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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

Jeremy Corbyn compares actions of Isis to US military and says 'some of what they have done is quite appalling'

The video, now over a year old, was discovered again recently, and provoked strong reactions from Corbyn's supporters and detractors on social media

Sir John Chilcot first announced the terms of reference of his inquiry into the causes of the Iraq war in 2009

Chilcot and his team confirm they have no plans to abandon inquiry into Iraq war

The inquiry panelists said they 'understand' the need for David Cameron, Parliament and the public to see their report finished 'as soon as possible'

A left-wing protester against Turkey's operations against Kurdish militants runs to avoid water from a police water cannon (AP)

War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border

The UK embassy is set to open for the first time since it was attacked by a mob in 2011

Britain to reopen embassy in Iran as Phillip Hammond becomes first Foreign Secretary to visit country in over a decade

With an end to sanctions, foreign businesses are already queuing up to clinch contracts in Iran, which has vast oil and gas reserves

IAEA rejects claims Iran will be allowed to self-inspect nuclear testing site

UN and Iran reportedly agreed deal to let Iranian inspectors conduct their own tests on the Parchin military base

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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
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
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
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
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
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
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...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

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