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South Sudan civilians, who are fleeing violence, seek refuge in the UN Mission in South Sudan  compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photograph:  EPA/Hailemichael Gebrekrstros/UNMISS.

US president Barack Obama has urged clashing factions in South Sudan to end violence, restore calm, and work toward reconciliation. Mr Obama said th(...)

People walk along a street in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood. Fighting between insurgents and pro-government forces was reported to be raging in the city yesterday. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Syrian government forces have carried out a widespread and systematic campaign of enforced disappearances of people to terrorise the population, a com(...)

An internally displaced man holds his son inside a United Nations Missions in Sudan (UNMIS) compound in Juba today. South Sudanese government troops battled to regain control of a flashpoint town and sent forces to quell fighting in a vital oil producing area today, the fifth day of a conflict that that has deepended ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
UN base in South Sudan stormed
  • Africa
  • December 19, 2013, 16:19

A United Nations base sheltering civilians in South Sudan was stormed today, with peacekeepers among the believed casualties. The compound of the UN m(...)

Civilians take shelter at the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan  compound on the outskirts of capital Juba. Photograph: Reuters

The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan today that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter plays with a dog along a street in Deir al-Zor. The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province  - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters.

The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign. Au(...)

A coup has been foiled in South Sudan, according to its minister for foreign affairs. Tension has been mounting in the world’s youngest nation since South Sudan president Salva Kiir (pictured) fired his deputy Riek  Machar in July. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.
Attempted South Sudan coup foiled
  • Africa
  • December 16, 2013, 12:12

South Sudan has foiled an attempted coup led by a group of soldiers and politicians, according to its foreign minister. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said s(...)

People run at a site hit yesterday by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by UN experts in Syria, where a two-year civil war has killed more than 10(...)

My son, who will be four years old in March, is not baptised. He has been rejected from all four national schools in our area – Dublin 6. I put his na(...)

A handout photograph made available by the South African government showing widow of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela,  Graca Machel (right) paying her last respects to late former president Nelson Mandela as he  lies in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at  Union buildings in Pretoria.

The man behind me on the bus tapped me on the shoulder. “Excuse me,” he said. “Do you know the way to Union Buildings; are you going there?”Travelling(...)

Supporters of the bill celebrate after the Uruguayan  Senate approved a government-sponsored bill that provides for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana during a session in Montevideo. Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters
Uruguay moves to legalise marijuana
  • World
  • December 11, 2013, 06:36

Uruguay’s Senate has approved pioneering legislation that will allow the country to legalise the cultivation and sale of marijuana on a nationwide s(...)

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