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

Giovanni Di Stefano, the self-styled Italian lawyer who became known as the Devil's Advocate

‘Devil’s advocate’ who pretended to be a lawyer is found guilty of fraud

Giovanni di Stefano claimed he had links with Bin Laden, Mugabe and Saddam

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An apology over Iraq?

Panorama to reveal new information on how Iraq war began

The BBC will revisit one of the greatest crises in its history when it broadcasts a controversial new Panorama investigation which promises to reveal fresh information about the intelligence deployed by the Blair Government to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Was the war in Iraq worth it? Even after ten years, it's still too early to tell

There's no doubt the legacy of the war in the UK has been dire, but we must look beyond this insular point of view

Editorial: Phoney war with Syria is better than a real one

Signs that Assad might use his chemical weapons could change the rules
Saddam Hussein was splashed across The Sun and the New York Post in 2005

Did The Sun pay bribes to get famous picture of Saddam in his pants?

News Corp refuses to deny new claims of US military payment

Palestinian militants fire missiles at Tel Aviv in latest escalation of Gaza violence

Twenty-four hours after the proud boast of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel had severely damaged the long-range missile capabilities of Palestinian militants in Gaza with a ferocious barrage of air-to-surface missiles and naval artillery, two Fajr-5 rockets fired by Islamic Jihad landed just south of Israel's densely-populated commercial heartland on Thursday evening.

Diary: A Murdoch whose beliefs could help save the BBC

There is one candidate for Director General who would really ruffle Murdoch feathers

Eighty-eight per cent of young Americans couldn't find Afghanistan on a map, 75 per cent couldn't locate Iran or Israel, and 63 per cent couldn't identify Iraq

Eight crazy things Americans believe about foreign affairs

Americans have some astonishing misconceptions about international affairs.

How We Met: Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis

'He gave me a bit of stick for the kissing scene with Emma, as he had a little thing with her'

Soldiers with the Pathfinder Platoon

Betrayed behind enemy lines: Army captain breaks silence on elite unit's fight for survival

Only outstanding valour and luck saved British soldiers trapped by Iraq's feared Republican Guard

Trending: How do you clean your YouTube trail?

While George Galloway, Respect Party MP, basked in the glory of his big win at the Bradford West by-election last week, the online community slowly undermined his achievement by dredging up his less glorious moments: namely, clips of the infamous Celebrity Big Brother incident where, posing as a cat, he drank milk from the hands of actress Rula Lenska.

Shia Muslims prepare for the festival of Ashura on 1 December in Baghdad. Shia festivals were previously banned

Patrick Cockburn: Are we witnessing the final disintegration of Iraq?

World View: Its three main communities – Shia, Sunni and Kurd – cannot seem to run the country together, and yet none can run it alone

Demonstrators gather in Syria, while, below, Bahraini women join a protest march

Which tyrant will fall next?

The Year of Revolution: As the leaders of Syria and Bahrain cling to power, Patrick Cockburn explains how they have managed to resist the protesters – and wonders whether they can survive another 12 months

UN agrees plan to move Iranian exiles

The UN and the Iraqi government have agreed to relocate thousands of Iranian exiles living in a camp in north-eastern Iraq, potentially averting a showdown with its residents. The dissidents, who have not said whether they would agree to move, reported a rocket attack.

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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