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.

Syria: Russia’s warning falls on deaf ears as Britain and US prepare to bomb

Number 10 asks Government’s most senior law officer to justify participation in air strikes

U.N. chemical weapons experts visit people affected by an apparent gas attack

UN inspectors come under sniper fire as they visit alleged gas attack site

Team was hampered in its ability to move around the area to carry out a thorough investigation

UN envoy 'was never in danger,' says Burmese government

Burma’s government has denied accusations that it failed to protect a top UN human rights envoy, who said his vehicle was attacked by a 200-strong Buddhist mob during a visit to a city where religious violence flared earlier this year.

William Hague: Syria must allow UN inspectors to investigate 'chemical weapons attack'

Reports of hundreds dead in nerve gas attack in Damascus

Swiss government blocks deal to sell luxury ski lift to North Korea

Switzerland has vetoed an attempt by an engineering company to sell a $7.5m (£4.8m) ski lift to North Korea because of concerns that the sale would breach United Nations sanctions against the Pyongyang regime.

A 'river' of refugees flows out of Syria as Iraqi Kurdistan opens border

Tens of thousands of refugees from Syria’s Kurdish-majority north-east have streamed into Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdistan region after authorities opened the border ending months of limited access.

More than 80 child soldiers, some as young as eight, have been freed from a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo

UN helps to free 80 child soldiers from militia in DR Congo

More than 80 child soldiers, some as young as eight, have been freed from a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said yesterday.

The leader of the Australian Liberal Party, Tony Abbott, wants tough immigration reform

Abbott to take hard line on asylum-seekers

Australia’s opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has announced a new hard-line policy on asylum-seekers – trumping even the recent crackdown by the country’s Labor government, which is now sending all “boat people” to remote Nauru and Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement.

The News Matrix: Thursday 15 August 2013

Cameron’s Cabinet to meet in Scotland

Should we call time on the UN's peacekeeping mission in Darfur?

It is a plaster that cannot heal the region's perpetual turmoil

The training mine could help save the lives, and livelihoods, of local people who currently lose limbs to the devices

At last, a ray of hope over landmines: British designer's fake mine will train people in former conflict zones to detonate devices safely

The world's first "simulation" landmine, developed by a British designer, could reduce thousands of casualties maimed by explosive devices left behind in former conflict zones around the world.

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

Live ammunition found on North Korean ship held in Panama

Sniffer dogs found ammunition for grenade launchers and other munitions aboard the Chong Chon Gang

Kevin Rudd with Papua New Guinea leader Peter O’Neill

UN refugee commission claims 'formidable challenges' for Australia's deal to send 'boat people' to Papua New Guinea

Kevin Rudd's draconian and controversial plan has already outraged human rights campaigners

Mohamed Morsi supporters continue to hold a sit in outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque

As Mohamed Morsi is detained, Cairo braces for showdown between military and Muslim Brotherhood

Brotherhood warns of 'civil war' if generals launch expected crackdown

A police officer carries a child survivor who was on the boat full of asylum seekers that capsized off the coast of Sukapura, Indonesia. Nine people died but 189 refugees were rescued

Asylum-seekers 'tortured and raped at Australian detention centre'

Staff at Papua New Guinea facility ‘turned blind eye to abuse’, claims former guard

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