There are now fears the country is on the brink of civil war ‘along ethnic lines’
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Wednesday 25 April 2012
As the UN team drove out of the Damascus suburb of Douma yesterday, regime tanks were said to have rolled in – offering another indication that President Bashar al-Assad is adopting a strategy of brutal mass punishment for those who turn out to show observers their discontent with the regime.
Tuesday 24 April 2012
North Korea's military warned yesterday of imminent "special actions" that would reduce South Korea's government to ashes within minutes, sharply escalating the rhetoric against its southern rival.
Thursday 19 April 2012
The African Union mediator, Thabo Mbeki, has urged the UN Security Council to act to stop the fighting between Sudan and South Sudan, warning that the sides are locked in a "logic of war" with hardliners increasingly in control.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
As the orchestrated mass celebrations commemorating the centenary of the birth of its "Eternal Supreme Leader" Kim Il-Sung drew to a close, North Korea's latest abortive rocket launch was met with opprobrium from the UN Security Council and the threat of a new wave of sanctions.
Monday 16 April 2012
The ceasefire in Syria so far has been patchy, inadequate, and violated by both sides, most egregiously by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, who have broken a pledge to withdraw from all towns and cities and bombarded districts of Homs again yesterday. But the – distinctly relative – calm has shown that a ceasefire, however imperfect, is an improvement on the free-for-all that proceeded it, with the glaring imbalance of power between the regime and the opposition exacting a murderous toll.
Sunday 15 April 2012
Syrian troops have resumed their shelling of residential neighbourhoods dominated by rebels in the central city of Homs, activists say.
Saturday 14 April 2012
Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed unanimous United Nations Security Council backing for deployment of military observers to monitor the ceasefire in Syria as a "vital step".
Saturday 14 April 2012
Activists claim at least five people killed as soldiers use live rounds across the country
Thursday 12 April 2012
North Korea fuelled up its latest long-range rocket yesterday, in defiance of vague threats from the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of "appropriate action" if it is launched.
Tuesday 10 April 2012
North Korean space officials said today that all assembly and preparations for a planned satellite launch have been completed, while denying it is a cover for a missile test.
Friday 23 March 2012
Syrian troops shelled and raided opposition areas and clashed with rebel fighters around the country yesterday despite UN efforts to stop the bloodshed so aid could reach suffering civilians.
Monday 12 March 2012
The United States and Russia clashed over Syria at the U.N. today after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the divided Security Council to speak with one voice and help the Middle Eastern nation "pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe."
Monday 12 March 2012
The killing of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier was "an absolutely dreadful event", but Britain and its Nato allies must "stick to the plan" they have set out for Afghanistan, Prime Minister David Cameron said today.
Wednesday 22 February 2012
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces rained rockets and bombs down on opposition-held neighbourhoods of the city of Homs, reducing buildings to rubble and killing more than 80 people.
Saturday 18 February 2012
A Chinese envoy visiting Damascus has called on all sides in Syria to stop the violence.
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