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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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

An amateur video of the IS attack on Tripoli’s Corinthia Hotel on 27 January

Isis in Libya? Fears militants are about to follow up their brutal successes in Iraq and Syria by expanding into the unstable north African country

Last month, the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli was attacked by Islamists in a raid that cost at least nine lives, including that of an American contractor

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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
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
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?