News The roadside bomb attack that killed the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in Beirut in February 2005

Nine years ago, Lebanon’s Prime Minister was murdered. But his alleged killers won’t be at the tribunal in The Hague as they haven’t been arrested. Robert Fisk says history shows the guilty will never face justice

Reports of Scud missiles in Lebanon heighten tensions

Charges that Syria has transferred Scud missiles to the Lebanon-based radical Islamist group Hezbollah are turning into a new Middle East flashpoint, complicating US efforts to push Israelis and Palestinians into a peace deal, and raising the spectre of new Israel-Lebanon war.

Navy warship rescues troops and civilians

Hundreds of Britons stranded by the air chaos were heading home on board a Royal Navy warship tonight.

Robert Fisk: Hizbollah's silence over Scuds speaks volumes to Israel

Fears of conflict escalate as group refuses to discuss its arsenal with Jerusalem – or the Lebanese government

Iran threatens airline ban over 'Arabian' Gulf

Iran has threatened to ban airlines from its airspace if they refer to the waterway between Iran and Arab states as the "Arabian" instead of "Persian" Gulf.

Mossad's most wanted: A deadly vengeance

In just 60 years, Israel's secret service has become a byword for ruthlessness and audacity. As the storm surrounding its Dubai operation intensifies, Gordon Thomas, author of the definitive history of Mossad, reveals the inside story of its most daring hit

State of denial: Robert Fisk searches for peace in Israel

Can peace in the Middle East be achieved while both Israelis and Palestinians refuse to give ground? Robert Fisk takes a road trip through a divided land, from Ben-Gurion's Tel Aviv villa to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the besieged Gaza Strip

Robert Fisk: The tree-lined bunkers that could change the face of the Middle East

The border looks peaceful, but Hizbollah and Israel are preparing for war

Robert Fisk: How the anti-Semites of Hizbollah have sent Anne Frank back into hiding

World Focus: The Jewish Holocaust is not a subject which Arabs have learned to live with

Israel seizes cache of arms ‘bound for Lebanon’

The Israeli navy yesterday seized a ship carrying what defence officials said was five hundred tons of Iranian-supplied weapons bound for Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, including Katyusha rockets that could be used in the event of renewed Israel-Hizbollah hostilities.

Lebanon PM-designate throws in the towel

The Lebanese Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, said yesterday that he was abandoning efforts to form a new government after the Hezbollah-led parliament minority rejected his list for a national unity cabinet.

'Lebanon's Madoff' bankrupted after bouncing $200,000 cheque to Hizbollah

Businessman promised customers a 40 per cent return on their investment

World casts doubt over election that 'suppressed speech'

The United States last night cast doubt over the re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while France said the situation set back hopes of better relations between Tehran and the international community.

Pentagon hacker in last bid to avoid extradition

Asperger's sufferer calls on court to halt extradition over army computer breach
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