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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.

Syria's refugee crisis 'is worst since Rwanda Genocide in 1994'

United Nations officials say war crimes and crimes against humanity are 'the rule' in Syria today

UK to send £650,000's worth of equipment to help Syrian rebels with defences

Britain is to supply rebels in Syria with defences against chemical attacks, including protective hoods, after repeated claims that regime forces have been using  sarin gas.

Rebels 'disguised as women' launch attack near Goma in Congo

Fresh fighting has erupted in eastern Congo, following the arrival of armed men disguised in women’s clothing, say residents.

Chile president Sebastián Piñera

Chile president Sebastián Piñera sparks outrage by praising 'maturity' of rape victim aged 11 for keeping baby

Psychologist criticises Sebastián Piñera, saying girl compared her baby to 'a doll' in TV interview

Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for her activism

Malala beams in reunion with friend

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, was all smiles as she met her lifelong friend who was injured in the same attack. She met Shazia Ramzan again for the first time at Birmingham Airport.

Syrian children sleeping inside their family's tent in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Save the Children release images of Syria's children on 'death journeys' trying to escape civil war

The charity have teamed up with photographer Moises Samen to capture children and their families crossing boarders into neighbouring countries as part of today's World Refugee Day

A Syrian boy refugee in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border in June 2013

'Truly alarming': Syria conflict boosts worldwide refugee numbers to highest number for almost two decades

UN reports that more than 7m fled homes in last year, many from Syria crisis

There are currently 166 prisoners still at the Guantanamo facility

Revealed: The 44 Guantanamo Bay inmates too dangerous to release

Freedom of Information request forces authorities to name terror suspects held for the last 12 years

Ikea is launching a refugee shelter

Ikea's right-on refugee shelter flat-pack

Move over Billy bookcases and Kassett CD storage, Ikea is launching, as part of World Refugee Day on 20 June, an unlikely addition to its flat-pack range: a refugee shelter. A mallet will be provided with the instructions.

93,000 killed in Syrian civil war since March 2011, says UN

Among the victims were 6,561 children 1,700 of them under ten years old

Political correctness resulting in female circumcision being ignored in UK, say MPs

They warn that 20,000 girls in Britain are at risk of being subjected to the highly painful procedure

PR peer pays out over billionaire 'smear'

Lord Malloch-Brown, a former Labour minister, was left humiliated last night after he and the PR company he works for agreed to make an out-of-court settlement to the controversial Israeli mining billionaire Beny Steinmetz over sensational allegations of a smear campaign.

Europe debate: David Cameron warned that EU will ignore Britain's demands for 'special treatment'

MPs urge Prime Minister to seek compromise in bid to return powers to London as PM hints he would campaign for Britain to remain in EU in the referendum promised by end of 2017

UN calls for £3.2bn aid for Syria in biggest ever humanitarian appeal as civil war expected to hit 10 million people

Target for humanitarian aid at record high as Geneva predicts civil war will hit 10 million people

Israel bolsters defences at Syrian border after regime forces take Golan

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