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

UK must protect Syrian opposition, says William Hague

Britain must protect the Syrian opposition from being “exterminated”, William Hague said as he warned that the crisis was “on a trajectory to get worse”.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made Iran his priority since being returned to office in January

A 'victory for moderation' says new President of Iran, as supporters rejoice

Israel however is sceptical Rouhani will usher in change

Iranians go to the polls on Friday to elect a new president knowing that for the first time in eight years the country will be led by someone other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Turkey protests: This genie should not be tricked back into its bottle

The state is realising only now that these youths are not calling for chaos, but for inclusion

Sole reformist candidate Mohammad Reza Aref withdraws from Iran elections to elect successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Liberals and moderates in the Islamic Republic left with few option in presidential race

Thousands of protesters gathered in Istanbul

Turkey: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agrees to meet Taksim Square protesters as deputy suggests occupation will be over by weekend

Turkey's prime minister will meet with a group of protesters occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square this week, the deputy prime minister said on Monday, as the government sought a way out of the impasse that has led to hundreds of protests in dozens of cities.

A rebel fighter in Aleppo, which could soon come under an assault from pro-Assad forces

Syria civil war: President Bashar al-Assad's forces plan assault on rebels in Aleppo

The city is still split between rebel-held and government-held areas

Danny Danon has cast doubt on whether the country’s government is willing to accept a future Palestinian state

'The international community can say whatever they want': Israeli minister Danny Danon decries two-state solution

A rising star on the right of Israeli politics has cast doubt on whether the country’s government is willing to accept a future Palestinian state.

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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino adds weight to winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022

There are concerns over the heat during the summer months

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy celebrates his goal - down the television camera lens

Turkey riots latest: Erdogan blames 'extremists' for nationwide riots as protester, 22, is killed near Syrian border

But chief prosecutor says post-mortem examination showed victim received a blow to the head and there was no trace of a gunshot wound

On the rise: Nathan Chalobah (left) and Wilfried Zaha have joined the Under-21s after the Championship play-off final

Stuart Pearce's Under-21s need goals to create breathing space

England go into the European Under-21 Championship finals in Israel this week as the only country to have qualified for the past four tournaments, all of them under Stuart Pearce, who replaced Peter Taylor as manager in 2007. They approach what may be Pearce's swansong – he has always said he wishes to return to club management – in fine form but with the usual crop of players unavailable, partly because Roy Hodgson wants the best ones for the senior squad.

The Syrian rebels are drawing recruits from a variety of national backgrounds

Syrian rebels urge European Union to send arms quickly

Syria's main opposition bloc has urged the European Union to quickly supply rebels fighting president Bashar Assad's forces with sophisticated weapons and help them overthrow his regime.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Reformist blocked from running for Iranian presidency

One of Iran's most reform-minded presidential candidates has been barred from standing in next month's presidential ballot by the conservative Guardian Council leaving just eight men on the ballot paper, all of whom are considered hardliners.

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