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

Landscape after battle

Geoff Dyer unearths the debris of modern conflict; Aftermath: the remnants of war by Donovan Webster, Constable, pounds 16.95

Scramble is on for BP shares

Investors across the globe scrambled yesterday for a slice of the 170 million shares in British Petroleum that were offloaded by the Kuwait Investment Office late on Wednesday night.

Market Report: Kuwaitis set to reduce stake in British Petroleum

A huge placing of British Petroleum shares is believed to be under way.

Kuwait plan to sell 170m BP shares

Oil multinationals face unsettling times as investors show their mettle

Costain chaos as fists fly

Costain's second acrimonious extraordinary meeting in two weeks collapsed into chaos yesterday after Newbury by-pass protesters stormed the stage at London's Barbican Centre and engaged an estimated 80 blazered security guards in an angry fist fight.

Weddings take on air of danger

People firing bullets in the air to express joy at weddings had jeopardised aircraft, Kuwait's aviation authority said. "Several civil airplanes had to change their courses," said a letter to the interior ministry. "On October 24 two airplanes, Kuwaiti and American, were exposed to shooting from a wedding in the area south of the airport. Other airplanes have suffered similar incidents ... this could result in catastrophes."

Hundreds of Kuwaitis join campaign for female rights

Kuwait City - Some 300 Kuwaiti men and women yesterday held a rally to demand political rights for women, who have been told they must wait until the next century before they might be allowed to take part in parliamentary elections.

Kuwait to play host to additional US troops

Washington (AP) - Kuwait has agreed to allow additional American troops to be stationed on its territory, the White House said yesterday. A White House spokesman, Mike McCurry, declined to say how many troops would be sent to Iraq's neighbour. "We can confirm that the government of Kuwait is to station our troops there," he said. "I'm not discussing numbers."

Death threat to Christian convert

A KuwaitiI businessman who converted to Christianity could face a "death penalty" after being convicted of apostasy by an Islamic religious court.

Ex-chief sues KIO

The former managing director of the London-based Kuwait Investment Office (KIO) is suing his former employers in the High Court for $60m (pounds 40m) in a case linked to the collapse of its $5bn investment in the Spanish Grupo Torras four years ago.

Gulf minefields expert 'given no safety clothing'

A mine disposal expert was blinded and lost a leg clearing mines following the Gulf war because he was sent to Kuwait with no protective clothing or equipment, the High Court was told yesterday.

Mine expert blinded for 'lack of goggles'

A mine-disposal expert was blinded and lost a leg clearing mines following the Gulf war because he was sent to Kuwait with no protective clothing or equipment, the High Court was told yesterday.

Kuwait holds sell-off inquiry

Head of investment authority under investigation

Islamists raided

Islamists raided

Pilot loses war torture appeal

A former Kuwaiti air force pilot failed in a new attempt yesterday to sue his government in England. The Court of Appeal ruled that Kuwait could plead state immunity although the alleged torture and intimidation broke international law.
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker