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There are now fears the country is on the brink of civil war ‘along ethnic lines’

Egypt condemns Israeli ground offensive in Gaza

Egypt condemned Israel's ground offensive in the Gaza Strip and called for an end to the Jewish state's "savage aggression" against the Palestinian territory.

UN inquiry looks at new suspects in Hariri killing

A special UN commission investigating the killing of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri reported that it has uncovered fresh evidence that could lead to more suspects in the three-year-old assassination case.

Iraq war legal advice flawed, says ex-law lord

Legal advice given to Tony Blair prior to the invasion of Iraq was fundamentally "flawed", a former senior law lord said today.

UN reaffirms previous sanctions on Iran

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a new resolution reaffirming previous sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program and offering Tehran incentives to do so.



The speedy vote on Saturday followed a compromise between the United States and Russia to lead a new council effort to condemn Iran's nuclear program, without introducing any new sanctions.

Russia quickens departure from Georgia

Russian forces today accelerated a promised pullout from Georgian territory, but it was unclear how long it would take and what presence they would retain in a so-called “buffer zone” around the conflict areas of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Iran could face more sanctions

Six major nations agreed yesterday to seek new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program after the country failed to meet a weekend deadline to respond to an offer intended to defuse the dispute, the United States said.

Geoffrey Robertson: Peace in Darfur isn't possible without justice

The charge of genocide levelled this week against Sudan's President Bashir marks an anxious but important step for international justice. It will test not so much the fledgling International Criminal Court (ICC) as the integrity of the UN Security Council. It was the Council which set the justice process in motion, to cover its failure to stop mass murder in Darfur. Now it must stand by that process and require Sudan to respect the rule of international law that has resulted from it.

China and Russia veto UN sanctions on Mugabe

China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution last night to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and 13 of his henchmen.

William Gumede: Amid the despair of Zimbabwe, there is still hope

There can be no clearer illustration of the impotence of Africa's regional institutions and leaders to find local solutions to the continent's problems than their astounding inaction in the face of Zimbabwe's terrifying descent into the abyss. Any deal to stave off the country's collapse will founder unless it involves both its neighbours and the international community, yet, no matter how dire the situation, there is just no appetite in Africa for an Iraqi-style foreign invasion to rid the country of Robert Mugabe.

Pressure mounts to call off Zimbabwe election

African pressure mounted today for President Robert Mugabe to call off a 27 June election after the UN Security Council issued an unprecedented condemnation of violence against opposition supporters.

Britain tells the rest of the world to deny Mugabe political legitimacy

Britain has pressed the UN Security Council to deny President Robert Mugabe international legitimacy and to condemn the further escalation of political violence in Zimbabwe orchestrated by his "criminal cabal".

Burma generals agree to UN aid for cyclone victims

The Burmese junta has yielded to international pressure by agreeing to a limited regional and UN-co-ordinated aid operation more than two weeks after Cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 100,000 people, but the generals will continue to deny unfettered Western access to the stricken zone.

Georgia urges Western backing in territory row

Georgia is seeking Western support in a worsening dispute with Russia over the "creeping annexation" of breakaway territories. The move follows the shooting down of a Georgian spy plane over the separatistregion of Abkhazia.

Iran defies UN by boosting nuclear potential

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is increasing his country's nuclear potential by installing 6,000 additional centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant, in open defiance of the UN Security Council.

Security Council approves new sanctions against Iran

The UN Security Council extended sanctions against Iran yesterday for refusing to halt sensitive activities that could result in the production of a nuclear bomb.

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

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Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

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Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

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Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

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Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?