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

Israel bases 'were filmed by drone'

Iran has images of sensitive Israeli military bases taken by a drone that was launched by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and downed by Israel earlier this month, a senior Iranian lawmaker claimed yesterday.

Women in power: Just 17 percent of Congress is female

Women hold just 20% of World's political power, report says

Women have gained little ground in political leadership around the world, with men still in about 80 percent of key elected and appointed positions, according to the World Economic Forum's annual Global Gender Gap Report.

Beyond the revolution: Bushehr nuclear power plant, southern Iran

Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State, By David Patrikarakos

This is a welcome analysis of Iran's self-perception, its nuclear plans and Western responses

Syria air force strikes 'kill 43'

Government air strikes on rebel areas in northern Syria killed at least 43 people and flattened buildings, forcing residents to search mounds of rubble for bodies trapped underneath, anti-regime activists say.

Meir Dagan was reportedly refused treatment by the US and EU

Former head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad Meir Dagan seeks liver transplant in Belarus after European and US surgeons 'refuse to treat him'

Meir Dagan, the former head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, has been forced to seek a liver transplant in Belarus, Europe’s most autocratic state, after European and American surgeons reportedly refused to treat him. He is said to be in critical condition.

Editorial: Time to call Saudi Arabia's bluff

Saudi Arabia has made known that it is "insulted" by the recent decision of the UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee to review British relations with it and with Bahrain. And by choosing Frank Gardner, the BBC security correspondent, as its intermediary, it ensured more publicity for its hurt feelings than it truly deserved.

Turkish troops return fire after cross-border shelling from Syria

Turkish troops have returned fire after cross-border shelling from Syria for the sixth day in a row.

Iran 'successfully blocks cyberattack on the computer network'

Iran says it has successfully blocked a cyber-attack on the computer network of its offshore drilling platforms, a semi-official news agency reported today.

Turkey returns fire after cross-border shelling

Another mortar shell from Syria struck Turkish territory today, prompting a fourth straight day of retaliatory artillery fire, and reviving fears that the crisis in Syria could spiral into a regional conflict.

Shias clash with police in Bahrain

Riot police in Bahrain used water cannons and tear gas yesterday to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters trying to reach a heavily guarded site that was once the hub of their uprising.

Turkey shells Syria after border deaths

The Syrian civil war threatened to spread beyond its borders last night as the Turkish army launched artillery attacks against Syria in response to deadly shelling that killed five people in south-east Turkey.

The best you could say about Ed's speech? He didn't completely fluff it

There was no insight on the most important issues of the day, nor did Mr Miliband say anything of any real note for those outside Westminster village

Ahmadinejad is called to account after rial falls to record low

Iran's parliament has summoned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to answer questions about the national currency going into free-fall after Western sanctions over the country's nuclear programme.

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi performs dramatic U-turn telling audience in Iran that he supported military intervention in Syria

The new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, performed a dramatic about turn today when he told an audience in Iran that he supported military intervention in Syria – infuriating Bashar al-Assad’s foreign minister and cleaving a gaping political fissure with Tehran.

Asil Nadir: The tycoon, 71, has been living in a £20,000-a-month home in Mayfair since his return to UK

'You stole out of pure greed' – judge gives Asil Nadir 10 years for £30m Polly Peck theft

Tycoon has 'shown no remorse' and 'refused to accept responsibility' for Polly Peck collapse

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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