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Mother Pelagia Sayyaf arrives in Damascus yesterday after her release.

Thirteen Greek Orthodox nuns and their three maids, held in captivity for more than three months by a Syrian rebel group affiliated to al-Qaeda(...)

Civil defence members carry a wounded woman as a Lebanese Army soldier secures the area at the site of an explosion in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Photograph: Mahmoud Kheir/Reuters

Two suicide bombers targeted the Iranian cultural centre in Beirut today, killing four people and themselves in an attack claimed by Sunni militant(...)

The judges  in the courtroom of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters / EPA

The huge explosion that killed Lebanese statesman Rafik Hariri and 21 others in 2005 was an act of terror meant to spread panic through the country, a(...)

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon attends a meeting with the Israeli president Moshe Katsav in Jerusalem in 2005. File Photograph: David Furst/Reuters

February 26th, 1928: Born to Russian immigrants in farming community of Kfar Malal north of Tel Aviv.1948: Having joined Jewish guerrillas at the age (...)

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media during a news conference in Tel Aviv in 2005. File Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters

A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and (...)

Tribal fighters who have been deployed on to the streets patrol in the city of Falluja yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters

The Iraqi military tried to dislodge al-Qaeda militants in Sunni-dominated Anbar province yesterday, unleashing air strikes and besieging the regio(...)

Lebanese policemen seal off the area after a car bomb exploded in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, today. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

A car bomb killed at least five people in Hizbullah’s stronghold in southern Beirut today, the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Shia and Sunni (...)

Mohamad Chatah’s son Omar (centre) carries the coffin of the former Lebanese minister during his funeral at al-Amin mosque in Martyrs’ Square in Beirut yesterday. Chatah, who opposed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, was killed in a bomb blast last Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Hasan Shaaban

Syrian air force strikes on insurgent-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo have killed at least 517 people since mid-December, including 151 (...)

Fire fighting and army personnel inspect the site of an explosion in Beirut’s downtown area. Photograph: Steve Crisp/Reuters

Former Lebanese minister Mohamad Chatah, who opposed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and four other people were killed in a massive bomb blast that (...)

Undated handout  made available by Hizbullah’s media office of Hassan al-Laqqis, a senior commander with the Lebanese Shia militant group, who was reported killed overnight outside his home in Beirut. Photograph: EPA

Lebanon’s Shia militant Hizbullah group has said one of its commanders was killed outside his Beirut home in an overnight attack which it blamed on (...)

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