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Queen Rania, who takes a close interest in current affairs, arrives
at the Jeddah Economic Forum

The Queen of Campaigns

Rania, the consort of Jordan's King Abdullah, is a very modern royal who is using the internet to fight for women's rights in the Muslim world.

Inside Middle East

Suicide attacks kill 32 in Iraq

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

At least 32 people were killed and scores injured in a series of bomb attacks on US and Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul yesterday.

UN accuses Israel of punishing aid workers

Monday, 1 December 2008

The UN official responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees has accused Israel of extending its collective punishment.

'Sex-on-the-beach' Briton 'home for Christmas'

Monday, 1 December 2008

A British man convicted of having sex on a Dubai beach should be home for Christmas, his lawyer said today.

Israel to free 250 in bid to bolster Abbas

Monday, 1 December 2008

Israel is to free 250 Palestinian prisoners in a bid to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his power struggle with Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip.

Rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone kills three

Saturday, 29 November 2008

A rocket struck near a UN compound in the heavily fortified Green Zone today, killing three foreigners and wounding 15 other people, according to UN and military officials.

31 December 2011: day the last US soldier leaves Iraq

Friday, 28 November 2008

After tortuous negotiations, Baghdad parliament sets definitive timetable for American withdrawal.

The al-Haram mosque can hold 900,000 people

Foster and Hadid in running to remake Mecca

Friday, 28 November 2008

Two of Britain's most-renowned architects are in the running for the single most audacious renovation in history: the redevelopment of Mecca.

Israeli police stand guard outside the 'House of Peace' in Hebron

Israel goes to war over Hebron's 'House of Peace'

Thursday, 27 November 2008

A nation has been polarised by the decision to forcibly remove some Jewish settlers from the West Bank city. And a ramshackle dwelling has found itself at the centre of the storm

Iraq delays vote on US deal

Thursday, 27 November 2008

The Iraqi parliament delayed a vote until today on the security agreement between the US and Iraq which will see American forces leave Iraqi cities, towns and villages by next summer and Iraq as a whole by the end of 2011.

Ali Sheikholeslami: On or about the Tehran Media Exhibition

Thursday, 27 November 2008

The Media Exhibition in Tehran provides an annual opportunity for journalists across the fields of print, news agency and radio to come together and engage in dialogue with each other and their audiences.

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Forbidden City

    After years of restoration, an 18th-century Chinese studio is back to its former glory

Columnist Comments


Terence Blacker: The greasy gravy train of lobbyism

The idiocy and graft at work in the system barely merits a second glance.


Dominic Lawson: When 'life' should mean life.

Sometimes the public feel the perpetrator should not be released.


Steve Richards: Who is accountable for the police?

Why was Damian Green arrested with such spectacular insensitivity?

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