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

Adrian Hamilton: When summitry ceases to have use

Doha’s chief claim to fame was the sight of Arab leaders embracing Sudan’s president

Murray can handle Melbourne heat

If Andy Murray is to lift the coveted Norman Brookes Challenge Cup he is going to have more than just the world's best players to overcome.

Hamas rejects Israel ceasefire demands

Hamas today said it would not accept Israeli conditions for a ceasefire and would continue to fight until Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip ends.

<i>Independent</i> website to show Al Jazeera news

The Independent has announced a new online partnership with Al Jazeera English for news bulletins from the broadcaster to appear daily on the Independent website.

Independent site announces partnership with Al Jazeera

The Independent has announced a new online partnership with Al Jazeera English for news bulletins from the broadcaster to appear daily on the Independent website .

Five luxury Gulf shore getaways

Dubai or not Dubai? That's the question posed by these Middle-Eastern marvels.

Murray books final clash with Roddick

Andy Murray recorded another victory against Roger Federer to set up a final clash with Andy Roddick at the Qatar Open in Doha.

Federer awaits as Murray cruises into semis

Andy Murray set up another meeting with Roger Federer by beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar Open in Doha this evening.

Murray makes perfect start to year with win over Nadal

British No 1 looks lean and mean as he takes title in Abu Dhabi exhibition event

Jeremy Warner: G20 may struggle to make progress

Outlook Gordon Brown believes April's meeting of the G20 in London will be a pivotal moment for co-ordinated action to help revive the world economy. Let's hope he's right, for the last G20, which took place in Washington last November, has already failed to live up to the hype that surrounded it as a new Bretton Woods for the 21st century.

Xanadu reborn: new Museum of Islamic Art

Dubai may have Atlantis, but Doha's got Xanadu. Designed by IM Pei, the new Museum of Islamic Art is in a differentleague &ndash; and Jay Merrick is spellbound

The tragic last moments of Margaret Hassan

When a renowned British aid worker was kidnapped in Iraq, the world was horrified. Her body was never recovered, but her execution was captured on video and sent to Al Jazeera, the Arab satellite channel. Robert Fisk watched it and reveals why it has never been broadcast

Hamish McRae: Our main task now is to hold the line against the forces of protectionism

The received wisdom about international trade talks is that they are very important – and the practical reaction of most of us that they are very boring. So the general reaction to the collapse of the Doha trade round is a mixture of earnest condemnation of the short-sightedness of politicians, coupled with a certain relief that we won't have to keep pretending to understand what is going on.

Margareta Pagano: Qatar is the new Venice and London has missed the boat

After losing out on a partnership deal, the LSE could fall prey to the ambitious emirate

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: LSE snubbed over Qatari exchange

Left at the altar again? Clara Furse's seeming inability to pull off a deal is actually more apparent than real – in fact, the London Stock Exchange last year sealed a perfectly good merger with Borsa Italiana.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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