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.

David Cameron pledges additional £52m UK aid for Syria at G20 meeting

New money to be spent on medical training and equipment for gas attack survivor

Pakistan's first TV condom ad banned

'Indecent, immoral' advert removed by Pakistan's regulatory agency

Syria crisis: Assad regime asks UN to protect it from 'any aggression' from the West

In other international developments, Russia calls US chemical weapons evidence ‘unconvincing’, while France starts revealing its own intelligence for parliament scrutiny and China warns Americans not to act alone on military intervention

France ready to play substantial role in Syria air strikes

President François Hollande of France has reaffirmed his intention to play a substantial role in air strikes on Syria – but is under increasing pressure to put the issue to parliament.

President Obama said the United States is ready to launch military action against the Syrian government

Syria crisis: Obama turns decision on military action over to Congress

President makes strong case for air strikes – but there is no guarantee the legislature will back him

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to journalists in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

Syria crisis: Obama chemical weapons claim is 'utter nonsense', says Russian President Vlamidir Putin

The Russian President also called on the Obama administration to present the evidence behind its claims

Sri Lanka turning authoritarian, says UN human rights chief Navi Pillay

The United Nations rights chief has chastised the Sri Lankan government, saying it is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction despite the end of a civil war four years ago.

Bertrand Bisimwa: The M23 rebel leader had claimed that his forces were gaining the upper hand

Congolese rebels retreat after offensive by UN-backed troops

M23 group declares unilateral ceasefire ‘to give peace a chance’ after week of fighting

President François Hollande: 'The chemical massacre in Damascus cannot go unpunished'

From ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’ to America's new best friends? François Hollande talks tough on Syria after UK backs down

France is ready to join the United States in a retaliatory strike against Syria even though Britain has pulled out, President François Hollande said today.

David Cameron's plans for military action in Syria shot down in dramatic Commons vote

Foreign policy in disarray and Prime Minister humiliated as he is forced to rule out British support of US-led military action

Syria: Reports of 'napalm-like' bomb attack on Aleppo playground emerge after MPs vote against military action

BBC Panorama reveals footage suggesting a fighter jet dropped an incendiary device on school children, killing at least 10

M23 rebel recruits at a military camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Rebels draw first blood in the battle for Congo

Death of UN soldier deepens military crisis along border with Rwanda

Panamanian workers stand on top of sacks of sugar inside a container aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama

Cuban shipment headed to North Korea 'without a doubt' violated a UN arms embargo, says Panama

The Chong Chon Gang ship was sailing from Cuba through the Panama Canal when it was seized in July

Syria crisis: Ministry of Defence confirms RAF Typhoon jets have been deployed to Cyprus

Meanwhile, Government announces that even if military action is blocked by the UN Security Council the UK 'would still be permitted under international law to take exceptional measures'

Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy

Exclusive: UN ruling puts future of UK wind farms in jeopardy

Tribunal warns that the Government acted illegally by denying public participation

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