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‘Geneva II’ conference could be in jeopardy after UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon invites Iran to preliminary meeting

Marine Le Pen and her father acknowledge the audience after delivering a speech during the FN summer congress

National Front leader Le Pen gets a double election boost

Far-right party benefits from fatal shooting of armed robber and former PM’s comments

Free Syrian Army fighters sit at their guard post

Planning, not rifles, is what the Syrian rebels say they need from the fickle US

As Assad and Putin ‘outmanoeuvre’ Obama, fighters expect more from their Western ally. By Kim Sengupta

Iran cabinet ministers all sign up to Facebook - despite social media site being banned

Hope of a more open approach to the internet from new government after 15 ministers sign-up

Selected Poems, by Robert Graves, edited by Michael Longley. Faber & Faber, £15.99

Superb artistry marks the verse of a writer who survived the trenches and built his own myth

Rebels from the Islamist group the 'Redeemers of Islam' in the town of Deir Ezzor

Syrian Islamists believe they will be targets of US air strikes: Jihadists move personnel and weaponry ahead of expected intervention

Leaders say that no one trusts the Americans as a result of their policy in Iraq

Greg Dyke has given the thumbs down to a summer World Cup in Qatar

Gary Lineker: Without Premier League co-operation, Greg Dyke's vision will be 'pie in the sky'

The former England striker says the league must work with the FA

Facebook post supposedly written by Assad's son invites Americans to attack Syria

The post claims that if Syria is invaded it will be a fight against "every Syrian, with, against, terrorists, the army"

A Free Syrian Army fighter in Khanasir, near Aleppo, yesterday

Beyond reasonable doubt? Evidence on Syrian chemical atrocity fails to make a case for war

Critics say the Joint Intelligence Committee’s report fails to make watertight case for British intervention

Christian Aid have said that the escalation of air strikes will cause more civilian deaths

Air strikes on Syria ‘will kill civilians and hinder aid’

Air strikes on Syria could have “catastrophic effects” on the desperate humanitarian crisis in the region, a charity has warned.

Saudi Arabia cabinet passes ban on domestic violence

Saudi Arabia's cabinet has passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women for the first time in the Kingdom's history.

Lebanon: 42 dead as car bomb explosions hit Tripoli

Lebanese Red Cross says at least 500 people here hurt

At least twenty killed after car bomb rips through Shia district in Beirut

A powerful car bomb ripped through a southern Beirut district today, killing 20 people and trapping others in burning buildings in a Hezbollah stronghold.

Hassan Rouhani said 'Iran aims to strengthen its relations with Syria and will stand by it in facing all challenges'

Iran's new president? I see only an old and vicious regime

Hopes that Iran will get sweeter with Rouhani in power are naive, to say the least

Briton who went missing in Dubai may be held in Iran, UK fears

Britain believes it is “plausible” that an Anglo-Iranian citizen who disappeared more than a month ago in Dubai may have been kidnapped on the orders of Tehran, according to government sources.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad chats with military personnel during his visit to a military site in the town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus

Syrian conflict: Only reversals on the battlefield will bring opposition to negotiating table

While President Assad, buoyed by a recent win in Homs, has praised his soldier's bravery in the face of 'the fiercest barbaric war in modern history'

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