News Jack Straw has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

Veteran politician has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

Iraqi detainees at Camp Bucca, run by US and British forces; a Red Cross report details abuse of prisoners there

Britain in dock over violent death of Iraqi

European court to decide if detention during search for Saddam supporters was unlawful

Pilgrims visit the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf

In magical Najaf the old stories are still the best

World View: The Shia record of governance here is not good, but the city's ancient heroes remain untarnished

Iraqis make their way through the flooded streets of Baghdad after last week’s storm. Many people have criticised the response from central and provincial authorities

Ten years after the invasion: Iraq helpless under rain of terror

Saddam Hussein may have gone but, for many poor Iraqis, little has improved. Now a devastating flood has left villagers homeless and there is precious little government support

Scales of justice: Judges at the Court of Appeal in London reduced the jail term handed out to Alex Wilson-Fletcher for a shocking sex attack in a Manchester store's toilets

Two-year cut in jail term for man convicted over Debenhams toilets sex attack on teenage boy

Law firm worker Alex Wilson-Fletcher now sentenced to 13 years for 'disturbing and shocking' offence

Rob Ford was stripped of most of his remaining powers

Toronto city council strips Rob Ford of his powers as mayor…but he refuses to go quietly

Rob Ford’s chaotic and seemingly desperate attempt to remain in office appeared one step closer to its inevitable conclusion last night after he was stripped of most of his remaining powers.

Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport has been under plenty of media scrutiny this year

The €20bn mystery: Could Iran be the owner of huge cash stash at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport?

Fraudsters including Armenians, Turks, Kurds, Japanese, members of al-Qa’ida and the Knights of Malta have tried to claim the money, but no one is sure who it belongs to

Syria: Philip Hammond confuses Saddam Hussein with Bashar al-Assad on Newsnight

With David Cameron’s shock Commons defeat on Syria sending Conservatives into disarray, it’s no surprise that Defence Secretary Philip Hammond seemed flustered on Newsnight.

45 killed as car bomb explosions hit Iraq

Car bombs were detonated in busy commercial areas and a market in the capital

Members of the Free Syrian Army run to avoid a sniper in Deir al-Zor

Syria civil war: Russia sceptical over US claims Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons

Top Kremlin aide: 'It would be hard even to call them facts'

Baghdad in 2003

A decade has passed since the invasion of Iraq, but the debate goes on

It’s 10 years since Britain went to war on Saddam, but a six-hour Commons debate showed there is little evidence of any lessons learned

Television image of Maryam Khatib after the alleged gas attack. She later died

Syria has no reason to use chemical weapons

World View: After the fiasco over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, people around the world are rightly sceptical about claims of gas attacks

The library’s exhibit dedicated to the 9/11 attacks

The day I became president – but George W Bush still got his way on invading Iraq

The new presidential Library in Dallas  offers an interactive experience of life in the Oval Office. David Usborne takes the hotseat

A banner in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire

'Rust in peace': Former mining village Grimethorpe bids final farewell to Margaret Thatcher as effigy is hanged

Hanged, paraded, punched and spat on before finally being set alight – cheered on by the jeering crowd.

Postcard from... Erbil

A 1988 photograph shows a Kurdish father holding his baby in his arms in Halabja, northeastern Iraq. Both were killed in an Iraqi chemical attack on the city.

Whatever you think of the Iraq War, for the Kurds it was a liberation

Talk of 'invasion' and 'occupation' ignores the effect on a long-suffering minority

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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