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An investigation has revealed the existence of 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ in the Iraqi army, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said

Iraqi army revealed to have 50,000 'ghost soldiers' on its roll

Ghost employees are a well-known form of corruption in Iraq

An official of the Hand in Hand school inspects the damage after an arson attack. Scrawled on the walls in Hebrew are graffiti saying ‘Death to Arabs’ and ‘There’s no coexistence with cancer’

Max Rayne Hand in Hand school: Arsonists attack Jerusalem school where Jews and Muslims learn side by side

The bitterness of the Middle East conflict hit home for Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem, as the only school in the city where Jews and Muslims learn side by side – and which his three young daughters attend – is set alight

Arab-Israeli school in Jerusalem 'set on fire' and walls sprayed with racist graffiti

The source of the fire is believed to have been found in a pre-school classroom

Syria crisis: US-led coalition warplanes hit Isis capital with 30 air strikes in Raqqa

The warplanes assaulted the city of Raqqa on Friday night

Four killed in guesthouse suicide attack in Kabul as police chief resigns amid rises in deadly violence

South African head of an international aid group, his two children and an Afghan were killed in the deadly attack

Egyptian anti-government protesters pull on barbed wire separating them from security forces on Saturday.

Egyptian anti-Mubarak verdict protesters tear-gassed by police

Demonstrators driven into side-streets by water cannon and gas

A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter shows the extent of the damage from a truck bomb in Kobani, Syria

Isis suicide bombers used Turkish territory to launch attack on Kobani, human rights group says

Turkey denies that the Islamist terror group used its territory in the attack yesterday

War with Isis: Theresa May tinkers while Iraq and Syria burn

The Home Secretary's counter-terrorism Bill is unlikely to make the militants lose any sleep
The ball rebounded off the stumps and hit the umpire, who was not wearing protective gear

Israeli cricket umpire dies after being struck by ball

Former national team captain Hillel Oscar was struck below the jaw by a ball hit by a batsman

Yemeni security forces hold a position as they guard outside a court during a hearing for Al-Qaeda suspects

Yemen military raid sought to rescue British hostage kidnapped by al-Qaeda

Six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian were freed and seven al-Qaeda gunmen killed during the operation

Plans to attack Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium were foiled

Israeli security services claim they ‘foiled Hamas plans to attack football stadium’

Violence has surged in recent weeks in Jerusalem amid tension over access to a holy site in an Israeli-annexed part of the city

A still from the video of the woman dancing

Iranian woman defies restrictive laws by dancing without her hijab on the Tehran subway

Younger citizens are fighting back against the ultra-conservative government

Lauren was last seen outside of the La Cigale nightclub

Lauren Patterson murder: Mother forced to watch video re-enactment during appeal hearing for Qatari killer

Alison Patterson broke down in tears as she watched the film

Afghan intelligence personnel arrive at the site of a suicide attack along the Kabul-Jalalabad road in Kabul

British G4S security worker killed after embassy vehicle is hit in suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul

The weapon was a Toyota crammed with explosives. The victim was a contractor employed by the British embassy. The conclusion is that the country remains as dangerous as ever...

Tayma with her children in their room in an unfinished house in Lebanon

Syria crisis: Britain's response to humanitarian disaster 'woefully inadequate', says coalition of leading charities in open letter to David Cameron

Exclusive: Immigration figures will show that the UK has only taken in 100 refugees, say organisations

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There will be a chance to bid for a rare example of the SAS Diary, collated by a former member of the regiment in the aftermath of World War II but only published – in a limited run of just 5,000 – in 2011
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Billie Whitelaw was best known for her close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, here performing in a Beckett Trilogy at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'