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Establishing a relationship of “trust” with the LIA allowed the bank to make $350m from a series of trades worth $1bn that ultimately proved worthless

Jim Armitage: Profiting by helping brutal regimes to snoop

John le Carré’s latest novel is coloured by the great spy writer’s disenchantment with the privatisation of the intelligence world. He should have read the report that has just landed on my desk from Reporters Without Borders.

Still at war: An explosion destroyed a Sufi shrine outside Tripoli last month

Libya's future looks bleak as media focus turns elsewhere

World View: Two years after Nato's intervention, the militias are still terrorising the country

The French celebrity  philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, left, was banned from joining the former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s, middle, visit to Libya

Author barred from Libya for being Jewish

The French celebrity philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy was banned from joining the former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to Libya this week because he is Jewish.

Something in the hair: Russell Brand

The Week in Radio: High times as babbling Russell Brand rolls with it

“I'm high as a kite,” declared Russell Brand breathlessly. “I've drunk a whole lot of caffeinated beverages to get me in the mood.”

Muammar Gaddafi aide, Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, is held in Cairo raid

A close aide of the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was arrested today after a siege at his Cairo home.

Wembley Stadium has been mooted as a possible destination for the final

Sepp Blatter says Euro 2020 plans will ' lack heart and soul'

Tournament will be staged across the continent rather than one country

Full text of letter Libyan from 'rendition victim' Abdul Hakim Belhaj

Following is the full text of the letter from Abdul Hakim Belhaj, who is suing the British government for their alleged involvement in his extraordinary rendition to one of Gaddafi’s notorious prisons.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj was arrested en route to the UK to seek asylum, and was held for six years

Libyan 'rendition victim' Abdul Hakim Belhaj offers to settle UK lawsuit for £3 and apology

Politician was kidnapped in Thailand and incarcerated in Gaddafi jail

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi always protested his innocence

So much for a more open Libya now that Gaddafi's gone: New government say Lockerbie case is closed

British police hoping a more open Libya freed from the rule of Gaddafi would open doors for a renewed investigation in to the Lockerbie bombing have had their hopes dashed by the country's new government, who say it is a closed case.

Yinka Shonibare: class act with a dash of gallows humour

There's mischief in Yinka Shonibare's eyes when he says that he wants money and power. "Don't you? Isn't that what everyone wants," he chuckles. It's difficult to know if he's joking or not, and this interplay between seriousness and humour extends to his art.

A scene from Activision's 'Call of Duty'

North Korea’s trigger-happy TV moment

To the short list of things we know about North Korea, we can add this: someone there, possibly in government, is a fan of first-person shooters.

Prime Minister David Cameron takes a walk through Martyrs Square

David Cameron visits Tripoli, admitting Libya 'dangers' and pledging further support to country's new government

Travelling in a heavily armed 16-vehicle convoy, David Cameron visited Libya today to declare that he was “proud” of Britain’s part in the country’s “democratic revolution” and to pledge further support for the country’s new government.

Gary Peters denies he knew of the regime’s actions

Canadian 'guilty of crimes against humanity in Libya'

A professional bodyguard who worked on and off for years providing protection to the “playboy” third son of Muammar Gaddafi faces deportation from Canada within days, after an immigration board found he was complicit in atrocities committed during the final days of the regime.

Algeria hostage crisis: grim news that can be traced to the ‘triumphant’ removal of Gaddafi

Gaddafi’s overthrow broke all kinds of local ethnic, tribal and commercial bargains and power-broking arrangements that we never understood

Muammar Gaddafi's son appears in court

The jailed son of the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi has made his first appearance in a local court on charges of harming state security, attempting to escape prison and insulting the nation's new flag.

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