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News is likely to provoke more anger from commuters still reeling from the New Year inflation-busting rise in train fares last week.

Irish man dies after falling from balcony in Tenerife

An Irishman has died after apparently falling from a balcony while on holiday in Tenerife.

Military pressure builds on the regime, with government bases falling to rebel assault near the capital Damascus and elsewhere across the country

Envoy calls on Moscow to back transitional regime in Syria

Brahimi says it is time for power transfer – but avoids question of how Assad allies could fit into new set-up

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Russia’s parliament has initially approved a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian orphans in reprisal for a US law – the Magnitsky Act – punishing alleged Russian human rights violators.

Syrian arms embargo to be reviewed

Cameron said Britain was leading the way among international efforts as the second-largest donor to humanitarian aid.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns after fraud charge

Israel's powerful foreign minister announced his resignation from government today, a day after an indictment for breach of trust was filed against him by the country's attorney general, in a move that shakes up the election campaign and heavily impacts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election calculations.

Peace will not break out without tough bargaining

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There have been 197 occasions when Spanish ships sailed into the waters of Gibraltar so far in 2012

MPs condemn Spanish 'act of war' over Gibraltar

Spain was accused of an “act of war” today after its naval ships repeatedly entered the territorial waters of Gibraltar.

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal al-Miqdad

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Masked gunmen attack opposition protesters as crowds gather for rallies in Egypt

'At least 11 protesters were wounded in the pre-dawn attack'

UN trucks are unloaded at Damascus airport

Syrian rebels say Damascus airport is fair target

Syrian rebels declared Damascus International Airport to be a legitimate target Friday after days of heavy fighting around the facility and warned civilians to stay away.

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A former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) whose rule was characterised by adultery, private jets and designer suits, has been arrested on an international warrant.

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Continuing tensions in Belfast cast a shadow over a visit to the city by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who condemned recent violence by loyalists complaining of restrictions on the flying of the union jack.

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