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Cutbacks have left the UK without a single warship specifically tasked with protecting the country's shores for the past month, the Ministry of Defence confirmed today.

A police officer stands outside the targeted nightclub in Nairobi

Somali invasion backed by West, says Kenya

Grenade attack on Nairobi nightclub blamed on backlash by Somali militants

Spy suspect to be freed by Egypt

A dual US-Israeli citizen imprisoned in Egypt on spy suspicions since June will be released soon, Israel announced yesterday.

People gather near the site of an explosion in Sirte yesterday

Bodies of 53 'executed' Gaddafi loyalists discovered

Corpses dumped in hotel garden in Sirte lead to calls for inquiry into human rights abuses

Leading article: Tunisia and Libya – two faces of the Arab Spring

Born in blood, the new Libya could find its path to statehood more problematic

Roger Middleton: The emphasis must be on a short campaign with clear objectives

After decades of instability just across its border, Kenya has sent columns of troops, with air support, into Somalia to clear out the Islamist organisation al-Shabaab. It is not clear how far they aim to go or for how long they intend to stay.

Damascus recalls envoy to Washington

Diplomatic relations between the US and Syria deteriorated as Damascus recalled its envoy to Washington yesterday.

Wales in form to face England

Wales had a comfortable preparation for their formidable task against England in the Four Nations as they beat Ireland 30-6 in Neath.

Huge turnout as Tunisia rejoices at first free election

Minutes away from the polling station where Haytham Agrouti voted is the Tunis square on which he, like thousands of others, took part in the protests that brought down a hated regime earlier this year. "Things have changed so much," said the 22-year-old student at Tunis University. "I never imagined back then that I would be voting today."

Gunmen kidnap three aid workers at refugee camp

Gunmen kidnapped three foreign aid workers – two Spaniards and an Italian – from a refugee camp yesterday. Spanish media reported that one of the workers and a guard were wounded in the attack.

Gebrselassie in comeback win

Haile Gebrselassie returned to form with an easy victory at the Great Birmingham Run yesterday after dropping out of last month's Berlin Marathon with breathing problems. The Ethiopian broke clear to prevail in a time of 1hr 1min 29sec.

Rivalries erupt as Libyans celebrate Liberation Day

Islamists in eastern city criticise secular rivals in Tripoli as crowds flock to see Gaddafi's corpse

Kenyan troops move closer to militants' base

Kenyan and Somali government troops edged closer yesterday to a town in southern Somalia where Islamist militants linked to al-Qa'ida have grouped, hoping to strike a quick blow against them.

Alive or dead, the Gaddafis divide their enemies

Kim Sengupta, in Misrata, reports on the wrangling over the fate of the former leader's body, while Jane Merrick looks at the potential threat posed by the only missing family member

What now for the Arab awakening?

The desperate fight for freedom goes on, but there are fearsome and unpredictable struggles ahead

Gaddafi's dream capital for Africa pulverised into a ruin

The price of liberation is plain to see on every street in the late dictator's home town of Sirte. The place intended be the showplace of a continent is destroyed

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