News A Syrian woman carries a child on her shoulder at a refugee camp in Jordan

Some Conservative MPs have criticised the U-turn by David Cameron under which about 500 refugees from Syria will be allowed to enter Britain.

UN agencies issue rare joint appeal for action to end bloodshed in Syria

UN says at least 70,000 people have been killed since start of conflict

Dr Congo: Army officers held for rape of 126 women

The Kinshasa government has suspended a dozen senior military officers and is interrogating suspects in connection with a mass rape incident in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

France begins troop withdrawal ahead of UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

France has started withdrawing its troops from Mali after an operation to help local forces push back an offensive by Islamist rebels, an army spokesman said.

Guard duty: A North Korean soldier keeps watch on South Korea last week from the truce village of Panmunjom

South Korea backtracks on nuclear test claim as tensions continue to rise across region

A government official said that Mr Ryoo had intended to say that North Korea has long been ready to conduct a nuclear test

A major operation to airlift thousands of tonnes of military equipment from Afghanistan has begun as troops prepare to leave the country

Afghan military equipment is airlifted back to Britain

A huge airlift to bring thousands of tons of military equipment back from Afghanistan to the UK has begun, ahead of the full withdrawal of British troops by the end of next year.

Hamas wants to educate boys and girls at separate schools in Gaza

Palestinian boys and girls in Gaza will be educated at separate schools if a new law proposed by Hamas comes into force.

Did North Korea 'Photoshop' its sabre-rattling marine landings photograph?

Sharp-eyed commentators are asking whether an image released showing a military exercise taking place in North Korea was actually photoshopped

QTWTAIN: Could Angelina Jolie be the first female US President?

William Hague and Angelina Jolie to highlight problem of warzone rape on visit to Africa

Foreign secretary William Hague will travel with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to Africa this week to raise awareness of warzone rape.

Blind justice: Candlelit vigil for the victim of the New Delhi gang rape and murder

Muslims join pledge on women's rights

Hardliners defied as historic blueprint to tackle violence against girls and women is agreed at the United Nations

Last month, North Korea launched its third nuclear test.

US to boost missile defences as North Korean nuclear threat grows

$1 billion move follows increasingly aggressive rhetoric from the secretive regime 

Tackling FGM, violence against women and forced marriage around the world

High on the agenda was women’s political participation, ending female genital cutting, early and forced marriage, trafficking, and violence against women

Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal thrown into chaos as Ieng Sary, one of the three men standing trial, dies

The Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal was today facing fresh turmoil after it was announced that one of the three men standing trial for war crimes had died in hospital.

The UN Disengagement Observer Force, which has monitored the border between Syria and Israel under the terms of a 1974 ceasefire, where the 21 hostages worked

UN hostages held on Syria-Israel border freed

Group, from the Philippines, transferred to Jordan after three days of captivity

Syria: Clashes erupt in area near Golan Heights where UN peacekeepers are being held hostage by rebels

Clashes between Syrian rebels and regime forces erupted today near a village where UN peacekeepers are being held hostage, an activist said, possibly complicating efforts to free them.

North Korean soldiers carry out combat training in a picture released yesterday by the North Korean Central News Agency

North Korea cancels non-aggression pact with South as UN votes for new sanctions over missile tests

Pyongyang defied existing sanctions to conduct a nuclear test last month to provoke the US

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