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Past glory: Erdogan speaks, backed by portraits of himself and Ataturk, earlier this month

How Turkey blew its chance to lead this troubled region

World View: The country could have enhanced its influence and saved a lot of lives. It did the exact opposite

A man is treated after the gas attack of 21 August

Gas missiles 'were not sold to Syria'

Export papers seem to back Assad's denial over sarin attack – but Russians won't go into detail

Saif Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, missed a court hearing

Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, misses court date after Libyan militia fail to transfer him

The son of Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi missed a court hearing today after the militia holding him refused to send him to the capital, Tripoli, underscoring the weakness of the central government after the country’s civil war.

A Syrian military tank on fire during clashes with Free Syrian army fighters in Joubar, a suburb of Damascus

Robert Fisk in Damascus: Assad's troops may be winning this war in Syria's capital - untouched by Obama's threats

Dispatch from Damascus: The killing fields remain, and truth is as rare as hope

Sir Trevor McDonald has said that he will never do another TV series on prisoners because the experience has been so difficult.

Sir Trevor McDonald: I am never, ever, doing another prison series

Veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald has said that he will never do another TV series on prisoners because the experience has been so difficult.

Billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed values Twitter at $15bn but doubts from the market remain

Billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal has given a public vote of confidence in microblogging site Twitter’s upcoming IPO, stating that he does not intend to sell any of his shares in the site when it hits the market.

In the game: Vladimir Putin’s Russia is resurgent just as Barack Obama’s US has become weaker

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have put Russia back on the top table

World View: Deal in Geneva shows the Kremlin’s influence is at its greatest for more than 20 years

Voters on verge of expelling Australia’s ‘nastiest’ MP

Postal and absentee votes are still being counted, but Sophie Mirabella seems almost certain of losing her seat in northern Victoria

Alastair Campbell says he is still in regular touch with Tony Blair

Alastair Campbell reveals offer to work on behalf of Syrian government to improve its global image

Assad regime once sought help with its publicity from former No 10 director of communications

Syria crisis: David Cameron defends 'strong stance' over chemical weapon attack

PM says proposal by Russia to send inspectors to seize arms would not have happened without the determination to stand up to Assad regime

Libya: Car bomb hits foreign ministry in Benghazi

A powerful car bomb exploded Wednesday near Libya's Foreign Ministry building in the heart of the eastern coastal city of Benghazi, security officials said, exactly one year after an attack there killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.

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International retirement riddle for Cameroon and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o

The Cameroon coach, Volke Finke, has refused to confirm reports that Samuel Eto’o has retired from international football.

An explosion killed the military prosecutor Yussef Ali al-Asseifar in Benghazi last week

Special report: We all thought Libya had moved on – it has, but into lawlessness and ruin

Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi

David Cameron speaks during the debate on Syria

Ignore talk of Cameron's 'humiliation'. It's public opinion on Syria that really matters

Yesterday’s vote on Syria was certainly evidence of poor judgement on the part of the PM, but it may not be as damaging as it first appears

Protesters gather outside the Houses of Parliament yesterday

Anti-war campaigners prepare for substantial weekend protest over Syria

Stop the War Coalition claim thousands will march, echoing Iraq demonstrations of 2003

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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