News Fatima Khan, mother of Abbas Khan, is comforted by her son

32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo

Clicking our way to democracy

The man who launched the government's e-petitions says our politics is based on granular issues but our political system is based on candidates

Egyptians rally in support of Palestinians in Gaza

Thousands of Egyptians gathered outside mosques and in squares across the country on Friday to call on Egypt and the Arab world to back the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel.

30 protesters held after cleric’s arrest

Muslim protesters clashed with police in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, today during a protest over the arrest of an Islamic cleric. Police fired tear gas and at least 30 people were arrested.

Suicide bomber kills 36 outside Afghan mosque during Eid al-Adha

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan today, killing 36 people and wounding 23.

Scores killed in Afghanistan mosque suicide bomb attack during Eid al-Adha

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan today, killing 36 people and wounding at 23, government and hospital officials said.

Gary Lineker apologises after joking that praying Muslim footballers were 'eating grass'

Lineker made the gaff while presenting Wednesday night’s Champions League match between Schalke and Montpellier for Al Jazeera - a station aimed a predominantly Muslim, Middle Eastern audience.

Hamza appears in court and demands his hooks back

Radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terrorism suspects arrived in the United States on Saturday.

Rebels watch a missile explode in Aleppo yesterday

Syrian regime accused of ‘atrocity on a
new scale’ in Daraya

State television claims that Assad's army has 'cleansed terrorists' in six-day operation

5 killed in suicide bomb at norther Iraq Shi-ite mosque

A suicide bomber driving a truck attacked a Shi'ite mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as Friday prayers ended, killing at least five people and wounding 70, police and health officials said.

Mosque is burnt down in Missouri

A mosque in south-west Missouri has been burnt to the ground a month after an arson attack on the building.

Sunni Muslim Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir

Dozens die in Iraq market blasts

At least 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on markets yesterday. Police said they bore the hallmarks of sectarian attacks on Shia Muslims by al-Qa'ida Sunni militants.

Fit for a pasha: The apartment is elegantly minimal with antique furniture, all the mod cons, and it is set in the heart of Istanbul's bohemian Beyoglu district

Stay the Night: Pasha!Place, Istanbul, Turkey

Reflecting its location, this 19th-century apartment marries Ottoman heritage with modern flourishes

Charity Commission launches extremism investigation into Leyton Mosque

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into allegations that one of London’s major mosques has been taken over by extremists after an imam who tried to preach that evolution was compatible with Islam was forced to resign.

A bathhouse in Kabul, Afghanistan

Clean living, Afghan style: Bathtime in Kabul

With few homes in Afghanistan featuring their own private bathrooms, communal bathing is popular enough to support more than 250 public facilities in the capital, Kabul, alone.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness