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Bashar Assad has hung on in power four years after the start of the war (AP)

John Kerry has finally stated that we should talk to Assad, something that should have been done four years ago

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias in Tripoli, Libya last month (PA)

‘People are frightened and there is no visible law and order,” says Franciscan Father Allan Arcebuche

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed yesterday by rebel forces. Abd Rabbo Ammar/ABACA/Press Association Images

A lynch-mob is a frightful thing. But just as William Hague was right to say that we don’t approve of extra-judicial killings, is a judicial killing in cold blood any better?