News Iranian Teacher Ali Mohammadian with 8-year-old Mahan Rahimi, in a photo taken before Mahan's classmates followed their teacher and also shaved their hair.

Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support

The new invasion of Iraq

Up to 10,000 Turkish troops launch an incursion which threatens to destabilise the country's only peaceful region

Kurdistan defies Iraqi authorities on oil contracts

Kurdistan has raised the stakes in the fight over the world's third largest oil reserves, insisting it would continue to sign production contracts with foreign oil companies despite the protestations of Iraq's central government, which has deemed the deals illegal.

Venables pulls out of Boro manager search

Middlesbrough will continue their search for a new manager after it was reported last night that Terry Venables has turned down the opportunity to succeed Steve McClaren at the Riverside.

Iraq is disintegrating as ethnic cleansing takes hold

Across central Iraq, there is an exodus of people fleeing for their lives as sectarian assassins and death squads hunt them down. At ground level, Iraq is disintegrating as ethnic cleansing takes hold on a massive scale.
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