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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

Basketball: GB team braced for USA test

Great Britain's basketball teams are preparing to face their toughest-ever opponents - the United States - this week, hoping to build on the momentum of a strong showing this weekend in Sheffield.

The lucky ones: A boat carrying 200 people from Libya arrives in Italy last year

One man out of 55 survives on lost boat

No one came to Libyan migrants' aid during 15 days in busy shipping channel

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

BBC to review role of Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen after official report criticises Arab Spring coverage

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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker