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Falling oil price could hurt fight against Isis, warns Iraqi PM

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Yemen conflict: President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi steps down, after cabinet resigns amid stand-off with Shia rebels

The President and cabinet resigned in quick succession

People take part in a protest by Amnesty International, for the immediate release of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi in London, UK

Raif Badawi: Saudi blogger could be subjected to another 50 lashes, defying doctor's orders

The 31-year-old has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for using his blog to criticise Saudi Arabia’s clerics

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto speaking about the Middle East at a public event in Tokyo

Isis Japanese hostages: Japan 'reiterates it will not pay ransom' as 72-hour $200m deadline to save two men draws close

Isis militants have demanded $200m from the Government by Friday

Philip Hammond

Britain at 'very significant' risk of attack by Isis, Foreign Secretary warns

Philip Hammond reiterates that British troops will not become involved in ground fighting against the militants

An Isis jihadist pictured standing on the rubble of houses after a Syrian warplane was reportedly shot down by Isis militants over the Syrian town of Raqa in September, 2014

Isis publishes penal code listing amputation, crucifixion and stoning as punishments - and vows to vigilantly enforce it

Readers may find some of the images in this article distressing

Jailed blogger Raif Badawi, pictured with his children

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi likely to be spared flogging on medical grounds for second week

Saudi Arabia could still disregard medical advice and flog Badawi regardless

Saudi police take turns caning a man convicted under sharia law. Saudi Arabia denies it has links with the violence of the Wahabis

How the legal punishments handed out in Saudi Arabia compare to those of Isis

For many, the Saudi justice system sounds not unlike that of the Isis, the extremist Islamist group which has struck fear in much of the Middle East

Kurdish men in the Turkish border village of Mursitpinar, overlooking the besieged Syrian city of Kobane in November last year

War on Isis: Flood of jihadi volunteers to Syria 'unstoppable', warns Turkish Prime Minister

Ahmet Davutoglu says militants likely to remain in control of most of its seized territory for foreseeable future

A tank guards Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi from a Shia rebel attack

Yemen conflict: Old hand at work in the country's bloody civil war

The US now appears anxious to crush the Houthi rebels and their Sunni al-Qaeda enemies - and the Saudis would have it no other way, reports Robert Fisk

A growing number of Saudi women are remaining single through their 20s and into their 30s

Saudi spinsters: A new generation of women are breaking with tradition and making their own choices on education, careers - and even marriage

The trend has ruffled ultra-conservatives who see it as an affront to the very foundations of the notoriously strict kingdom

Police say they are treating the stabbing on a bus in Tel Aviv as a terrorist attack

Tel Aviv bus attack: Israeli police shoot suspect who 'stabbed at least nine people' in terror attack

At least three victims are believed to be in a 'serious condition'

Debris near the presidential palace following the fighting in Sanaa

Yemen 'coup': Shia rebels take presidential palace, but Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi clings on to power

Houthi leader claims 'the President has no control' after Mr Hadi's residence came under heavy shelling

Londoner Imran Khawaja posted videos and pictures of his personal jihad online

British jihadist who faked his death in Syria to could return home facing life in prison after terrorism conviction

Imran Khawaja was photographed holding the severed head of a man

Phillip Hammond

Raif Badawi: Britain to raise issue of jailed blogger with Saudi officials

'We deplore this punishment'

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