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An Iraqi man pleads with a British Army soldier to allow his brother to join him in crossing the Euphrates River to the city of Basra

Without fanfare or much thanks, Britain departs from Iraq

Five years and 10 months after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Gordon Brown yesterday announced a date for Britain's final disengagement from the most bitter, controversial military involvement of recent history.

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UK troops 'end Iraq mission next year'

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

UK forces will leave Iraq by next July, the countries' Prime Ministers announced today.

'Sex on beach' pair set to return to UK

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

A British man convicted of having sex on a Dubai beach will return to the UK on Friday, his lawyer said today.

Muntazer al-Zaidi has reportedly had his arm and ribs broken while in jail

Iraqi shoe thrower 'beaten in custody'

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Iraqi protests spread as reporter faces court over act of 'aggression' against Bush

Twin car bombs kill 18 in Baghdad

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Two explosions killed 18 people and wounded 50 in Baghdad today as Gordon Brown was in town on a visit.

Bus crash kills 24 tourists

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

A bus full of newly arrived Russian tourists veered off a desert road and plunged down a ravine yesterday, killing at least 24 people and seriously injuring about a dozen more.

Brown in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi PM

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Gordon Brown flew into Baghdad today to discuss plans for the final drawdown of British troops in Iraq from early next year,

Jewish leaders fear anti-Semitic backlash

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Bernard Madoff's alleged $50bn (£33bn) financial fraud reverberated in Israel yesterday, with concern being voiced by some about a possible antisemitic backlash.

Iraqis demand freedom for the journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who has become a hero to Muslims all over the world

'Shoe-thrower of Baghdad' brings Iraqis on to the streets

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

As Muntazer al-Zaidi remains in detention, his countrymen demonstrate their support for his anti-Bush protest

Bush dodges flying shoes

Monday, 15 December 2008

Iraqi journalist gives verdict on Bush's reign by voting with his feet

Hamas throws doubt on extension of truce

Monday, 15 December 2008

Hamas leaders said yesterday they did not expect to extend a six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip when it expires this week, although it remained unclear whether this would mean an immediate surge in violence.

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