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Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan

Is no one safe in Libya? PM has to be rescued from kidnap gang

Ali Zeidan was freed after half a day, but his abduction highlights a nation’s slide into chaos

Masked rebel fighters run past a journalist in the Salaheddin district of Aleppo last week

The Arab Spring backlash has killed any hope of a free and fearless press

World Focus: The sacking of journalists is seen as a way of keeping newsrooms timid and self-censored

Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, and chief L'Oreal shareholder Liliane Bettencourt

Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of return to political power boosted as he is cleared of 'fleecing' chief L'Oréal shareholder Liliane Bettencourt

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of a political comeback today received a substantial boost when he was cleared of abusing the feeble mental condition of France's wealthiest woman.

US commando raids: John Kerry defends capture of Libyan terror suspect Abu Anas al-Liby in Tripoli

Secretary of State says al-Qa’ida terrorists can ‘run but they can’t hide’ as Libya questions US abduction of Anas al-Liby

This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. Gunmen in a three-car convoy have seized the al-Qai'ida leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa
Abdul Moheman al-Raghie, left, and Nabih al-Raghie, the son and brother respectively of al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi have spoken to the press

Al-Liby capture: MPs to question Theresa May on why al-Qa’ida operative and 'most-wanted' seized by US in Libya was granted UK asylum in 1995

The computer expert, placed on the FBI's most wanted list in 2001, lived in Manchester for four years

The Weekend’s Viewing: Rager Omaar is back with a looks at the Ottoman Empire

The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors, Sun, BBC2 // Was It Something I Said?, Sun, Channel 4

John Kerry issues warning to terrorists after US raids in Libya and Somalia

Special forces seize al-Qa’ida suspect in Libya but mission in Somalia ends in failure

Book review: In It Together: the Inside Story of the Coalition Government, By Matthew d'Ancona

John Rentoul admires a close-up account of our divided government but has his doubts about the odd couple who lead it

Television choices: Rageh Omaar's timely take on the roots of modern conflict in The Ottomans

TV pick of the week: The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors

In the studio: Julie Brook, artist

'My work is very light-footed and transient. The best stuff is unexpected'

We have to stem this awful trade

The appalling tragedy in the seas off southern Sicily may well be the worst ever, in terms of numbers lost. It is certainly the bleakest reminder that neither the countries from which the victims came, nor Libya, from which they almost certainly travelled, nor Italy, nor Europe as a whole, has begun to find a way to stem this dreadful trade.

Mob attack on Russian embassy in Libya prompts exit of staff

Russia has evacuated all of its diplomats and their families from Libya, the day after a mob attack on the Russian  embassy, and issued a warning to its citizens against visiting the country.

Russia evacuates diplomats from Libya after ‘mob’ of gunmen target embassy

Libyan security officials deem compound in Tripoli unsafe after yesterday's attack in which one man was killed and four injured

Book review: Gaddafi's Harem, By Annick Cojean (trs by Marjolijn de Jager)

Muammar Gaddafi’s political excesses have been well documented. His sexual crimes are only now coming to light. By sharing his victims’ stories, Annick Cojean, a reporter for Le Monde, opens the floodgates. Her account of a sex-obsessed tyrant exposes the full extent of Gaddafi’s brutality.

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

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