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

Syria: Senegalese general Babacar Gaye arrives in Damascus to head pared down team of UN observers

Babacar Gaye, a Senegalese general with a reputation for straight talking, has arrived in Damascus to head up a pared down team of unarmed UN observers who remain unable to carry out their mission amid spiralling violence.

EU agrees new Syria sanctions

The European Union today agreed new sanctions to target senior members of the Syrian regime, in the latest effort to step up pressure on president Bashar Assad to stop killing his own people.

William Hague blasts Russia over Syria veto

Foreign Secretary William Hague has issued a fresh condemnation of Russia's decision to veto a United Nations resolution on Syria and said the international body could be sidelined in efforts to support the opposition movement.

William Hague condemns Syria bombing

William Hague today condemned the reported killing of Syria's defence minister.

Residents gather outside the house in Lahore where nine cadets training to be prison guards were killed by Taliban gunmen yesterday

Assad forces and militia 'kill 220 Syrians in worst atrocity'

Reports of massacre as Russia and Britain offer rival action plans to UN Security Council

UN plan for Syria now vital, says Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague today warned it would be a catastrophe if a United Nations (UN) conference failed to reach a peace plan for Syria.

UN authorises force to capture Kony

The United Nations has endorsed an African Union force to capture warlord Joseph Kony and neutralise his Lord's Resistance Army.

UN monitors shot at trying to reach site of 'massacre' in Syria

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a General Assembly session today that monitors trying to access the site of an alleged massacre in Syria were shot at by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

An image released by the Syrian opposition shows blindfolded and handcuffed bodies on the ground in Deir el-Zour

Exit Kofi Annan – with Syria still massacring its people and Russia still blocking international action

UN envoy's mission to Damascus ends in failure with Assad as defiant as ever

William Hague with Sergei Lavrov in Russia

Hague sent packing by Russia as Annan peace plan crumbles

Moscow backing of Assad leaves hopes for united front in tatters

International community should unite against Syria, says minister

A Foreign Office minister called for the international community to unite to take further action against Syria following the “revolting” massacre at Houla.

Alan George: The world waits for Damascus to go a step too far

Nearly nine weeks after Bashar al-Assad's regime formally agreed the UN six-point peace plan, and six weeks after the ceasefire was supposed to come into effect, the killing continues unabated.

Kofi Annan warns of risk of civil war in Syria

International envoy Kofi Annan says world powers share a “profound concern” that Syria's violence is spiraling into civil war but have pledged to deploy 300 truce monitors there by the end of the month.

China and Russia resist Sudanese sanctions

China and Russia are resisting joining Western pressure on the UN Security Council to threaten Sudan and South Sudan with sanctions if the two countries fail to comply with demands to halt their escalating conflict.

Anti-regime protesters carry the body of activist Nour al-Zahraa, 23, who was shot on Sunday

Nine killed as Syrian ceasefire is rocked by suicide bombings

A string of bomb blasts ripped through Syria yesterday, including three powerful explosions in the north-western city of Idlib – killing nine people – highlighting the momentous challenge facing the UN monitoring mission as it attempts to shore up a threadbare ceasefire.

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