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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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