Voices Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they walk towards the frontline in the refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus

Of its 250,000 Palestinians, scarcely 18,000 now remain; up to 1,500 are dead, many of them due to hunger

Matthew Williamson looks for a turnaround after accounts show a £1.6m pre-tax loss in 2012

Matthew Williamson, the fashion designer famous for his friendships with stars including Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, plans to restructure and grow his business this year, after it made £1.6m pre-tax loss in 2012.

Andy Murray begins the new season in Doha this week

Andy Murray could need six months to return to peak form, warns Tim Henman - but could be better than ever

Tim Henman thinks Andy Murray could become a better player than ever after his back surgery but believes his successor as British No 1 may need time to hit peak form. With the Australian Open just 14 days away, Murray will play his first tournament since September here at this week’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Andy Murray recorded his first win since his comeback from injury after he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in straight-sets

Andy Murray records his first victory since comeback from back injury after straight-sets win over Stanislas Wawrinka

The reigning Wimbledon champion suffered defeat on Thursday to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but recovered to beat the Swiss in Abu Dhabi

Greg Rusedski plays a forehand during his match against Pat Rafter at the Royal Albert Hall

Greg Rusedski tells Andy Murray he must find new focus

Greg Rusedski believes that Andy Murray’s main goal when he returns to competition in the new year will be to become world No 1.

2022 World Cup: Sepp Blatter suggests Qatar could co-host tournament with Iran and UAE

There is uncertainty over when the tournament will be held due to the high temperatures in the summer

Sepp Blatter has admitted he is open to the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in more than one Gulf nation

Sepp Blatter: Qatar World Cup in 2022 could be shared by Iran and UAE

Sepp Blatter has admitted he is open to the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in more than one Gulf nation after revealing several countries had offered to co-host the tournament with Qatar.

Questions of Cash: Qatar Airways flight mix-up wiped the smile off my face

Q. I have a problem with Qatar Airways. I booked and paid for a business class flight from Luxor to Doha, flying on 9 March, paying with my Barclays debit card. On 9 March I was advised by ground crew at Luxor airport that there was no business class cabin on the flight. I was given the options of flying business class the next day, flying economy class and receiving a free business class flight from Luxor to Doha for a later date, or flying economy class and getting a refund of the difference between two fares, plus $150 (£98) compensation.

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A Bali beach break

Coronavirus was the official cause of the Sars virus, which caused hundreds of deaths in 2003, said the WHO

Man dies from new Sars-like coronavirus in central London hospital

The patient, believed to be 49, was being treated for acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure

Andy McSmith's Diary: I admit I made mistakes over Militant, says Jack Straw

Half a dozen former members of the Blackburn constituency Labour Party, who had the unwanted distinction more than 30 years ago of being the first party members expelled for belonging to the secretive Trotskyite organisation, Militant, have extracted an apology from the town’s long-serving MP, Jack Straw. Not over their expulsion: the former Foreign Secretary has no qualms about that, but in his memoir Last Man Standing, published last year, Mr Straw added a claim that the six were siphoning party funds to give to striking miners. He has now admitted, in a letter to the Lancashire Telegraph, that it cannot be true. These events happened so long ago that they predated the 1984 miners’ strike.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl: Has been held captive since 2009

Taliban peace accord back on with talk of US hostage release

Terror group has confirmed it’s readiness to free US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held captive since 2009

Taliban: Exchange of five Guantanamo captives for American prisoner of war must happen before peace talks

Senior spokesman for insurgent group says 'We want to build bridges of confidence'

Taliban-US peace talks postponed after Afghanistan threatens to boycott negotiations in anger at Taliban's Qatar office

President Hamid Karzai also suspends talks with US on its military presence in after Nato leaves in 2014

A Roman marble statue depicting Vibia Sabina

Qatar returns statues to Greece after row over nudity

Male statues had their genitalia covered with black cloths by authorities

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003