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War with Isis: The resilient people of Kobani are proof that the militants can be defeated

Their town may be destroyed but the residents' spirit is strong
Egyptian authorities have reduced the jail terms for men accused of appearing in 'fiirst gay wedding' video

Egypt cuts 'first gay wedding video' jail sentences

Their prison terms were reduced from three years to just one

Fire spreads across largest oil reserve in Libya as 20 soldiers die in clash between rival rebels

The fire was sparked by rockets launched from speedboats

Activists are angry that the imam has not condemned school massacre

Judge orders arrest of ‘pro-Taliban’ imam who refused to condemn Peshawar school massacre

Protesters say the radical cleric threatened them outside his mosque

Avigdor Lieberman is the leader of the right wing party, Yisrael Beiteinu

Avigdor Lieberman: Hard-right Israeli minister's fate in balance after aides arrested for fraud

Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to benefit from Mr Lieberman’s woes

A boy carries bread as he walks past buildings in Raqqa destroyed by an air strike. Residents say water and electricity supplies are intermittent and food is running short

Islam's Dysfunctional State: In Isis-controlled Syria and Iraq everyday life is falling apart

Basic services such as water and rubbish collection are failing and residents are struggling to find food

Jerusalem's municipal planning committee authorised 243 new housing units in Ramot, a municipal spokeswoman said

Israel gives approval for 243 new settler homes

Officials also have plans for another 270 homes in the same area

Turkish teenager who 'insulted' President Erdogan released from custody

Mehmet Emin Altunses, 16, was arrested by the police at his school after making a speech on Wednesday

US drone strikes kill seven suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan

Separate operation sees alleged mastermind of Peshawar school attack killed

Two women drivers to be tried before Saudi terrorism court

Activists are said to be in extra trouble for their online positings

Christmas Eve 2014 is celebrated at St Thomas’s Catholic Church, in Gaza. Around 700 of Gaza’s 2,200 Christians attended the service

Christmas in Gaza: A season without hope as fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite

The services and celebrations of the tiny group of Christians in Gaza have been overshadowed by a deep sense of foreboding. Kim Sengupta, in Gaza City, on fears right across the community that a bad situation is about to get even worse

Palestinian children look out of the window of a destroyed building bearing graffiti in Gaza City's Al-Shejaiya suburb on December 25th

Baroness Warsi says UK must recognise Palestine now

Former minister says ‘behind the scenes’ efforts are ineffective

Members of the Islamic State group with a captured pilot

Father of fighter pilot captured by Isis pleads for militants to show son mercy

Militants paraded Jordanian pilot shortly after his capture

President Erdogan at couple's wedding: 'Birth control is treason to growth of Turkey'

The president said that couples should have at least three children

Christmas 2014: Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian

We've been mistranslating the Greek word for inn all along

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015