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Saudi Arabia was by far the biggest customer, receiving arms exports totalling €1.24bn in 2012

Saudi Arabian women take seats on advisory body

Women will be given a voice in shaping Saudi Arabia’s laws for the first time after the country officially swore in 30 female members to the Shura Council.

'Third family member' contracts Sars-like virus

A second relative of a UK patient who recently contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus has become infected with the disease, taking the total to three within the family, health experts said.

Will this be the final year of the Iranian Regime?

Western powers need to support the Iranian resistance

UK laboratories have been put on alert to test all new cases of unexplained severe pneumonia for the virus

Sars-like virus spreads person-to-person in the UK

Relative of Manchester patient now in hospital with infection

Former Hull chairman Adam Pearson leads the consortium

Sale of Leeds United will make GFH Capital a tidy profit

GFH bought Leeds from Ken Bates for £17m

Akram Aylisli is in trouble for portraying violence by Azerbaijanis against Armenians

Bring me the ear of Akram Aylisli! Politician offers £8,000 for attack on writer

Head of political party offers £8,000 for author's body part over controversial novel

Briton in intensive care at Manchester hospital after contracting potentially fatal Sars-like virus

A UK resident has contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus, health experts have confirmed.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that he was ready to hold talks with the US if the West stopped pressuring his country

Ahmadinejad: I’ll join nuclear talks if West eases pressure

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that he was ready to hold talks with the US if the West stopped pressuring his country.

The Islamic Revolution’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (L) greeted in 1979 in Tehran by his supporters during his return to Iran after 15 years in exile in Iraq and France

Iran's Srebrenica: How Ayatollah Khomeini sanctioned the deaths of 20,000 'enemies of the state'

A tribunal at The Hague publishes a report illustrating the regime's crimes against humanity

Editorial: A chance that Iran should seize

It is good news that Tehran has agreed to resume talks with the major world powers on its nuclear programme later this month. Dialogue between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany broke down in Moscow last June in an atmosphere of frustration and anger. Now, with the second Obama administration in place, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, has said he hopes for progress when the talks convene in Kazakhstan.

David Cameron greets US Vice President Joe Biden at 10 Downing Street yesterday

'We believe the EU is stronger with the UK's involvement': Joe Biden to discuss referendum worries with David Cameron

The US Vice President, Joe Biden, is in London today for a working lunch with David Cameron, on the last day of a tour of European capitals.

Top al-Qaida leader, Saeed al-Shihri, dies in Yemen

The Saudi national spent six years in Guantanamo Bay

After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies, By Christopher M Davidson

Both medieval and modern, Gulf rulers thrive. But will the sands of time soon run out for them?

This is a war without end unless the government makes concessions

The guerrilla war between the Turkish state and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) dates back to 1984. The government has often believed itself close to military victory only to see the PKK survive. Its leader, Abdullah Ocalan, has been in a Turkish prison since 1999, but the PKK remains the dominant political force among the Turkish Kurds, who number an estimated 14 million – or 18 per cent of Turkey’s population.

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