Afghan militants kidnap two charity workers and their guides

Two foreign medical workers and their three Afghan translators have been abducted in a remote part of north-east Afghanistan.

Devoted to others: Dale in Egypt last December

Khalil Dale: Aid worker who spent his career in the world's trouble spots

Khalil Dale was an English aid worker who for decades devoted himself to humanitarian work in some of the world's most dangerous trouble spots before meeting a brutal death in a Pakistan border town. He was abducted by armed men in January; his body was found on 29 April. His killers coldly explained that they had killed him because their demands for a ransom had not been met.

Hospital staff carry the coffin of Red Cross worker Khalil Dale to an ambulance in Quetta, Pakistan, yesterday

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Red Cross appeals to Pakistan media not to broadcast Taliban film of Khalil Dale's death

PM condemns beheading of British doctor Khalil Dale

The murder of a British aid worker whose body was found dumped in an orchard in Pakistan has been condemned by the Prime Minister as a “shocking and merciless act”.

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Russia offered heavily-qualified support yesterday for a United Nations initiative to end the bloodshed in Syria, as opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's regime faced an intensifying struggle to oust him.

Burmese army accused of murder and rape

As Burma prepares for by-elections, a new report accuses the army of the rape, torture and murder of ethnic people, with Human Rights Watch (HRW) saying that the abuse of civilians has deepened since fighting against ethnic Kachin rebels in the country's north-east was triggered last year after a 17-year ceasefire. Up to 75,000 people have been forced from their homes.

US and Russia clash over Syria at UN

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PM welcomes Syria defection reports

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Red Cross convoy held up by government forces outside Homs as violence shows no signs of abating across the country

World's first sex trafficking opera to premiere in UK

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Syria blocks Homs aid convoy

Syrian authorities have blocked an aid convoy carrying emergency supplies from entering the Baba Amr district in the city of Homs, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

Tunisia 'offers asylum to Bashar Assad'

Tunisia's president has said he is ready to offer asylum to Syrian leader Bashar Assad as part of a negotiated solution to the Syrian conflict.

UK to recognise Syrian opposition

Britain is to recognise the Syrian opposition as a "legitimate representative" of the country's people, William Hague said today.

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