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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

Mohammed Rayhan arrived home on the third day of his own wake

Man walks in on his own funeral after 36 hours stuck under rubble in wake of Douma bombing

Mohammed Rayhan's story is all too familiar, activists say

British embassy to reopen in Iran after four years

Philip Hammond is due to reopen the embassy in Tehran at the weekend

Sir John Chilcot, Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, ‘has been subjected to hatchet jobs’

Chilcot inquiry: Leading figures in British political Establishment accused of plotting to discredit investigation into Iraq war

Exclusive: Panel considered mass resignation in protest at Establishment’s attacks, as Sir John's team accuses Whitehall and No 10 using smears to discredit them

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