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Pope Francis condemns global indifference to suffering on visit to Italy's migrant island of Lampedusa

The pope has attacked what he calls the “globalisation of indifference” that greets migrants who risk their lives trying to reach a better life in Europe.

1 July 1 2013: President Mohammed Morsi, right, meets with Prime Minister Hesham Kandil, centre, and the Egyptian Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

Egypt crisis: Revealed - the defiant final days of Persident Morsi

'Over my dead body!' Dramatic accounts from army, security and Muslim Brotherhood officials

A view shows a fly-past over protesters against ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, in Tahrir Square

View from Tahrir Square: 'Now we think we’ll have to fight again'

Fouaz was a witness to much of the Arab Spring. But the state of Egypt scares him most

Andreas (right) and Heidrun Anschlag in the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart

Germany jails Russian couple after 20 years of spying

They called themselves Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag and for more than 20 years, the unobtrusive Russian couple lived in Germany spying against the West - first for the Soviet Union and then for Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal arrives in court

Profile: Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

That’s a mouthful, what do his friends call him?

Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal arrives in court

Saudi prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal denies reneging on payment to woman who brokered sale of luxury jet to Colonel Gaddafi

Billionaire tells court: 'This plane was a drop in the sea of what I do every day'

James Robertson deserves praise for stepping up to the plate

Review: The Professor of Truth, By James Robertson

As the 25th anniversary approaches, James Robertson is the first British novelist to tackle the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist outrage

The Conversation: Sam Stern, cookery writer

'My first book sold well, which I really wasn’t expecting – I thought I’d sell eight copies to my mum.'

Colonel Gaddafi, pictured in 2008, would not handle letters written to him because of fears for his safety

Gaddafi feared poison pen mail, court told

Insight emerges in High Court case aginst senior member of Saudi royal family

Saudi Ministry of Health will send 20 doctors for specialist training in the NHS from August this year

Controversial plans for Saudi Arabia to buy specialist NHS training for doctors 'compromises Britain's commitment to human rights'

Saudi Ministry of Health will send 20 doctors for specialist training in the NHS from August this year

If it’s like father, like son, Qatar's Emir Tamim will certainly be no pushover

The nation he built is  a flea which happily bites any great power that gets in its way

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (pictured left), is stepping down and handing power to Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim

The Emir of Qatar has just made headlines by handing power to his son - and it isn't the first time

Qatar stands out in the region because of its role in bankrolling the Arab Spring, but how will the tiny emirate fare come the Arab Autumn?

Album: Matthew Herbert, The End of Silence (Accidental)

The challenge for Herbert, king of found sounds, is to make a record more interesting than just throwing open the window and listening.

Troops from 19 countries, including the US, have been taking part in war games in Jordan, not far from the Syrian border

Syria: President Assad’s grip on Damascus suggests David Cameron’s ‘coup’ is little more than fantasy

The Prime Minister has appealed to regime forces to rise up against their President. But this is not Libya

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Porsche  founders in driving seat

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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