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

Hezbollah leader renews support for Palestinians in rare speech

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah appeared in public for the first time in almost two years today, declaring his continued support for Palestinians to ecstatic cheers from a Beirut crowd.

President Bashar al-Assad visits a sick man is hospital

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad joins Instagram in propaganda move

Pictures show he and his wife wiping the tears from children's faces and visiting the sick in hospital

Bashar al-Assad with Mohammad Darrar Jamo, who was shot dead on Wednesday

Prominent Syrian commentator and leading Assad supporter assassinated in Lebanon

A prominent Syrian commentator and known supporter of President Bashar al-Assad has been assassinated in southern Lebanon.

President Bashar Al-Assad expanded on his recent reshuffle of the Baath leadership during an interview with the party mouth piece Al-Baath

Syria President Assad says ousted Baath party members made mistakes

All 16 members of the central committee which heads the governing party were removed

53 injured as explosion in Beirut rocks Hezbollah stronghold

Huge car bomb blast in crowded shopping centre hits Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut as tensions rise over Syria

Members of the Free Syrian Army in Homs

Syrian rebels offer Assad truce in Homs during Ramadan

New opposition leader offers cease-fire for duration of Muslim holy month as Hezbollah and Assad forces besiege strategic city

Syrian government soldiers in the main square of the city of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border

Syria civil war: Britain increases military aid to Lebanon, to protect border

General Sir David Richards cites 'UK's commitment to Lebanon's stability, democracy and sovereignty'

Homs battered for second day as Assad forces target Sunni rebels

President Bashar al-Assad’s forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air today, the second day of an offensive to expand loyalist control over Syria’s strategic centre, activists said.

Lebanon: Protesters gather in support of militant Ahmad al Assir

Large crowds poured into the streets in the troubled northern Lebanese city of Tripoli today in support of the radical Sunni sheikh Ahmad al Assir, whose followers fought fierce battles with the Lebanese army this week.

Lebanese soldiers during clashes in Sidon

Dozens dead as Syrian war spreads to Lebanese coastal city of Sidon

Snipers out on the streets as Lebanese army scours city for anti-Hezbollah cleric

Syria civil war: Friends of Syria agree to supply 'all the necessary material' to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad

Members also call for Hezbollah and other foreign fighters to pull out

John Kerry was among foreign ministers meeting in Doha

Syria civil war: Friends of Syria agree to supply 'all the necessary material' to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad

Members also call for Hezbollah and other foreign fighters to pull out

Syria: 60 Shia Muslims massacred in rebel ‘cleansing’ of Hatla

Opposition activists claim attack on Hatla was incited by President Assad’s decision to arm villagers

Aleppo: Syrian rebels execute teenager Mohammad Kattaa in front of his parents, say reports

A teenage boy from the Syrian city of Aleppo is reported to have been executed in front of his family by an Islamist rebel group, which accused him of blasphemy.

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin