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.

Hosni Mubarak's police chief 'gave shoot to kill order'

Police, including rooftop snipers, were responsible for nearly all of the deaths of the 850 protesters killed during Egypt's January 2011 uprising, a government inquiry has concluded.

Protesters hold aloft posters of Chokri Belaid who was shot dead outside his home

Four radicals arrested as police hunt for known assassin of Chokri Belaid

Tunisia's new Prime Minister tries to ease tension after opposition leader's murder

How Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war

Discrimination against religious minorities is a very real problem in both India and Pakistan, but did politicians really need to wade into this row?

Five injured after Romanian airliner 'bounces off runway' in Italy

A Romanian airliner "bounced" off the runway while landing at Rome's main airport during heavy winds, injuring a flight attendant and four passengers.

Mohamed Merah killed seven people in a series of scooter attacks

Two accomplices of Toulouse's 'lone wolf' scooter killer Mohamed Merah, who went on killing spree, arrested

Two men were in custody in Toulouse today suspected of helping the “scooter killer”, Mohamed Merah before his murderous rampage in south-western France in March last year.

Malala Yousafzai faces ‘weeks if not months’ of therapy for head injuries sustained in attack

William Hague meets Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai's father

Foreign Secretary William Hague has met with the father of a teenage girl who was flown to Britain for treatment after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund

Mysterious death in Jakarta hotel of second man exposed on 'Lagarde list'

A Greek corruption scandal appeared to have claimed its second victim yesterday following the sudden and mysterious death of a wealthy defence industry businessman identified on a list of nearly 2,000 Greek tax evaders holding secret Swiss bank accounts.

Forty nine Tunisian police officers injured in clashes over reopening of rubbish dump

Forty nine policemen were injured when protesters clashed with security forces over the reopening of a rubbish dump on the Tunisian island of Djerba.

Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old who shot dead seven people in March in Toulouse, had visited combat camps

France will arrest visitors to Afghan terror camps

France's left-wing government tabled legislation yesterday that will allow police to arrest people who visit combat training camps in countries such as Pakistan or Afghanistan. The move came in response to a killing spree six months ago by a gunman inspired by al-Qa'ida.

Germany admits training dictator's police

Germany has admitted providing police training and delivering surveillance equipment worth more than €50,000 (£40,000) to Belarusian security forces, despite the country's reputation as "Europe's last dictatorship".

Afghan parliament votes to remove key ministers

The Afghan parliament passed votes of no confidence Saturday to remove the country's defense and interior ministers, a move that threatens to throw the country's security apparatus into confusion as foreign forces withdraw.

Three al-Qa'ida suspects held in Spain as police foil attack

Police have arrested three suspected al-Qa'ida members who had amassed explosives and may have been plotting attacks in Spain or elsewhere in Europe, officials said yesterday. Two had practised flying light aircraft.

Computer-generated image of Israeli attack bus bomber released

A computer-generated image of the suicide attacker who killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver in Bulgaria has been released by police.

Nicola Mancino, right, was recorded phoning President Giorgio Napolitano, left

Italian government in the dock as landmark Mafia trial begins

Berlusconi's daughter gives evidence as ex-minister and two former Cosa Nostra heads are indicted

Fears of a default by Sicily played down as focus turns to Italy's struggling south

The struggles of Italy's poorer southern cities came under the spotlight yesterday as the Government moved to play down fears of a default by Sicily.

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve