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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.

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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.

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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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