Voices Oxford law student Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

His call has gone down very well far beyond the family stronghold

Firefighters put out a blaze after an ex-Lebanese minister was killed in a powerful bomb blast in central Beirut

Lebanon: Hezbollah critic Mohamad Chatah’s murder blamed on Shia militant movement

Attack threatens to heighten tensions between the Syrian President’s allies and opponents

Egypt: Five injured in Cairo bomb blast amid new wave of violence

The homemade bomb detonated as a public bus passed by and a second was found secured to an advertising billboard

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation

Egypt's interim government has blamed the group for an attack on police headquarters

Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad kill 37 

The attacks bring the number of people killed so far in Iraq this month to 441

Men inspect the rubble in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, north of Cairo, following a powerful explosion

At least 14 dead in explosion at security headquarters in Egypt

The suspected car bomb left hundreds wounded in the city north of Cairo

Norad Santa Tracker 2013: Follow Father Christmas as he rockets around the globe delivering presents

You'll be able to track Father Christmas thanks to Norad

Celtic fans now allowed flags after police U-turn

Celtic fans will now be able to take flags and banners to the club’s Boxing Day game at St Johnstone following a U-turn by the home club and the police, according to the Scottish champions.

A Syrian man helps an injured man following an airstrike in Aleppo's Maadi neighborhood. Two children were among at least 13 people killed in new air strikes on a rebel-held district

Hundreds killed as Assad pounds Aleppo from the air

Since it began in mid-December, the government’s aerial bombardment has left more than 200 people dead

Port of call: Byblos bears traces of its Phoenician past

Book review: 'Snake Dance', By Patrick Marnham

A cogent study that follows the trail of lethal cargos that created our nuclear age

21 December 1988: Houses on fire in Lockerbie, Scotland, after a Boeing 747 aeroplane, Pan Am Flight 103, crashed after a mid-flight explosion on board - according to a new investigation, the US knew of other suspects

Revealed: US 'knew of other Lockerbie suspects'

On anniversary of bombing, fresh evidence emerges that Palestinian group was responsible

The Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre was targeted with petrol bombs

Six years for former soldiers who firebombed mosque after Lee Rigby murder

Two former soldiers who firebombed a mosque following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby have each been jailed for six years.

A series of bombings hit Shia areas of Baghdad this month

Iraqi policeman dies saving pilgrims from suicide bomber as attacks rise

Although five people were killed and 10 wounded, police say the casualties would have been far higher if Ayyub Khalaf had not wrapped his arms around the terrorist to shield others from the blast

Drummer Lee Rigby, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale have been found guilty of murdering Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London

Lee Rigby verdict: The difficulty of responding to such seemingly motiveless malignity

We are left, at the end of all this, with a sense of the utter futility of this murder

Students and police outside Harvard University's Science Center building, after unconfirmed reports of a bomb threat inside

Harvard bomb scare was a hoax, investigators say

One student has been charged with phoning in a fake threat

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