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

Nuclear agency to report Syria to Security Council

Syria is to be reported to the UN Security Council over its alleged nuclear programme, four years after Israeli jets destroyed what is believed by the West to have been a secret atomic reactor.

David Cameron hopeful of Syria resolution

David Cameron insisted today that he remained hopeful of securing a United Nations Security Council resolution against Syria despite the G8 summit failing to endorse one.

Geoffrey Robertson: Using force to stop slaughter is lawful

The duty to stop the mass murder of innocents, as best we can, has crystallised to make the use of force by Nato not merely ‘legitimate’ but lawful

UK launches Libya refugee airlift

Two relief flights set off from the the UK today to help airlift thousands of refugees stranded on the Libyan border in the wake of dictator Muammar Gaddafi's brutal crackdown on protests in the country.

Steve Crawshaw: After too long, the Security Council unites for justice

UN Security Council Resolution 1970, unanimously adopted this weekend, is important for Libya. But it can and should have an impact around the world.

Indian foreign minister gives wrong speech to the UN

With India seeking to extend its global influence and secure a permanent place at the UN Security Council, it was perhaps only natural that the country's foreign minister would try and ensure his address to international delegates was as memorable as possible.

Medvedev signs law ratifying Russia-US arms pact

President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law completing Russia's ratification of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with the United States and said the landmark pact would soon enter into force.

Andy McSmith: No 10's attitude to legal advice - hear no evil, see no evil

Tony Blair sounded convincing when he addressed the Commons on 15 January 2003 about the impending war with Iraq. After 9/11, he had committed himself to stand shoulder to shoulder with the US. He was also a trained lawyer at the head of a government which had a more respectful view of international law than the US.

North puts artillery on live-fire alert

Artillery units along the west coast of North Korea have been put on alert ahead of a planned live-fire drill by the South, a government source in Pyongyang told Yonhap news agency yesterday. The move raised tensions further on the Korean peninsula hours before the UN Security Council was due to meet in emergency session to try to cool tensions between the rival Koreas.

Obama backs India's Security Council bid

Barack Obama has thrown his support behind India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council – an endorsement that underlines the world's shifting geopolitics and the role of Delhi as a possible counter-weight to mounting Chinese influence.

Obama supports India on UN Security Council

President Barack Obama backed India for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council today, a dramatic diplomatic gesture to his hosts as he wrapped up his first visit to this burgeoning nation.

Germany wins UN Security Council seat

Germany won a seat on the UN Security Council in a heated three-way race, and Portugal claimed the second seat for Western bloc nations on the UN's most powerful body.

Iran begins fueling first nuclear reactor

Iranian and Russian engineers have begun loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant, which Moscow has promised to safeguard to prevent material at the site from being used in any potential weapons production.

How Goldsmith changed advice on legality of war

For seven years, Britain has wanted to see how the legal case for invading Iraq was made. Yesterday, at a public inquiry that is going on unnoticed, official documents were released for the first time that showed the grave reservations of the Attorney General, his remarkable U-turn, and how the basis for the Iraq war was built on sand

UN condemns escalating Kyrgyzstan violence

The UN Security Council condemned the violence in Kyrgyzstan and calling for calm and a return of the rule of law.

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