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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

Letters: Climate change energy review

At first reading, the Committee on Climate Change's Renewable Energy Review appears complimentary to the engineering community. It identifies the key barriers to rebuilding our energy supply infrastructure as finance and planning, not whether the technology will work or whether industry has the capacity to deliver, install and maintain the equipment in sufficient quantities.

BG hit by turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia

BG missed market hopes for underlying pre-tax profits for the first quarter yesterday after the FTSE 100-listed group's oil and gas production was hit by civil unrest in Egypt and Tunisia.

Agnès Poirier: Both leaders are prisoners of a resurgent right wing

Silvio Berlusconi and Nicolas Sarkozy haven't agreed on very much about immigration of late, but yesterday they found common cause on at least one point: the Schengen agreement needs to change.

Italy and France ask EU to revise Schengen border treaty

Italy and France asked the European Union today to revise the Schengen border treaty that permits passport-free travel through Europe to take into account "exceptional" situations like the recent massive flood of Tunisian immigrants.

French refuse entry to immigrants from Italy

A train carrying Tunisian immigrants from Italy was halted at the French border yesterday in an escalation of an international dispute over the fate of North African migrants fleeing political unrest for refuge in Europe.

Album: Matthew Halsall, On the Go (Gondwana)

The Manchester trumpeter's third album begins and ends with an up-tempo, hard-bop-played-fairly-softly, feel.

Sea and air patrols to stem tide of migrants

Italy and France are setting up joint sea-and-air patrols to try to block Tunisian migrants from sailing to European shores. Rome and Paris have been sparring fiercely over what to do about the more than 20,000 Tunisians who sailed across the Mediterranean to Italy in recent weeks after political upheaval in their North African homeland.

Berlusconi tax fraud hearing continues

Prosecutors are arguing for fraud charges against Premier Silvio Berlusconi in what would be his fourth ongoing trial.

Berlusconi to remove migrants from island

The Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, promised yesterday to clear thousands of Tunisian migrants from Lampedusa by the weekend after an outcry over a humanitarian crisis on the tiny southern island.

Yemen: President 'to step down' to secure peaceful transition

A deal on a peaceful transition of power in Yemen is imminent and will be based on an offer by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down by the end of the year, the Foreign Minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, said yesterday.

It's good to get out of the house, Assange tells Cambridge Union

He has perfected the art of spilling other people's secrets, but Julian Assange's appearance last night at the Cambridge Union Society (CUS) was a far from transparent affair.

Prince should be sacked, says ex-ambassador

The continuing scrutiny over the Duke of York's business links is seriously damaging Britain's reputation abroad, a retired ambassador has warned the Government.

Abdullah forces fire on crowds ahead of planned 'Day of Rage'

Absolutist monarchy uses stun grenades to carry out its threat against protesters

Thousands flee Tunisia as sea calms

The return of calm conditions to the Mediterranean Sea has seen a fresh wave of fleeing North African migrants threatening to overwhelm the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. More than 1,000 illegal immigrants landed between 6pm on Sunday and 11am on Monday, carried on 12 boats from Tunisia, coastguards report. The island's reception centre was again unable to cope and Interior Minister Roberto Maroni ordered more flights to take the migrants to other centres in southern Italy. More than 7,000 migrants from Tunisia have arrived in Italy, mainly in Lampedusa, since President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in January.

Victory over Tunisia, but GB pair make it hard slog

Considering that even Tunisia's players admit their country is more successful at handball and petanque, Britain should not have been expecting anything other than an emphatic victory in this weekend's Davis Cup tie.

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