Alistair Dawber

Alistair Dawber is The Independent’s Jerusalem correspondent. The paper’s former foreign editor and deputy foreign editor, Alistair joined The Independent in 2008 as a business correspondent. He is a Liverpool fan, in exile

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Queen Isabella of Spain (1451 - 1504)

Postcard from... Granada

Given that she led the bloody re-conquest of Spain in the 15th century, bumping off lord knows how many of her opponents (largely Muslims and Jews who would not convert to Christianity) it was probably wise to wait a good few decades after her death to defy Queen Isabella’s dying wish.

The number of new Ebola cases each week in the worst-affected areas has fallen below 100 for the first time in almost a year

Ebola outbreak: Disease ebbs in West Africa as aid agencies warn against complacency

As the number of new cases of the disease recedes each week in the worst-affected areas, international aid agencies warn that winding down the effort against the epidemic too quickly risks a resurgence

The China to Europe train was unveiled in Yiwu last November

China to Spain cargo train: Successful first 16,156-mile round trip on world's longest railway brings promise of increased trade

Before the Yixin'ou line was opened, goods traded between the EU and China depended on inefficient sea or air transport, meaning higher prices in Europe

Just desserts: in Madrid, the government is hoping to be rewarded for strong GDP growth when voters go to the polls later this year

While Greece flails, are the rest of the stricken Pigs taking off?

The other eurozone bailout recipients - Portugal, Ireland and Spain - are showing an improvement

Libyans celebrate the upcoming fourth anniversary of their revolution this week. The West recognises that instability presents a new risk in the fight against Isis

Libya urges end to arms embargo

The country's Western-backed leaders say they are desperate to fight 'rampant terrorism' from Isis but international governments, including Britain's, don’t believe military action can solve the country's problems

The cathedral is contained in the walls of a former mosque

Cordoba mayors accuse Church of 'seizing' city's mosque-cathedral

Mayors say they are 'deeply concerned' the Church has taken over the complex

Libyan National Army fighters stand at the entrance of a destroyed building after clashes with Isis in Benghazi, last December

David Cameron’s ‘free Libya’ is no-go area, Foreign Office says

Despite the spectre of Isis making greater inroads, the PM says he does not regret helping to get rid of Gaddafi

Postcard from... Cordoba, Spain

Necessity, so the saying goes, is the mother of all invention. Think the wheel, the printing press and the internal combustion engine, to name but three breakthroughs in human advancement which prove the theory. Doubtlessly, one day we will go to Mars, and beyond.

An Egyptian fighter jet returns from bombing Libya

Isis: Egypt joins attacks with air strikes avenging massacre

Bombers strike at Libyan targets after murder of 21 Egyptian Christians

The high winds and heavy rain that struck the Cantabrian coast last week have washed away huge amounts of sand

Rain in Spain unearths fossilised trees that predate dinosaurs

The trunk and roots date back 300 million years

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn