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

Sarkozy promotes global African voice

France and more than 50 African countries have called for an urgent reform of the UN Security Council, and other institutions, so the continent can better be represented in global governance.

South Korea pleads with UN to punish North for attack

South Korea will take the case of its sunken naval vessel to the UN Security Council to try to tighten the economic vice on impoverished North Korea after accusing it of torpedoing the ship.

Iran 'to go ahead' with Turkey atom fuel swap

Iran intends to go ahead with a deal reached with Turkey and Brazil for a nuclear fuel swap despite a new sanctions resolution against Tehran pending at the United Nations, an Iranian parliamentarian said today.

US persuades Security Council to impose new Iran sanctions

Washington gets tough with Ahmadinejad despite deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil

Katherine Butler: It looks like a victory for Iran – but we've been here before

Is this a positive step towards averting a global crisis or a cynical ploy? For those in Israel and the US who are already convinced Iran is building a nuclear weapon (and enriching uranium to that end) the surprise deal announced yesterday will be seen only as a calculated tactic to divide the world, and thus counter Barack Obama's efforts to force Iran to relinquish its nuclear programme via UN sanctions.

US outflanked in bid to bring new sanctions against Iran

Turkey and Brazil say no more punishment is needed after brokering nuclear deal

Congo's president urges peacekeepers to leave

Congo's president called for the UN's 20,000-strong peacekeeping force to leave before September 2011 so the country can "fly with its own wings," but the UN secretary-general isn't signing off on a date, according to a report.

Iran condemned as it reveals nuclear plans

International pressure for new sanctions against Iran grew on Monday after Tehran announced plans to make higher-enriched uranium and add 10 nuclear sites in a year, raising Western fears it wants to develop atom bombs.

Simon Carr: Clarity can be fatal, just ask Jack

Lawrence Freedman talked over the witness more than once, and Roderick Lyne actually got something close to a concession

Goldsmith changed mind on war legality

Former attorney general Lord Goldsmith today described how he gave the "green light" for military action against Iraq just a month after expressing concerns about the legality of the war.

Iran test-fires new missile as sanctions loom

Gordon Brown condemns weapon that puts Israel within easy range

UN watchdog raps Iran over nuclear programme

The UN's nuclear watchdog issued a rare condemnation to Iran over its secretive uranium processing operations today.

Iraq invasion was of questionable legitimacy, says envoy

The invasion of Iraq was of "questionable legitimacy", Britain's ambassador to the United Nations at the time of the war said today.

The Sketch: If he's come to this inquiry with an open mind, he'll leave with one too

Will they do what they are told? They are so well chosen they don't have to be told

Palestinian push for an independent state causes Israeli alarm

Netanyahu to denounce Prime Minister's drive to sidestep Israel and secure support from UN Security Council
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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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