Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu cool to Abbas' hint at waiving Palestinian 'right of return'

Remarks by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas suggesting that he was conceding the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees, a core issue in dispute with Israel, drew a wary response Sunday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after setting off a storm of controversy in the Palestinian territories.

130 fleeing Burma violence feared dead as boat sinks

Up to 130 people trying to escape ethnic violence in Burma are said to be missing after their boat sank off the coast of Bangladesh. Police and community groups said the boat containing families of Rohingya Muslims, sank while trying to make its way towards Malaysia.

The world must act to protect Burma’s Rohingya from starvation and slaughter

We know that America has some sway in the country. Surely they should exert pressure to help these people

Man of the hour? 'Genius strategist' Lynton Crosby

If the Tories want a majority at the next election, they should hurry up and sign Lynton Crosby

The Australian political strategist was a proven winner with John Howard and Boris Johnson. His politics are populist, negative and ugly - but above all effective

Amol Rajan: The man who might get the Tories back on track

This may be the week that an Australian you've probably never heard of becomes the third most powerful man in government, after David Cameron and George Osborne. So today I thought I'd tell you a bit about Lynton Crosby.

Putting money straight in the pockets of Syrian refugees may be the best way to help

The British Red Cross's disaster response manager reports on the challenges facing aid agencies in and around Syria

Civil war prompts tenfold rise in Syrians claiming asylum in UK

Barely 10 a month sought asylum before the war. In July and August, that figure exceeded 100

Putin must see that Assad is doomed

The gravity of the humanitarian crisis must be matched by the donor response.

Plucky little Turkey standing up to evil Syria? It's not as simple as that

The Long View: Turkey is funnelling weapons and armed men across the border into Syria

Turkey shells Syria after border deaths

The Syrian civil war threatened to spread beyond its borders last night as the Turkish army launched artillery attacks against Syria in response to deadly shelling that killed five people in south-east Turkey.

UK adds £1m to Syria refugees fund

Britain will give another £1 million to help 10,000 Syrian refugees through the cold winter, Nick Clegg said today.

Australia to accept 45% more refugees this year

Australia will accept 45 per cent more refugees this fiscal year as part of a strategy to deter treacherous boat journeys from Southeast Asia.

French call for Assad to be 'smashed fast'

The French foreign minister yesterday levelled a scathing tirade at the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after meeting with refugees, calling for his regime to be "smashed fast".

Julia Gillard: The Prime Minister wants to make the ‘Pacific Solution’ even tougher

Julia Gillard revives plans to deport Australia's boat refugees

The Prime Minister wants to make the 'Pacific Solution' even tougher

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In prewar Berlin or madcap California, this mash-up of genres and styles has a serious intent

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