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Editorial: Peace prize in our time

No wonder the award of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union was greeted by sniggers. It seems silly enough to be lionising any political alliance. With the euro in meltdown, Catalonia threatening to secede from Spain, and the German Chancellor's visit to Athens greeted by angry crowds (and at least one Hitler impersonator), it starts to look like the committee in Oslo is making a joke.

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The Palestinian leader was abruptly taken ill in 2004, went into a coma and died a few days later

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Arafat's widow asks French for inquiry into his 'murder'

Yasser Arafat's widow and daughter have formally demanded a French judicial investigation into his death after filing a complaint of "assassination" in a Paris court.

Yasser Arafat prepares to leave Ramallah in October 2004 to fly to Paris for treatment for what was then an unknown illness

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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has given his permission to exhume the remains of his predecessor Yasser Arafat, a top aide said.

Yasser Arafat prepares to leave Ramallah in October 2004 to fly to Paris for treatment for what was then an unknown illness

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Peter David: Long-serving writer on 'The Economist'

Few who have worked for The Economist can match the 28 years that Peter David gave so outstandingly to that magazine – and fewer still could match the range of his interests or the breadth of what he wrote about.

CBS veteran news man Wallace dies

Mike Wallace, the dogged American television news reporter and interviewer who took on politicians and celebrities in a 60-year career, has died. He was 93.

Suha Arafat has lived in Paris with her daughter since her husband's death in 2004

Arafat's widow considers role in politics to 'continue legacy'

Suha Arafat says Palestinians miss the democratic rule implemented by her husband

Anti-Syrian regime protesters demonstrate against Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Deir Baghlaba area in Homs province

Robert Fisk: What kind of Syria can survive this bitter battle for existence?

The violence grows worse. The Arab League throws up its hands in despair. Madame Clinton may huff and puff at the UN. But the Syrian regime and the stalwarts of the old Baath Party don't budge. Only the Arabs are unsurprised. For Syria – the Mother of One Arab People, as the Baathists would have it – is a tough creature, its rulers among the most tenacious in the Middle East, used to the slings and arrows of their friends as well as their enemies. Syria's "No" to anything but total Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for peace is almost as famous as De Gaulle's "Non" to British entry to the EU.

Police fire tear gas at protesters in Romania

Romanian police fired tear gas and clashed with protesters during an anti-government rally, the third consecutive day of demonstrations against austerity cuts and falling living standards.

Palestinian leader hits back at claims that he 'sold out' to Israel

Palestinian officials were scrambling yesterday to head off a mounting political crisis by claiming that thousands of leaked communiqués documenting unprecedented concessions in favour of Israel were a mixture of fabrications and distortions.

Muslims gather in Makkah for the Hajj

Nearly three million Muslims have gathered for the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Blair left office with 76 prime ministerial gifts

That Tony Blair was unable to deduce without outside help that it was, in the end, time to go seems all the more remarkable – because the former prime minister seems to have a keen interest in watches.

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