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The Temple of Bel in the ancient city of Palmyra which Isis destroyed at the weekend

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

A Lebanese-French archaeologist tells Robert Fisk about her unique answer to a unique crime

A Russian BTR-82A armoured vehicle, similar to the ones pictured here, was seen in the footage

Syria civil war: Russians filmed fighting alongside President Assad's forces

The Kremlin denied claims last week that it was planning to send an 'expeditionary force' to the region

Aylan Al-Kurdi (left) and his older brother, Ghalib, died yesterday when their dinghy sank off the coast of Turkey

Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear – in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'

Eventually the time came for him to cross two short miles on the Aegean Sea

Bridging the gap: Esfahan offers the traveller a mixture of the exotic and the comfortable

Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there. Get away, says Chris Wright

A man reads a Koran in a mosque in Sanaa. At least 20 people have died in twin blasts in the capital.

Yemen mosque bombing: At least 20 killed by 'Islamic State' blasts in Sanaa

Two bombs went off in the capital as worshippers gathered for evening prayers

Obama secures major foreign policy victory on Iran deal

Support of 34 Senators means Obama could veto a Congress bill seeking to derail the deal

Syrian cities such as Kobani have suffered at the hands of Isis militants

War with Isis: US launches secret drone campaign against senior militants in Syria

British militant Junaid Hussain was killed in such a strike in August

Syrian refugee helped by viral #BuyPens campaign wants to use donations to help others

'I don't want to be the only one being helped - there are people worse off than me,' Abdul Halim Attar said

4 million Syrians have fled their country since the war began

Refugee crisis: Number of Syrian refugees Britain has taken in would fit on a Tube train

Nearly 350,000 asylum applications have been filed by Syrians in Europe

A man stands by a destroyed truck in Amran, the region where two aid workers were killed

Two Red Cross workers shot dead in Yemen

The attack has been condemned by the international humanitarian group

The statue from ancient Libya found in a west London warehouse

£1.5m ancient Greek statue looted from Libyan heritage site 'must be returned'

It is believed to be of Greek goddess Demeter or her daughter Persephone

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised for eating in non-kosher restaurant

Officials from the United Torah Judaism alliance said it was unacceptable for the Prime Minister of the Jewish state to eat in a non-kosher restaurant

A second ancient temple at Palmyra has been razed

Isis in Syria: Khaled al-Asaad – the martyr of Palmyra

Former director of the archaeological site was beheaded in August

Isis destruction of Syria's Palmyra confirmed by UN satellite images of Temple of Bel

UN satellite analysts said the images showed the temple had been almost entirely destroyed

Isis shows off currency with gold dinar coins worth £91 each - in quest for 'world domination'

Militants claim move will 'purify the earth of the corruption that tainted it'

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
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Why are we addicted to theme parks?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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10 best PS4 games

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Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

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Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent