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.

Bomb injures 15 police near Turkey ruling party HQ

A remote control bomb injured 15 police officers and one civilian today as a police minibus passed close to the Istanbul headquarters of Turkey's ruling AK Party, police said.

Musharraf faces Interpol arrest

Pakistan will ask Interpol to arrest the former President, Pervez Musharraf, for his failure to prevent the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Devastated families wait outside a Cairo morgue to claim the bodies of relatives who were among 74 killed during the violence in a Port Said football stadium last week

Was football riot orchestrated to inflame Egypt?

Former regime accused of collusion in stadium catastrophe, reports Alastair Beach in Cairo

Suicide bomber kills 25 in Syria

An explosion ripped through a busy junction in the Syrian capital, Damascus, yesterday, hitting a police bus and killing up to 25 people in what Syrian authorities said was the second suicide attack in as many weeks.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher. He has complained of poor health

Mubarak and his chiefs must hang, lawyers insist

Prosecution demands death penalty as trial of Egypt's toppled president approaches its end

Fire crews fight the blazes in Chile's Torres del Paine national park which have been raging since Tuesday

Wildfires devastate Chilean wilderness

Wildfires sweeping through one of South America's most famous national parks are devastating thousands of acres of pristine habitat. So far, more than 21,000 acres of Torres del Paine have been destroyed by blazes that have yet to be brought under control.

Mubarak's trial resumes after delay

The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court on a hospital trolley yesterday as his trial on charges of killing protesters and abuse of power resumed after a delay of almost two months.

Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the first time for his role in the deadly aftermath of presidential polls

Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo appears at ICC in Hague

Ivory Coast's ex-president appeared at the International Criminal Court today, the first former head of state to face judges at the world's first permanent war crimes court. Laurent Gbagbo vowed to fight the charges against him.

Ben Chu: China buy up Iceland? They wish...

Poor Iceland. Its boom was spectacular. Its bust was traumatic. And now, apparently, colonisation looms. A Chinese tycoon, Huang Nubo, wants to buy 300sqkm of land on the north-east of the island for £5.4bn to open a luxury hotel and an ecological tourist resort.

Bahrain: Rights investigators close office to public

A state-appointed commission probing rights abuses in Bahrain said yesterday it had closed its office to the public after protesters mobbed it over misleading reports that the panel had cleared government officials of wrongdoing.

Spanish PM calls early poll to boost successor

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero yesterday announced early general elections in November, four months earlier than anticipated, in an effort to give his Socialist Party a better chance at maintaining power.

Mubarak faces trial over protest deaths

Former president Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister will go on trial together, accused of ordering the killings of protesters in this year's uprising, a court has ruled.

Spanish PM Zapatero reshuffles government

Spain's prime minister has reshuffled his cabinet to fill the void left by the departure of his interior minister to focus on resurrecting the Socialists' chances in upcoming elections.

Argentine folk singer shot dead

One of Latin America's most admired folk singers, Facundo Cabral, was killed when three car loads of gunmen ambushed the vehicle in which he was riding. Authorities said the performer's concert promoter was apparently the target.

Mafia turf war claims six victims on Rome's streets

A cold-blooded execution in broad daylight in a busy Rome street – the sixth in just a month – has confirmed fears that the capital is facing a vicious turf war between rival organised crime factions.

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