News Syrian rebels gather outside a building which they blew up to target a regime sniper taking shelter inside but who managed to escape in the Salaheddine district of the northern city of Aleppo

Cost of the non-lethal assistance would be met from the Government's conflict pool fund.

Vexed questions raised by Griffin's TV appearance

Row erupts over who will pay to police demonstrations

Pandora: Littlejohn misses out on toasting his award

Richard Littlejohn, bile-secreting gallbladder of the Daily Mail, is used to life as a conspicuous figure. Not usually conspicuous, however, by his absence.

Peter Hain: Labour knows the underdog can win

John Major edged ahead against a confident opposition in 1992. And this government can hold on to power too, if it listen to voters

Miliband challenges Prime Minister to look to the future

On the eve of Labour's conference, Brown hit by new blow as Nye plans her departure

Labour minister to face Griffin in TV debate

The Cabinet has agreed that a senior minister should face Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, on BBC1's Question Time.

Johnson under pressure over hacker

The Home Secretary Alan Johnson is under renewed pressure tonight to reconsider the impending extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States after Peter Hain became the most senior member of the Cabinet to break ranks with the Government and come out in support of the hacker.

Hacker's mother welcomes Hain's support

The mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon today welcomed support from cabinet minister Peter Hain after he suggested her son should be tried in Britain.

Alan Watkins: This is a farce, but the timing is dire

If Labour is incapable of organising a reshuffle in a brewery, how is it ever to get rid of Gordon Brown?

BNP gains 'damaging UK's reputation'

The UK's international reputation has suffered "real damage" as a result of the British National Party gaining their first seats in the European Parliament, politicians, unions and race relations groups said today.

Melanie McDonagh: The meanie justifies the 'envy'

The great thinkers would be unimpressed by Anthony Steen's claim that we are jealous of his large house

Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa

Tory leader admitted his party had got it wrong over sanctions when he later visited Mandela

Peter Hain: Gordon, you are without a narrative

Unless the Prime Minister can develop a 'compelling prospectus', Labour is destined to lose next time round

The Sketch: Everyone hates terrorists, and they pointed to prove it

If it were happening in Africa, people over here wouldn't mind, it might not even register. Eight hundred dead in Gaza? The world has a dozen countries where 800 violent deaths are hardly noticed.

Peter Hain: Suzman, Mandela's brave champion – and stern critic

It was Helen Suzman at her very best: simply indomitable, as she helped stop a miracle turning into a disaster. April 27 1994, South Africa's first democratic general election, and people queuing from dawn in their millions to vote for the first time in their lives. Hardly believable, the horror of apartheid was being exorcised in front of our eyes.

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