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Deborah Bronnert, second right, at the reopening of the Iranian embassy in London

British female diplomat opens new Iranian embassy in London without head covering – and sparks outrage

It is illegal for women to appear in public without a hijab in Iran

An image posted on an Isis affiliated website shows a militant smashing items from Palmyra

Isis in Palmyra: British Museum 'deeply distressed' by destruction of Baalshamin Temple

Isis is reported to have destroyed the Baalshamin Temple in Palmyra, which stood almost completely intact for nearly 2,000 years

Isis seized the citadel and columns of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 133 miles north-east of Damascus

Isis in Palmyra: After destruction of the temple of Baalshamin, what is left of the ancient city?

Isis appears to have begun destroying the main structures of Palmyra's ancient city - something it suggested it wouldn't do

Riot police clash with protesters during a protest against corruption and against the government's failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal, near the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon August 23, 2015

Beirut rubbish protests end in violence as demonstrators face water cannons and tear gas

Police fire tear gas as demonstrators call for country's cabinet to resign over uncollected garbage in Beirut

Members of the public and gallery staff examine The Northampton Sekhemka, an Egyptian painted limestone statue

Egypt in crowd-funding campaign to save ancient statue sold by UK museum

The 4,500-year-old statue of a scribe called Sekhemka was sold at auction for nearly £16m in July last year

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British embassy in Iran reopens – complete with graffiti saying 'Death to England' above a picture of the Queen

Four years ago, protesters slashed portraits of British monarchs at the embassy

Fans of Beitar Jerusalem, the club shunned by the founders of Beitar Nordia

Beitar Nordia: Israeli fans choose football over racism to start their own club

Fans shun Beitar Jerusalem, who have never fielded an Arab-Israeli player

Britain should intervene in Libya before chaos seeps into the West, says wife of Colonel Gaddafi's enforcer

Exclusive: Fatma Farkash believes the revolution was 'a mistake'

Cairo city: the Middle East has seen a sharp decrease in fossil fuel emmissions over the last five years

Air pollution has halved in the Middle East - due to armed conflicts since Arab Spring

War has ravaged large swathes of region over last five years

Isis second-in-command killed in US strike in Iraq, White House confirms

Reports say Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was killed on Tuesday

Fatah founder Yasser Arafat

How a Hamas deal with Israel could reinforce the Palestinian militant group's bitter rivalry with Fatah

It was Fatah, under its founder Yasser Arafat, that from the 1960s led the struggle against Israel

Tony Blair looks at exploded rockets on display in the Israeli town of Sderot in 2009 after his first visit to Gaza. The former Prime Minister has met Hamas representatives in the past three months

Tony Blair and Hamas: Militant Palestinian group confirms meetings with former PM – and says ceasefire deal with Israel is possible

Senior Hamas figure tells The Independent why Blair has become a key go-between in the increasingly positive negotiations with Benjamin Netanyahu’s government

Ensaf Haidar, pictured, said the case of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir risked being forgotten by the international community

Raif Badawi: Wife of Saudi blogger launches campaign to free African writer on death row for criticising prophet Mohamed

Exclusive: Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir was arrested in January last year

The extremist group posted photos on social media Friday showing bulldozers destroying the Saint Elian Monastery

Isis: Militants destroy ancient monastery in Syria founded more than 1,500 years ago

The Saint Elian monastery was near the Isis-occupied town of Qaryatain

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