Arab Countries

No warships guarding British shores

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.

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

48 Hours: Marseille

France's Mediterranean capital is still basking in late-season sun. With a healthy dose of culture and history too, it's a perfect autumn escape.

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

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