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

Sri Lanka dismisses David Cameron's call for independent human rights inquiry

The Sri Lankan government has rejected the Prime Minister's pressure as cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan said he believes Mr Cameron has been “misled”.

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Who is Mahinda Rajapaksa? Hero or war criminal? Sri Lankan leader stands accused

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was once a human rights activist, campaigning with the mothers of the “disappeared”. Now, he is accused of presiding over war crimes and crimes against humanity, and his government actively prevents the families of the “disappeared” from protesting.

Chinese and Saudis join UN human rights body

The appointment of China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia to the top UN body dealing with human-rights abuses – despite profound concerns over the record of all four nations on safeguarding personal freedoms – has been criticised by campaigners.

The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency - the agency has said Iran still has questions to answer on its past activities

UN reports halt in Iran’s nuclear activities three months after moderate Hassan Rouhani became president

When elected, Mr Rouhani promised he would seek to lift the unpopular international economic sanctions used to punish Tehran for failing to curtail its nuclear programme

President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka

Cameron shouldn't have gone to Sri Lanka. But here are three things he can salvage from the trip

First and foremost, he must seek accountability for egregious rights abuses

Conflict victim Abdul Kareem, 16, has a new life running his market stall thanks to Unicef support

Disaster on a colossal scale – but as far as the media is concerned, it isn’t news

Imagine a country with a population of 4.6 million, of whom nearly 400,000 people have fled from their homes in the past six months, driven out by war and insecurity. Imagine a country where lawlessness is rampant and disease is spreading.

Hair braiding at a Unicef-supported transit station

Unicef urges a global ban on the use of children in conflicts

Conflict is like a terrible fire that ceases and flares, spreading through communities and across borders, making it very difficult to calculate the numbers of children affected or associated with armed forces and armed groups. Unicef estimates that thousands of girls and boys in more than 20 countries around the world are taking part in hostilities.

A woman weeps as she carries a child to a military aircraft to evacuate the area which has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: The scale of this catastrophe was preventable

You cannot stop a storm, but you can avert a disaster – this one, in part, was man-made

A woman weeps as she carries a child to a military aircraft to evacuate the area which has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: Chaos rules in Philippines as aid trickles in and armed gangs loot supplies

Days after the typhoon struck, the misery goes on for Philippines families without food, water or medicine

Cambodia owns disputed land, rules UN court

Cambodia, not Thailand, has sovereignty over a disputed promontory around a 1,000-year-old temple, the UN’s highest court ruled on Monday in a unanimous decision on a long-simmering and sometimes violent dispute.

Internally displaced people gather at the Mbuzi hilltop near Rutshuru

‘It’s a new Congo, we won’t bow down to the enemy again’: Optimism as DRC's vanquished rebels sign up for peace

The country's spectacular turnaround has surprised even the most knowledgeable of DRC observers and analysts

Deal struck on wider UN inspections of Iran sites in boost to wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme

Optimism about potential breakthrough in decade-long dispute raised

A boy carries relief goods, walking past the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: As aid agencies mount mission to help victims of monster storm, how can you help in the relief effort?

Agencies across the world are taking donations to support the estimated two million people impacted

The UK aims to help vaccinate up to 360 million children by 2018

Britain to give £100m to help the battle against polio, International Development Minister announces

Outbreaks in Syria and East Africa threaten to reverse decades of progress in eradicating the disease

David Cameron is right to go to Sri Lanka

Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

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