Sport West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka makes an alleged anti-Semitic gesture when celebrating his first goal against West Ham

What is the ‘quenelle’?

The ‘quenelle' is a part-anti-Semitic, part-obscene hand gesture that has spread across France, and has sparked controversy in England since Nicolas Anelka chose the Premier League as a perfect location to demonstrate it.

Ali Kordan: Former Iranian Interior Minister

Ali Kordan, who died of heart failure on 22 November aged 51, was a former Iranian Interior Minister who was dismissed after being accused of faking a law degree from Oxford.

One Nilmar to Brazil

Striker heads in the only goal as Samba boys waltz past England despite missing penalty

Mitterrand guilty in arms scandal

French court convicts son of ex-president and former minister over arms sales

Tunisian president re-elected

Tunisia's president has been re-elected for a fifth five-year term with 89.62% of the vote, the country's interior ministry announced today.

Suicide bomb kills 49 at Khyber bazaar

A crowded market in the centre of Peshawar became a scene of devastation yesterday after a suicide bomber set off a massive blast that killed at least 49 people and wounded scores more.

Carola Long: If you want to get on, be like the boss

It's not President Sarkozy's place to tell his colleagues to lose weight

Taiwan races to save hundreds of typhoon survivors

Hundreds of villagers fled their homes minutes before a flood-created lake burst today, while Taiwan's military airlifted more survivors from remote villages devastated in mudslides during last weekend's typhoon.

'Shoot-out' at Taliban meeting

A Taliban power struggle following the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the organisation in Pakistan, has apparently turned violent with reports of a deadly shoot-out between the two men vying to succeed him.

UK stag parties fall out of favour in Riga

Britons on stag parties to the Latvian capital of Riga will not be welcomed with open arms, according to the mayor of the city.

Masked police beat protesters at political rally

Georgian police clashed with opposition activists in the capital yesterday, arresting dozens and beating demonstrators, along with several journalists.

Peter Popham: It will take more than a furious wife to unseat Berlusconi

Has Silvio Berlusconi faced down the threat to his popularity posed by his wife Veronica's request for a divorce, and her declaration that she could not stand him "frequenting minors"? The Prime Minister himself insists that he has, but his claim that 77 per cent of the electorate back him is empty bragging: the surveys done so far are too partial to go by.

Militant leader killed in Istanbul siege

Turkish police killed a leader of a left-wing armed group yesterday after laying siege to the organisation's hideout in central Istanbul. One police officer and a passer-by also died in the shooting, and seven people were wounded.

Eta reeling after arrest of military commander in France

The man who is said to be Eta's top military commander was arrested in France early yesterday, in a Franco-Spanish police operation that produced eight further detentions and dealt a heavy blow to Europe's most intransigent armed separatist group.

Second German massacre warning was a fake

Police closed a school in southwestern Germany today after a warning in an Internet chatroom that a gun attack was planned there, just two days after a deadly shooting rampage at a school nearby.

Andrew Buncombe: Leaders play silly games while the nation burns

Sometimes with Pakistan it is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry. When police went to arrest Athar Minallah, a senior lawyer, yesterday he managed to lock himself in his car and telephone his media friends. Soon there was such a scrum of journalists that Pakistan's interior minister was forced to personally come to the scene and let Mr Minallah free. "They arrested me but they did not have the professional ability to do it," said Mr Minallah, half smiling, half bemused.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?