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Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, left, speaks during an interview with a German newspaper in Damascus. Photograph: Reuters/Sana/Handout

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned Britain and France against arming rebels fighting his government, which he said would turn the Middle East(...)

Silvio Berlusconi is accused of involvement in “underage prostitution” and “abuse of office” relative to his relationship with 20-year-old Moroccan Kharima “Ruby” El Mahroug (above). Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP Photo

Nicolò Ghedini, senior defence lawyer of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, argued in court yesterday that the Milan judiciary was “prejudiced” (...)

The Egyptian  army sent reinforcements to Sinai this week as part of its efforts to secure the release of the men - six policemen and one soldier - who were kidnapped last Thursday as they travelled between the North Sinai towns of El-Arish and Rafah. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Seven members of the Egyptian security forces kidnapped by Islamist militants in Sinai last week have been released today, ending a crisis that(...)

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Egypt’s parliamentary elections, set to begin yesterday, have been postponed as the electoral law, drafted by the fundamentalist-dominated uppe(...)

Qatar's prime minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani (right) chats with Egypt's prime minister Hisham Kandil in Doha today. Photograph:  Reuters

Qatar pledged another $3 billion in aid to Egypt, extending the lifeline for Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after repeated delays in loan tal(...)

Karima el-Mahroug: denies she was paid to have sex with Silvio Berlusconi

The 20-year battle between former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and the Milan judiciary registered yet another dramatic moment yeste(...)

Karima el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby,  insisted that prosecutors hear her side of the story. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The controversial “Rubygate” trial in which former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi stands accused of involvement in underage prostitut(...)

Noam Chomsky. “The oil dictatorships, the countries that the West really cares about for obvious reasons, their uprisings have been suppressed very harshly and very successfully, with western support.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty

For a man of 84 who has described himself with approval as “a boring speaker”, Noam Chomsky meets a daunting schedule of public appearances, sp(...)

Bassem Youssef: poked fun at Mr Morsi’s repeated use of the word “love” by singing a love song to a red pillow with the president’s face printed on it. Photograph: Reuters

Egyptian prosecutors questioned Egypt’s most prominent television satirist yesterday over allegations he insulted the president and Islam, a ca(...)

Egypt's central bank opened a scheme today allowing foreign investors in the stock and government debt markets access to dollars despite severe(...)

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