News Nearly half the people surveyed in Lebanon thought no head covering should be worn by women

A major new social-attitudes survey on head covering in the Middle East finds that few people are in favour of the burka

A supporter of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party holds a poster during a rally in Sidi Bouzid, central Tunisia

Arab Spring’s source carries on legacy as truce is called in Tunisia’s culture wars

It appears to be the last Arab Spring country to have a shot at completing a transition to democracy following last ditch negotiations between secularists and Islamists

Is Tunisia good to visit in autumn... and just how safe is it for tourists?

Q. I'm thinking of booking a late deal to Tunisia. Is October a good time to go? Should we choose all-inclusive or bed-and-breakfast? And is it safe to holiday there? Katherine Stephens

Ivory Coast fans look to flee the stands

Ivory Coast face Senegal for place at 2014 World Cup

Play-off draw pairs two of Africa's heavyweights

Cape Verde celebrated their qualification for the CAF playoffs for the 2014 World Cup on the weekend

Cape Verde Islands thrown out of World Cup qualification for fielding ineligible player just one round short of reaching the showcase tournament

African side have forfeited the weekend victory over Tunisia meaning their opponents top Group B and progress to the qualification playoffs

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President Moncef Marzouki stands in front of coffin, draped in the Tunisian flag, of the one of the eight soldiers who died in an ambush by an armed group in Mount Chaambi

Tunisia turmoil: President calls for national unity after eight soldiers ambushed and killed

Powerful union has called for the dissolution of the ruling coalition

Car bomb detonated and one shot dead ahead of funeral for murdered MP in Tunisia

A man was killed and a car bomb detonated in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Saturday during violent protests ahead of the funeral of an assassinated politician.

Tunisia's government said Mohammed Brahmi was killed by the same group as his fellow leftist Chokri Belaid
Tunisians outside the interior ministry after the assassination of leading opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi

Unions launch strike in Tunisia over Mohamed Brahmi assassination

All flights to and from the country cancelled

Protesters mourn the death of Mohamed Brahmi

Tunisia erupts in renewed protests after opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi is killed

Killing could derail fragile democracy in birthplace of the Arab Spring

Topless Femen protesters released from Tunisian prison

Three European feminist activists who were jailed after a topless courthouse protest in Tunisia last month have been set free after a court lifted their prison sentence. They left the country  this morning to go to France.

Members of the women's topless protest group Femen hold banners during a protest in front of the European Union Parliament on Wednesday

Topless Femen activists jailed in Tunisia for indecency

Three European, female activists who protested topless outside the Tunisian Palace of Justice have been sentenced to four months in prison in Tunisia. The two French women and one German are members of the controversial Femen protest group and were charged with indecency.

Defiant Erdogan demands immediate end to Turkish protests as he makes return to country

Returning to Istanbul Erdogan called for the protests to end immediately and said they bordered on illegality

Trial of Femen protesters begins in Tunisia

The trial of three European feminists charged with public indecency after demonstrating topless in front of Tunisia’s Palace of Justice began in Tunis today.

Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning leaked data to WikiLeaks 'to gain notoriety that he craved'

The former intelligence analyst could face life in prison for the biggest leak of classified information in US history

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

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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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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