promise that he will abide by a ceasefire was met with scepticism yesterday, evidence emerged of the utter devastation wrought by his forces during the fierce bombardment of opposition forces in the central city of Homs.
Tuesday 10 April 2012
Syrian troops have shelled and raided opposition strongholds nationwide, activists said, prompting an urgent appeal by international envoy Kofi Annan to the Syrian regime to halt violence "without conditions" and give his truce plan a chance.
Monday 09 April 2012
President in 11th-hour request for written guarantees from rebels as death toll soars
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
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Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes
- 1 King Salman: Just five days in, Saudi Arabia's new king has already overseen a beheading
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 4 Presidential optical illusion offers clues to how brain processes faces