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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says ‘fighting has set Syria back decades’

Royal Mail sell-off: Shared allocated for sovereign wealth funds

Some of the world’s most powerful sovereign wealth funds could receive shares as thousands of British investors are locked out of £3.3billion pay off.

Gulf states could have clinical screenings to 'detect' homosexuals and stop them entering the country

Routine clinical screenings of expatriates entering Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) such as Kuwait could be introduced

Thomas Bach elected new IOC president - succeeding Jacques Rogge

The German had been expected to win today's election

Osama Bin Laden report: Details revealed of 36-minute raid by US under the noses of Pakistan's miltary

US aircraft patrolling over Afghanistan are watching the skies to warn Black Hawk helicopters of any Pakistani military response as they close in on Bin Laden’s compound. There is no response, however, as the Pakistani air force is on “peacetime” deployment.

Locals and media gather outside the compound, pictured in May 2011, where Osama Bin Laden was reportedly killed in an operation by US Navy Seals

Osama bin Laden report: Leaked documents criticise Pakistan's security failure - and even reveal how Al-Qa'ida leader was stopped for speeding and let go

Osama Bin Laden was able to hide undetected in Pakistan for years because of a “collective failure” of the country’s “military authorities, the intelligence authorities, the police and the civilian administration,” according to a damning report kept secret by the Pakistani government.

Ted Baker is beating the forecasts

Fashion followers around the world helped Ted Baker smash forecasts with retail sales growth of 30.7 per cent. The fashion chain's UK, overseas and website businesses the City expected for the 20 weeks to 15 June and the shares soared more than 15 per cent to 1,700p.

Female Kuwaiti teacher jailed for 11 years for insulting Emir on Twitter

A teacher has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for insulting the Emir, inciting regime change and insulting a religious sect via Twitter, two sources close to the case said.

Manhunt, By Peter Bergen

The final days of Osama Bin Laden bore parallels to Adolf Hitler in his bunker. Conceiving unfeasible strategies for the drone-bombed remnants of al-Qa'eda, he viewed videos of his glory days. Yet, as Bergen notes in this painstakingly researched account, his suburban hideaway in sedate Abbottabad, a stone's throw from Pakistan's equivalent of Sandhurst, was "the perfect hiding place".

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former spokesman, abu Ghaith

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith to face New York court over terror charges

Suleiman Abu Ghaith, thought to have been involved in planning the 9/11 attacks, will answer terror charges in the USA

Angela Merkel: The German Chancellor

Angela Merkel under fire for jump in military exports to Gulf region

Saudi Arabia was by far the biggest customer, receiving arms exports totalling €1.24bn in 2012

Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish leaves Nottingham Forest - just 41 days after taking charge

Manager was furious with owners during the transfer window

Koukash casts eye over Salford

Racing magnate Dr Marwan Koukash will get his first sight of Salford City Reds tomorrow night as he seeks to complete a takeover of the cash-strapped Super League club.

Security services block anti-government protest

Security forces blocked hundreds of protesters from staging a rally outside the parliament building as Kuwait's emir denounced anti-government factions for threatening to “tear apart” the nation.

Socialite faux-pas: Kim Kardashian at the opening of a Milkshakes store in Bahrain

How to create a, erm, riot of publicity in the Middle East

Recent endeavours by Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton in the Middle East have led to protests. Maybe it's time for the US to rethink its cultural exports, says Luke Blackall

Bradley Manning: I was so desperate that I made a noose

Manning is charged with sending thousands of classified Afghanistan and Iraq war logs and 250,000 diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks

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