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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Various rebel groups have long stated weapons is their most needed piece of equipment in fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad

While the West deliberates, Saudi Arabia sends anti-aircraft missiles to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria

Opposition fighters in Syria, preparing for a major onslaught by government forces in their northern strongholds around Aleppo, have been equipped for the first time with shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, it has emerged.

Hassan Rouhani has given his first news conference since being declared as Iran's new President-elect

No change on Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear programme, says President-elect Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani has given his first news conference since being declared as Iran’s new President-elect, vowing to continue to enrich uranium and so putting him on a collision course with Western powers.

A rebel fighter in Aleppo, which could soon come under an assault from pro-Assad forces

Syria: Fears for Aleppo as Hezbollah fighters bolster Assad’s forces

Syrian rebels fought back against forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on Sunday after losing territory to government forces in recent days. Having been driven out of the key town of Qusayr two weeks ago, rebel fighters have been flocking to Aleppo to shore up one of the few remaining opposition strongholds.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made Iran his priority since being returned to office in January

A 'victory for moderation' says new President of Iran, as supporters rejoice

Israel however is sceptical Rouhani will usher in change

Reformist-backed Hassan Rouhani wins Iranian presidential election

But even with Glasgow-educated former nuclear negotiator in post, the clerics will rule

Waze: Putting Silicon Wadi on the map

This week's $1.15bn sale of GPS app Waze to Google is a major milestone on Israel's road to hi-tech success. By Alistair Dawber

Iranian men cast their ballots during presidential elections at a polling station in Qom, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of the capital Tehran, Iran

Iran chooses replacement for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his vote, telling the US 'The hell with you'

Nation chooses between six candidates amid tight regulations and stringent controls on international arbiters and journalists

Iranians go to the polls on Friday to elect a new president knowing that for the first time in eight years the country will be led by someone other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran votes for new president to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Ayatollah Khamenei warns voters 'our enemies win if turnout is low'

Whether Iran’s new leader will herald a new era remains unclear

Pakistani soldiers standing guard in Karachi, ahead of last month's election

Pakistan denies receiving weapons and security equipment from Israel

Liberal newspaper claims Jewish state exported arms to four Arab countries

Sole reformist candidate Mohammad Reza Aref withdraws from Iran elections to elect successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Liberals and moderates in the Islamic Republic left with few option in presidential race

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150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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