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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has called on the Government to start allowing Syrian refugees into the country

Nigel Farage calls on Government to let Syrian refugees into UK

UKIP leader said those displaced by conflict are in a very different position to economic migrants

2013 - the year in review: Barack Obama's new foreign policy marked the birth of a kinder, gentler nation

When Obama replaced the pins on those missiles aimed at Syria he was listening to his instincts – and to those who voted for him

2013 - the year in review: What a contrast between the optimism of the Arab Spring and the dark mood of today's Middle East

Al-Assad will stay in power. The rebels are not strong enough to remove him without Western intervention

The quagmire of Syria: A regional voice for moderation has been silenced

With the untimely death of Mohamad Chatah, Lebanon has lost a courageous intellectual

This Lebanese woman was among those injured in the explosion which claimed the life of Mohamad Chatah in Beirut

Mohamad Chatah - Lebanon's man of dialogue - is murdered in Beirut

Mohamad Chatah died in a car bomb that killed five others

Khan: he was arrested last year less than 48 hours after arriving in Syria

Inquest into death of Dr Abbas Khan - British prisoner killed in Syria - opens

Doctor was on the verge of being released when his family were told of his death by what the Syrian government calls suicide and they say was murder

Firefighters put out a blaze after an ex-Lebanese minister was killed in a powerful bomb blast in central Beirut

Lebanon: Hezbollah critic Mohamad Chatah’s murder blamed on Shia militant movement

Attack threatens to heighten tensions between the Syrian President’s allies and opponents

The Refugee Council has said only about 0.1 per cent of Syrians fleeing the violence had found safety in the UK

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell joins Labour in condemning UK for turning its back on Syria's refugees

The Government’s position has been criticised by aid agencies who said it was akin to stating that “there’s no room at the inn”

Fatima Khan, mother of Abbas Khan, is comforted by her son

Dr Abbas Khan funeral: Brother in moving tribute to British doctor found dead in Syrian jail

32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo

The News Matrix: Thursday 26 December 2013

Lib Dem attacks law on fox hunting

Migrants eat their evening meal at a centre run by volunteers in Calais. France has pledged to take 500 Syrian refugees

'No room at the inn': Britain condemned for turning its back on Syria's refugees

Aid agencies join Labour in demanding Coalition show support for victims of civil war as policy defies UN appeal and distances Britain from 16 leading nations

Let them in: Britain has a moral duty to help Syria’s refugees

It doesn’t take an excess of charitable feeling to recognise this is an exceptional case

Khan: he was arrested last year less than 48 hours after arriving in Syria

Funeral of British prisoner Dr Abbas Khan found dead in Syria to take place on Boxing Day

Doctor was on the verge of being released when his family were told of his death by what the Syrian government calls suicide and they say was murder

The Archbishop of Westminster, Justin Welby

Archbishop of Westminster prays for Middle East Christians 'who suffer for their faith'

For many going to church is an act of life-risking bravery, he tells Christmas worshippers

Syrian activist and photographer Molhem Barakat

Teenage photographer Molhem Barakat killed covering Syrian civil war for Reuters

A teenage photographer has been killed while covering the Syrian civil war for Reuters.

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