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Ancient royal palaces, fountained courtyards – and the splendour of Yves Saint Laurent's former home: Emma Townshend finds herself swept away by the majesty of Marrakesh's horticultural panorama

Paperback review: The Threads of the Heart, By Carole Martinez (trs by Howard Curtis)

Frasquita, a Spanish woman living in a small, rural village, has a talent for sewing: she is able to weave clothing into beautifully intricate designs and even uses her thread to suture wounds.

A young Tunisian man who set himself on fire is surrounded by security forces in Tunis

Tunisian man immolates himself in Arab Spring reprise

A young cigarette vendor has set himself on fire in Tunis, reviving memories of similar events two years ago that sparked an uprising which spread across the Arab world.

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The future of the Middle East probably lies with the likes of Rachid Taha.

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Four radicals arrested as police hunt for known assassin of Chokri Belaid

Tunisia's new Prime Minister tries to ease tension after opposition leader's murder

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As a result of a slump in tourism on the Nile, competition for visitors’ spending has become intense

Egyptian riot police arrest a young man during clashes with protesters at a demonstration near Tahrir Square, Cairo, earlier this year

Young children detained and tortured after protests in Egypt

Activists speak out over 'unprecedented level of institutional abuse of children'

We shouted loudest over Sri Lanka’s abuses. Three years on and we’re arming the regime

No matter how much red tape we put in place, we have no control over how such weaponry is used

Briton among seven kidnapped by Nigerian gunmen

Islamists have waged a guerilla war in the region for over a year

Foreign Secretary William Hague

Britain must work with regimes that have abused human rights, says William Hague

Britain must be prepared to share intelligence with foreign governments that could prevent a terrorist attack in this country or abroad even if those countries have questionable human rights records, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said today.

Police fire tear gas at slain politician Chokri Belaid's funeral

Supporters of Tunisia's ruling moderate Islamist party are being called to attend a pro-government rally a day after clashes between protesters and police, following the funeral of the opposition politician Chokri Belaid, whose assassination this week tipped the country to the edge of revolt.

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We may have survived the arduous slog that was January, but don't breathe a sigh of relief yet – Valentine's Day is looming.

Don't write off Tunisia's revolution just yet

They should keep calm and plod on. The public wants stability not chaos

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Fresh crisis in Tunisia as PM's party turns against him

Ennahda scuppers substance of Hamadi Jebali's TV address to the nation and street protests ensue

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China, India or Egypt: who will win the 21st century?

Veterans of the Drip know we do like a bit of Thomas Friedman, the moustachio'ed sergeant major of the New York Times' op-ed pages. This week, on his annual pilgrimage to India, he reflects on three countries with a very different relationship between state and society.

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Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
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Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

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Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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