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

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Letter: Gulf hostage row

Sir: Kate Watson-Smyth reports (16 July) that BA has been ordered to pay compensation to French people held hostage in the Gulf following the capture of flight BA149 in Kuwait on 2 August 1990. She quotes a BA spokesman as saying that the French decision "differs from the interpretation of courts in other countries".

Letter: Fateful flight

Sir: Iraq had not declared war on Kuwait a few hours before our flight

Kuwait vote helps women's cause

THE FEW Kuwaitis who are allowed to vote took a short, surprising step towards the modern world yesterday. Of Kuwait's 793,000 citizens, only 113,000 are enfranchised, all of them men, over 21 and able to trace their local roots back several generations.

Kuwaiti Sheikh to fight ruling

SHEIKH Fahad Al-Sabah - the member of Kuwait's royal family caught in a web of financial intrigue - plans to appeal against last week's High Court ruling which found him party to the misappropriation of $900m (pounds 560m) from the Kuwait Investment Office, writes Peter Koenig.

Letter: `Collateral' killing

Letter: `Collateral' killing

Law report: Enforcement of arbitration award

25 May 1999 Westacre Investments Inc v Jugoimport - SDPR Holding Co Ltd Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Waller, Lord Justice Mantell and Sir David Hirst) 12 May 1999

Hoechst merger hits setback

PLANS to merge Hoechst and Rhone-Poulenc, the German and French pharmaceutical giants, were put on hold at the last minute yesterday pending the approval of Hoechst's largest shareholder, the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). Rhone-Poulenc said its board had approved plans to accelerate a merger but later cancelled a scheduled press conference to explain the deal. The merger, which would create the world's biggest drug maker, would require both companies to sell most of their chemicals businesses during a downturn in the chemicals cycle.

Focus: War in Europe - A very strange way to fight

Nato has turned the rules of warfare on their head. The result so far is the exact opposite of what it intended

Iraq troops head for Kuwait border

IRAQ MOVED large numbers of troops and tanks towards its border with Kuwait yesterday, according to a report last night, increasing the risk of another military clash.
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells