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ALL eyes will be on Germany’s Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, when they meet tomorrow to try to reassure the world that the famous Franco-German “motor” of Europe has not blown a gasket.
THE divorce battle of Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, risks turning ugly. After a year of failed negotiations, his wife has won the right to call a former prostitute and an aspiring model to give evidence about the breakdown of the marriage.
Istanbul’s face has changed radically over the millennia — Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Turk — but it remains one of the world’s great cities, home to a cosmopolitan and enlightened elite. There is also another Istanbul, however, one that last week lured Israel into scoring a spectacularly violent own goal and advanced the cause of militant Islam.
Zindzi Mandela’s father went on the run soon after she was born and was arrested when she was 20 months old. She had no memory of him before her first visit to Robben Island, his prison, in her teens. She was almost 30 when he was freed in 1990, but she hoped they could at last have the normal family life she had never known. She soon realised that was impossible. That’s how it was being Nelson Mandela’s daughter.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Istanbul and London today over the killings of nine Turkish activists aboard a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza.
Vince Cable has warned against “extreme and unhelpful” anti-British rhetoric as American politicians stepped up their criticism of BP’s handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Two British soldiers have been killed in a firefight in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, in the area soldiers tried to secure earlier this year with the Operation Moshtarak spring offensive.
Israeli naval forces boarded an Irish-owned ship bound for Gaza today, just five days after killing nine passengers in a bloody raid on a previous aid convoy.
President Obama is today set to nominate a former military spy chief to take on the troubled role of Director of National Intelligence, aiming to draw a line under a series of terror near-misses against the US.
Israeli naval boats are threatening to board an Irish-owned ship bound for Gaza, just five days after killing nine passengers in a bloody raid on a previous aid convoy.
Six of the nine activists killed in Monday’s raid on an aid convoy were shot by a single Israeli commando who is now being considered for a medal of valour.
The door of the modest house was wide open. Outside sat a large, smiling woman barbecuing boerewors, the fatty sausage favoured by Afrikaners.
President Karzai welcomed official calls to release hundreds of prisoners from US and Afghan jails yesterday as a gesture of goodwill to kickstart peace talks with the Taleban.
It is called “tenderitis”. It has swept through the ruling African National Congress and — if critics are to be believed — is threatening the body politic of South Africa.
The model Helena Christensen took stock of her surroundings in the world’s first hotel made out of rubbish.
An 11th-century calligraphy scroll has set a record for a Chinese work of art — more than doubling the previous high price set at auction late last year.
For centuries it was dismissed by the French as an incomprehensible activity practised by British eccentrics and the inhabitants of other nations that had had the misfortune — or the poor judgment — to fall under British influence.
When Marjorie Drummond left Britain two years ago for a new life in Spain, she never imagined she would spend long days pulling up weeds under the scorching summer sun.
“On the night of the raid we thought that we should maybe have a guard on the ship, even though we were some hours away from the territorial waters of Israel. I was on patrol between midnight and 3am.