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

UN chief sending Gaza war crimes report to Security Council

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday he will send a report calling for Israel and the Palestinians to investigate alleged war crimes during last winter's conflict in Gaza to the UN Security Council "as soon as possible."

Donald Macintyre: Revelation may galvanise Security Council

View from Israel

UN tells Iran: sanctions are coming

As the jamboree quits New York, leaders leave Ahmadinejad in no doubt what will happen if he presses ahead with nuclear ambitions

Unanimous! UN resolution aims for nuclear-free world

With Barack Obama presiding, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution today aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

Brown promises to scale back Trident

World powers move to endorse Obama’s nuclear-free vision as PM offers to cut the number of Trident nuclear submarines

Timeline of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs

A chronology of nuclear and missile developments in North Korea.

Tamil civilians wade across lagoon to escape

Thousands of civilians under rebel fire waded across a lagoon to escape Sri Lanka's war zone, where government forces have surrounded Tamil Tiger separatists for the final battle of a 25-year conflict, the military and a UN official said.

Sri Lanka's war grinds on despite UN calls

Fighting in Sri Lanka's war showed no signs of abating today despite strong words from Barack Obama and the UN Security Council, with both sides refusing to budge in the waning days of a 25-year conflict.

Sri Lanka brushes off criticism of civilian deaths

Sri Lankan troops broke through Tamil Tiger defenses today and the government brushed off Western criticism of civilian deaths as a rebel-orchestrated bid for a last-minute reprieve.

Defiant North Korea quits nuclear talks

Pyongyang stance gives Barack Obama his biggest foreign policy headache yet

Kim resurfaces after 'election'

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appeared yesterday at his first major event since suspicions surfaced last year that he had suffered a stroke, accepting his re-election by parliament as the country's supreme military leader.

South Korea reject North Korea poisoning claim

South Korea has rejected claims by North Korea that it poisoned its players before last week's 2010 World Cup qualifier in Seoul, as tensions mounted over the North's long-range rocket launch on Sunday.

UN demands immediate ceasefire in Gaza Strip

The United Nations last night backed a milestone resolution calling for an end to military action by all sides in the Gaza Strip.

Sarkozy heads out for Gaza peace push

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office says he has left for the Middle East to meet with Israeli, Palestinian and other regional leaders in a push to end the fighting in Gaza.

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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