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British foreign secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie  visit Lac vert camp in Democratic Republic of Congo last month. Photograph: Iggy Roberts/Crown Copyright via Getty Images

Most victims of sexual violence in conflict zones are children who are suffering rape and abuse at an appalling rate, said campaigners who describe(...)

Japan Self-Defence Forces soldiers refuel a unit of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo today. Japan has also deployed Aegis radar-equipped destroyers carrying Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors in response to North Korea's threats, according to its government. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

South Koreans braced for the "very high" chance of a North Korean missile test as soon as today as a top American military commander said the t(...)

Since winning independence from Sudan in July 2011, South Sudan has been struggling to impose its authority across vast swathes of territory bristling with weapons after decades of civil war with Khartoum. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic /Reuters

Five UN peacekeepers and seven civilians working for the UN mission in South Sudan were killed in an ambush by unidentified attackers in the re(...)

Damaged houses are seen in the earthquake stricken town of Bushehr in Iran Photograph: Mehr News Agency /Reuters

A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station today, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devasta(...)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The United States was concerned in 1973 that Ireland could become “one of the more difficult” members of the European Community for it to deal (...)

A South Korean soldier at a military guard post near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju at the weekend. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP Photo/Getty

South Korea's Defence Ministry has denied suggestions that a nuclear arms test was imminent in North Korea, saying reported movements around th(...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this picture taken  last week and released by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

Xi Jinping, the president of North Korea’s last remaining significant ally, has put China forward as an honest broker to defuse regional tensio(...)

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (c) meets members of a ministerial committee responsible for establishing a framework aimed at ending the two-year conflict with anti-government forces last week. Photograph: Reuters/Sana.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria they could destabilise the Middl(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military iron fence in the border city of Paju near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, which is 250km long, about four kilometres wide. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

A heavy machine gun points north in the direction of Pyongyang from a camouflaged bunker on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DM(...)

Syrian refugees at a demonstration at the Za’atari refugee camp, near the border with Syria, calling for the international community to arm the rebel Free Syrian Army, in February. Photograph: Khalil mazraawi/AFP/Getty

The United Nations has given its starkest warning yet that it will soon run out of cash to cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Jo(...)

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