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A Palestinian fighter walks through the rubble of the al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, Syria

An (underground) road to Damascus: Isis could tunnel into heart of Syria's capital to take fight to gates of Assad's palace, warn experts

The extremist group is just five kilometres away from Assad's seat of power

Isis has released a propaganda video showing women in training camps

Mysterious brigade of all-female jihadists demanding equality with men emerges in Syria

This brigade insists that a woman's role is equal to a man

Yazidi women released by Isis this week were gang-raped in public by fighters

Yazidi sex slaves 'gang-raped in public' by Isis fighters, harrowing accounts reveal

Disturbing stories have emerged after 200 were released this week

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday; he called for a ceasefire and a negotiated end to the conflict

Yemen crisis: Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi rebels is a war crime and genocide, says Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the air strikes as a 'mistake' and called for a ceasefire

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers his speech in a ceremony marking National Nuclear Technology Day, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015

Iran nuclear deal: President Hassan Rouhani warns Tehran will not sign final deal unless economic sanctions are lifted

Framework deal signed with six world powers aims to curb Iran's bomb-capable technology

A picture posted on reddit shows a boy drawing a map from memory

Autistic boy 'draws map of world from memory'

A picture of the boy has been shared across the world

Many of the released Yazidis were elderly or infirm

Isis release over 200 captive Iraqi Yazidis to Kurdish forces - video

Reports said many were suffering from ill health, while others bore signs of abuse

French TV network TV5Monde 'hacked by cyber caliphate in unprecedented attack' that revealed personal details of French soldiers

Messages on the broadcaster's Facebook page purported to show IDs and CVs of relatives of French soldiers

A boy transports containers at a private well as people store water, amid a serious shortage in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

Yemen crisis: Shortage of water and medical supplies threatens civilians caught up in devastating civil war

Alistair Dawber reports on a looming humanitarian disaster

On a visit to Lebanon on Wednesday, Spain’s King Felipe VI lays a wreath for the soldier killed in January

Israel blames 'calculation error' for death of Spanish peacekeeper killed by artillery shell in southern Lebanon

Corporal Javier Soria Toledo is the 13th member of the Spanish armed services to die as part of the long-running UN mission which began in 1978

An elderly person buried in two pots. Daniel Calderbank, a Manchester PhD student, and Professor Stuart Campbell, working on uncovering it

Manchester archaeologists defy Isis' destruction of Iraq's cultural history by working to preserve memory of historic artefacts

'If the militants think they can erase history we are helping to make sure that can't happen'

Gulnaz and her attacker, who is now her husband

Afghan woman raped, impregnated and jailed for 'adultery by force' marries her attacker

Gulnaz gave birth to her daughter in prison after being raped

Israeli soldiers on patrol near the West Bank city of Hebron, as searches continue for three missing Israeli teenagers who are presumed to have been kidnapped

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing two Israeli solders in the West Bank

One Israeli was stabbed in the neck and is in hospital in a critical condition

Iraqi soldiers salute as they stand next to a mass grave containing the bodies of hundreds of Shia soldiers from Camp Speicher who were killed by Isis militants in Tikrit

Isis mass graves: Iraqi forensic teams recover remains of 1,700 military cadets slaughtered by militants near Tikrit

The soldiers were taken prisoner by the jihadists as they swept through northern and western Iraq during their blitzkrieg advance last year Warning: Some people may find the images below distressing

The Israeli Arab political leader Ayman Odeh says he wants to work for the benefit of the entire country

Israeli politician 'has a dream' of equality between Jews and Arabs

Ayman Odeh cites civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jnr as his inspiration to close gap

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
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