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

UK to tighten security checks for packages sent by plane

A loophole which allowed airmailed packages to enter and leave Britain without being checked is to be closed as part of a tightening of security in the wake of the air cargo bomb plot.

Red-carpet glamour amid the sand dunes

As both Arab and western film-makers make the pilgrimage to Qatar, Alice Jones watches as Doha Tribeca Film Festival unleashes its star power in the desert

Qatar's global spree shows no signs of slowing

The oil-rich emirate has been steadily increasing its stake in British businesses. Richard Northedge reports

Suspended Pakistan trio banned from practicing

The Pakistan Cricket Board has barred three players under international suspension pending investigations into spot fixing from practicing at the National Cricket Academy.

Appeals of Pakistan 'spot-fixing' trio given hearing date

The appeals by the three Pakistan cricketers against their suspension over 'spot-fixing' allegations will be heard in Doha on October 30 and 31, the International Cricket Council have confirmed.

Magnificent Mo has the Midas touch

Three golds in 85 minutes as Ennis plays captain's innings while Greene storms to hurdles glory

Flying Powell feels the wind at his back

Asafa Powell clocked a wind-assisted 9.75 seconds to win his 100m heat as the IAAF Diamond League series got under way in Doha last night.

Bloomsbury bets on Thompson's tough love

They say never work with animals or children but actress Emma Thompson has broken all the rules with her children's book and film – Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, released last week – which she wrote and stars in.

Leading article: The moratorium on whaling must stay

In the month when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, meeting in Doha, failed to take action to protect the bluefin tuna from extinction, it is even more depressing to learn that the International Whaling Commission is now seriously considering plans to end the moratorium on commercial whaling.

Internet trade driving rare salamander to extinction

Plight of Kaiser's spotted newt highlights new threat to wildlife

EU nations split on whether to ban trade in tuna

Divisions among member states will weaken chance of swinging international vote

Meadows on track to seize gold in Qatar

Briton keeps up hot streak in 800m with victory in trials ahead of world indoor event

Davydenko steps into the spotlight

Victory at the World Tour Finals last year has transformed the Russian journeyman into a Grand Slam contender. He tells Paul Newman in Melbourne why now is his time and how he can win the Australian Open

One Nilmar to Brazil

Striker heads in the only goal as Samba boys waltz past England despite missing penalty

Robinho ruled out of England game

Brazil forward Robinho will not play in tomorrow's friendly against England in Doha as he continues his recovery following an ankle injury.

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