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Saudi prince loses £6.5m Gaddafi claim

A billionaire Saudi prince has lost a High Court fight with a Jordanian businesswoman.

Gaddafi minister sentenced to death in Libya

A criminal court in the western city of Misrata has sentenced a Gaddafi-era education minister to death for murder and for inciting violence during the 2011 civil war.

Rome counts down to Silvio Berlusconi tax fraud verdict

Postcard from Italy: Billionaire mogul has been told by his lawyers to put a sock in it

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

Billionaire Saudi prince loses commission fight over Gaddafi airliner

Consultant Daad Sharab said Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud owed her about £6.5m

Home Office says UK is no 'refuge for war criminals' after 100 suspects rejected by border officials since 2012

In total, 800 applicants were investigated as possible suspects

Almost 100 suspected war criminals applied to live in the UK in the last year and a half

Home Office says UK is no 'refuge for war criminals' after 100 suspects rejected by border officials since 2012

In total, 800 applicants were investigated as possible suspects

Farmers destroy cannabis plantations under Moroccan police supervision in the northern Moroccan Larache region, pictured here in 2006

The green shoots of recovery? Morocco considers the legalisation of marijuana cultivation

Keen to boost the economy and pacify a restive nation, politicians want to  decriminalise cultivation of marijuana

Libyan protesters stand amidst scattered documents after ransacking the headquarters of the liberal National Forces Alliance (NFA), the country's biggest political party founded by wartime rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril

More than 1,000 inmates escape from Libya's al-Kweifiya prison

The jailbreak happened as protesters stormed political party offices in Libya's main cities

Car bomb detonated and one shot dead ahead of funeral for murdered MP in Tunisia

A man was killed and a car bomb detonated in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Saturday during violent protests ahead of the funeral of an assassinated politician.

Tunisians outside the interior ministry after the assassination of leading opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi

Unions launch strike in Tunisia over Mohamed Brahmi assassination

All flights to and from the country cancelled

Protesters mourn the death of Mohamed Brahmi

Tunisia erupts in renewed protests after opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi is killed

Killing could derail fragile democracy in birthplace of the Arab Spring

Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari (centre)

Syria crisis: Only full-scale war can unseat Assad, says Iraqi minister

Hoshyar Zebari tells Patrick Cockburn that Syria’s President will ‘survive’ rebel uprising

British arms sales: A step towards transparency, but many more are needed

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Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney with daughter Liz

Is the US Senate ready for another Cheney: Liz follows her father’s political path

Elder daughter of former vice president to challenge sitting Republican Senator Mike Enzi next year

Real leadership is needed to guide Egypt away from the edge of a terrible abyss

One of the main drivers for the Egyptian military to intervene recently was the increasing closeness of the Morsi regime to terror groups such as Hamas, the Gammat Islamiyya, and the like. Significant weapons caches were found in the properties of some of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

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Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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