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  • >Jerusalem car 'attack' kills baby
    A baby girl is killed and eight others injured after a car hits pedestrians in Jerusalem, in what Israeli police describe as a "terrorist attack".
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:42am -
  • >Four guilty of Blackwater killings
    A US federal jury finds four Blackwater security guards guilty of killing 14 Iraqis in a square in Baghdad in 2007.
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:16pm -
  • >Syria air force 'steps up strikes'
    The Syrian military has stepped up its air strikes on rebel-held areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, activists say.
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 7:41pm -
  • >VIDEO: Kurds' fury as Kobane battle rages on
    The fighting in Kobane has pushed relations between the Turkish government and Turkey's Kurdish population to the lowest point for years
    - 18 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 4:54pm -
  • UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 7:54am -
  • US probes 'stray Syria air drop'
    The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 7:49am -
  • Tales from the India Office
    Tales from the days when British diplomats ran the Gulf
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 3:04am -
  • IS video 'shows man stone daughter'
    The Islamic State group has released an undated video that appears to show an elderly Syrian man stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery.
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:45am -
  • Who are the Kurds?
    Race, culture and language in common - but who are the Kurds?
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 7:22pm -
  • Who will be Iran's next Supreme Leader?
    What will happen when Iran chooses a new Supreme Leader?
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:19pm -

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  • Slavery in Islam: To have and to hold
    Doing it by the bookTHE holy book is clear about what to do when you capture a city: “Put to the sword all the men in it”. As for the women and children, “You may take these as plunder for yourselves.” This is pretty much the advice that…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 6:59pm -
  • South African politics: Shaking the kaleidoscope
    Zuma feels the squeezeTHE mighty African National Congress (ANC), which has held sway since South Africa held its first democratic elections two decades ago, is a wounded giant. A realignment of post-apartheid politics, long predicted but always…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 6:59pm -
  • The Shia in Saudi Arabia: The sword unsheathed
    AT A time when Saudi Arabia’s aged rulers worry about their Sunni-majority population being inspired by the jihadists of Islamic State (IS), it would hardly seem wise to antagonise the Shia who make up the remaining 10-15% of their people. Yet that…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 6:59pm -
  • The status of Jerusalem: A mount of troubles
    BEFORE the gates of the Dome of the Rock, a resplendent golden Muslim shrine built on the ruins of what Jews believe was their biblical temple, the besuited deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, Moshe Feiglin, this week swayed from side to sid…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 6:59pm -
  • The campaign against Islamic State: Hard choices
    THE gathering on October 14th at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, DC, of top military brass from 22 countries in the American-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) had two main aims. The first was to work out how to integrate the effort…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 6:59pm -
  • Syria: Tough, but bowing
    FROM the presidential palace on a hill above Damascus, the outlook seems rosier of late, despite the vista of flattened suburbs and the rumbling of bombs and mortars below. Defections from the army have stopped. American and European calls for Mr…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 6:59pm -
  • Jewish migration: Next year in Berlin
    IS BERLIN the new Jerusalem? A Facebook page launched in Hebrew this month on how to move to a city far from rockets and rocketing prices in Israel has gone viral, reaching 600,000 people in a week. It is called Olim Le-Berlin, “Let’s ascend to B…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 6:58pm -
  • The Middle East fragments: The rule of the gunman
    THE residents of Derna, a sleepy port in eastern Libya, awoke to important news on October 5th: at a rally in the main square a powerful local militia, the Shura Council of Islamic Youth, pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS), the jihadist gro…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 6:58pm -
  • Charcoal and terrorism in Somalia: A charred harvest
    Pile up the black goldTHE cafés on Abu Dhabi’s seafront fill as soon as the sun sets and the heat abates. Men gather around water pipes, smoking tobacco flavoured with melon, berry or perhaps even cappuccino. A thin boy scurries from table to…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 6:58pm -
  • The politics of Lebanon: The state that didn’t fail—yet
    AS ONE of the Arab world’s earliest collapsed states, Lebanon has a lot going for it. The country may have been ruined by 15 years of civil war, but it is far wealthier than its big neighbour, Syria; it enjoys a degree of political liberty; and, by…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 6:58pm -