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Israeli tanks manoeuvre outside the northern Gaza Strip. The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the Middle East today to help end the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the Middle East today to help end the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. At an e(...)

A doll lies among the rubble of a destroyed building following an airstrike in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

An Israeli ground offensive into Gaza looks increasingly likely this weekend as rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal enclave continues despite r(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon after giving a speech on Syria entitled at the Asia Society Policy Institute in Manhattan, New York today. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council today to impose an arms embargo on Syria, describing foreign powers and groups as “irrespo(...)

* Al Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Sources: M Izady - Gulf 2000 Project/Columbia University/Reuters

US president Barack Obama last night threatened US military strikes in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to threa(...)

The UN climate convention in Bonn was told world leaders will need to show “real political commitment” if an international treaty to tackle global warming is to be concluded before the end of next year. Photograph EPA/Matthias Balk

World leaders will need to show “real political commitment” if an international treaty to tackle global warming is to be concluded in Paris before (...)

A man inside a damaged house after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Al-Maliha town, in the suburbs of Damascus today. Photograph: Badra Mamet/Reuters

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has demanded that the Security Council take action in Syria on violations of international law as he reported(...)

Ushers carry a distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Kigali. Photograph: Getty Images

Twenty years ago an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in just 100 days. The killings were planned and methodical, carried out by neighbours, b(...)

Amnesty International secretary general Salil Shetty: “Only a small number of countries carried out the vast majority of these senseless state-sponsored killings.” Photograph: Getty Images

Iran and Iraq are responsible for a sharp rise in capital punishment, accounting for more than two-thirds of the world’s executions last year. (...)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will report back to the council in 30 days on the implementation of the resolution. Photograph: David Goldman/Getty Images

The UN Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution to boost humanitarian access in Syria that threatens to take “further steps” in (...)

Children after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad are pictured in Aleppo. Both sides of the conflict have been accused of committing human rights violations against children. Photograph: Ahmad Othman/Reuters

UN investigators have accused Syria’s warring sides of committing grave human rights violations against children. Their report estimates 10,000 childr(...)

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