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For some language courses, a year in Paris is usual. But if you're reading Arabic, you have to travel a little further afield, as Rosie Collington found out

Foden calms nerves as slipshod Saints struggle to see off Castres

Northampton 18 Castres 14

Scientists explain parting of Red Sea

One of the most dramatic episodes in the Old Testament, the parting of the Red Sea, may actually have happened, research has shown – although the event described in the Book of Exodus was more likely caused by freak weather conditions than the hand of Jehovah.

Guerrilla of Arabia: How one of Britain's most brilliant military tacticians created the Taliban's battle strategy

The aim of Operation Moshtarak in February was to capture the city of Marjah in Afghanistan's war-torn Helmand province. Fifteen thousand troops, mainly American, British and Afghan, were to take on between 400 and 1,000 Taliban insurgents holed up in a city of 80,000 people.

Peter Bills: South Africa and Australia are playing dumb

South Africa and Australia came close to producing a new version of rugby on Saturday in Pretoria.

Under the Microscope: What will the Earth's tectonic plates do next?

Asked by: Stephen Ward, Poole

Answered by: James Hammond, research associate at the Centre for the Department of Earth Sciences at Bristol University

Kate Simon: It's not too late for footie fans, or phobics, to plan their escape

There's nothing worse than having half the nation glued to the sofa goggling at the World Cup – at least from the point of view of Britain's tour operators. What to do? Catch World Cup fever, obviously.

Kate Simon: Ash cloud's silver lining is that it may just rekindle our spirit of adventure

"If one more person suggests I get a boat, I'll cry (again)."

Rocket strikes warehouse

A rocket launched from outside Jordan struck a warehouse in the country's Red Sea port city of Aqaba, officials said yesterday.

Israel tells its citizens to get out of Sinai now

Israel issued an "urgent" warning today to its citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai Peninsula immediately citing "concrete evidence of an expected terrorist attempt to kidnap Israelis in Sinai."

Asparagus and prawn tempura

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Naval commander found responsible for sub crash

By Ben Mitchell

Submarine officers sentenced over vessel grounding

A submarine commander and two of his officers are to be sentenced at a court martial hearing today after being charged over the grounding of their vessel.

Prawn and chive soup

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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