News Scars of war: A bullet-riddled Gaddafi mosaic in Tripoli

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

The Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants took hostages

It sounds like a replay of Algeria’s civil war. Don’t bet on a happy ending

The problem is that Algeria's vicious 1990-99 conflict never really ended

Editorial: The West must plan for an arc of uncertainty

The collapse of the state in a nuclear Pakistan is a prospect that must be addressed

As long as the cash rolls in, the West appears untroubled by Gulf monarchies' ideology

The West has portrayed Gulf leaders as natural allies in promoting democratic revolutions

Editorial: Mali's Islamists are too dangerous to be ignored

Military involvement in foreign conflicts can never be undertaken lightly. But with Islamist extremists in Mali threatening to overrun the country, destabilise the region, and hand a vast area of the Sahel to al-Qa'ida and their like, the dangers of ignoring the West African country's plea for help were too great to be ignored. The French President's swift action is, then – reluctantly – to be welcomed.

Nicolas Sarkozy is welcomed to Libya by Muammar Gaddafi in 2007

If Sarko took Gaddafi cash, why oust him?

A fixer with reason to lie is also in a position to know

Sarkozy and Gaddafi pictured in Paris in 2007

Nicolas Sarkozy DID take $50 million of Muammar Gaddafi's cash, French judge is told

Documentary proof exists that France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50m from the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, a French judge has been told.

HMG's response to corruption? More secrecy

When a new James Bond film hits the screens, an expert is wheeled out to opine that 007's "licence to kill" is fiction, like the agent. Yet for real-life spooks, a licence to kill, torture, lie and dissemble seems to go with the job.

Sami al-Saadi claims he, his wife and four children were forcibly returned from Hong Kong to Libya with the help of British agents

Libyan dissident gets £2.2m payout from Government over rendition to Libya

Sami al-Saadi, a leading Gaddafi opponent, was imprisoned and tortured after he was forced to board a plane back to Tripoli

Gaddafi's PM Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi goes on trial in Libya

Muammar Gaddafi's former Prime Minister has gone on trial charged with corruption and ordering mass rapes during the war that toppled the Libyan dictator.

Rival militias bring fighting back to Tripoli

Rival militias fired guns and rocket-propelled grenades at each other in Tripoli today and set fire to a former intelligence building in one of the worst breakdowns of security in the capital since Muammar Gaddafi's fall.

Libya fights for control of old Gaddafi stronghold

Fierce fighting in a former stronghold of the deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that has left more than 30 dead entered its fifth day yesterday, as the country's new government struggles to contain violence one year on from the dictator's overthrow.

Stills from the video footage taken during Gaddafi's final moments

The final hours of Libya's tyrant

A rights watchdog has revealed shocking details of Gaddafi's capture and death. By Peter Popham

The latest revelation in a history of failures

The hearing in Washington, and the further details it provides about the security problems in Benghazi, is just the latest revelation of the intelligence failures which contributed to the murders of American ambassador Christopher Stevens and three members of his team.

Libyan parliament removes newly elected prime minister

Libya's parliament ousted the country's newly elected prime minister in a no-confidence vote, the latest blow to hopes that the country's factions could agree on a government charged with restoring stability after last year's civil war.

Changing fortunes: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi flashes the V-sign for victory in August last year, before his capture and detention by rebels

Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam fails in bid to be tried abroad

Fears grow that plan to try Saif al-Islam in Zintan could spark new round of violence

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie