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Without the Nile, Egypt would be a scarcely habitable desert, Sudan a parched wilderness. The world’s longest river flows for more than 4,000 miles through northeast Africa; it irrigates farmland, provides water for drinking and sanitation and drives hydroelectric power stations.
Once famed for staging Ben Hur-style chariot races, the Circus Maximus in Rome is about to suffer the ultimate humiliation: a beach football tournament featuring players in centurion gear.
Freed British activists arrived in Istanbul early yesterday to a heroes’ welcome, as up to 20,000 people gathered for the funerals of those killed in Israel’s raid on an aid ship.
A Dutchman linked to the disappearance of an American teenager in the Caribbean five years ago was arrested on Thursday after an international manhunt for the killer of a young woman in Peru.
To his army comrades in Iraq he was known as the Beast of Basra. Others, noting the way that he always seems to be at the centre of the action, call him Bullet Magnet or Mad Mick. To Prince William, who served with him in the Household Cavalry, he is legendary.
The Russian owner of the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers has been questioned by Moscow police over allegations that he made death threats to a businessman and attempted to extort money from him.
Moody’s became the second of the “big three” credit rating agencies to downgrade BP today, over concerns that the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster will damage the energy giant’s balance sheet.
The Jamaican Prime Minister has ordered a full-scale military assault on his own parliamentary constituency.
Eight Turks and an American of Turkish descent were among those killed in an Israeli commando raid on aid ships bound for Gaza.
A mini tornado hit a seaside holiday village on Australia’s east coast earlier today, damaging homes, devastating a caravan park and leaving several locals injured.
He may have a repertoire of scores of classic hits to choose from, but there was only one song Sir Paul McCartney deemed appropriate to croon to the First Lady: the love ballad Michelle.
The German army could lose as many as 100,000 soldiers and suspend conscription as part of radical plans to cut Government spending.
Is Turkey a Western outpost in the east or a Muslim country with European aspirations? Unloved in most of the EU, Ankara has been performing an awkward tightrope act in its neighbourhood, preaching Western values to Muslim countries while nurturing close ties with Israel.
After decades using illegal chemicals to win their gruelling races, errant professional cyclists have now turned to something else for a bit of va-va-voom: electricity.
Born in 1946 in New York City and raised in Connecticut, Professor Berwick is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organisation helping to improve healthcare throughout the world.
President Sarkozy was caught up in a long-simmering kickbacks scandal yesterday when police in Luxembourg named him as the creator of a company that handled tens of millions of pounds in illegal funds.
A visionary American academic is at the centre of a new battle over the future of US healthcare because of his fervent admiration for the National Health Service in Britain.
A death-masked protester trampled on the Union Jack at an anti-BP rally attended by hundreds in New Orleans. But while there is plenty of anger to go with the oil in the Gulf of Mexico, so far little is directed at the country where BP is based.
David Cameron sought to distance himself from BP yesterday, dashing any hopes that he might intervene to repair the company’s appalling relations with Washington over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The US Administration is now pursuing a criminal investigation into BP. Yesterday a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “Clearly Mr Cameron is concerned about the situation but it is primarily a matter for the company.”
The former Labour defence minister Adam Ingram conceded yesterday that he had misled MPs when asked whether British troops hooded Iraqi prisoners during interrogation.