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Extra £10m for Syrian refugees

Britain is to give an extra £10m to help more than 45,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria, the International Development Secretary has announced.

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Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking win gold

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It was the real austerity Olympics. Whilst the rest of the world's top athletes were asked to bring their own towels and handed out Horlicks tablets by the authorities in London 1948, the spirit of the Games was being enacted in even more Spartan surroundings than the bombed out British capital.

Refugees wait to be moved out of the rain-soaked Jamam camp

New arrivals in South Sudan tell of worst war crimes since Darfur

Daniel Howden reports from the Batil refugee camps, where nine children a day are dying in flooded, crowded conditions

Regime troops celebrate after taking Midan in Damascus

Syrians flee Damascus as Assad launches fightback

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History, wrote Edward Gibbon as he wearily surveyed the decline and fall of the Roman empire, "is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind".

Total Recall (15)

Reissued in anticipation of the Colin Farrell remake, Paul Verhoeven's 1990 sci-fi thriller underlines a basic movie truth: nothing dates like a film-maker's vision of the future.

African 'infiltrators' targeted by mob and Netanyahu's party

Amine Zigta is not a timid man. If he was, he would not have risked his life by escaping indefinite enforced army service in Eritrea, or making the hazardous journey through Sudan and the Sinai desert to Israel. Nor would he have kept open his corner bar in south Tel Aviv after 15 local hoodlums shouting "what do you care, you black son of a bitch?" broke off table legs in March after he refused to serve teenagers below the legal drinking age. "But now," Mr Zigta, 36, says in fluent Hebrew, "I am afraid, all the time. At night I can't sleep. I am in danger."

Jubilee, By Shelley Harris

How many lives will change in the wake of this week's damp festivities? Sharply observed and richly characterised, Harris's debut novel returns to a Metroland town at the Silver Jubilee of 1977.

25 May 2012: The most shocking atrocity of the conflict was the massacre of 100 people, including children, in Houla

'Mr Obama, it's time to keep your word and end this slaughter'

Exclusive interview: The leader of Syria's rebel forces tells Loveday Morris why the West must watch no longer

Ugandan refugees enjoy a jubilee street party in Brixton, south London

Jubilation for the new Britons who made monarch their own

When Paul Sathianesan got off the plane at Gatwick Airport to begin a new life in a new country, all he had with him were two shirts, two pairs of trousers, a sarong and a container of soil from his homeland, Sri Lanka.

Calls for response to 'forgotten crisis' in Burkina Faso

UN humanitarian chief Baroness Amos has called for a rapid response to the food crisis in Burkina Faso.

Teenage refugees still being routinely locked up

Large numbers of teenage refugees are still being routinely locked up, two years after the Coalition Government promised to end the detention of asylum-seeking children, a report today discloses.

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