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In parts of the Middle East the West appears powerless to help beleaguered Christians

Drummer Lee Rigby, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale have been found guilty of murdering Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London

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We are left, at the end of all this, with a sense of the utter futility of this murder

These shepherds, with their 500-strong flock, were stuck for three days due to the heavy snowfall

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The coach journey from Diyarbakir to Erbil is an arduous one on the best of days. It takes around 12 hours to travel between the two Kurdish cities in Turkey and Iraq, with regular stops for tea and a lengthy wait on the border.

A woman walks with her children along a damaged street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria

Starving in Syria: The biggest emergency in the UN’s history

Syrians 'forced to eat cats and dogs' to survive the war as three-quarters of population of 22 million will need aid to survive next year

An Iraqi man inspects damaged vehicles in a car bomb attack in Baghdad - Several bombings have hit different parts of Baghdad and the surrounding area

Suicide bombers kill 60 people in wave of attacks across Iraq

Suicide bombers attacked a police station on Monday, killing eight officers in the deadliest of a series of attacks across the country that killed more than 60 people.

Gun attack at gas pipeline on Iraq-Iran border leaves 18 dead

15 Iranians and three Iraqis were killed during the gun rampage near Baquba

Members of jihadist group the Al-Nusra Front, which the West opposes

West suspends aid for Islamist rebels in Syria, underlining their disillusionment with those forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad

A spokesperson for the Free Syrian Army said the move was rushed and mistaken

One insurgent group linked to al-Qa’ida hopes to gain support in Syrian communities torn apart by two years of civil war by distributing aid and setting up its own schools and courts

Syria’s moderate rebel groups launch ‘soft power’ plan to beat Islamists

They hope a ‘hearts and minds’ campaign – promising extra aid and public services  in opposition-held areas – will help counter similar efforts by more radical Muslim groups

Iraqi detainees at Camp Bucca, run by US and British forces; a Red Cross report details abuse of prisoners there

Britain in dock over violent death of Iraqi

European court to decide if detention during search for Saddam supporters was unlawful

5 ways elephants changed history: A brief history of stomping victories and disastrous reversals

It was the arrival of the cannon in the 19th century that finally heralded the end of elephants being used as an instrument of war. Until that time, from as early as 1000BC, they trampled across battlefields around the globe, through wars in places as far flung as Yemen and Sri Lanka.

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World's largest vessel launched

The Free Syrian Army (pictured) has produced an intelligence dossier charting the rise of the jihadists

Syrian rebels consider joining forces with regime troops to fight al-Qa’ida

Alliances are shifting after West warns war-torn country poses greatest terror threat

Corruption Perceptions Index: Scandal-hit Spain drops 10 places in global corruption rankings led by Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan

Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan are the most corrupt regions according to Transparency International

Theresa May’s decision to revoke the citizenship was likened to ‘medieval exile’ by one rights lawyer

Home Secretary Theresa May strips man of UK citizenship - for the second time

An Iraqi-born man has been stripped of his British citizenship for a second time on the orders of the Home Secretary, weeks after the Supreme Court overturned her  original decision.

Supporters of Mr Isa Muaza, who is being held in the medical unit at the Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow, described his treatment as 'inhuman'

Hunger-striking asylum seeker Isa Muaza back in UK after botched removal in private jet

Lawyers for a gravely-ill Nigerian hunger striker are to make a fresh attempt to halt his deportation after he endured a botched removal from Britain involving a 20-hour flight on a private jet hired at a cost of up to £110,000.

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