Arab Countries

Saddam gave order to execute Observer reporter

The former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, personally ordered the swift execution of Farzad Bazoft, an Iranian-born freelance journalist working for The Observer in early 1990, shortly before the first Gulf War, even as the Government of Margaret Thatcher was scrambling to win him clemency, new recordings have revealed.

i's year in news

It’s been 12 months since the first issue of i went to press and the big stories have come thick and fast. Luke Blackall celebrates 365 event-filled days

Anti-regime patients tortured in stte hospitals

Syrian security forces and some medical staff routinely abuse and torture injured patients suspected of participating in anti-regime activity, turning the country's state hospitals into "instruments of repression", Amnesty International claims in a new report.

Winter holidays: follow the sun

Whether you're mourning the summer we never had – or want to escape the big chill ahead – Chris Leadbeater has the hottest spots for winter holidays

Winter holidays: follow the sun

Whether you're mourning the summer we never had – or want to escape the big chill ahead – Chris Leadbeater has the hottest spots for winter holidays

Baby found alive in Turkey quake building

Rescuers pulled a two-week-old baby girl alive from the wreckage of a collapsed apartment block today as they battled to find survivors from a earthquake in eastern Turkey that killed at least 432 people and left thousands homeless.

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Mark Hughes: Manchester Man

Mark Hughes tells Sam Wallace about 'autocratic' Mancini, his fury at being sacked by City, his relationship with Alex Ferguson and laughing at that Welcome to Manchester poster