News Much of Syria has been decimated by the conflict

Comments come as Syrian civil war dead reach a quarter of a million

Aylan, pictured in this undated family photograph, drowned off Turkey

Cartoonists respond to image of Aylan Kurdi

Three-year-old Syrian boy, photographed in Turkey, died en-route to Greece

Sawiris, pictured here testifying in the defence of the Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt, has offered to buy an island

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawaris offers to 'buy island' in Mediterranean to help refugees

Comes amid growing public pressure for a change in European policy

David Cameron, speaking on a visit to Lisbon, Portugal

David Cameron announces Britain will accept 'thousands more' Syrian refugees

Announcement comes after The Independent's campaign was backed by more than 250,00, but PM says details on resettlement will not come until next week

Boris Johnson insisted London will face up to its 'moral responsibilities' to take in Syrians fleeing persecution

Boris Johnson says UK can do more to help Syrian refugees as George Osborne blames Isis for death of refugee child Aylan Kurdi

Chancellor is first Government minister to speak publicly - 24 hours after picture of Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach emerged

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference in Sydney. A document leaked byrefugee advocates appears to show the draft of a code of conduct written by the Minister.

Australia threatens to deport asylum seekers who spit, swear or spread rumours

A leaked document appears to show a draft draw up by the Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

A Syrian woman carries a child on her shoulder at a refugee camp in Jordan

Tory backbenchers hit out at David Cameron for U-turn on Syrian refugees

Some Conservative MPs have criticised the U-turn by David Cameron under which about 500 refugees from Syria will be allowed to enter Britain.

Representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a deeply divided opposition, world powers and regional bodies started a long-delayed peace conference aimed at bringing an end to a nearly three-year civil war

Syria's escalating refugee crisis 

Migrants eat their evening meal at a centre run by volunteers in Calais. France has pledged to take 500 Syrian refugees

Syrian refugee crisis: There are lessons to be learnt from the Kosovo evacuation programme

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Afghan refugee children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad in Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world's largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone
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Cut childcare costs by having fewer children, says Population Matters

It's a theory that hasn't been proposed by politicians yet

Syrian refugees look out from an evacuated house in Istanbul. Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under new government plans

Government U-turn will see hundreds of Syrian refugees come to Britain

Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under plans to be announced by the Government on Wednesday.

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

The Syrian refugee simulator for billionaires: We try the experience designed to pressure the super-rich into helping

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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Syrian crisis: Peers put Cameron under pressure to 'heed the call' and take in refugees

The pressure on David Cameron to allow hundreds of Syrian refugees to come to Britain is increasing, with 55 members of the House of Lords urging him to sign up to a United Nations programme.

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