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A military court sentenced 11 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Islamist President, to life imprisonment today on charges of attacking the army.

Egypt approves passage of Iranian warships

Egypt has approved the passage of two Iranian navy ships through the Suez Canal, an army source said yesterday.

The Business on: Sir Ronald Cohen, Adviser, Big Society Bank

The PM's big idea?

Plenty, Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Britain's post-war years have long been viewed as some kind of austere and pent-up wait for the liberation of the 1960s – all damp bedsits, powdered egg and Bovril. But despite the rationing and the lack of central heating it was surely an exciting time to be alive. As old-school diplomat Sir Leonard Darwin explains early on in Plenty – there are jobs to be done, roads to be built and land to be tilled. There was also Charlie Parker, some great-looking clothes and – assuming you were part of a "loose Pimlico set" – the prospect of bohemian sex, booze aplenty and even the occasional bong.

Cyril Page: News cameraman who covered the Korean War, Suez Crisis and Biafran War

As a television news camera operator, Cyril Page saw some of the pivotal moments in 20th-century history – and showed great enterprise and courage in getting pictures that brought the realities home to viewers.

Egypt – what travellers need to know

Egypt is one of the most popular winter-sun destinations for British holidaymakers. How much danger are they in – and what are the options for people planning to go? This updated advice was compiled on Monday 7 February; all information was checked and correct at that time, but will no doubt change.

All eyes on the Suez Canal as bomb shuts gas pipeline

Government officials yesterday claimed that life in Cairo was returning to normal, after two weeks of action that has paralysed the city. State TV said that banks and courts would reopen today, the start of Egypt's working week, though daily bank withdrawals would be limited to $15,000 and the stock market would remain shut, at least until after tomorrow.

Mubarak's pledge to stand aside in September elections fails to calm crowds

President Mubarak last night launched a desperate bid to extend his 30-year rule by seven months in the face of overwhelming popular opposition when he pledged not to stand for re-election later this year.

Foreign office 'should stop travel to Egypt'

The Foreign Office should change its travel advice to stop people going to Egypt, a senior Conservative MP said today.

Sean O'Grady: Egypt's troubles look likely to give us all a new 'oil shock'

Analysis: In many ways events in Egypt are reminiscent of the Iranian revolution of 1979

Robert Fisk: A man's life seen through his remarkable possessions

When Edward Nassar asked General Bernard Law Montgomery to sign his autobiography, "Monty" invited the Lebanese collector to his English home. "The front door opened and there was a long corridor in front of me. And there were 20 oil paintings on the wall. And they were all of Montgomery! All 20 of them! There was Montgomery with Eisenhower, Montgomery with Churchill, Montgomery, Montgomery, Montgomery..."

Answer demands, Hague urges Egypt

Foreign Secretary William Hague urged the Egyptian government to heed the "legitimate demands" of protesters tonight as violence in the country escalated.

Egyptian police arrest 1,000 in violent clashes

Egyptian officials last night confirmed two people had been killed in a fresh wave of anti-government protests in central Cairo.

Spectres, By Radwa Ashour

Personal, political, and painful

Simon Calder: Russia must open up to avoid a 2018 own goal

Goodness, what's been going on? I spent most of the week sweltering in Suez (well, comfortable in Cairo), and returned from Egypt to find a country in gridlock. In the space of a few days, Britain's railway-excuses spectrum had shifted from "leaves on the line" to "the wrong kind of snow" .

Major-General Israel Tal: Military strategist known as the godfather of Israeli tank warfare

Major-General Israel Tal was a decorated war hero and one of Israel's most influential military strategists, as well as the "father" of the revolutionary Merkava tank. He modernised battleground doctrine and served as an adviser to numerous Prime Ministers and his contribution to Israel's security is viewed as immeasurable. Lt-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said of Tal: "His life's work was the state of Israel's security, the defence of its borders and the security of its citizens." Internationally, Tal ranks as one of the best armoured commanders in history alongside such Second World War figuress as the American General Patton and Germany's Field Marshal Rommel.

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