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

Foreign workers killed in series of bomb blasts in Bahrain

A series of bomb blasts in Bahrain's capital killed two people today, according to authorities, a sign that some factions within the opposition may be increasingly turning to violence in the nearly 21-month uprising against the Gulf nation's Western-backed rulers.

Ali Ferzat at work after lying in hospital after he was attacked by masked gunmen

Ali Ferzat: The pen fighting Assad's sword

Ali Ferzat's satirical cartoons about Syrian politics led to a beating by militia loyal to the regime, but he has not been silenced. Laurens Cerulus meets him

Police in Kuwait clash with anti-government protesters

Police in Kuwait have used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse anti-government protesters defying orders not to stage marches through the capital, according to witnesses.

Stage set for Kuwait's second election in a year

Kuwait's ruler dissolved parliament yesterday, a step towards calling the second elections this year and ending months of political gridlock.

Table tennis: Paul Drinkhall continues progress

Paul Drinkhall pulled off one of the finest wins of his table tennis career to move into the third round of the men's singles at the London 2012 Olympics.

A view of Nottingham Forest's City Ground

Nottingham Forest bought by Kuwaitis

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the Al-Hasawi family are the club's new owners.

Plus Markets sells its platform for £1

The beleaguered junior stock market Plus Markets yesterday sold its technical trading platform for a nominal £1 to its employees and other individuals.

Blasphemy trial stokes Shia and Sunni tensions

A Shia Muslim man has pleaded not guilty to charges of insulting the Prophet Mohamed and the Sunni rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Twitter.

The former prime minister, Tony Blair

Kuwaiti finance minister faces questions over deal to pay 'millions' to Tony Blair’s company for advising royal family

Kuwaiti MPs are preparing to question the country’s finance minister over a controversial deal in which Tony Blair’s company was allegedly paid millions of pounds to advise its royal family.

Kuwait may introduce death penalty for blasphemy after man's Twitter arrest

Kuwait's parliament has voted in favour of a legal amendment that would make blasphemy a crime punishable by death following the arrest of a man accused of insulting the Prophet Mohamed on the social-networking website Twitter.

Afghan deaths probe soldier flying home

The American soldier suspected in a killing spree in Afghanistan is being flown to the US, reports say.

Kuwaiti snap election set to bolster opposition

Opposition candidates were expected to make gains in a snap parliamentary election held yesterday in the Gulf Arab state.

President Bashar al-Assad called the mission a 'flagrant interference' in Syria's affairs

Gulf countries pull support for Arab League's Syria mission

Nations cite as their reason the daily killing of protesters by President Assad's regime

CHRISTIAN WULFF: A former state prime minister, he was hand-picked as President by Angela Merkel

Pressure builds on German President for trying to suppress loan scandal article

The increasingly tarnished reputation of Germany's President, Christian Wulff suffered a new setback yesterday with disclosures that the 52-year-old head of state threatened to sue a leading tabloid newspaper to prevent publication of a damaging article about a questionable six-figure private loan.

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

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And it will trigger more war in future
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

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From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn