Saptarshi Bhattacharya

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Sometimes a story becomes so huge that the individual human tales can be overlooked. Almost two million people have fled over Syria's borders to escape the bloody internal battle engulfing the country. In the desolate Jordanian desert, a sprawling refugee camp has become a makeshift home to 130,000. Three of the young residents - Haram, Hanadi and Sidra - tell their tale: http://bbc.in/17PxiE9

Today's news headlines from around the world: - Medecins Sans Frontieres reports Syria 'chemical deaths' http://bbc.in/1dDhZmC - China's Bo Xilai admits 'mistakes' http://bbc.in/1dDhZmF - US marks famous MLK speech http://bbc.in/1dDhZmA - Colombia agricultural strike spreads http://bbc.in/1dDhZmP - UK Helicopter crash prompts safety call http://bbc.in/1dDi0an - Mandela showing 'great resilience' http://bbc.in/1dDhZmL - Sierra Leone man arrested 'with uranium' at NYC airport http://bbc.in/1dDi0al - Police in Hong Kong smash crime ring http://bbc.in/1dDhZmN - A funny look at the news - in 140 characters or less http://bbc.in/1dDi0aj

Iraq violence: Baghdad and Baquba hit by bomb attacks

<b>A wave of bomb attacks across Iraq has killed at least 46 people, police and medical sources say.</b><p>Worst affected were Baghdad and the central city of Baquba, which were hit by numerous blasts.<p>Violence during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ended in early August, left more than 670 people …

Extremism

Opinion: The Egypt crisis and the role of the UK

For the benefit of Lib Dem members who read LDV I thought it useful to offer up a perspective on the current crisis as a contribution to …

Opinion: Chelsea Manning is a woman. Get over it.

This week the leaker of the US diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, US Army private Bradley Manning formally announced that she will be living the rest of …

Eyewitness: The truth about Chelsea Manning's sentencing hearing

<b>By Jackson Davidow</b><p>Everyone would agree that the groundbreaking trial of US army private Chelsea Manning was highly complex. Indeed the soldier, now …

Independent View: Conference – Time to kick the nuclear energy habit

The movement against nuclear energy waits anxiously. Given Ed Davey’s apparent enthusiasm for new nuclear, it is more than a little alarming to learn …

Syria: Russia joins international pressure on Assad over chemical attack

Russia has added to the mounting pressure on the Syrian government over Wednesday's apparent gas attack by calling for UN inspectors to be granted immediate access to the site in eastern Damascus.<p>The Russian foreign ministry declared that Moscow and Washington had a "mutual interest" in pushing for …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

The question Syria asks us: what sort of country are we?

The images of the Ghouta massacre are intolerable – but David Cameron still faces a tough task in persuading his fellow world leaders to act<p>This week, as he returns from holiday, the Prime Minister is expected to convene the National Security Council to discuss, as a matter of urgency, the UK’s …

Syrian offer on UN team 'too little, too late'

Syria appears to have bowed to international pressure to allow UN investigators to travel to the scene of last week's chemical weapons attack in Damascus, allowing a forensic science team to visit the site on Monday.<p>The green light for the UN inspection came almost five days after the attack and …