News Iraqi women and children flee Anbar in early January, as part of the 140,000 who have left the province

The UN refugee agency said 65,000 had been displaced since mid-January

Authorities in Jordan thwart suspected terror attacks

Authorities in Jordan have arrested 11 suspected al-Qa'ida-linked militants for allegedly planning to attack shopping centres and Western diplomatic missions in the country.

Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay faced a different style of interrogation

Somalia: Al-Shabaab arms boat seized

The semi-autonomous Somali region of Puntland has captured a Yemeni boat carrying heavy weapons destined for al-Shabaab rebels, who are linked to al-Qa'ida.

More drones for the CIA?

The CIA are lobbying Washington to expand its drone fleet. Currently the intelligence agency possesses between 30 and 35 aircraft and an increase would continue the transformation of the CIA into a paramilitary force.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed accuses US of justifying murder, torture in name of security

Wearing a camouflage hunting vest, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks issued a blistering critique of US defense policy during a court hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday, saying Washington has wantonly used national security as a pretext to murder and torture.

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is seen by the West as an ally against al-Qa’ida’s increasing presence in the Sahara, has ruled over a north-west African country that has been largely stable since he seized power in 2008

President on the mend after 'accidental' shooting

The Mauritanian President appeared on television to call for calm yesterday, hours after being shot by soldiers in what he said was an accident.

Ahmed, son of the Salafist leader Islamist Hisham al-Saedni, sits next to his father’s body at his funeral in a Gaza refugee camp yesterday

Israeli air strikes kill extremist leaders in Gaza Strip

Two Islamist militant leaders were killed by Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip at the weekend as Palestinians continued to fire rockets into southern Israel.

US Embassy security chief shot dead in Yemen in killing that 'bears hallmarks of al-Qa'ida attack'

A masked gunman assassinated a Yemeni security official who worked for the US Embassy in a drive-by shooting near his home in the capital Sanaa today, officials said.

Terror threat for Bali raised

Police warned of a possible terrorist threat to dignitaries commemorating tomorrow's 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings and raised the country's security alert to its highest level.

Morten Storm is currently thought to be in hiding

Born in Denmark, lived in Yorkshire, led the CIA to al-Qa'ida's leader in Yemen

Jonathan Brown on the extraordinary double life of motorcycling outdoor pursuits enthusiast Morten Storm

Philippines rebels agree framework peace deal

Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said his government has reached a preliminary peace agreement with the country's largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgency.

Homeland: The best-known of the spin-offs is America's favourite drama after cleaning up at the 2012 Emmys. It tells the tale of a former prisoner of war, Sgt Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis (pictured), and Claire Danes' suspicious CIA agent, Carrie Mathison.

John McCarthy brands 'Homeland' plot 'ridiculous'

Former hostage John McCarthy has voiced his concern over violent scenes in Homeland, the hit drama about a US war hero turned by al Qaida, and dubbed part of the show's plot "ridiculous".

Insurgents kill 26 in Iraq bomb attacks

Bombs striking Shia neighbourhoods, security forces and other targets across Iraq killed at least 26 people yesterday.

Somalia's Al-Shabaab rebels pull out of Kismayu bastion

Somalia's Al-Shabaab rebels withdrew from their last major bastion of Kismayu overnight, the group and residents said, a day after Kenyan and Somali government forces attacked the southern port.

People in Aleppo, which has suffered heavy shelling, search for survivors under the rubble of houses

'No power can bring down the Assad regime because God is on our side'

Given exclusive access to Assad troops in the frontline in Aleppo, Robert Fisk reports

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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

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Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

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Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

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Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

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