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

American planes free to attack Iraqi radar sites

THE UNITED STATES has widened the rules of engagement for aircraft flying over Iraq, allowing them to fire on Iraqi air defence sites before they are targeted by them.

Risk of renewed US-Iraq conflict

THE UNITED STATES has told Iraq it risks further military action if it withdraws recognition of Kuwait. As tension escalates in the Gulf, there are signs Washington and Baghdad are moving towards open conflict, on a larger scale than December's aerial campaign. There were more attacks by US aircraft on Iraqi missile sites yesterday, and the US is reported to be drawing up plans for a larger campaign of air strikes.

Football: Around the World - Kuwait set to challenge Uzbeks for Asian crown

AFTER SOME shocks in the opening week, the football tournament at the Asian Games in Bangkok was less sensational when the second round began yesterday.

Britain cautious about attacks on Iraq

BRITAIN, which is sending two cabinet ministers to the Gulf this week to rally neighbouring states against the latest Iraqi intransigence, stressed yesterday that it was not pressing for the early use of force, writes Raymond Whitaker.

Bomb threat to US embassy in Kuwait

THE UNITED States embassy in Kuwait said yesterday an attack was possibly being planned against it, and a note found on a plane in Kuwait warned of a bomb attack on the US mission in the Philippines.

Letter: Ungrateful Saddam

Sir: With reference to the correspondence (Letters, 20, 22 June) prompted by Felicity Arbuthnot's article "Baghdad Stories"; it is a fact that whatever the international community do, Saddam Hussein will find ways to use the Iraqi people as a pawn in his deadly game.

Mystery suitor for Save Group

Mystery suitor for Save Group

Photography: 98for98: The century in photographs: today 1991

The Independent and the Hulton Getty Picture Collection's photo- history of the 20th century arrives at 1991. On 17 January Baghdad felt the shudder from Allied planes dropping bombs over Saddam Hussein's capital. The deadline had passed on the UN resolution giving Saddam until 15 January to pull his troops out of Kuwait. However, it was not a deal on his terms, as neither the Iraqi withdrawal nor the freeing of all the hostages held by Iraq was negotiable. Saddam Hussein's information officer threatened that Bush would "repent" taking action, but, with an Allied force of 700,000 and contingents from 30 countries instigating the aerial bombardment of military targets and communications centres in Iraq and Kuwait, by 28 February the war was over. Saddam had agreed to withdraw his forces from Kuwait - though he told that his subjects that he had won the war.

Iraq: Air-strike force remains on alert

"I AM not going to let my folks change their commitment until Saddam Hussein complies with the written words of the agreement he has made," said Colonel Kevin Smith, commander of the US Air Force's 49th Operations Group, which includes all the 12 Stealth fighters in Kuwait. "We can't afford to relax our commitment. The people here hope we don't have to maintain this military build-up indefinitely, but they're also realistic. He hasn't followed through yet."

Focus: Lights, camera, war

Reporters and their crews are staking out positions for Gulf War II. The ratings battle has only just begun

Iraq Crisis: Dreams fade in face of Kuwait's siege mentality

Raymond Whitaker returns after seven years to find the country stagnating in its oil wealth

Law Report: 19 November 1997: Common-sense approach should be adopted by court

A broad common-sense approach should be adopted to the question whether actions were related for the purposes of an application to stay proceedings or to decline jurisdiction pursuant to the provisions of article 22 of the Brussels Convention.

Squash: Jansher's absence means the world to Eyles

Iain Fletcher meets the Australian who grasped the dream of a chance last week

Squash: Nicol beats Meads then predicts victory in Malaysia

Scotland's world No 2, Peter Nicol, launched his quest for the men's world open title in Kuala Lumpur with a straight-games victory yesterday - and then said he was confident of lifting the crown.

Letter: Racial weapons

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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
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?