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.

Suicide bombings kill 17 in Iraq

Twin suicide bombings rocked a government compound in Iraq's western city of Ramadi on Monday, killing 17 people, a deputy interior minister said.

Criticism mounts over Israel's 'unpreparedness' for wildfire

Israel's hard-pressed emergency services appeared close to bringing the worst wildfire in the country's history under control last night as political leaders sought to fend off mounting criticism of the country's unpreparedness for such a disaster.

Chile sends extra police to evict rioting Easter Island squatters

A military plane carrying riot police reinforcements landed on Easter Island yesterday, and Chile's Interior Minister said they will continue evicting Rapa Nui islanders who have been squatting in government buildings built on their ancestral properties. The Rapa Nui are the indigenous inhabitants of the island, which lies over 2,000 miles off the west coast of Chile.

Security talks held over cargo bomb plot

Aviation industry leaders will meet Transport Secretary Philip Hammond later today to discuss security in the wake of the air cargo bomb plot.

Two killed in Serbian earthquake

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled central Serbia overnight, killing at least two people and injuring 50.

Separatist strike kills six in Chechen parliament

Gunmen stormed the parliament building in Grozny, the volatile capital of Chechnya, yesterday morning in an audacious attack that left six dead and 17 injured. The assault – most likely carried out by Islamic insurgents – appeared to be timed to coincide with a visit to Grozny by Russia's interior minister, Rashid Nurgaliyev.

Gunmen storm Chechen government buildings

Islamic insurgents including a suicide bomber stormed Chechnya's Parliament today, leaving six people dead and 17 injured in one of the most brazen attacks on the provincial capital in months, officials said.

Hungarian town evacuated over fears of new sludge flood

The Hungarian town of Kolontar near the toxic red sludge reservoir that flooded the area and killed at least seven people was evacuated today over fears of a new leak of the dangerous heavy metal waste, officials said.

Van Gogh theft was 'inside job'

The theft of a $50m (£30m) Vincent van Gogh painting from an Egyptian museum last month was an inside job, a minister claims.

Leaked memo reveals Roma were targeted despite denials

A leaked French government document implies that Paris ordered a clampdown on Roma immigrants en masse last month despite giving assurances to the contrary.

Basque government dismisses ETA ceasefire

The armed Basque separatist group ETA today announced another ceasefire, suggesting it might turn to a political process in its quest for an independent homeland.

Spanish patrol officers issue fewer fines

Spanish highway patrol officers who are issuing fewer speeding fines to protest a pay cut have been asked by their boss to "please, enforce the law".

Five Roma among seven dead in gunman's random attack at flats

A gunman went on a rampage in Slovakian capital, Bratislava, yesterday, killing seven and wounding 15 others before committing suicide.

Five Iraqis cleared of Red Cap murders

Five Iraqis have been cleared of the murder of six British Royal Military Police officers in 2003.

The strange case of a man called Lies

The strange case of a man called Lies is the perfect summer story for President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government. Too perfect, perhaps.

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