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Everyone knows that the Assad regime – from father Hafez onwards – has employed torture and executions to preserve the doubtful purity of the Baath party

UK laboratories have been put on alert to test all new cases of unexplained severe pneumonia for the virus

Sars-like virus spreads person-to-person in the UK

Relative of Manchester patient now in hospital with infection

Briton in intensive care at Manchester hospital after contracting potentially fatal Sars-like virus

A UK resident has contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus, health experts have confirmed.

Mark Cavendish (centre) in action during stage one of the Tour of Qatar

Cycling: Mark Cavendish goes close in Qatar desert

Sprint king undeterred by sandstorms as he continues to settle into his Belgian team

Nicolas Sarkozy’s office refused to comment on the allegations

Nicolas Sarkozy 'colluded' to get Qatar 2022 World Cup

Magazine claims former French President held secret meeting 10 days before FIFA decision

Chris Wood celebrates his long-awaited European Tour victory

After a lot of knocking, the door to Tour victory opens at last for Chris Wood

Dream comes true in Qatar as the nearly man finally fulfils Clarke's prediction of triumph

Justin Rose

Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen eye moves up the world rankings

Justin Rose is now the world number four

Michel Platini

Match-fixing greatest threat to football says Michel Platini

Uefa president pin-points match-fixing ahead of racism and violence

Deals of the week: Marrakech, Andalucia, Sri Lanka

Less than £200... For £175, there's a three-night stay for two people at the Riad Chi-Chi in Marrakech. Set in the Medina, it offers a serene escape from the bustling souks, with a roof terrace and five light, airy rooms. Travel by 25 March, flights extra. i-escape.com/riad-chi-chi

David Beckham: 'The foundations are there now in this league. It will continue to grow'

David Beckham ponders 12 offers from around the world

Former England captain expected to make decision next week

Andy Murray: Plays his first competitive game of 2013 in Brisbane as he defends title

Murray: I feel more relaxed after breaking my Slam duck

The brief Christmas which he enjoyed back in a soggy and windswept Britain must feel like a distant memory to Andy Murray. The world No 3 has already made his first appearance of the season, in the warmth of the Middle East, and now he is preparing for his second, in the searing heat of Australia's Sunshine State of Queensland.

48 Hours In: Paris

France’s capital celebrates the depths of winter in elegant style, with giant ice skating rinks, festive markets and twinkling lights

48 Hours In: Las Vegas

High-rolling Simon Calder stacks the odds in your favour with this neon-lit attempt to beat the midwinter gloom in the heat of the Nevada desert

US backs new Syrian opposition ahead of conference

The fourth conference for the “Friends of the Syrian People” was set to open today after the US said the new Syrian opposition coalition is the “sole legitimate representative” of the Syrian people.

48 Hours In: New Orleans

Winter is the ideal time to visit this grand Mississippi city, with its miraculously preserved French Quarter and diverse, delicious flavours

Pool with a view: the Melia Hotel

48 Hours In: Dubai

The searing heat of summer has mellowed in the Gulf states, making this Emirati city an appealing choice for some winter sun, says Nick Boulos

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam