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

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A report for the BBC Trust said Jeremy Bowen should provide more strategic guidance

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The BBC is to review the role of its Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen after an official report into the broadcaster’s coverage of the Arab Spring suggested he was spending too much time in the region and not enough helping with major strategic decisions on how the BBC covers the sensitive story.

Wife of the deposed Tunisian dictator says husband was victim of plot security officials plot

The reviled wife of the deposed Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dictator says her husband was the victim of plot hatched by top security officials - not a revolution.

Woman wins compensation after breast implant exploded

A 45-year-old woman who travelled to Tunisia for breast enhancement surgery has successfully claimed compensation after one of the implants exploded.

Tunisia: Death penalty sought for Ben Ali

The prosecutor at a military tribunal has called for the death penalty for the former dictator over his role in the deaths of protesters during the uprising that overthrew him a year ago.

Guests at the Priceless Evening gala dinner last night included; Jemima Khan, Hugh Grant and Claudia Winkleman

Big spenders make their bids to support freedom of the press

Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan, two of the fiercest critics of press malpractice, were among the famous names backing the media as a force for good last night at a gala event hosted by The Journalism Foundation.

Dug deep: Crewe's Adam Dugdale (left) celebrates his goal against Southend

Dugdale gives Crewe cutting edge

Crewe Alexandra 1 Southend United 0

Tunisia's Islamic hardliners score victory in television trial

A Tunisian court yesterday convicted the head of a private TV station for disrupting public order and violating moral values by broadcasting an animated film that some religious leaders say insults Islam.

Bookings begin to take off again at Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook has reported the first upturn in UK bookings for many months. With Joey Ramone's version of "What a Wonderful World" backing its latest advertising campaign, the heavily indebted tour operator says summer 2012 bookings in the UK are now only 2 per cent down on last year. Bookings for winter 2012-13 are down 9 per cent, but the company said this was in line with its plans to cut down on capacity.

Thomas Cook finds world is more wonderful

Thomas Cook has reported the first upturn in UK bookings for many months.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

Tunisia 'offers asylum to Bashar Assad'

Tunisia's president has said he is ready to offer asylum to Syrian leader Bashar Assad as part of a negotiated solution to the Syrian conflict.

EU to freeze assets of Syrian central bank

The European Union will freeze the assets of Syria's central bank at its meeting on Monday, the French foreign minister said today, in the latest effort to pressure Syria to halt its bloody crackdown on an 11-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

UK to recognise Syrian opposition

Britain is to recognise the Syrian opposition as a "legitimate representative" of the country's people, William Hague said today.

Syrian troops kill 80 in village raids

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces rained rockets and bombs down on opposition-held neighbourhoods of the city of Homs, reducing buildings to rubble and killing more than 80 people.

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