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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

Omar Bin Laden: A businessman, he frequented al-Qa'ida camps before turning his back on his father's terror group in 2000

Bin Laden's son tables World Cup bid

One of Osama bin Laden's sons is bidding for a share of the infrastructure projects to be built in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Redknapp wants Tottenham to offer him a new contract

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has urged the club to hurry up and offer him a new contract - if they think he is worth it.

Miner mulls London listing

Newstrike Capital, a Toronto Exchange-quoted gold explorer backed by a powerful oil and mining dynasty, is looking at a secondary listing in London to tap into institutional investors.

Qatar investigates mall fire as young victims mourned 

Investigators in Qatar carried out their first extensive probes through a fire-ravaged daycare center and other charred areas inside the country's biggest mall today after a blaze that killed 19 people, including 13 children. 

New Zealand triplets killed in Qatar shopping mall fire

Prime Minister John Key and others offered condolences today to the New Zealand parents whose 2-year-old triplets were among the 13 children killed in a fire in a shopping mall in Qatar.

Doha and Baku out of running for 2020 Olympic Games

The cities of Doha and Baku have been cut from the list of candidates to stage the 2020 Olympic Games.

Former army chief Sarath Fonseka has been freed

Sri Lankan President frees army chief who ran against him

Sri Lanka's President has ordered the release of the jailed former army chief, a man credited with ending the country's long civil war but who later was imprisoned after challenging the President in elections.

Schalke 04 confirm Raul will leave at end of season

Schalke 04 forward Raul is to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires, the Bundesliga club said today.

Breno has hardly featured for Bayern this season

Bayern Munich defender Breno charged with arson

Bayern Munich defender Breno has been charged with arson after a months-long investigation revealed he had started the fire that burned down his rented Munich villa last year, the Munich prosecutor's office said on Wednesday

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Fifa announce new anti-corruption unit

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has announced a new body to investigation corruption.

Sir Dave Richards, chairman of the Premier League since 1999

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore sidesteps Sir Dave Richards resignation question

Richard Scudamore today admitted Sir Dave Richards had damaged the image of the Premier League but sidestepped questions over whether he should resign.

Manchester United concede against Bilbao

No picking and choosing now for Manchester's humbled duo

The question before kick-off was whether the two Manchester clubs could pick and choose trophies; whether attempting to win the Europa League would distract from their assault on the title.

Next week's football governance hearing could look into the role of Sir Dave Richards

Dave Richards apologises again for 'lighthearted' remarks on Fifa and Qatar

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards has apologised again this morning for claiming that FIFA and UEFA had "stolen" football from England and admitted sometimes he is a "little bit broad".

Sir Dave Richards in Qatar yesterday

Richards brands Fifa 'thieves of football'

Premier League chairman under pressure to resign after bizarre rant in Qatar

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

'Fifa stole football from England' says Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards suffered an unfortunate day at a conference in Qatar today starting when some controversial remarks caused consternation - and ending when he fell face first into a pool.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003