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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.

'We asked the people [for votes], and the people have given. Now it’s our turn to reciprocate,' said the chief minister-elect of Northern Province, the retired Supreme Court justice C V Wigneswaran

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Syria crisis: President Assad denies his government carried out deadly chemical attack in US TV interview

Mr Assad also paid tribute to Russia for blocking resolutions targeting the regime in the UN Security Council

President Assad meets the former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in Damascus, who is heading a US delegation to Syria

Syria crisis: West backs down on demand for threat of war in UN resolution

The move means intervention in the conflict is unlikely in the near future

Syria crisis: UK weapons experts could be sent to assist international efforts to rid Assad regime of chemical weapons

Foreign Secretary William Hague rules out UK troops being deployed to provide experts with security

A Syrian couple mourn in front of bodies following what has now been confirmed by the UN as a toxic gas attack

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UN concludes sarin gas used in conditions ‘designed to cause maximum suffering’

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un

North Korea nuclear production may have restarted, images show

Plutonium enrichment plant closed in 2007 as part of aid deal

The so-called 'bedroom tax' will affect 660,000 social housing tenants

Why on earth has the UN stuck its neck into the bedroom tax?

There is no basis for a Brazilian ex-politician to lecture us on social housing

Syria crisis: Executions, hospital bombings and at least 8 massacres - UN report on Assad's regime and rebels

Commission's four independent experts are also investigating nine more suspected mass killings since March

United Nations official Raquel Rolnik and Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps protests to UN over special investigator's 'disgraceful' comments on 'bedroom tax'

Tory chairman writes to UN secretary general demanding an apology

The Delhi bus gang-rape conviction is not the only example of lax cultural attitudes to sexual violence

A study showed almost a quarter of men in the Asia-Pacific region admit rape. It seems sexual violence is regarded by some men as an acceptable part of relations with women

David Cameron told MPs that he is sceptical about Russia’s intentions

Is Syria's plan just a 'ruse'? David Cameron seeks urgent UN resolution to test proposal

PM fears plan to move Syria’s chemical weapons to internationally controlled sites inside the country could be 'delaying tactics' to buy time for Assad regime

Syria civil war: Russia demands United Nations report on risk of nuclear ‘catastrophe’

Letter to international atomic watchdog warns of fallout if missiles hit Damascus reactor, amid fears nuclear materials could fall into the hands of terrorists

John Kerry: rallying support for Obama’s hard line on Syria

John Kerry to meet William Hague in London for Syria talks

US Secretary of State will meet British Foreign Secretary as America continues its hardline campaign to rally support for military strike against Assad

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