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.

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Parliament: Adverts may help fund BBC Online

THE GOVERNMENT may allow advertising on the BBC's Internet service, BBC Online, despite concerns that it may be against European Union rules.

Balkan states ask UN to kick out Yugoslavia

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Hindu fanatics attack Christians at prayer

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Tennis: Firebrands, flour bombs and Frew

John Roberts meets a veteran of South Africa's last Davis Cup tie in Britain during the apartheid era

`When we turned to Foreign Office, they just ignored us'

RASHID BUTT has an unenviable task. On his return to Birmingham he has to explain to his brother's children where their father, Shahid, is - and why.

Blair must give party more love and attention, says Hain

PETER HAIN, the critic of Tony Blair who won a big promotion in his ministerial reshuffle, has urged the Prime Minister to give the Labour Party more "love and attention".

Blair's critic-in-residence calls for him to attend to the party

PETER HAIN, the critic of Tony Blair who won a big promotion in his ministerial reshuffle, has urged the Prime Minister to give the Labour Party more "love and attention".

The reshuffle smacks of presidential blundering

The last few weeks have seen a revival of the theory of presidential government at No 10. At the same time the assorted aides, baggage carriers, placemen, placewomen, special assistants and policy advisers - what are generically though misleadingly called spin doctors, misleadingly because among them there are few genuine press officers - have been not so much spinning as rotating like whirling dervishes. The cause of the agitation was the impending reshuffle. But by Wednesday it was clear there was not going to be a reshuffle, or not as you would notice: "Small Earthquake in Downing Street. Not Many Hurt."

Labour reshuffle: PM's presentation disaster

AN APPARENTLY boring reshuffle with no blood on the floor of the Cabinet Room turned out to be much more interesting as Tony Blair carried out sweeping changes amongst junior and middle-ranking ministers yesterday.

The Week In Westminster: A dark horse whose pager could yet ring

AS MO MOWLAM prepares to leave Northern Ireland, speculation centred on Peter Mandelson as a possible successor after his unusual appearance on the front bench below the gangway during the passage of the Northern Ireland Bill.

MPs plot to oust Blair loyalist

CRITICISM OF Tony Blair's leadership of the Labour Party grew yesterday when rebel MPs drew up plans to oust the chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP).
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