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Second life sentence for former Tunisian dictator Ben Ali

Tunisia's former dictator has received his second life sentence in absentia from a military court after being convicted of complicity in the killings of protesters during last year's uprising against him.

Dawoud Rajha, Defence Minister

Architects of regime's brutal crackdown pay the ultimate price

The Damascus bombing killed or severely injured four out of about eight of Bashar al-Assad's inner circle, who have been responsible for directing the bloody crackdown since the start of the uprising.

Bahrain's Interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa, met British officials last week

UK rolls out red carpet for Bahrain

Officials held private talks while UN criticised Gulf state on human rights

Saudi Arabia's 'first soldier': Nayef in May this year

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Although once described as impish in private, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia spent a lifetime at the head of the country's security apparatus, a stern opponent of all things radical, liberal, reformist or female. Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia, was at the heart of its security for decades, opposing not only security threats but also any serious moves towards reform.

Saudi Arabia appoints new successor to King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has appointed Defence Minister Prince Salman as crown prince and heir apparent, ensuring a smooth succession at a time of tough challenges for the world's biggest oil exporter.

Egypt's Mubarak sentenced to life in prison

Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison today for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power last year. The ousted president and his sons were acquitted, however, of corruption charges in a mixed verdict that swiftly provoked a new wave of anger on Egypt's streets.

Flowers have been left in memory of the girl who was killed in a bomb attack in Italy

Italian bomb that killed teenage girl 'unlikely to be mafia'

The bomb attack which killed a teenage girl and wounded 10 others in the southern Italian town of Brindisi was probably done by an individual with no links to the mafia, a senior official said on Sunday.

Opposition suggests government were behind Ukraine bomb attacks in Dnipropetrovsk

A series of blasts rocked an eastern Ukrainian city today, injuring 27 people, including 9 teenagers, in what authorities believed was a terrorist attack.

Pitch perfect: the new Donbass Arena in Donetsk

Uefa undaunted by Ukraine blasts in run-up to Euro 2012

UEFA have no new concerns over security measures for Euro 2012 despite a series of explosions in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk today.

Airline boss banned from leaving country after crash

Farooq Bhoja, head of an airline whose jet crashed on Friday near Islamabad, killing 127 people, has been barred from leaving Pakistan.

Pakistan places restrictions on airline boss after crash

Pakistan blocked the head of an airline whose jet crashed near the capital from leaving the country and ordered him into protective custody today as it began an investigation into its second major air disaster in less then two years. 

Claude Gueant (centre): France’s Interior Minister said the suspects boasted about a radical Islamist ideology

France seizes 17 Islamist suspects in dawn raids after Toulouse killings

French police arrested 17 suspected Islamist extremists in a series of dawn raids across the country yesterday, a week after the death of the Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah.

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits central Chile

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile, the strongest and longest that many people said they had felt since a huge quake devastated the area two years ago.

Deposed Malian ministers on hunger strike

Fourteen leading politicians being held by the junta that took over Mali last week have gone on hunger strike, according to the brother of one of them.

French Police officers and firefighters stand at night next to the apartment building where the suspect in the shooting at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school is still barricaded

French riot police pressure gunman to surrender

Riot police set off explosions outside an apartment building early this morning in an effort to force the surrender of a gunman who boasted of bringing France "to its knees" with an al-Qai'da-linked terror spree that killed seven people.

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