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Israel-Gaza conflict: US seeks Arab ally to broker ceasefire

The US is signalling that it is looking for ways to broker an urgent ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, amid growing concern about a possible Israeli ground offensive in the coming days.

William Hague speaks to the media at the Iraqi ministry of foreign affairs in Baghdad, Iraq, 26 June 2014. Hague arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit for talks on the Iraq's turmoil.

William Hague presses case of murdered Britons with new Indian government

Six men were initially charged with the murder of the British citizens but they were released on bail

Campaign group is 'appalled' after proposed case accusing defence companies of torture equipment marketing collapses

State prosecutors were yesterday accused of “abject failure” to ensure two defence companies answer allegations of marketing torture equipment at the world’s largest arms fair in London after a private case against the firms collapsed.

Relatives and friends of the al-Kaware family carry one of the seven members of the family to the mosque during their funeral in Khan Yunis. The father and his six sons were all killed in an Israeli air strike

Gaza crisis: Israel's Prime Minister promises to 'increase the assault' on Hamas until it stops firing rockets

The Gaza conflict intensifies as 47 people are killed and militants fire long-range rocket

Fighters from ISIS marching in Raqqa, Syria. Salma and Zahra Halane are believed to have joined the extremist militant group

Missing teenage sisters are 'now in Syria', police say

The girls, said to be deeply religious, have ignored the largely Somalian family’s pleas for them to return home

Pope Francis at the weekly papal audience in Rome, January 2014

Vatican bank profits collapse after clean-up

The Vatican's secretive bank has reported a huge decline in profits and blocked thousands of accounts following an annus horribilis for the institution, marred by allegations of corruption and money laundering.

A couple hold hands during their wedding ceremony in Brighton, southern England

UN recognises same-sex marriage for all staff

Around 43,000 people will benefit from the new policy

Governor Joko Widodo being interviewed in City Hall earlier this year

Indonesia election: Result will consolidate its democracy, or move backwards, experts say

The election is mapping out to be the tightest in Indonesia’s history

German spy who sold secrets to US tried to make deal with Russians

Agent who sold top secret documents was caught offering his services to the Kremlin
A United Nations’ committee approved a new resolution calling on the UK and Argentina to negotiate a solution to their dispute over the Falkland Islands

UN committee backs Argentina over Falkland Islands

Decision comes despite passionate speeches claiming islanders want to keep things as they are

The letter accuses Mr Blair of trying to “absolve himself” of responsibility for the crisis in Iraq

Diplomats call on Tony Blair to quit as Middle East peace envoy over Iraq legacy

Tony Blair is facing calls to step down from his role as Middle East envoy after a scathing letter signed by former British ambassadors and politicians that accuses him of trying to “absolve himself” of responsibility for the crisis in Iraq.

Tony Blair: 'Of course the Iraq of 2014 bears, in part, the imprint of the removal of Saddam Hussein 11 years ago'

Iraq crisis: Tony Blair admits 'removal of Saddam Hussein' is partly to blame for uprising

But Blair also argued that Saddam Hussein would have been targeted during the Arab Spring if he was not toppled

Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, in 2012.

Benghazi attack suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah captured by US forces in secret raid

President Obama said the capture shows the US will "do whatever it takes" to bring justice to those who harm Americans

Tony Blair with troops in Iraq in 2003

Tony Blair Iraq essay full text: We have to liberate ourselves from the notion that 'we' caused this crisis. We haven't

The former Prime Minister that led Britain in the 2003 invasion says it is 'a bizarre reading to claim that but for the removal of Saddam, we would not have a crisis'

Iraq crisis: Opinion from the experts – what's happened and what's next?

The Independent spoke to a range of experts on the region and asked how the current crisis came about and what must happen now

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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We need to talk about loss

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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

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Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album