African Odyssey: a horticultural tour of Marrakesh

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.

Rachid Taha, Zoom (Wrasse)

Album review: Rachid Taha, Zoom (Wrasse)

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

Protesters hold aloft posters of Chokri Belaid who was shot dead outside his home

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

The launch site at Luxor just prior to the crash

Luxor hot air balloon crash: How tourism has changed in Egypt

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.

The Experts: The best beauty products for Valentine's Day

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

A demonstrator raises her fist during a demonstration in Tunis

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

A protest in New Delhi earlier this month

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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The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
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How did our legends really begin?

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Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

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Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on